Ecuador is For Everybody
We've almost made it through the Fire Swamp, and have encountered some rodents of unusual size, but we're here. We stand on the precipice of a new time. Politically, practically, and generationally. With the election seemingly behind us, and more now than ever, our nails begin to pierce the armchair as we look towards the future. How fast, when, where, what and why? It's all going to happy in due time, and most of it is out of our control.
For the travel side of the equation, we are experiencing what it must be like for the runner waiting for the gun to go off in an Olympic race. When is the right time to release a trip? Will customers travel? When will the vaccine be enough to lower restrictions? It's tough for us but let me say there are so many professionals involved in this industry that have stuck it out. Changes have been made behind the scenes for the future of travel. Good ones. Changes that have needed to be made for a long time and this pause provided the room for it to happen. Changes that are permanent and I for one am for it.
I've had to reevaluate everything. Resizing trips, when to offer them, pricing, places, partnerships and most recently adding imports from the places I visit. Here's a few buns in the oven:
A.) Moving ahead, any new trips created will contain even more purpose. We'll be searching out ways to connect cultures and worlds.
B.) You can expect to see more of the arts involved in all regions we visit. Whether it be hands on, observationally, auditory or otherwise.
C.) By the time we leave there will be a positive impact on both the community we visit, and those involved on our trips.
This year has changed the way I see the world, and I believe the change is profoundly good. We're going to make a difference, and should you decide to come along, so will you. A not-for-profit is in the works to sponsor youth travel, promote cultural heritage, and education. A new Fair-Trade Import-Export business has begun, and is only at the very beginning stages, with the name and domain obtained. These things aren't in conflict, but in harmony, and it's my hope that through travel we make a meaningful difference. I'll be updating you throughout the process by live video and more blogs.
Between now and then, I wish you a Very Happy Holiday. If anything, this year has taught us how Important the bonds we have between us really are. I'm grateful for the ones I have with you. Let's bring in the new year with a sense of optimism, hope, healing and gratitude that we have survived! Until next time!
Update: As a result of the experiences I've had throughout Ecuador and Costa Rica, two trips have been born. The first is Expedition Ecuador. This is a culturally immersive experience, and the reflection of my experiences in and around Ecuador.
The second is Costa Rica Exotica, built from time spent in San Jose, Mount Arenal, Monteverde and Quepos. The Ticos are superb hosts, and the wildlife is like no other. It looks like a promising future ahead, and I'm just about to enter the season for Black Hills and Badlands Tours. See you soon!