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April 26, 2020 | Allison Silvaggio

With the current state of ‘our world,’ we are all finding ways to take care of ourselves, connect with family & friends, and perhaps finding new hobbies to keep our minds occupied.

It’s now been about 5 weeks at home with my husband and two sons (ages 11 & 14).  After their daily school work, one proceeds to complete another puzzle while the other busts out a Bon Jovi song on guitar. I myself have turned to yoga, long walks outside and many good books.

This time at home has also given ample time for ‘spring cleaning’ and de-cluttering.  I spent a good portion of last week going through photo albums while enjoying a wide range of different flavored teas.

We are all aware that these are trying times for the travel industry, however looking through over 20 years of pictures, destinations, memories…..it gives me hope!

It was interesting to sit back and think about what lead me to these places, what were some of my ‘best days,’ and will I visit again one day?  Who would I be without my history of travel?  Would I have a different outlook on our environment, culture and cuisine?  I find myself to be quite adventurous when it comes to food, mainly from travelling.

One of the pictures I have included, was taken at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, in May of 2010.  This was during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, which lead to major disruptions in air travel for over a week in April of 2010. Iceland just announced the 10 year anniversary of this eruption last week.  We were scheduled to travel in May of 2010, and up until about one week prior, we were unsure if we would be travelling.  There were a few stops along the South Coast, where we were recommended to wear masks as the ash was quite thick in the air.  One of the many memories that I was able to enjoy last week, while looking through all of my photo albums.

Our world has so much to offer, most important; culture and education.  I truly believe that the travel industry will recover, and people will have the urge to explore again.  Majority of my clients have chosen to re schedule, instead of cancel.  And, the excitement will continue to build as we wait for the moment to venture off again.