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Be Advised - Cut the Clutter

Welcome back to Philip James Travel!

And as we continue to “stay in”, stuff continues to accumulate in various places, like kitchen counters and bedroom chairs, and soon that stuff becomes clutter. And the clutter continues to get worse until someone either sifts through it to discard things or to return them to their proper places. Clutter clearly becomes an impediment. So too, clutter is an impediment in the business of booking travel.

Pleasantly over the last couple of weeks, my phone has begun to ring steadily as clients are waking up from an extended hibernation and a repetitive hitting of the snooze button. This groggy wake up has fits and starts, and has tones of Monday mornings. As this newsletter often alludes, encouraging signs are appearing that we’ll be able to travel again soon; but then the signs are tempered with setbacks and an onslaught of confusion. Clutter!

When I first envisioned what the core benefits of my travel business were to be for my clients, one of the essential purposes was to assist in cutting through the clutter and confusion that pervades the online travel planning experience. Well, let me tell you, online clutter is now on steroids! It’s worse because of myriad new travel restrictions, mandates, orders, and warnings that are issued by a dizzying number of government leaders and agencies (or own and foreign), health organizations, and a variety of trade organizations. And even if they’re all trying to accomplish the same thing, they each have their own way of saying and going about it. Clutter!

So, what is desperately needed now is some uniformity with policies, requirements and the way data is collected, stored and shared. A health passport of some kind is widely suggested and discussed, but until it is a universally accepted one, it is a moot point. Frankly, I don’t see such a passport happening anytime soon, if ever. We're more likely to see enhanced usage of testing.

In light of the clutter confusion and the absence of a health passport, I as a professional travel advisor offer you my dedication in ensuring that wherever you plan to go, I will declutter the information for you, and I will keep you up to date on all your destination’s requirements and alerts. This is what I do, so that you can enjoy the trip (from planning through travel) as it is meant to be enjoyed, and you can (and should) just leave the worry to me.

With all of this in mind, if a trip is in your crosshairs, I encourage you to think seriously about your comfort level with traveling, and definitely call me to talk it through. It’s your comfort that matters; mine comes from knowing that I have kept you informed all along the way.

Let’s have a conversation about your comfort level and about any destinations you’re considering, and let me declutter it for you.

Destination Inspiration: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.”

Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American author, salesman and motivational speaker


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