By Karen Quinn-Panzer
Opening my phone on Labor Day, I noticed not one but three vacation memories on this date, ranging from 2014 at Iberostar Grand (an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica) to 2017 on a Mekong River cruise to just last year in Palermo, Sicily.
My overwhelming reaction was that I had taken my travels for granted, along with my freedom to travel.
I started to ponder why we travel and how the pandemic has impacted those values.
There are so many reasons to get away: relaxation, a change of pace and to be pampered are just three reasons off the top of my head. To be a traveler versus a tourist – to explore and discover new places, people and customs can be a transformative experience. By traveling the world our perspective changes. Somehow, the world becomes both bigger and smaller at the same time. We see the things we have in common,…