Breathe and be thankful.

100 Tiny Blessings, and Waiting for Better Days

Sunflower

Dear Friend,

Every day, a hundred new and unsettling developments.

Every day, a hundred little blessings.

Events are unfolding so fast, each day feels like seven. It was only last week that all of Italy went into Red Zone restrictions, and now most of the US is in some sort of closure: schools, non-essential businesses, offices. By the time you read this, all of the US may be in lockdown.

As tonight marks a week of my local county’s first wave of closures, I have spent almost all of these last 7 days at home: working, home schooling, cleaning, and checking in with friends and family by phone. (Many of you know this drill or will soon.)

I have also helped refine and communicate policies for Untourists due to travel this spring. It has been heartbreaking and stressful for us as we have asked owners to cancel bookings, negotiated date changes, and contacted disappointed or concerned would-be Untourists.

Here at Untours, as we set remote work plans, we also take steps and craft policies to secure our viability in the long term. We intend to be here for 2021 and well beyond.

As I chat with colleagues and friends from our home exile, I notice a trend. In the face of disturbing news, we feel gratitude for the simplest things: daffodils sprouting in the garden, a forgotten chocolate bar in a desk drawer, that 15-minute stretch when the sun through the window falls directly on a favorite recliner, a scarf that conjures memories of the Roman market where it was bought.

You are among our blessings, and we will endure this together. Take care, friends. Stay safe and healthy. And please stay in touch.

In community,

image

PS:
Stay safe. Stay home. Flatten the curve. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face.

The Mullens

A Post-War Reunion in Switerland
Peter Mullen, Untourist and Untours Foundation donor, recounts an emotional reunion between his late wife and the family that hosted her as a child after WWII.

Swiss Wartime Family
Florence

Dispatch from Italy in the Coronavirus Era
Helen is our Untour staff person in Florence, and her field report is an account of a city on lockdown, and an eerie glimpse into a not too distant future.

The View from Florence
Carnevale

Carnevale Before COVID-19
Some of us were shocked when Carnevale festivities in Venice were cancelled last month. Now any gathering of more than 10 people feels unfathomable. Here are scenes from Venice before the crisis, shot a month ago.

Time Capsule
Untours Foundation

Support the Untours Foundation
Small businesses are being hit hard by current economic volatility. Some of our investees are asking the foundation for emergency loans and grants. Please consider a gift to our emer-gency fund to help these great businesses!

Help Small Businesses
2021

We are getting ready for 2021!

Some of our regions are live for next year and more destination and apartments will follow. Start planning your trip now! For regions that are not live on our website, email us to get on a waitlist for alerts on 2021.

It's a great time to connect!
Follow us & join the conversation.

Facebook Twitter Instagram

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

~OptOut_12~ Unsubscribe from all emails

Untours 415 E Jasper St Media, Pennsylvania 19063 United States (888) 868-6871