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Some thoughts on the recent bailout of Air Canada

April 17th, 2021
Some thoughts on the recent bailout of Air Canada

Greetings from Thailand!

I'm sure most travellers in Canada by now have heard about the government decision to bail out Air Canada, as the airline industry worldwide is reeling from the ongoing pandemic.

I did a video about the subject of bailing out the airlines all the way back last March, and with the situation still raging over a year later, it's no surprise to find ourselves where we are on this.

Can You Speak The Language Of Flowers?

April 9th, 2021
Can You Speak The Language Of Flowers?

Oh, I should have known.

Or more correctly, I should have checked. It was the first flower I ever gave someone - and yet, there’s me, with no knowledge of plants or flowers at all. I should have known I’d get myself into trouble. Perhaps someone who grew up surrounded by flowers, steeped in both their nature in the wild and their meanings in the human world, would have spotted my blunder in advance.

The secret to Asia’s pandemic success

April 9th, 2021
The secret to Asia’s pandemic success

Greetings from Thailand!

Well, the mood in most places these days seems rather dour; here in Thailand we too are in the process of re-locking down in the face of a 'Third Wave', albeit one that is several degrees of magnitude smaller than what's going on in North America and parts of Europe.

Webinar Replay: Gardens of England & France 2022

April 9th, 2021
Webinar Replay: Gardens of England & France 2022

Check out the replay from our recent Q&A webinar, where Gordon goes through the program structure and the highlights for our 2022 trip to explore some of the most pristine gardens in Europe and the UK:

For more webinar replays, click here.

What to make of the recent bad news about the pandemic

April 3rd, 2021
What to make of the recent bad news about the pandemic

Greetings from Thailand!

I've been keep abreast of the situation in Canada as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the globe, and needless to say its disheartening to see many of my friends and family entering yet another lockdown situation back at home.

Future LiveAways & upcoming webinars

March 27th, 2021
Future LiveAways & upcoming webinars

Greetings from Thailand!

This past week we looked to the future of our LiveAway programs in our LiveAways: Next Steps webinar, where we did a bit of a deeper dive into what it might look like to spend a month in Bali, Tuscany, Malta, or Colombia (you can watch the replay here if you're curious).

I've since gotten tons of great feedback, with Tuscany (perhaps unsurprisingly) coming out as the most popular, though with lots of interest in all of the options.

In One Ear, Out The Other: How Travel Will Help With Late-Stage Pandemic Brain

March 26th, 2021
In One Ear, Out The Other: How Travel Will Help With Late-Stage Pandemic Brain

A couple of weeks ago, The Atlantic ran an article by writer Ellen Cushing, who documented what the pandemic had done to her everyday behaviour. It’s a worrying read - but considering how weird and disruptive this last year has been, you may be able to identify with it (and with its subheading, “We have been doing this so long, we’re forgetting how to be normal”).

 

Cushing recounts her increasingly swiss-cheesed memory:

“The forgetting feels like someone is taking a chisel to the bedrock of my brain, prying everything loose.

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