By Damien Martin
Not even a pandemic can stop us from discovering the one-of-a-kind experiences you’ve come to expect from the journeys we plan. Sadly, we won’t be in Las Vegas this year for our annual catch-up with friends old and new showing us the latest the world has to offer. But we will be participating in the first virtual Virtuoso Travel Week, soaking up all the new creative ways our partners have devised to put the world at your fingertips while keeping you safe in a socially distanced world.
We must never forget that human contact and seeing the world through the eyes of people who are different from us build a sense of global community that helps us understand each other and unite in the face of challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic. Meeting strangers and turning them into friends as they welcome you into their home can build empathy. It’s harder to do than before, but it’s also more important now. Fortunately, the same partners who have helped us create life-changing journeys for decades have been hard at work finding a way.
National borders won’t be closed forever, and many of our favorite destinations are changing how their tourism industries will operate going forward. Not only will there be tours specially planned for smaller groups and social distancing in the short term, destinations are taking the opportunity to reimagine a more sustainable future.
Even as we haven’t been able to travel to many of our favorite spots the last several months, travel is still evolving and things will be different when we next venture out. Really, that’s one of the best things about travel: You never step in the same river twice. Even if it’s a place you’ve been dozens of times, there’s always something new to discover.
We’ll still be meeting throughout the week with the best of the best travel specialists from all over the world this week learning about the latest mind-blowing innovations they’ve come up with.
We know you’re itching to get back out there and reunite with the world. We all have a list of where we’re going to go when borders fully reopen. Which destinations and experiences would you like to learn more about? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-322-9481, and we’ll gather all the details.