“Traveling just for the sake of traveling” is not the only purpose of our existence.
This was a piece of advice I gave in 2015 during a keynote speech on transitions in our lives.
I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. People of all ages struggle to stay alive in intensive care units around the world. Others are quarantined by their families in other countries. Thousands have lost loved ones.
We are together
Fight a virus with no known cure at the moment.
On the downside,
Companies like Netflix and Amazon are thriving beyond their wildest limits
dreams and tries to cope with supply and demand. Digital products like
Books, podcasts and videos are in greater demand than ever.
Many of us oscillate between different emotions – fear and belief, hope and humor, tears and thrills. Often within the same hour. And really, there is no right or wrong way to feel and process what is going on as long as you don’t hurt anyone.
It is also
very blatant that one of the hardest hit industries is during this pandemic
the travel industry.
Airlines, hotels, travel destinations, tour operators, tour guides and every single branch in the travel industry have such big problems that many have already closed their businesses forever and dismissed loyal employees indefinitely.
Media – bloggers, journalists, influencers – are most affected. After
All in all, we create visual stories, stir up wanderlust and encourage everyone else to do so
Get out of your couches and explore not only your own backyards, but also the distance
I leafed through all of this through my keynote address given by WITS in Riga.
Latvia, last November. During this conversation, I shared this with some controversy
Foil, considering that I spoke at a travel conference.
Then I asked this question to the colleagues in the travel industry:
What would you still like to do that you can both bring with you when traveling or at home?
Examples from my friends and colleagues Mickela
Mallozzi by Bare Feet who explores dance through travel Candace Rose Rardon who researches sketch
Art through travel and Kellee Edwards
who challenges stereotypes through travel.
Ladies and I, travel is the path we have actively chosen to explore ours
Passions. Mickela could have been a dancer in a dance group, Candace
I was an illustrator at a marketing agency and Kellee could have been a broadcaster.
All of us
has chosen travel as our preferred way to express and explore ours
I turned to the slide on which I described my own passion explore
This means getting under culture, understanding differences and building bridges
this is that
Subconscious mind that drives my work. I’ve also looked at where
This underlying passion came from.
And it was
I grew up
in Nigeria … a country with over 500 languages and dialects in over 250
Understanding culture and all its nuances and shades means a lot to me. Not only
Understanding but connection to similarities so that we can live and learn side by side
with respect and tolerance.
If you follow my workyou can see this clearly
Thread in everything I do – from that Books
I write, the Photos I take,
and all that Projects I have participated in
working on, including mine latest
Fiction book series about black women in Sweden also.
Or why I
Help goals share their own stories of what makes them different
while we’re still addressing our similarities.
is the core of my work.
The quickest way for me to explore this was to choose Travel as my avenue.
But now I can no longer fully use travel as an avenue this moment.
My industry hurts and we don’t know when it will heal completely. Many of my friends and colleagues have lost their full-time jobs. Many independent platform owners have seen their overnight income streams essentially dry up.
And I am
not immune either.
Most of mine
travel-related work was either postponed to 2021 or this autumn or canceled
As a storyteller
What made this crisis stand out for me is that I should
Remind me constantly not to confuse the path I choose with passion
Humans, now is not the time to turn away from what we have spent decades
Building. Now is the time to re-evaluate current business models.
That was mine
Income table that I shared publicly in 2018 after 10 years of sharing
my pitching charts. I had already started turning away from freelance years
previously reduced to 17%.
I am grateful that I have diversified as much as possible and have an anchor customer, a
Much of my income still comes from the travel industry.
I know that
everything is only temporary.
Industry will recover soon. Maybe not as fast as we imagine or want, but it is
will slowly bring back to life and regain its strength.
Start exploring again, eat again and stand in awe of natural wonders
My advice during
During these times, we all feel helpless and try to pan intelligently
Without losing all those precious years of investment, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- How can we pan sustainably while waiting for the industry to roar back?
- How can we navigate in a sustainable way in the event of another hit when it is back on stable feet?
- What would you still like to do that you can both bring with you on your travels?
or do it at home?
While the answers for each of us in the travel industry will be very different, mine personal answer as a storyteller is to remember why I chose to travel at all and to stay true to this underlying passion.
Then I can
Keep telling stories through words and multimedia that continue to honor what
drives my soul, regardless of the industry.
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