These are very trying times to say the least!
Many industries are being disrupted and individuals are finding it challenging to keep up with the fast paced daily changes and information and keep our spirits up too. Hour by hour we are being informed of changes to our lives which heavily impact our livelihoods and therefore our future.
The travel industry is no exception. This Covid_19 is no joke I promise you!
So far at least 3 Canadian airlines have voluntarily halted operations. All premium cruise lines have suspended operations for at least the next 30 days and some for longer. Hotels are closing due to low capacity and of course we have a directive from our country’s Prime Minister and Health deputies telling us that non essential travel should be avoided. As I’m writing this I’m sure we’re a mere hours away from closing our borders to anyone who isn’t a citizen or holding a PR card and only staying open for the purpose of trade with our neighbors.
All that being said, if you’re anything like me, it’ll be difficult to envision an end to this anytime soon. If you’re not like me and you can see the end and it looks good please, call me and lend me your secret rose colored glasses because that’s some good news this chica could really use.
All jokes aside, here at QmooniTi we are aware that there are tough times ahead for everyone. Some more than others and we should all call upon ourselves to do as much as we can to support and assist one another (while remaining safe of course). So, if you’ve got a neighbor you can do groceries for please do so. When you need groceries, consider splitting your shopping up between 2 or 3 local/mom & pop operations in your neighborhood rather than going to the big box stores. Perhaps fill your prescription at your local pharmacy rather than one of the nationwide names. The big guys will survive this crisis. It’s us little guys that will struggle and many of us will unfortunately not make it. My fear is that when it’s all over – which quite frankly I don’t think the impact will be for decades to come – but when the big stuff is over, we’ll only have the big conglomerates left and the corner grocers or small business run by the innovative entrepreneur will be a thing of the past. That’s my fear!
My HOPE is that we’ll all start thinking about each other in ways that we haven’t done in a very long time or perhaps ever. That we’ll understand if we try we can all come through this as we go through it. Together! And, as one global QmooniTi in small supportive and friendly neighborhoods and communities.
So, on that note; the travel industry needs your support too. We’re asking you; Please don’t cancel your trip, Re-book it! Just change your travel date to a few months down the road when things are swinging back to our “new normal” and give yourself something to look forward to and something with which to shake off the cobwebs of cabin fever in a few months when we’re allowed on planes, trains and automobiles again.
If you were planning a trip for later in the year and you hadn’t started organizing it as yet, then start now with the help of a travel professional/curating specialist from your QmooniTi team!
I know we’ll appreciate the business and be grateful to have some of the work that we love to do to focus on while we’re self-isolating in our homes as well.
Stay safe everyone and please, stay home for now!
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ maya angelou