In an era of too much information, I choose to simplify data as much as possible. Bottomline, if there's nothing that can be done based on knowing the information, then it serves no purpose.
But in most instances, information does float around in the form of random comments, opinions and the sharing of perspectives in conversations and social media. How we process (and choose to process) those pieces of information is entirely up to us.
By believing everything you see and hear, one becomes vulnerable to making the wrong decisions. Always think before you say or act!
Before 2020, I had been able to plan and book overseas trips up to Hong Kong, Shanghai, or virtually anywhere in the world within 24 hours to a week’s notice. Things are probably going to be slightly different now.
A lot of people are saying that travelers and flights will come back when a vaccine is found. After reading what’s going on in the rest of the world and experiencing first-hand the situation at home, I think this is going to be challenging.
Pent up travel demand can only go so far in driving the economic rebound. Fundamentally, both business and leisure travels are probably going to be less “frivolous”. What this means is that less people are going to be able to say:
“Let’s book a ticket to city XXX tomorrow”
“Let’s do a day trip to XXX”.
Cross-border traveling is going to be subject to mandatory immigration health checks, both in the departing and destination cities. And the lead time to make any travel plans could easily be extended by up to 48 hours at least. This creates a lot of friction for any travel planning and also provides a convenient excuse for unwilling jet setters who might now prefer to stay put.
No more spontaneous trips. Going forward, there's going to be a group of people who will think twice before making impulsive or short term trips to anywhere in the world.
Social media these days allow people to only showcase the "best" versions of themselves or what they choose to portray to the world. It's mostly about personal victories and trophies. The oopsies and slip-ups don't show up on the LinkedIn and Facebook feeds. But whenever something is achieved, the confetti and loud-hailers come out. Things are often more rosy than they sound.
We often over-hype on the little successes we have and sweep our weaknesses under the carpet. For whatever excuse we have for doing that, it creates a highly warped version of what the world really looks like. And unfortunately, like it or not, most of us live and breathe in that reality.