Australian traveling trends that have been established in 2020 may prevail this year as well. The novel Coronavirus pandemic has changed the traveling and touring landscape. For someone who loves to travel, it is no less than a nightmare to spend an entire year without exploring the world.
I planned to travel to Middle Eastern countries before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world. When the outbreak occurred, my plans were put in jeopardy. Nobody had an idea how long it would take for vaccines to be developed and cities to reopen. But I was hopeful that we will get to travel again in a couple of months. Things worsened and even stricter lockdowns were imposed.
However, with the start of 2021, I realized that one doesn’t need to travel internationally to satisfy their wanderlust. Therefore, I decided to travel within Australia in the first month of2021.
In this article, I am going to reflect on my experience and share a few things you should consider while traveling within Australia.
- Is it safe to travel within Australia?
Just like the rest of the world, Australia also imposed strict lockdowns to contain Coronavirus. Even then over 29000 cases have been reported and over 1000 people have died of COVID-19 in Australia.
The Australian government controlled the spread of the virus in October 2020. Extra limitations were imposed on Sydney and Brisbane due to the clusters of infections.
Are there any domestic travel restrictions in place?
The Australian government has imposed travel restrictions between a few states and territories to prevent the spread of the virus in some remote areas. I would suggest you learn about travel restrictions and conditions before booking your trips.
Domestic passenger journey protocols have been developed by the Australian aviation industry to curb the risk of COVID-19 while traveling domestically on aircraft.
Why should you travel within Australia?
Being an avid traveler I was disheartened by the thought of spending another year at home. However, I reminded myself there are various world-class tourism destinations and experiences in my own backyard that I have been missing out on. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic ruined my international traveling plans, there are various domestic tourism sites that are worth exploring.
One of the best things this pandemic has taught us is that we should look for happiness in our surroundings and that’s what I am planning to do until the pandemic is over.
Australian culture is one of the oldest living cultures in the world. It has the vastest reef that can be seen from space. This beautiful country is home to some of nature’s biggest wonders. One could travel the Great Barrier Reef, take a walk around Uluru and camp in the Shark Bay.
Of course, many people will find traveling to be expensive. But if you’re able to shop smartly and find discount deals on many travel-related expenses, it becomes much easier. I was able to find discounts on a lot of things I bought for this journey through EMUCoupon.com, a website that promotes coupons for a number of items.
Reasons to travel within Australia in 2020
There are so many reasons why you should travel domestically in 2021. This summer I am planning to get out and enjoy tourism’s greatest icons, offerings, and experiences I have access to in my own country. I would encourage you to plan domestic trips to safe states in Australia. Not only will it be a fun experience for you but it will also enable tourism businesses to get back on their feet.
Some of the reasons to travel to Australia include:
To develop a stronger bond with nature:
People have been locked inside their houses for over a year now. This has caused them to crave open and wide spaces where they can interact with nature. Australia’s natural remote traveling destinations are desirable to travel to this summer.
Wide and open spaces are deemed safer to travel by tourists. Spending several months locked inside my home, I appreciate the ability to go out in nature more than ever. Closed spaces cause Coronavirus to spread even faster. Therefore, I am planning to book trips to naturally wide-open remote travel destinations.
To put tourism businesses back on their feet:
Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on businesses across the world. The tourism industry is no exception. One of the most important reasons to travel domestically is to seek out local brands and experiences to put local communities and businesses back on track.
Traveling domestically will make it easier for me to interact and support local businesses such as local wineries, butchers, and bakeries. There is a lot I am planning to partake in to give back to the community.
Recovery tours can accelerate bush-fire restoration efforts. I am also planning to participate in tree planting activities in the affected areas to restore the habitats of koala bears.
Connect with Australia’s indigenous culture:
Australia is home to the richest culture that dates back almost 60,000 years. This year I am planning to explore and indulge in indigenous tourism experiences. I aim to connect with Australia’s First Nation People through their experiences.
This pandemic has provided me the opportunity to experience the homely and generous spirit of indigenous Australians. Most international travelers indulge in indigenous experiences on their holiday. Domestic trips will help me explore the indigenous culture of my country more deeply.
Best places to visit within Australia:
The aquatic life of the Great Barrier Reef
Image of a tortoise underwater at the Great Barrier Reef
Aquatic life on the Great Barrier Reef
A rare fish photographed underwater on the Great Barrier Reef
Beautiful sunset at the Great Barrier Reef
Sandstone monolith at Uluru, Australia
The huge red rock of Uluru, Australia
Inside the huge red rock of Uluru, Australia
An exotic view of the Great Ocean Road, Australia
Beautiful sandy beach at the Great Ocean Road, Australia
Magnificent cliffs of the Great Ocean Road, Australia
A beautiful morning at Great Ocean Road, Australia
A normal afternoon at the darling harbor
Ferris wheel ride at the darling harbor
a beautiful night at the darling harbor
Tourists enjoying a beautiful night at the harbor
Australian borders are currently closed for international travelers. However, Australians can enjoy the beauty of nature the country has to offer. I have explored a fair bit of the Down Under and plan to do some more. Going forward, I will go on multi-day walks to enjoy the beautiful natural sites and make wellness trips.
The coronavirus virus pandemic has amplified my desire to travel domestically. I have realized I don’t need to make international trips to feel calm and rejuvenated. I can make the most of my summertime within my own country.