Poet Walt Whitman penned great advice for uncertain times such as these. He wrote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” My team and I at AdventureSmith Explorations are putting this sage advice into practice. While our whole-hearted support goes out to those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we gain strength by focusing on the splendors of our Earth and how nature continues to inspire, soothe and heal us.

During times like these, we are proud to be trusted travel advisors.

During times like these, we are proud to be trusted travel advisors for not only our clients with currently booked trips, but also our family of alumni travelers and worldwide network of travel agents and operators. We’ve no doubt been faced with added logistics and communications these past few months as travel shifts around the globe, but working with clients to solve complex travel challenges has always been at the core of our business. That’s why I’ve received Condé Nast Traveler‘s prestigious Top Travel Specialist designation now seven times, and why our team and our curated expedition cruises and wilderness adventures stand the many tests of time. A reminder, when it comes to travel during these challenging times:

Use us as your greatest ally

AdventureSmith has strong, longtime relationships with our partners and thus in-depth knowledge about travel destinations, operators and their responses to the pandemic. We have been in daily contact with our ground operators, small ships, wilderness lodges and industry organizations worldwide to ensure we can not only provide the most up-to-date information (a glimpse of which can be found on our COVID-19 Information for AdventureSmith Travelers page) but also to advocate for our booked clients and their adjusting needs. All of this combined can assist you in making the right decision about your travel plans.

The benefits of small, sustainable travel are great

Our wilderness lodges are rooted in their environment, often run in partnership with the local community. And as you know, we represent a select portfolio of small ships that, depending on the destination, range from an average of 20 to 100 guests and have flexible itineraries. The size of these expedition ships means that crews and passengers will benefit from the reality that they are not surrounded by thousands of other travelers in port or on-board, and many are available to charter with your own small group.

We can help with your peace of mind

As trusted advisors, our team will discuss the wide variety of booking options and trip terms & conditions, including quite a few flexible-booking deals now available for securing future travel without worry. Booking a trip, deciding on travel insurance and adjusting any travel plans are all made easier and with peace of mind through our personalized customer service. “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor,” and you can benefit from our team’s experience with all the facets of travel, including unforeseen interruptions.

Curate that bucket list & when you’re ready, we’ll be here

While much immediate travel is clearly disrupted, know that travel operators and communities worldwide are working to flatten the curve now. And rest assured that our operations team is forging ahead to ensure we have the best travel options for 2020 and 2021 available for you here on our website. We are continuing our passion for world travel in these uncertain weeks by researching our destinations, beefing up our resources for our travelers, supporting our partners and remaining the company that you can trust. They say that the excitement and anticipation of travel can be as much fun as the journey, so I encourage you to draw upon that feeling now. And when the time is right for your next trip, we’ll be here for you.

Together, our world will get through this. I remain optimistic that we are all on the right track to minimize the disruption and impact of COVID-19 if we all continue to take our responsibility seriously. Join me in continuing to look for the sunshine and toward that time in the not-so-distant future when we can resume our normal lives and fulfill our travel dreams.

This post is among AdventureSmith Explorations’ extensive collection of travel guides; find more on the AdventureSmith Travel Blog. While originally published in March 2020, the information on this page has since been updated to reflect the latest from our team.