Dear Friends and Travelers,
Poet Walt Whitman penned great advice for uncertain times such as these. He wrote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
My team and I at AdventureSmith Explorations are putting this sage advice into practice. While our whole-hearted support goes out to those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we gain strength by focusing on the splendors of our Earth and how nature continues to inspire, soothe and heal us. Knowing that, when this is over, we will need nature more than ever.
During times like these, we are proud to be your trusted travel advisor. Albeit needing to adjust some of our office operations for remote work, AdventureSmith Explorations remains fully operational and here for our travelers. My staff and I continue to work closely with each of our current and prospective travelers to craft the best journey and be your most up-to-date connection and resource when events out of our control arise.
Writing to you like this is bittersweet as this month I was once again named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for expedition ship cruising and had originally hoped this news would headline this letter. Instead, we are faced with added logistics and communications as travel shifts around the globe. But working with clients to solve complex travel challenges has always been at the core of our business, and why I’ve received this Condé Nast designation now seven times. Our team and our curated expedition cruises and wilderness adventures stand the many tests of time.
Rest assured the AdventureSmith Explorations staff has been in daily contact with our ground operators, small ships, wilderness lodges and industry organizations worldwide to ensure we can provide the most up-to-date travel reports and options, a glimpse of which can be found on our Coronavirus Information for AdventureSmith Travelers page. With the international situation changing daily, here’s what we are currently advising our clients to consider:
Together, our world will get through this. I remain optimistic that we are all on the right track to minimize the disruption and impact of COVID-19 if we all continue to take our responsibility seriously. Join me in continuing to look for the sunshine and toward that time in the not-so-distant future when we can resume our normal lives and fulfill our travel dreams.
Founder and President
P.S. I am available via my contact information above. Love to hear from you! Thanks.