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June Reflections: On Pride

Unlike a lot of brands this month, we haven’t changed our logo to a rainbow version in celebration of Pride month.

As an LGBT person and CEO I have conflicting feelings about what might be perceived as the corporate takeover of Pride. The last time I went to the NYC pride parade it seemed to be mostly floats sponsored by cell phone carriers. In 2019 and after years of more tepid support, it is hard for me to see these companies as taking a brave stand rather than being bandwagon allies of a group of people who have suffered from marginalization for so long.

On the other hand, as my friend Michael Segal put it recently — there are still a lot of kids walking around with big secrets inside of them, and the fact that one cannot escape red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple flags in the month of June must provide some comfort to those kids, even if those flags are bought and paid for by some corporate behemoth’s focus-grouped and demographically-optimized marketing spend.

And so as leader of Getaway I remain conflicted about how to best celebrate Pride month — I don’t want to take advantage of a hard won identity for company gain, but I also don’t want to imply that visibility isn’t important.

One thing I am proud of: we have built a space where you can go, and you can be comfortable, and you can be yourself. No matter what you look like, or who you are with, your Getaway is for you and for you only. In a world that is thankfully becoming more and more tolerant in many places, most of us still need a place to fully escape once in a while. I am proud that we have heard from so many that we are that place to them.

Happy pride,

Jon

Features | Reflections

May Reflections

My friend Pete Davis, Getaway’s co-founder and fresh law school grad, delivered a graduation speech at Harvard’s commencement last week. His reflection: “I leave believing that the most radical act we can take is to make a commitment to a particular thing, to a place, to a profession, to a cause, to a community… to show our love for something by working at it for a long time.”

The most radical act we can take is to make a commitment to a particular thing, to a place, to a profession, to a cause, to a community… to show our love for something by working at it for a long time.

That sentiment wasn’t invented for a commencement address but is a belief Pete holds deeply, and one he and I made sure was in this company’s DNA. More than a business, we’ve committed to helping our guests and employees have more balance in their lives. Balance between work and leisure. Balance between technology and disconnection. Balance between city and nature. Commitment is contagious, and now it is no longer just Pete and myself working to build broader balance, but our team as a whole.

As so many graduates (including my niece, Mariah — congrats!) enter the world of work, I hope that they will find both something worth committing to and a way to lead balanced lives.

Reflecting on your feedback

It was so refreshing to just realize how long 24 hours really is when you aren’t so worried about how you should be spending your time.

One of our internal commitments is to always listen to our guests, and we heard from you all in 170 emails this month. Here’s one that stood out:

“It helped me feel less stressed about time — modern life has made us obsessed with our own reflection and our relationship with our clocks. It was so refreshing to just realize how long 24 hours really is when you aren’t so worried about how you should be spending your time!”

Sometimes the easiest way to slow down time is as simple as not looking at the clock.

 

Photo by Kara Schab

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

A final reflection as we enter June: I’m privileged that I don’t have to hide the fact that I’m gay, and I try every day to make sure that I don’t. This Pride, I am grateful for so many people who have made my sexuality a non-issue in my personal and professional life. I’m committed to making that truer, for more people, in more places. Happy Pride, everyone.

As usual, you’ll find a few links below that we think are worth reflecting on. As always, send your notes my way.

Be well,
Jon, CEO + Founder

 

ITEMS OF NOTE WORTH TAKING THE TIME FOR

Summer Reading List — Recommended reads from the team at Getaway, and a chance to win the whole stack.

Meet Lenore: Grandparent Stories — Our cabins are named after grandparents of our team and guests. May we introduce Lenore to you?

Have a hobby — We’re not talking about side hustles and gigs. This NYTimes piece makes the case for having a hobby for the pure enjoyment of it.