It’s been my privilege to write to you for the past 9 Thanksgivings, from the very start of Galavante. This has always been our Thankful Issue and this year, we are especially thankful for you. You’ve inspired us at Galavante with your cooking, your TikTok videos, your humorous Face Book posts and your unbridled honesty, even when things were not so rosy. I’ve personally been so thankful for your words of encouragement, the laughs I’ve shared with many of you, social distance coffees, outdoor dining and all the ways that we’ve stayed in touch, and looked out for each other. Your kindness and generosity in helping others and your continued interest to travel the world are what keep me so motivated to embrace every single day. You’re just awesome.
It’s been a challenging year for everyone, even if you’ve rocked it out and made lemonade out of the lemons. For Galavante and for me, in many ways, this year, which has essentially been Chernobyl for the travel industry, has been a blessing. The irony is that this has not nearly been the toughest year of our business, since being an entrepreneur is a series of near-death life experiences. And in 9 years, we’ve had a number of those. Instead, we had unexpected certainty in many ways, and especially the one that meant the most – that we would survive this, and come out even stronger. Within 3 weeks of the start of the lockdown in the US, we took the opportunity to open up the lines of communication with you through The Weekly, which I have to say is something I even look forward to opening each week. We ramped up publishing articles because it is our passion, our mission, to inspire and to bring you a few laughs, with our critical survival skills involving caviar and making coconut shrimp. Because sometimes that’s what we need to get through this pandemic world.
It’s been an inspiring time for Galavante and for me, personally. We have been cranking on projects that are building our future, that otherwise would have been challenging had we not been on lockdown this year. As part of my life’s work, I will mentor a future female President of Afghanistan, feed 20,000 kids a day in Zimbabwe and teach entrepreneurs in Rwanda. I’m in this to change the world. I can’t wait to share more in the coming months as our projects launch.
For whatever this short-term has in store for us, you got this. And we got your back – always. Wishing you all the best this Thanksgiving and beyond.
Founder and Editor-in-chief