Easter – Lock Down 2020
Over the years I have blogged on Easter observances from around the world, focusing on particularly eye catching and memorable destinations, rituals and from across all continents – for example: Africa’s Easter Processions at Axum in Ethiopia – with my pre-dawn video; Asia’s Malayattoor Holy Week Pilgrims in India; Europe’s Wieliczke Salt Mine Church in Poland; Latin America’s Semana Santa Holy Week in Guatemala.
This year, as the world looks out from with-in during the present COVID-19 lock-down, the focus is at home. All our thoughts and wishes go out to both those suffering, and also the world’s frontline medical teams whose work humbles us all to the core.
On a personal level, this year’s period of Easter reflection comes as a welcome relief. Not least as responding to the past month’s COVID-19 travel situation has been the biggest challenge in Nomadic Thoughts’ 35-year history.
We could not have navigated this period without the considerable good nature, patience and resolve of our loyal clients and destination colleagues.
As airlines collapsed, governments advised against all forms of travel and we began to question why we were in this business in the first place, we have been bowled over by the level of support and concern from so many wonderful Nomadic Thoughts clients.
The recent job of reorganising, rescuing and returning all clients home, has now been taken over by the process of postponing, re-arranging and re-negotiating all future pre-booked travel plans. A full-time emergency job that has been considerably helped by the understandable lack of new booking requests.
The truth is the world is going nowhere presently despite positive lock-down-lifting-news from the coronavirus’ source in China. Undoubtedly, we at Nomadic Thoughts do not envisage any of our clients travelling again for at least another couple of months.
Far better that we all stay movement-free within the relative safety of our own homes.
As we continue to work from home, this still gives us the opportunity to discuss how the world’s travel landscape will look after all this has come to an end. We continue to be available for a chat and are already enjoying a mix of much broader travel conversations with many of our usually time-challenged clients.
So, echoing Pope Francis’s Easter 2020 message of solidarity, if we can help by offering even some virtual-travel support during these times, please do get in touch. Whether looking for future travel inspiration or a discussion on how best to keep family sanity focused on their next holiday, we continue to be at your service.
Wishing you the best of health.
Big love to you and yours Jono. Stay safe and well.