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Our New Reality

by Heather Malo

Much like you, I’ve spent a significant amount of time in front of the television, watching news feeds online and monitoring the numbers. I can’t help it. I want to know how things are going out there.

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this sort of camaraderie with my fellow Americans. The last time was probably around 9/11. I remember the eerie silence driving home from work that day and how quiet the highway felt as I drove down the road.

I feel that way now… a silent solidarity.

This thing that is here… this situation? It will change us. It will transform the way we manage illness. The way we work. The way we view things globally. Even the way we vacation.

As a travel agent, I’ve watched our leaders discourage tourism and our governments shut down borders.

In a time when we need each other most, we're being instructed to become more isolated.

We crave an uncomplicated break from reality, but are inundated with harsh truths, difficult scenarios and tough decisions.

Life feels a bit grim right now. With no definitive answers about what’s coming or how we’ll proceed as a nation, as a global unit… it’s tough to find that bright spot to look forward to.

So what do we do?

We plan for the future.

We believe This too, shall pass.

We take comfort in our family, pleasure in the simplicity of life. We enjoy the quiet cup of coffee and a spring sunrise. We relish working from home (those of us who are able) and appreciate the countless friends and family members who are still out there keeping America going.

We exhibit kindness and generosity for the simple fact that we can. Even if it’s just adding a few extra things to your cart for a neighbor when placing your next Amazon order.

Most importantly, we remind ourselves this is a temporary reality. In the near future, we’ll plan vacations and meet friends for drinks, go to concerts and movies and shopping malls again.

And we’ll have a new appreciation for these modest gifts.

Here at Let’s Talk Travel, we’ve been inundated with questions. Your worry over long planned family vacations and weekend getaways have become our worry. But with every morning, we take a deep breath and remind ourselves we have one another and we have a bright future before us.

Even if today is a bit bleak.

Until we get to those brighter days, we’ll continue to share all the wonderful places you can travel to. We’ll tell you about our favorite vacation spots and why you should consider going there. We’ll talk about our most beloved rides at Disney World and how to plan for Magical vacations.

And when the time comes, we’ll be here to help you and your loved ones plan a amazing adventure together.

Our warmest regards to all of you –

Beth, Jane and Heather

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