Wants and Needs

We here in the USA often confuse wants and needs. We are so used to being able to obtain all our wants that we forget what we need. Right now, we all need to concentrate on need. Before we go out, ask yourself “Do I really need to go out? Do I really need to go to the store?” Staying home saves lives, yours and mine. If you are feeling unconnected, call a friend, call me.

I very much want to take my grandson to Italy this June; we, like so many, have lots of great plans. But do we need to go? NO. Italy will be there for a long long time. I just read a book written 60 years ago, “Bedlam in the Backseat”. A family of six, with children under 12 traveled to Europe for five months. The Europe they saw is the same as I saw last year. Little changes, Venice is cleaner, and Naples is safer! We will all still go when we can.

Speaking of all. I am an independent travel advisor; I work for you under the umbrella of Vista Travel. And I am not going anywhere. The past month my job is answering questions, helping people get home, finding refunds or rescheduling. If you were one, please tell your friends and family the advantage of using a travel advisor.

The travel industry is clearly a luxury for many clients. We travel because we can and want to. That luxury may be gone for a while, but this industry has had many hits in the over 30 year I have been an agent, and we will survive with all your help.

Meanwhile, stay home, call a friend, wash your hands. Let’s all continue to come together and support each other during this challenging time. We’re all (reluctantly) putting travel on hold for now, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop dreaming of our next big adventure.

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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