Do We Stay or Go? Travel in the Time of Pandemic

"I asked my writers if they would share stories of how the virus is affecting them and theirs, and they responded big time.... I hope you find some useful information in this special edition of Food, Wine, Travel Magazine where our writers address how the coronavirus is affecting them and you during this world-wide emergency."  — Chris Cutler, Executive Editor. 

FWT Magazine 2020 Special Edition Cover

 "Another benefit of being part of a professional organization is the ability to have a collective mind of travel writers who, like our readers, are being affected by COVID-19. Here is our special edition of Food, Wine, Travel Magazine that I'm an associate editor for. Senior Editor, Chris Cutler did an amazing job with this edition—The World in Crisis. Please read and share our stories. Thanks all, and stay safe!"     — Noreen Kompanik

FWT Magazine page spread Do We Stary or Do We Go?

"Travel plans have been upended in recent days by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, not to mention life in general... Members of International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) quickly wrote articles for this special issue about how they are handling it. (I'm an Associate Editor and included my own reflections on its impact on me and my travels, so far...on page 28, near the end.) Thanks to Editor, Chris Cutler, for her efforts to put this together quickly!"     — Debbra Dunning Brouillette

A Message from the IFWTWA Board of Directors

The current coronavirus situation is affecting all of us, both as travelers and as travel writers. Members are wondering whether to cancel scheduled plans and what to say to their readers and followers. Our best advice is to stay calm and remain positive about the future of travel. Everyone has to make his or her best decisions based on personal risk factors and specific travel plans and destinations. There are no blatantly right or wrong answers right now — except to wash your hands!

Although there are many uncertainties about the direction this crisis may take, the bottom line is that "this too shall pass." And when it is over, our followers and tourism agencies will need us more than ever to guide them as travel plans emerge again. Now is the time to write, organize your photos, and explore possibilities for the future. It is also a good time to network with your fellow IFWTWA writers for support and ideas about future travel plans.

Wishing everyone the best as we deal with this challenging situation. 


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