Lessons from Lockdown

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  • August 22, 2018

In the Absence of Travel

Reflecting on Art and Travel

As summer continued on a tumultuous note as the world eased its way out of stay-at-home orders, announcements from destinations reopening around the world poured into my inbox. One after another, large and small business owners have learned all too well the Lessons from Lockdown. After months of being away from the hospitality industry, they’re eager to emerge from this unparalleled global health crisis, despite limitations brought about by social distancing.

The travel industry has taken a direct hit. I don’t need to tell anyone in tourism how devastating this pandemic has been and no one knows the longterm ramifications it will have on our world. Meanwhile, as the destinations I’ve longed to visit are emerging, there’s a reason to believe we will all recover and thrive again.

What did you do to stay sane and remain hopeful during the months of social isolation? Hopefully, you were able to relax and are working towards rebuilding your business and the summer and fall will be a time for rejuvenation. Find time to relax and continue the dream.

Among the Lessons from Lockdown I’ve learned are to focus on the positive as much as possible and relish those moments when we had time to ponder and create while not knowing what the future holds. In many ways, it was also a call to action and a reminder to cherish life and nature. The forests and walking trails and sparsely populated city streets became the center of our worlds as we headed outdoors.

I’ll be taking time off as needed to continue with the positive changes my family and I made during the lockdown. Similarly, as we begin the slow process moving forward into the post-pandemic world, eventually, I’ll resume traveling but for now, it’s time to remain cautious and continue with my Everything, Everywhere, Travel Writer podcast I began in March and the digital series that followed.

My subscriber list has grown leaps and bounds this year to a point where I know you must be enjoying my content. I’d love to know why you’ve chosen to follow my website. What types of posts would you like to see on What’s your favorite post on my website?

What’s your idea of the perfect

Joan Matsui Artist and Travel Writer
By now, my subscribers have come to know me as an environmentalist, nature and beach enthusiast, food aficionado, educator, and an avid fly angler.

Where do we go from here?

That’s a difficult question to answer in light of the complexity of the Corona-virus.

But if you continue to offer lodging services, I’m here to help you promote your destination. My team and I will book podcast appearances, create post ideas, and set up sponsorship opportunities to meet your needs. Contact us for more information.

Joan Mead-Matsui, Founder and Publisher

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