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Pandemic Travel... Can you? Should you?

Its the question on everyone's exhausted, pent up, and Covid-Fatigued minds... Can we get out of here yet? Where can we go? And is that even a good idea?

The answer is mostly yes but let's unpack that a bit more.

As far as can you go somewhere - especially now that vaccines have started to roll out across the world - the answer depends on where you call home. Many countries have closed their borders both to incoming tourists but more importantly to residents trying to come and go. If you're in one of those tightly shut country groups, sadly the answer might be that you have to wait. There still may be some amazing #daytrips and #localtravel options within your own backyard and if you're stumped we'd be happy to help you unpack the gems you've been too close to see all along!

The other consideration is any #quarantine order in effect when you return home, and trust me these can be very confusing. Email us if you want help navigating this ever changing mess of bureaucracy!

As far as should you travel, this one gets a little more personal and only you can decide if the reward outweighs the risk. For me, when I think of the thousands of people who are supported by the travel economy, especially in places like #Africa, I want to go immediately on #safari and contribute to those communities and the #conservation efforts they support with tourism dollars. (#Tanzania is open now!) Or, like the rest of you, I'm going nutz at home and I keep visiting my suitcase to make sure its not lonely in the closet (its not, there are 4 other suitcases with it). If you fall into one of these categories, then YES you CAN travel, its just important to be respectful of all local rules & testing requirements, aware that you may have to modify your travel style (take-out on a hotel balcony in your PJs is actually a joy) and you may need to trade #Thailand for #Texas for now. (More on that HERE). But there are great things that you can go see and do and you can do them safely with a few personal modifications and the bonus of reduced capacities is having a more personal experience! If you're a person who would rather wait until you've got a vaccine, or you've got people in your care that you can't expose, by all means wait. We'll be here to help when you're ready!



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