Many countries have closed off entry into their countries. Some states are restricting interstate crossing by car. Some hotels are not allowing people from certain states to be accommodated by them.
Airlines are going above and beyond to keep planes stealthy. Flights that are still available for booking are often drastically cheaper than before. Rightfully so, there are restrictions to the number of passengers on flights. Certain airports have temporarily been out of operation. Those complimentary snacks I love are no longer being handed out.
Trips and conferences are being cancelled left and right, even ones well into the year. Most beach destinations were closed, at least for a period of time. Cities, like mine, and countries whose travel and tourism industry made up a large portion of its income were hit quite hard and are being faced with the results of this fact.
More of humanity are working online and remotely, which is a dream come true for anyone who feels called to travel. Many would say they have slowed down tremendously (strangely enough, this is often our unmet goal when we travel, I’ll try to cover more on that in another post).
Creatives who tour are doing concerts and other events virtually. Many people have learned to be entertained in new ways, some of which I will share here on the blog.
All in all, the travel industry looks a lot more sparse throughout the whole world.
People are naturally feeling a deeper desire to get away from their homes, because they have felt so confined and controlled. The average person has a desire to go out and experience new things, people, and cultures, but for the long-term safety of us all we have made a conscious choice to put travel on the back burner. And for that, we should be grateful, because we still have our lives!
During this pandemic, I came across a passage in scripture that really speaks to the times we are living in.
Read 2 Chronicles 15:5-7 in the picture to the right or directly below.
Why wasn’t it safe to travel? Because the people of the other nations, and at one point Israel themselves, were not with God. (Read the full chapter for more on this.)
This rings true today! We as people constantly reject God, the one who withholds distress from us when we are with Him. When we try to operate without Him, He is no longer required to keep us safe, because we are doing things on our own. But when we seek Him, we are able to find Him and the safety that only He offers!
From there, He send us people like Azariah son of Obed to remind us to be strong and not give up! The Holy Spirit is the One who allows us to uphold this. In our own might and power it is not going to be successful.
I encourage everyone to map out, dream about, research, or plan the different places you would like to go and things you would like to do one day when appropriate. Hear, pray, go (eventually), and write what God is calling you to do and you might just get to see it happen in time! Keep the faith!
Be safe out there in the name of Jesus Christ, y’all!