If the last few weeks have put you in a funk, it’s time to take a break. Whether you’ve been working overtime as one of our essential workers (thank you!) or cooped up at home, here are a few bits of inspiring news from the past week.


US Researchers Deliver First COVID-19 Vaccine to Volunteers in Experimental Test Program

The first person in an experimental test for a coronavirus vaccine was given a careful shot of the vaccine, followed by three others. The first volunteer, a mother of two and an operations manager at a small tech company stated, “We all feel so helpless. This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something.”


Distillers across the Country are Turning Excess into Hand Sanitizer

Using excess alcohol from their products to create hand sanitizer, small craft distilleries created the trend, and now some of the big names are following suite to fight COVID-19. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau even recently announced that it would waive certain provisions around distilled spirits regulation to allow distilleries that typically produce drinking alcohol to pivot to the production of ethanol-based hand sanitizers.


The Environment is Experiencing Some Relief Amidst the Outbreak

The NASA and ESA pollution monitoring satellites have identified significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide since the outbreak. Analysis shows China’s carbon emissions have decreased by 100 million metric tons, close to what Chile emits in a year, while Venice’s canals have become so still and clear that dolphins and swans are returning to swim.


Antibodies from COVID-19 Survivors Could Potentially be Used to Treat the Sick and Those at Risk

Arturo Casadevall, a Johns Hopkins immunologist, is at work attempting to revive a century-old blood-derived treatment for use in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus. He believes that with the right pieces in place, the treatment could be set up at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore within a matter of weeks.


A Ray of Hope for Italy with Two Days of Decline in Death Rate

Officials say quarantine is “starting to have an effect” as they experience two consecutive daily declines in death rate from their high on Saturday the 21st. They also reported the number of new confirmed cases dropped from 6,557 on Saturday to 4,789 on Monday.


Australia is in the Process of Testing Two Potential Cures

Scientists from the University of Queensland Center for Clinical Research have discovered two drugs which have wiped out the virus in test tubes, and are both already registered and available in Australia for other illnesses. The researchers have seen optimistic results in limited volunteer tests and are attempting to conduct a nationwide trial.


Animals go on Field Trips While Zoos and Aquariums are Closed

Amidst temporary closures, the inquisitive animals have been taking over the exhibits in zoos and aquariums around North America. A zoo representative stated, “Without guests in the building, caretakers are getting creative in how they provide enrichment to animals — introducing new experiences, activities, foods and more to keep them active, encourage them to explore, problem-solve and express natural behaviors."


A Canadian Research Team has Isolated the COVID-19 Virus

The team was able to culture the virus from two clinical specimens and isolate it to enable researchers across the world to develop and better understand, test, treat, and combat it.


South Korea Continues to Report More Recoveries than New Cases

South Korea has aggressively flattened the curve, from a peak high of 909 cases on February 29th, to around the 80 to 90 range in a matter of weeks. Normalcy is beginning to return and other countries are taking notice.


China is Seeing Some Uplifting Milestones

New cases in China have reached a low of just 11 with 4 in Hubei and the other 7 imported cases attributed to visitors. With this progress, parks and tourist attractions are beginning to reopen and travel restrictions are reducing.


Companies All Over are Helping Out

From Dollar General devoting their opening hour of shopping for senior citizens, to food delivery services slashing commissions and fees, businesses large and small are helping each other out. Some companies are waiving late fees and payments to those affected, while many school districts are opening their doors to serve families who are struggling. Even sports teams are committing to pay the wages of arena workers despite seasons being shut down. 



We’re mindful of how the current coronavirus outbreak might be affecting your decisions to travel or go outside of your home. We don’t expect you to travel right now , but we hope you’ll find it a joyful distraction that’s worth bookmarking for a future trip.

If you do have upcoming travel, check the CDC for updated information about travel and the coronavirus.

San Diego, California

With seventy miles of pure California shoreline and a diverse selection of beaches to explore, San Diego sets itself apart from the rest of the western US coast by offering a laid-back and secluded beach-centric getaway. With average temperatures hovering around 70° year-round, you’ll never be too hot or too cold to soak up the sun and have some fun in the city. San Diego offers a variety of shopping districts, historical sights, professional sports venues and, of course, some of the best beaches in California.


The largest of the Canary Islands is a paradise waiting to be experienced. Most visitors flock to the beach, but Tenerife has boundless opportunities away from the shore. The Masca Trail is one of the most popular hikes on the island, allowing plenty of opportunities to soak up the remarkable scenery along the five-mile trek and experience a night full of stargazing at the top. One of the most spectacular natural attractions in Tenerife are the Los Gigantes cliffs, which form part of this western region and are home to numerous secluded resorts. The steep formations rise almost 2,700 feet to showcase some of the most beautiful beach-side sceneries nature can offer.


Home to over 500 national parks, 8,222 islands, and 10,685 beaches, Australia is prime for relaxation and adventure! Whether you’re looking for an island getaway, a unique cultural experience or an adrenaline fix, the distinctive country “down under” is sure to become one of your favorite destinations on Earth. Some of the coolest places to visit in Australia include Fraser Island, The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney and Kakadu National Park.

