Greetings travelers! I’ve been spending most of my non-work, free time lately improving my garden, enjoying meals with close family, and organizing boxes full of photographs from years past. Since I no longer have young children at home, I find this time can be more meditative rather than rushed like it was when life was more hectic. Yes, I’d trade it in a minute to be able to travel again (or give up a month of internet access per the survey referenced below), but I’m trying to appreciate this unique time as best as I can.
“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.” – Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain – an intrepid, culinary nomad
As a recipient of this newsletter, I know you love to travel but if you’re also a lover of food, then it’s likely that you’re familiar with the late Anthony Bourdain who would have been 64 years old today. I’ll admit that I was late to the party in appreciating his contributions but am catching up now. An edgy personality with dual passions for food and travel, he filled 12 passports in his lifetime and visited 100 countries in the 250 days per year that he was on the road. Bourdain was a native New Yorker who honed his skills in the kitchens of New York City including the now-closed Brasserie Les Halles. His love for global cuisine led to huge success through 13 popular books, including No Reservations: Around The World On An Empty Stomach, and 2 award-winning, long-running TV shows, No Reservations on The Travel Channel and Parts Unknown on CNN. These impressive contributions were love letters to global cuisine and the local people who brought him into their world. A new book will be out in October 2020 titled World Travel: An Irreverent Guide that will cover some of his favorite destinations including Buenos Aires, Paris, Shanghai, Borneo, and Oman. I encourage travel lovers to dive into his works to reconnect to your own passion for travel.
Are you in the 41% group? Read on to learn what this statistic reflects…
Are you in the 41%?
According to a recent Amex Trendex survey that tracks how people feel about traveling, spending, and saving, 41% of people would give up internet access for a month to be able to travel safely and comfortably right now. Bourdain would wholeheartedly sign up as would I – would you?
Martha’s two cents
Although known more for her passions for food, gardening, and entertaining than her love of travel, another celebrity will celebrate a birthday this summer (#79). Media mogul, self-made billionaire, and controversial figure Martha Stewart was born in New Jersey and owns homes in New York and Connecticut. Stewart travels at least once per month and enjoys her multi-generational family vacations, like to the Galapagos Islands and Africa, with her daughter and grandchildren. She uses her travels for blog inspiration and seeks out local restaurants, secret gardens, and unique products and experiences in every location. In an article dated June 1, 2020, MarthaStewart.com published 12 Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change How We Travel, According to Industry Experts – Outdoor excursions, road trips, and private tours will rise, while hotel amenities may become a thing of the past. Link to the article here: https://www.marthastewart.com/7840181/travel-trends-post-coronavirus-covid-19 Do you agree with their list below?
- People will prioritize safety.
- We’ll tap travel agents more often 😊
- Travelers will opt for companies that care.
- Smaller cities will see a surge.
- We’ll plan more nature-focused trips.
- Road trips will make a comeback.
- Local attractions will move outdoors.
- People will stay in hotels – they’ll just be more discerning.
- Hotel amenities will change significantly.
- Smaller will be better (accommodations, tours, experiences, cruise ships, etc.)
- Travelers will expect better cancellation policies.
As a travel advisor, I was excited to see item #2. My colleagues and I are working hard to help our clients navigate this new travel normal which is now much more complex. We are happy to be an insider resource for you so that your vacations are safe and as enjoyable as ever. If you don’t use a good travel advisor as a go-to resource, you truly have nothing to lose and everything to gain. For example, just this week I listened to presentations from top brass in the Hilton and Marriott chains who provided updates on their cleaning protocols, reopening plans, and tips for making new reservations. See the Hidden Gem Tip below for one tidbit from those calls.
What would you add to or eliminate from Martha’s list? Hit reply to let me know or jump over to www.facebook.com/hiddengemtravelconsulting and comment on today’s post about this newsletter.
Hidden Gem Tip: Many accommodations are publishing their updated cleaning protocols and reopening status on their websites. If you don’t see that information before you book online, give them a call. You don’t want to arrive and experience unwanted surprises. Bottom line – ask, don’t assume!
Wishing you and your family continued good health,