At the beginning of the covid pandemic I published an open letter from a friend of mine, who is a profesisonal Tour Guide, addressed to an imaginary traveller in which a set of suggestions and recommendations were provided to all of us when cancellations and rescheduling turned out to be the main activities of several tourism organisations worldwide.
Now that vaccines are available and gradually all of us will have the chance to get protected from the virus (and to protect all those around us), travel restrictions will be lifted, one by one, by Countries worldwide based on the volume of the vaccinated percetage of population, thus travelling will become safe and possible again. Therefore I decided to publish again that “open letter to a traveller” with some new recommendations and suggestions and I thank my friend Carla for sharing her thoughts with me again.
Open letter to a traveller – by Carla Rigazzi Professional City Guide of Turin Piedmont Guides
To be honest with you, the Covid-19 pandemic is the most dramatic time I ever faced have in my professional career. The future of the tourism industry doesn’t concern me only but all those working in this massive global GDP contributor. Here in Italy and several Countries around the globe, Tourism has pretty often been considered as not-indispensable as one can obviously survive without travelling. From my point of view this is not true. We can’t live without travelling, without discovering the world and the local cultures which are pretty often the key to understand our differences and to promote mutual understanding.
From my point of view, Travelling does represent an important part of our lives, even during terrible times like 2020, when most of the world’s population has been under mild,or severe lockdowns. We do usually allow one or more trips per year as a self-compensation for our efforts at work. Travelling gives us joy, relax, experiences, knowledge, new friends, emotions and many other skills that last for a lifetime. It is said that you can live a travel thrice: when you plan it, when you live it, and when you remember it.
The time to start thinking about our new travel adventures has come, vaccine will make it possible again to think of, plan and schedule a travel to anywhere we want to go. The world won’t probably be exactly the same after covid, but the art and the natuarl wonders of the planet will stay the same. Thus here is a set of recommendations and suggestions for you to start planning your next trips.
First of all we need to get out of this International crisis by respecting rules, the recommendations and the suggestions provided by the scientific community to defy the virus outbreak , even though it means we do still have stay home for a while. Don’t be scared of the vaccine and take it. The unprecedent speed with which the vaccines was created is simply the response to an unprecedent global health crisis.
Second of all, exploit every minute of your time to enrich your knowledge and understanding of the culture and the Country you had planned to visit before covid. You can read books about it (kindle is a good tool to buy books if shops are still closed in your area), check maps, follow your favourite travel bloggers and check the recommendations they provide, exploit the social network in a time-effective way. You might prepare yourself to the next trip by cooking recipes from the area you plan to visit, a guided tour along the alleys of a medieval Italian village from your sofa, follow the commentaries about a millenary stone of a Roman archaeologic site or virtually enter into a 17th century royal palace, sip a good wine while watching a romantic sunset on a Ligurian bay, stroll along the elegant street of Florence for some good shopping or…just use your fantasy and your imagination to keep your travelling spirit high!
Third of all: keep in touch with your Travel Agent, your Tour Operator or your Travel Consultant and discuss with them how to postpone, reschedule or change completely your travel plans picking another possible date or simply choose a different destination. This is the most important thing we should all do to support tourism especially in those Countries that are most affected by the crisis and whose overall GDP largely rely on tourism. There are so many people involved in the industry who will need you: Hotel receptionists, cleaners, bar tenders, cooks, waiters, bus drivers, pilots and cabin crews, airport and luggage handling staff, tour guides, tour leaders, travel agents, tour operators’ staff and more… All these workers have seen their job at risk in the past few months. There is just one simple thing you can do to support them: take the vaccine and start travelling again!!