One prayer has been for centuries the strongest expression of fear of the consequences of the situation in which we find ourselves today: "Free us, God of plague, war and famine."
The Covid-19 virus pandemic, like the plague of the new age, the war in Ukraine with a serious threat to world peace and rising food prices, weaker yields of vital cultures, that is our reality.
If we add to this the rise in energy prices, inflation, the negative effects of climate change, there is no doubt that we are living in times of crisis.
Speaking, writing about tourism in such circumstances, really seems inappropriate. At least at first glance. However, if we accept modern tourist travel as an indispensable need of today's man for mental and physical regeneration, then in addition to these vital resources, along with water, somewhere at the bottom of the list, we enter the tourist trip.
It has always traveled in all cultures and civilizations. Unfortunately, war has always taken place somewhere, and disease and famine have never disappeared in some parts of the world. However, prayers become more intense when the suffering moves "closer to one's own backyard". The war in Europe is particularly shocking.
If there is one thing we can learn from this, and the leaders of European countries are drawing such conclusions, it is that the pursuit of self-sufficiency is not a global conspiracy against the free market. It is a condition of survival.
That is why the connection between clean, drinking water, home-made, healthy food, clean energy from renewable sources and tourism is unbreakable. Everything we produce for ourselves, everything we use ourselves, we can offer to our guests. We can offer surplus energy, home-made food, and even filtered rainwater to our guests as part of a tourist arrangement. Through payment, they will help us reduce our own costs, to "monetize" our efforts. Thus, tourism becomes an integral part of the equation of cost-effectiveness of investing in self-sufficiency. Of course, we will never be completely self-sufficient, but any progress in that direction becomes extremely important.
Therefore, my dear people, plow, dig up every piece of suitable soil that is at your disposal. Start vertical gardening in jars, pots, cascades. Collect rainwater to water the plants. Invest your first money in energy-saving and production-saving systems, such as solar-powered hot water. The next step is to install a mini solar power plant on the roof, maybe buying a hybrid or e car. If nothing else you clear up neglected olive groves and arable land and use firewood, breathe new life into old olive trees.
As we set off in 2020, there could be "seven lean years" on the horizon. In any case, even if there are none, with a change in behavior and management, we will only have gains. And another important thing - we will not have time to feed on negative news and various theories, we will live healthy. And our guests want the same.
Author Nedo Pinezić, nedopinezic.com