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Dear Curious Traveler, 

Recent months have been trying ones for the world in general, and for the travel industry in particular. The disruption to the livelihoods of our scholars and staff, your travel plans, and travel businesses as a whole is unprecedented. 

However, we continue to believe that any type of travel—including armchair—is the best form of education, and we're hard at work building offerings that will keep our windows open to the world. Now more than ever, developing a shared understanding of those around us is critical in being a curious traveler—and a responsible global citizen. 

Yours in travel and curiosity, 


A sunset in Venice, where Coronavirus quarantine is ongoing

Our Approach

As members of the global travel community, we put our normal tour operations on hold for many months to comply with local regulations and slow the spread of COVID-19 in a number of ways. Behind the scenes, we've been hard at work during that time creating new ways to connect with our experts, and hope to make it easier for our guests to navigate the travel uncertainty that looks likely to endure into 2021. 

Here are just a few things we've been up to: 

  • Launched Context Conversations, a series of online and virtual offerings, now including multi-session courses
  • For in-person tours, we've made cancellation simpler and easier, with a standard 100% credit approach and ability to initiate cancellation directly through your account. Find more information on our policy here and additional FAQ here.
  • Developed internal safety standards for those who are able to tour as communities begin to emerge from lockdowns (all guests and guides taking part in a tour this summer and fall will receive these criteria prior to touring)
  • Shared more on our thoughts about travel during this time - take a peek on our blog here

Context staff group photo outside in front of a lake on a retreat

How You Can Support Our Scholars 

Witnessing the impact that the coronavirus has had on the livelihoods of our local staff and scholars has been sobering, to say the least. If you are in a position to do so, there are several ways you can help support the Context community: 

  • Join one of our virtual seminars or virtual private tours, and spread the word to other armchair travelers.
  • Purchase a gift card (this goes for Context, but for other local businesses as well!) to put towards future travels and experiences.
  • Lend us your voice! Let us know on Facebook and Instagram what online and virtual experiences you're keen to discover. 

Keep the Learning Alive

We don't see any reason why the world has to be off limits when you stay home. 

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A Context employee enjoys a quiet day at the d'Orsay Museum in Paris