Happy Year of the Tiger! With the arrival of the new moon, we welcome Chinese New Year and the Year of the Water Tiger, to be exact. The 12 animal cycle comes for a myth called The Great Race. All 12 animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig) took part in a race to the Jade Emperor, and the order they arrived determined the order of how the years were named. A clever rat rode an ox to just near the end and jumped off ahead to win, and the Tiger came in third. Tiger qualities are said to include competitiveness, self-confidence, bravery, strength, and having willpower. After reviewing Nine Muses Travel's 2021 year end statements this week, my being a Tiger may have helped close the year with the best financials in the history of the business so far. Seems like every one of those Tiger qualities helped me achieve that financial goal last year!
A reliable prediction for 2022 is that more and more destinations will require proof of a recent second shot or booster shot, so make sure you keep up to date with your vaccine (or let me know if we need to look at destinations that don't require any). Hawaii's announcing this week they'll require boosters, then visitors won't need to test anymore before travel. As of yesterday, fully vaccinated travelers to the UK don't need to test before arriving either; no booster required (yet). The Netherlands' quarantine policy ends tomorrow; other countries adjusting protocols for vaccine status include France, Spain, Croatia, Austria, Israel, and Singapore. Even cruise lines are getting on board. As of today, Viking requires a booster; booster requirements begin Saturday for small-ship Alaska specialist UnCruise Adventures and on March 1 for luxury Silversea Cruises, land program focused Azamara, and adventurous Lindblad Expeditions. Don't worry if all these rules make your fur stand on end; your travel advisor is a Tiger too, fearlessly following all the latest updates on your behalf.
So what lies ahead for you in the Year of the Tiger? Whatever you set your mind to, of course. The 2022 Tiger in you is boldly tenacious and ready to break free and roam wild!
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