Here at MFM we pride ourselves on being globally minded. Our team is comprised of a curious, wanderlust filled group of gypsies and nomads. Many of us have lived in a variety of states and countries throughout our late teens and twenties. Traveling more often for business than pleasure in our most recent years, we've all racked up quite an envious number of air miles globe trotting or bouncing around the domestic grid for conferences, trade shows, factory visits and sourcing trips.
So, what's a wanderer to do during a time like this?
Itching to use those air miles? We highly suggest keeping an eye on @kosantravel as they have taken it upon themselves to post travel updates for almost every country you could ever aspire to see. Each post provides extensively detailed information regarding each country's COVID-19 related protocol and traveler stipulations, including medical and insurance fees. The burning question: Can you as a US citizen and high risk civilian of the world still visit other countries this year? Yes. However, it will cost you a lot more time and a lot more money.
Not keen on the now deeply complicated international travel game? Might we suggest you #optoutside and hit the dusty trail into the bountiful wilderness our beautiful country has to offer. From the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains, Joshua Tree to The Adirondack Park. America is one of the most terrain diverse countries there is. Road trips have been vastly under rated in the past few years, over shadowed by an explosion (we were a part of) in international travel. Perhaps the simplicity of a road trip is just what the doctor ordered.
But is traveling safe? Well, the truth of the matter is, if you listen to science - the answer is no, it's not safe. Not right now. However, the decision to travel, or not to travel, is a profoundly personal one during risky times like these.
All of us here at MFM are transplants. Staying locked up as required during quarantine was a necessary evil we all willingly participated in (and will again, if we must). However, many of us have not seen our families since Christmas or even longer (last summer). So in the past few weeks we have each individually decided if, how, and when we would venture "home" to visit relatives. Some of us decided to drive rather than fly. Some decided to fly. Some decided to continue to wait until this Christmas. The decisions were made based on emotion in consultation with our families and without judgement from one another.
Regardless of whether or not you personally decide to travel this summer or at any point during the remainder of this pandemic, that decision is truly yours. It is up to you and your family, your friends, and your loved ones. The only advice we can give with any educated certainty is if, and when you do decide to travel, please wear a mask. Pack hand sanitizer. Wash your hands frequently and obey social distancing guidelines whenever possible. Your decision to protect yourself could ultimately ensure those you're traveling to see stay safe and healthy during your visit and long after you're gone.
Stay safe, stay stylish, stay humble.
Founder & CEO, Love Saves Apparel PBC