2020 has definitely started by challenging both Australians and the globe! But I am not here to bring up what we have been through or about to go through, I am here to discuss the best options for you in 2020 that will keep your travel bug happy!
Many people will have already booked and planned travel for 2020 and are now in a situation of not knowing what to do. First and foremost, take your travel updates from one source and one source only - Smarttraveler
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade should be your only guide for making changes to your travel plans. Do not rely on socials or newspapers to deliver you the best advice. It’s not their job or in their best interest to do so.
If you decide to continue with your planned travels and unless the travel warning is ‘Do not travel’ then why not, just be more vigilant about your hygiene. Again, head to a government website for this advice - Smarttraveller Heath
So, what if you still want to travel but are unsure?
Easy, you have two great options.
1. Postpone your travel until 2021. Any quality and honest travel company will allow you to transfer payments made to a later departure or new trip in 2021. Talk to your travel company about options and/or your travel agent. Keep in mind you may incur a cost to move flights – cheaper than cancelling and losing everything!
2. Travel in our beautiful country! Explore your backyard and see why Australia is a sort after travel location for people around the world!
Our farmers have been doing it tough, the bushfires have ravaged some of our most hospitable and lovely towns and the Aussie dollar isn’t getting you as much overseas at the moment. Don’t forget a $1 in Australia is still a $1 and it’ll support Australian businesses who want and need our support.
And our favourite location?
Tasmania and the Overland Track! There is nothing more refreshing than Tassie air, clean water and amazing produce. Book the ferry or fly down and spend some time getting lost in Tasmania (not ‘off the track’ lost, that’s not fun). We love operating and showing people Tasmania and the locals love having visitors.
2020 may have started with a funk but it doesn’t mean that we, Australians, can’t get out and support local businesses, head interstate to explore a new region, load the car up and head on a ‘roadie’ or even just have a nice weekend away. From 5 star hotels to 1 million star campsites, we have an endless amount of options in Australia.
At the end of the day, there are always travel options. Sometimes we just need to look a little closer to home.