In March we decided to defer all 2021 expeditions to 2022 and to concentrate on restarting in that year. Now for the first time in many months, the outlook is starting to look better. In particular, people can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and are starting to dare signing up again for 2022 expedition. This, combined with deferrers from the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, means that teams are filling up for many expeditions. For example:
- Our Arabia desert species expedition in January 2022 now only has a few places left.
- Our Kenya Maasai Mara biodiversity expedition in February 2022 is now full except one vacancy, so we have have opened up another group 27 February – 11 March 2022, which is filling up also.
- Our Azores whale & dolphin expedition in March/April 2022 has three groups now. The middle group is full, there is only one vacancy in the last group and the (new) first group is half-full already also.
Expeditions further down the 2022 timeline are by and large not looking bad either. Given that it’s over a year now until they happen, hopefully, this is not surprising.
Of course, as we have said before, ultimately we will only get ahead of this virus together as one world, but in terms of 2022 expeditions, this is the first time in over a year that we can dare dream and make some plans.
All this is of course assuming that we will make it into 2022. But we are close to reaching that goal too and we still need just over €4,000 to ensure we do so. So please give to our survival fundraiser to help us get there, if you can, and also join one of our expeditions in 2022 too!