The pandemic has changed life on Earth for the foreseeable future. With many restaurants just beginning to open up, we are still a long way to returning back to what we once were as a society. Who knows if we will even see many bars and clubs open back up.
The other unfortunate part of the pandemic is the suspension of all air travel. Traveling is now extremely restricted, and leisure travel is highly unadvised and even not allowed in some countries. Therefore, all your vacation plans will have to wait until the pandemic is over, and all restrictions are lifted. The big question to ask though, is where you should go? You want to celebrate the pandemic being over in style at a great location.
Here are six destinations that you should visit after the pandemic is over.
Visiting Paris is a great idea once the pandemic is over. Paris, otherwise known as the city of love, is a fantastic tourist destination with thousands of sights to see. However, because Paris is so traveled, you often need to plan months ahead of your vacation. The experts at https://expertvagabond.com/how-to-find-cheap-flights/ say that you can fly affordably if you are patient and wait for the right deal because flights can often be quite expensive to particular locations, especially if you are traveling from North America to Europe. There are plenty of benefits to going to France as well. Not only will the views be beautiful, but you will also be exposed to a variety of incredible French foods.
The Maldives is considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. With incredibly sandy beaches and a clear ocean, you can spend a whole day in the water. Not only that but when you travel there, you can get huts that are directly on the ocean. As soon as you wake up every morning, you can just step out of your hut and jump right into the water.
One of the main reasons to visit the Maldives as well is due to the fact that it is slowly sinking. Scientists are not sure how long it will take, but they are saying that there will be a time when you can no longer visit this beautiful country and take in the sights. Travel to the Maldives if you want a breathtaking tropical experience.
Rome is another top destination for everyone around the world. Just like Paris, there is plenty of architecture and sights to see. Home to the Catholic Church, regardless of your religion, you can take in some truly beautiful cathedrals and art.
Once that is done, feel free to travel to any of the restaurants in Rome. Just like France, Italy is known for its incredible cuisine, along with its varying styles of cuisine. In Rome, you can enjoy both the wonders of Northern and Southern Italian foods. When you visit Italy after the pandemic, make sure you are ready to eat.
Santorini is another tropical wonderland due to its unique architecture. There truly is nothing else like it in the world. When visiting, make sure that you bring your camera and a bathing suit as the beaches are incredible. Not only that, but the town itself is based on a hill, allowing you to look down at the majestic views. Your breath will absolutely be taken away if you travel to Greece, and it is another highly recommended spot.
Another amazing tourist spot in Europe, Amsterdam is famous for its laws along with the fabled "Red Light District." Going here is definitely an experience and will be much different than any place you have ever traveled to. With so many different stories surfacing out of the city, why don't you travel there after the pandemic and create one for yourself?
A final must-visit destination will take you to the other end of the world in western Asia. Tokyo Japan has been an extremely popular tourist destination for many years. Functioning almost like a mini New York City, Tokyo is a great place to experience Japanese culture in a large way. With some of the best sushi restaurants here, there is no shortage of amazing food and historical sights to see as well. Pack up your bags and make it a point to visit Tokyo once the pandemic is over.
When the pandemic ends, all of these will be fantastic locations to travel to. Make sure that you give yourself enough time in these places as well, as they are quite rich in culture, sights, and cuisine. And remember, just cause the pandemic is over, doesn't mean you shouldn't still take precautions. Have a mask with you and some sanitizer, and use it at your discretion. Where do you plan on traveling to once all of these restrictions have been lifted?
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"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.
Find A Need And Fill It
I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.
Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.
Have Working Capital And Credit
There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.
I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.
Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.
My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.
Know Your Product Thoroughly
I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?
My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.
My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!
More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.
Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth
I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.
I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.
Delegate From The Bottom Up
I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.
In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.