Thankfully, we have entered the final quarter of the strangest year in modern history. It seems no one has escaped the effects that the novel coronavirus has inflicted upon the world. As it continues and we learn how to better manage the spread and the effects, we pause a moment to be thankful for the health we maintain. As most of you know, I had just begun to get my travel legs under me when the pandemic hit and shut the world down. Nobody was going anywhere. We all went home for two weeks…or so we thought. You know the story up until this chapter, so we will not start that rollercoaster ride again. As a basic cornerstone, Sunnyland was built around fully living life and we intend to do just that. So, we have pressed our noses into planning fantastic trips for 2021 with a mindset of faith that things will be better. We have reserved space for many of the trips that you, our highly valued guests, originally planned for this year and have added several exciting vacations as well. Please plan to leave 2020 behind and press forward with us. You have expressed a lot of interest in getting out on the road again and we appreciate that. Now, when you receive your catalog in the next few weeks, make your plans to begin living fully again with reservations on a few of Sunnyland’s exclusive tours. You’ll be glad you did.
We have all waited so patiently…well, some of us more than others!
Today, we are sending this note to give you an opportunity to GO! The day trip “Ozark Fall Colors” is being planned to operate on October 21, 2020. We already have several of your friends booked for this fun trip and space is limited. We can allow only until September 24 to get your seat reserved and paid in full, so mark your calendar. Better notify us quickly, though, as we anticipate being at capacity very soon. We know so many are longing to experience the world with us even now, but we will enjoy our little corner with you for the time being as we await safe travels to other fantastic destinations. Call today to get on the bus with Sunnyland and the best driver ever, Rory!
We love to travel! We LIVE to travel! We believe travel should be entertaining, enlightening, and liberating. Right now, however, we simply find travel to be a challenge. Restrictions and requirements change regularly, and we not only have to comply with our local recommendations but of all the cities, counties, and states through which we travel. Incredibly challenging, indeed!
We have also heard from many of you expressing your concerns about travelling in the near future-and we are listening. We do not take the decision to cancel a tour lightly. This is our livelihood at stake. When we do cancel a tour, we have weighed the options carefully and we try to be the most forthcoming and fair as we can. We must be certain we are not under contractual obligations to our suppliers and that we can recoup our funds so that we may return them to you, if needed. This is an exceedingly long process-and it has become more difficult with so many of us working with a minimum of employees.
We also know that there are a few of you that would get on a coach with us tomorrow and GO! But it just is not that simple. There are too many unknowns-and we will not put profit over people. If we cannot deliver the type of experience that Sunnyland has been known for over the years, we cannot, in good faith, operate the tour. It cheats our reputation and most importantly, it cheats YOU, our valuable customers.
Sunnyland has been in Springfield for over 80 years, and we fully intend to continue operations into the future! With your patience and understanding we will all get through this and be back on the road when travel can be entertaining, enlightening and liberating once again!