By Christopher Kucway
Mar 27, 2020
AS MOST OF US AROUND THE REGION and the world self-isolate and work from home, our initial thoughts were likely about missed or canceled trips. By now, each of us should be determined to simply delay those vacations for better days ahead. Each of us is going to need a refreshing break once they arrive. Collectively, we’ve also moved on to more serious issues like the welfare of our family, friends and colleagues, not to mention the health of everyone the world over.
Once we do return to some semblance of normal, it’s important to remember those travel plans we’ve delayed and find the wherewithal to follow through on them, both for our own wellbeing, but also for the health of those people we would have come into contact with on our journeys. The numbers kicked around most often quote that between 8 and 10 percent of the global workforce is related to tourism, yet I’m speaking more specifically about the unexpectedly chipper waiter who serves you in Singapore or the flight attendant who gave you a list of must-see spots as you jet off to your first ever visit to Kyoto. These are the people we remember long after a particular trip has ended; they’re the ones who stay in our memory as much as any great meal or unforgettable experience.
If there is anything that travel teaches us it’s that we’re not all that different from the next guy, regardless of where in the world we find ourselves. And given the current climate, has there ever been bolder evidence that we are all in this together?
For now, enjoy the downtime as much as is possible. Reconnect with those around you—whether from a safe physical distance or via modern links like Skype. And for a jolt of that energy that a vacation so often provides, start researching your next trip in more detail. It really is a case of the more you know, the more enjoyable and memorable your break will be. Most importantly, stay safe and healthy, there’s a great vacation with your name on it coming up, so don’t be afraid to tell us about it.
Editor in Chief, T+L Southeast Asia