NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- As millions of people continue to be inoculated with the COVID vaccine and reported cases of the virus continue to decline, consumers itching to hit the road again are anxiously awaiting a third component to further stimulate travel: Spring! One year after business and leisure travel came to a screeching halt, consumers are seeing light at the end of a dark tunnel and beginning to jockey for position as the weather thaws and the prospects of travel begin to heat up. Joseph Rosendo is one globetrotter who knows a thing or two about travel destinations, safety, and patience. The Emmy-winning host of Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope on PBS spoke with ExpertFlyer.com to discuss his 40-year career as a travel writer, a year without travel and plans for the year ahead, and his new book, Musings – The Short Happy Pursuit of Pleasure and Other Journeys.
"For Travelscope's 12 seasons we have brought experiential travel experiences to consumers around the country, and around the world," Joseph Rosendo explains. "And I think that is the reason for our success. Today, travelers are interested in genuine, authentic experiences with other people and their cultures, not just a list of landmarks they can check off, and I think our PBS show inspires viewers to experience the world for themselves."
Rosendo concurred that consumers are chomping at the bit to get back out there and experience the world and physically connect with people again, himself included. The PBS show was placed on hiatus in 2020 and he is anxious to hit the road and roll the cameras once again. But the pandemic gave Rosendo the downtime he needed to compile (and consolidate) 40-plus years of travel experiences, reflections, and insights into a new book. "'Musings' is almost a travel diary of my adventures over the past 40 years and includes tips and short, fun stories about destinations and my travel life that are easy to read and digest."
As spring approaches, Rosendo recommends travelers focus on trips that feature the great outdoors to maintain safe distance protocols. "There are so many great treasures in the world and so many here in the U.S.," Rosendo says, reminding U.S. travelers that experiencing amazing locations doesn't require international travel. "We visited beautiful national parks during the pandemic including Yosemite and Big Sur in California. We shouldn't be afraid of traveling. We just need to be more discerning about where we travel and how we travel."
As consumers look ahead to summer destination options, Rosendo suggests researching locations who have lifted travel restrictions but beware of their guidelines. For example, Rosendo says that New Zealand and countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, such as Taiwan, seem to have a handle on the pandemic and offer amazing travel experiences. But he says you have to ask lots of questions as you research potential destinations that claim to be safe. "Does their idea of safety match mine and what exactly are they doing to keep visitors safe?"
About Joseph Rosendo
Emmy-award winning director and host Joseph Rosendo has been a travel, food and wine journalist and travel broadcaster for 40 years. Since 2007, he has hosted, directed and written Joseph Rosendo's Travelscope®, the award-winning PBS travel television series. "We close each show with a quote from Mark Twain: 'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness,'" says Joseph. "It's a truth that first turned me on to travel and has kept me hooked for more than fifty years." He welcomes questions and e-mails at [email protected] and fans at http://www.Facebook.com/Travelscope.
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