I hope that during these trying times that you all are staying healthy and safe.
During the last three months, as the COVID-19 pandemic has swept across the globe, travelers and their travel advisors have had to cancel, re book, and often re book again. Travel plans that five months ago felt like rock solid vacation dreams, became a nightmare of uncertainty.
Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. This pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. It makes better people out of some of us and it turns others into monsters.
I want to firstly reach out to anyone who’s been impacted by this virus, either directly or indirectly. Our heart goes out to every one of you. Especially those who are sick to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for recovery. Those that lost a loved one, those that struggle to stay strong, those that are lonely and those that just do not know anymore.
The worst thing for me is not to see people’s smiles anymore. It is hidden behind masks. These are worrying times and I know we are all trying to carry on as normal doing the best to look after our family and friends.
Worldwide tourism and hospitality industry is very badly affected by this pandemic, because of the nature of the business which is always related to the traveling of people. Pandemics have immediate impact on the hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel agencies etc. This pandemic has decimated the travel industry.
Travel will never go away. Our love for travel will never go away. We cannot travel now, but once this crisis is over, we will all enjoy seeing the world again. We will continue to make experiences that inspire and enlighten our lives in so many ways. This you will find in fantastic locations all over Africa. In fact, I think it is even more important to travel to Africa after this pandemic, because Africa will help you handle the next pandemic better.
In Africa, death is never far away, it is place where you really feel temporary. Maybe that is why I lived more vividly in Africa. I did not want to miss anything, just in case. I loved harder in Africa, because in my heart, love was the only way life seems to forget. Africa is an amazing, healing place for your soul. PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL YOUR TRIPS, POSTPONE THEM. Make your dreams come true. I will wait, I will re book again and again, I will work with you, but do not cancel. Life is short.
Every pandemic fades, maybe slowly, maybe with after effects, a lot of which will be psychological, but it will go away. We are all in this together.
Please hang in there, try to stay positive and know that I am not just your Tour Operator, I am also your friend. If you feel like drowning, pick up the phone, I am just a phone call away.
Take care of yourselves, you are all precious and important.