Travel from Home: The State of Tourism as we know it

COVID-19 was something the world was not prepared for.

It came like a high tide at noon– growing slowly in the background, gaining momentum while the world continued on unsuspectedly, only to have it come crashing down and upheaving all that has come across its path.

For the first time in a long time, there is a single thread, something that is connecting and affecting all walks of life on our Earth– some, in more tragic ways than others. COVID-19 has taught us more about loss, survival, life and our human condition more in this past year than we can even come to realize. We have seen tremendous acts of humanity happen every day; we see this in random acts of kindness, acts of service and humanitarian efforts. From picking up extra supplies for high-risk neighbours while out at the grocery store, paying it forward, donating, volunteering and wearing a mask while out in public– our daily interactions have all shown us that you don’t need to be extraordinary to make a difference and that even the most simple, mundane interactions have meaning.

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There is nothing that COVID-19 has not impacted in some way. As a society, we have had to accept this as our new normal, we have had to adapt and evolve. If there is anything that we can take away from this past year, we have certainly learned that we as a collective people are stronger united, that there is no room now or ever, for division or hatred within our society. We all live in coexistence– as humans, as people, we have more in common than the "differences" between us have led us out to believe.

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It is a part of the human condition to be able to feel, to hear, to touch, to dream, to want to explore and learn– we are human because of our experiences, we are human because of our ability to connect with others. Humans intrinsically crave and want human connection.

Although COVID-19 has obviously limited our physical interactions and the ability to move freely all over the world, our appetite for adventure has not waned. With countries in lockdown, borders closed and limitations on non-essential travel, the tourism and leisure industry, much like many other industries have suffered greatly. People have been quarantined at home for months, self-isolating and distancing themselves from others as the itch to explore a sun-drenched elsewhere grows within them each day.

Navigating the Pandemic and Travel

For many of us who have been stuck at home for over a year now, watching headlines and numbers on a screen grow and climb, the future seems bleak. Right now, it’s hard to imagine what life will be like in a post-COVID world- will we ever go back to our normal? And perhaps the more pressing question is, when?

When, will this all be over?

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For those hungry to get out and explore, I pose this question– what is it about travel that you miss?

Is it the places itself, the adventure or the thrill of being in uncharted territory? Travel in itself can be so poetic, but the journey of venturing out to different parts of the world and exploring all that it has to offer is a story that becomes so unique to the individual themselves and the people they meet along the way shape the narrative.

At Lokafy, the mission is simple- we want to transform the way people travel by putting a focus on people versus places. We make travel a whole-body enriching experience that’s about the people you meet and the connections you make, through the stories and memories you share and create.

Yes- it is beautiful and exciting to be somewhere you have never been, and the sense of adventure you feel when travelling is part of why people catch that travel-bug in the first place; however, what we take away at the end of our adventures is the memories. When we reminisce over our memories from trips past, we remember the people we came across and the way we felt at that very moment more than what we saw or heard.

Memories are much like stories- they are layered, nuanced and are guided by its characters. People are what makes a story relatable and approachable through our shared experiences and feelings.

Travel from Home

In this new virtual COVID-era world, making connections with other people is easier than ever before. COVID-19 may have hindered our ability to be physically together with others but at the other end of the spectrum, it has forced us to overcome this hurdle and find other ways to keep in touch.

Lokafy's Travel from Home experience is a way in which you can still connect with someone in other parts of the world while we are keeping our distance from one another. With Travel from Home, you can listen and learn all about a place you have never been to with a local Lokafyer themselves, all while staying in the comfort of your own home.

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We know times are hard right now- it seems like the world has been put on an indefinite pause. While we await brighter days ahead, take comfort in knowing that this will end. Right now, we can plan and prepare as best as we can for that day but until then, we must hang on to the hope that we will be together again soon. Sometimes the anticipation is just as exciting as the reward.

In a world that seems so uncertain at this very moment, what I do know for sure is that the story does not end here– we are entering a new chapter, one that continues to unfold every day. As the protagonists in our own stories, it is up to us to continue them by connecting with other people, by keeping the narrative alive.

It's hard to imagine what we will have in store for us in a post-COVID world, but for right now, I'm choosing to take comfort in my ability to stay connected and meet new people, albeit virtually, while still being able to share the memories that I create along the way.

What do you say? Will you join us?