Sun City, South Africa

One of Africa’s premier vacation destinations, Sun City is internationally recognized for its superb resort offerings of hotels, attractions and world-class events. From the lavish opulence of The Palace of the Lost City to the casual elegance of the Cascades, the glamour of the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge to the tropical thrills of the Valley of Waves, Sun City delivers plenty to see and do in a beautiful free South African landscape.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Twenty-five miles of white sand, swaying coconut trees, and crystal-clear waters - this is where postcard pictures come to life. Inspired by Spanish and native Dominican cultures, Punta Cana is host to a diverse range of attractions catering to a large international market. Twelve professional golf courses enhance the area’s natural beauty, and watersports like boat tours and scuba diving are also popular activities in Punta Cana. Whether you want to relax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, or discover the island’s many delights, you are sure to experience the spirit and charm of the amalgamated culture.


The Perceived Value of a Reward

In today’s society, not everybody fits into a single box defined by a singular interest or identity trait. The things we as humans value vary depending on a plethora of factors including location, age, and personality, just to name a few. Furthermore, the things that motivate individuals today aren’t the same as they were to those same people a decade ago or even last month. People change and so do the rewards that excite them.

Being able to custom curate your rewards in your loyalty program gives it power, purpose and is ultimately responsible for the program’s value as perceived by the customer. By adding varied rewards to your program, you’ll be well on your way to building a loyalty program your customers love.

Purposeful Choice is the ability your audience will have to choose what is important to them in that moment in time. This enhances the connection with your participant and promotes trophy value as each time they use that item, or remember that experience, they know it came to be, because of your brand. As one reward starts to lose its shine, a varied selection of other rewards need to be ready to take its place. That’s where a full-fledged, robust and diverse merchandise catalog shines brightest.

Diversified Rewards Allow for More Valued Customers

If you take a look at the diversification of your customer base, you will hopefully see a large range of physical traits, personality types, interests and key defining factors in what makes each person unique. Because every person is different, they are motivated by different things that they value the most.

By adding varied rewards to your program you’re increasing the likelihood that your rewards menu will include something that truly connects with each of your target customer segments. They say that variety is the spice of life. When you want to make your customers feel appreciated on a personal level, loading your catalog with products and experiences they actually want is guaranteed to increase loyalty, retention and satisfaction with your company.

With a constantly evolving merchandise rewards catalog, it can be customized to tailor towards your audience as you see fit. Whether you want to follow trends, cater to a specific niche hobby or just add items to change things up every now and then, you'll be keeping your catalog fresh and feeling new every time your participants log on to redeem or browse rewards.

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Seattle, Washington

You can explore Pike Place Market with your wallet intact, if you can exercise willpower at the nearly 200 shops and restaurants. Both admission and parking are always free at the Frye Art Museum. 

The Space Needle may be the skyline's defining characteristic, but the Sky View Observatory offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains at a reasonable price.

Willemstad, Curaçao

Even the Caribbean's more exotic islands can qualify for a budget vacation if you stick with an all-inclusive resort.

There, adults can laze on the beach, sip cocktails poolside and challenge lady luck at the casino. Tropical beaches, savory dining, unlimited drinks, exciting activities and entertainment are all included.

Sanibel Island, Florida

Spring break falls during Sanibel Island's high season from February to April when the weather is perfect and shelling along the sandy shores is at its best. The beaches aren't as busy as other hot spot beach-fronts, so you'll soak up the sun in a more relaxed spring break environment in Sanibel Island.

Rent a bike and explore the 22 miles of bike paths and you'll not only save on gas, but explore the island's beaches and parks more easily.

Washington, DC

It doesn't cost a dime to enjoy Washington, DC's culture and history, especially during the Cherry Blossom Festival when the city is awash in delicate white and pink blossoms. Free events during the two-week-long festival in early April include cultural performances, fireworks and a parade. There's no charge for the main event -- the stunning trees framing the Tidal Basin and around the Washington Monument.

The bargain continues at the city's renowned Smithsonian Institute with its network of 19 free museums and galleries.

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen is Cancun's classier neighbor with the same stunning beaches, but a more refined atmosphere. It's a spring-break bargain less than an hour from the easily accessible Cancun airport.

If you'd prefer to explore off-site of the resort, try a dive package with Tank Ha Dive Center., where divers set off on intimate tours to explore the area's reefs and Cenote caverns.

Montreal, Québec City, Canada

If a week-long European excursion is out of the budget, consider a French adventure in North America in Montreal. Start your worldly adventure in Vieux-Montreal, the city's old town with a distinctively Euro flair, cobblestone streets and breathtaking architecture.

Celebrate the worldwide phenomena of the Cirque du Soleil in the city where the troupe got its start. The nonprofit organization La TOHU brings the avant-garde and artistic circus to the public with free performances and inexpensive guided tours celebrating the city's place in circus arts.

See how GALACTIC PERFORMANCE SOLUTIONS can keep you budget-friendly on a relaxing getaway.


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