We at Zephyr Adventures are in the travel industry and, as such, have been hit hard by the coronavirus and COVID-19. Travel has stopped and, without anyone knowing how long this crisis will last, it is very difficult to plan for the future.
So what does a tour operator do during home isolation?
First of all, we at Zephyr Adventures are pretty used to “home isolation”. We have now been virtual for 18 years and so are used to working at home. There are always things to do as a small business owner: plan future tour locations, improve our marketing materials, write news posts like this, etc.
At the same time, with everyone else now isolating it has changed my life entirely.
I am a half-time single dad and so on school days when I have my daughter, I am pretty busy. Her school is doing quite well with online live video learning but the school day is shorter and breaks for a 1st grader mean “it’s time to play with dad”. So it keeps me occupied.
When I don’t have my daughter, things are much harder for me. Normally, my day is filled with emails and video meetings but those have diminished dramatically. It reminds me of 1997 when I started my company as a sole proprietor. When I was working from home and not traveling, I would get so lonely I would go to the supermarket just to talk to the lady in the fruit department!
Now everything has to be virtual:
- I have arranged weekly or biweekly video chats with my greater family (22 people), two good friends from my time in Boulder, two good friends from my time living in Minneapolis, and my five best friends from grade school!
- I am the troop master for the local First Grade Girl Scouts Troop and we are now doing weekly online story time with the girls.
- I also run a local Wine, Food, and Beer Social Club that, of course, cannot meet. Tomorrow we are doing our first virtual wine tasting (from a small cooperative in the town of Buxy where we have gone on our Burgundy tours), both for fun and to support our local wine shop.
We at Zephyr have not attempted to create any “virtual travel discussions” or anything else. Instead, we are trying to lay low, monitor our planned 2020 tours, and be ready when we do come out of this virus scare to serve your hopefully pent-up travel demand! But if you have any ideas for how we can help you, please let me know.
Allan, Zephyr’s Owner