One of the more interesting things that has emerged from this crazy situation are all of the virtual tours you can do now. I did a fair amount of traveling around the US as a child, and those will always be great memories and I look forward to doing more traveling sometime in the future. But I don’t know that the experience of being in some places is worth the expense and risk and other stuff that you have to go through in order to get there, especially if you’ve never been to that place before and don’t know if you’ll like it. Yes, as I said there’s something to be said for going to the places where other people walked and lived and experiencing it first hand, and you won’t make the same memories with family and friends sitting on the couch as you would on your journey to or at that destination.
But we’re given the opportunity now to explore national parks, museums, architectural locations and lots of fun animal-focused destinations at home right now and that means that we’re given the opportunity to see and learn things that we might not have learned otherwise. I’m not opposed to those locations asking for an email to access the content or even encouraging or suggesting donations or requiring a small fee. I believe that it would more than make up for the loss of the regular fees that many organizations are missing out on right now because people aren’t traveling. Also, having that virtual experience at little or no cost first could also lead to people wanting to experience it in person, to wanting to buy merchandise or other experiences, neither of which may have been a possibility before.
I know this sounds like it belongs on my other blog where I talk at least once weekly about business topics, and while it could, my inspiration for this post is really about being excited with how much of the world we’re able to explore thanks to technology, and how thankful I am to be part of this very diverse world that we live in. This isn’t about pivoting (I’m super tired of hearing that word), it’s about sharing all the amazing things in this world with as many people as possible. I think we’ve all gained an appreciation for our world and all the amazing things in it during this time, both from learning what’s out there thanks to our virtual-only dependence, and from having our normal lives put on hold which gave us additional time to explore other things.
I hope that we remain as curious, connected and community-oriented as we’ve worked to become these past few months as we head into the future. What have you learned about the world we share during these months?