• Margo V. McKenzie

I Am Pledging to Stay at Home

As travel lovers, this is the best thing we can do right now.

I have to say: It sure would be great to be able to take a trip right now.

I’m confident that I am not the only one feeling this way—especially because we are living under virtual lockdown right now—can relate. And yet, the best thing we can do right now to ensure that we will all be able to travel again soon, and to once again connect with other people around the world, is to stay at home, as far away from everyone else as possible.

Like others, I was troubled and concerned by recent photos of crowded beaches, from Bondi to Fort Lauderdale. I’ve been hearing about Tinder hookups and pickup basketball games here in NYC, just as it has emerged as the latest global epicenter in the COVID-19 pandemic. While our connected world has helped this pandemic’s spread, it also gives us the tools to be together, apart. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, the world had a virtual house party. I logged into FaceBook and Instagram over the weekend, I saw many DJ's go live. It was a star-studded party - from our forever FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith and many more celebs were in the house.

Meanwhile, we are also lucky to have our imaginations, which let us fantasize about what that next trip will be when the time comes. And make no mistake, it will come—sooner, if we can all be responsible about the personal choices we make now. That’s why I have adopted the mantra "don’t cancel, postpone."

If you are like me, you often think of the next place you'll like to visit, or research random vacations spots, just because, now is the time to research, I know I have. And although I am seeing some amazing places I'd like to visit, I also know now is not the time to push the purchase button, but I am patiently waiting. I promise to share any great vacation finds with you here on this blog or if you ever need help planning your next vacation, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. It’s important for the travel industry, which faces a frightening and uncertain future. But it’s also important for you, to remember that you won’t be housebound and grounded forever, that like everything this is temporary, and that before too long we’ll all be out there again satisfying our curiosity about this strange and wonderful world. Until then, let’s stay home and dream together.

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