A Special Message from DIRECTIONS President, Tod DeHart

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Reimagining Travel

during the age of covid

December 2021

We are grateful to see so many of our travelers venturing out during the past year.  For years, I have written about the beneficial power travel has on one's health and wellness, and now couldn't be a better time to spread our wings for adventure again.  We all have changed the navigation of our daily lives to remain safe.  It is our responsibility, as your tour professionals, to REIMAGINE travel safely while you journey further away from home.

 

We all continue to hear reports of the new variants of coronavirus and every day we field calls from travelers that are considering coming back to travel but worry about making their reservations too early.  During the last year, we learned many things have changed in the world of travel... and we are prepared and poised better than ever to welcome our travelers, new and returning, back onboard. I am proud to say that DIRECTIONS Tours was the first company in our region to "reboot travel" in Autumn of 2020 with our successful "Social Distancing" tours.  We ventured out to empty roads, hotels and attractions that collaborated with us to ensure our guests health safety measures/protocols.  It really was a surreal time to be back on the road... but so freeing and liberating!

 

Once vaccines were available in early 2021, we gained confidence that offering safe tours was possible.  However, we also knew it wasn't a time to let our guard down.  During summer, the virus transmissions began to lower across the country, but we continued to travel smart and remained vigilant for our guest’s safety.  Throughout the last year, we consulted health experts, continue reviewing the most up-to-date information, and conversed with our travel/tourism partners on what new customary traveling protocols should be in place during pandemic times.  Across the board, almost all major tour companies have implemented important health protocols requiring their guests to be vaccinated against Covid-19.


We find the need to simplify things for our guests, our employees, and travel partners to continue traveling without delays, cancellations or worry.  Moving forward for 2022 (until noted otherwise), DIRECTIONS Tours guests must EITHER be Fully Vaccinated OR provide proof of a Negative COVID-19 rapid test result taken within 3 days of their tour departure date.  Being crammed in a motorcoach or an airplane might seem like a traveling petri dish, but rest assured,
DIRECTIONS Tours also is restricting capacity to 50-60% onboard our tours.  A little extra breathing room means everything these days!  Not to mention, we are INCLUDING Cancellation Protection for "peace of mind" for our traveling guests. Please visit our website for all our current Health Safety Protocols in travel.

 

Thank you for choosing DIRECTIONS Tours – We will never stop working to earn your continued loyalty.  A very warm Thank You!

 

 

Tod D. DeHart

President

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