Banking programs help satisfy our desire to travel | New

The seemingly endless battle with the coronavirus and its variants has crippled the travel industry for two years.

Caught up in the chaos of global travel bans and regional restrictions, bank travel programs were so popular with customers.

US banks have implemented travel programs as an added benefit for current customers and to attract new customers.

With the pandemic now appearing to be at least somewhat under control, First Community Bank’s Adventure First Travel Club is hosting monthly activities, such as local or regional plays, concerts, museum tours, and more. The schedule is still highlighted, however, by a major international tour each year, plus exceptional domestic travel.

This year, the Travel Club welcomed its guests on a spring cruise on the Tulip River through Holland and Belgium. The group will tour the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Utah this fall, exploring more than a dozen national parks, monuments and forests, and other attractions.

The top priority for banking travel programs is always the health and safety of customers and guests participating in activities. That’s why tours of destinations around the world have been postponed and canceled due to the coronavirus until health officials determine that travel would be safe again.

As COVID-19 restrictions began to ease, these programs have resumed and remain dedicated to entertainment and enlightenment through travel.

After the enforced loneliness of the pandemic, people now seem to yearn for travel – eager to visit places they’ve never been; see things they have never seen; and to open their eyes and minds to new experiences, new cultures and new peoples.

Legendary writer and humorist Mark Twain believed that travel was important for basic human understanding.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our fellow citizens are in dire need of it for these reasons,” Twain wrote. “A broad, healthy and charitable vision of men and things is not acquired by vegetating in a small corner of the earth all one’s life. »

Rick Steves, who hosts a public television travel series, agrees.

“Travel brings us face to face with reality. It’s not virtual,” Steves says. “Travel is candid, honest – being in the moment. Travel frees us from routine. Travel forces us to bend and flex. It makes us more tolerant and inspires us to celebrate diversity.

Travel takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to see, taste and try new things. It constantly challenges us not only to adapt and explore new environments, but also to engage with different people, to embrace adventures as they arise, and to share experiences. new and meaningful with friends and loved ones.

Travel teaches us to broaden our perspectives, to recognize that people from elsewhere don’t necessarily see things the way we do, but also to accept that we all share the same world. And that’s largely the point.

First Community Bank’s Travel Club wants to serve as the portal through which you choose to travel to discover a world filled with joy, compassion and good people.

Again, from Rick Steves: “Travel makes us more at ease with the world, our hearts bigger and our lives richer. And that makes us happier. And that’s why we travel.

Chuck Jones is an Adventure First Travel Club representative for First Community Bank. For more information about the Travel Club, he can be contacted at [email protected] or (870) 612-3400.