Hooooo-boy, 2020 - you’ve had an interesting start! It’s almost as if Mother Nature is sending us all to the naughty corner to have a good, hard think about what we’ve done… Light-heartedness aside, this period of time has certainly been a challenge for almost everyone. Between cancelled events, a new world order of working from home and a general decline in outside activity, many shops, hotels, restaurants and businesses have been left unsure what the future brings.
However, we recognise that this is the time to help each other, to band together and consider long-term solutions to support businesses and tourism operators. We all want to see our favourite local establishments survive so that we can go back to supporting them IRL (in real life) when it's safe to be back out in the world. So with that in mind, here are a few things you can do to help those businesses stay afloat until we see them again on the heavily disinfected flipside.
Everyone’s a winner here! You may have seen this idea floating around social media lately, and it’s the easiest way to inject a little cash into your favourite businesses - those businesses can record some revenue on their books, and you or your travel buddies have something fun to look forward to later. When you can't visit a local business now, but you know you'll want to later, gift cards and vouchers are the best show of support. That includes vouchers to restaurants, bars, hotels and accommodation houses, tours and activities and everything in between. Your future self (and the business) will thank you.
Let’s address the aeroplane-sized elephant in the room. The travel industry has been king hit with several mighty doses of bad news over the last few months. Between bushfires and border closures, there is no limit to the impact these issues will have on our beloved industry. However, the most important thing we can all do is to keep travel planning and adding destinations to your bucket list like normal. Or better yet, plan your next holiday down to the very last detail. Not only is it a fun way to pass the time in isolation, but by the time bookings reopen, you’ll know exactly what to do and when. Keep calm, and (please) plan to travel on.
Social distancing means people are spending more time on their phones and computers, which means more people on social media, ironically using it for exactly what its original intended use was for – creating connectivity and being social!
There’s only so much scrolling for good news and cat memes a person can watch (although, here at TPDD HQ, we are especially loving the hilarious creativity that’s coming out of the interwebs… another post for another time…), so once you’ve had your fill there, the next best thing to do is support all your favourite businesses by giving them some 5-star reviews. Google, Tripadvisor, Facebook – all those occasions you said to yourself, ‘Oh, I’ll write that review when I’ve got a little time…’, well now’s your chance. Share posts, make nice comments on photos or videos, sprinkle some gold review dust their way so that when doors DO reopen, not only will the Google-Gods love them, but everyone else will as well. And you’ll feel good, too.
This might seem like an obvious one, but in times of great adversity it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together, and spreading a little gratitude is the easiest way to make someone’s day. When you do need to venture to the shops to buy what you need (that’s a hard no to hoarding toilet paper, people), be sure to say thanks to the employees who are hard at work stocking shelves, manning petrol stations or delivering essential goods. It can be easy to forget that many of these people are working overtime to keep wheels turning. A simple thank you can go a long way to spreading a little gratitude and goodwill… which, as opposed to spreading germs, is something we could all use a little more of right now.
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