What strange times these have been. Meaningful Trips hope readers have been staying safe all throughout this Coronavirus pandemic. It is now Mid-May, many cities are still fully observing shut-downs and social distancing. However, there is talk of slow, phased openings of businesses and some European countries are saying they will start phased re-openings soon.
We believe meaningful and responsible travel can be a force for good out there in the world. We are eager to get back traveling and exploring and to help facilitate you, the traveler, to get back to doing the same. But, with pandemic cases still coming in, we continue to keep our 2020 tour season closed down. We would like to remind everyone of three steps we are taking as a business:
1) Safety Pledge
At Meaningful Trips, safety of you, our staff, partners and guides is our top priority. If at any time it is determined unsafe to travel to a given region, we will cancel departures ahead of time. 100% Full Refund on any 2020 trip that needs to be cancelled.
2) Meaningful Trips will be returning to delivering tours using a planned approach
a) We will adhere to US Government, CDC and WHO guidelines for US citizens traveling abroad.
b) We will adhere to local government guidelines of the countries we visit.
3) We have enacted enhanced protocols on hygiene, health, and safety.
Matters of handwashing, sanitizing, physical distancing, and action steps to take should a traveler show symptoms of a communicable illness, are communicated with our tour partners and guides.
We are hopeful that this will past and we will all be able to return to travel in the future. That begs the question, what will this future of travel look like? Temperature-screening? Mask-wearing? Purposefully empty airline seats to ensure social-distancing?
We recommend this Vogue Magazine article by Elise Taylor:
We are in no rush.
We are taking things
Due to COVID-19, all 2020 tours were cancelled. We remain hopeful for a return to responsible adventure travel in 2021. Until then…