I have done my best to be patient. I have knuckled down and focused on my business and house-type projects I have been putting off for too long, and I have tried to look outside myself to help family and friends with their projects too.
But as hard as I try to distract myself, I just can’t stop myself dreaming of stepping on an aeroplane and jetting off overseas for an exotic adventure.
And sadly, it seems that dreams and dreaming will have to do for years to come…
We have been incredibly lucky in Australia when it comes to the impact of Covid19. Yes, we have tragically lost too many loved ones to the pandemic and many businesses have gone to the wall from lockdowns, work-from-home policies and dramatically reduced trade, but in comparison to some other countries we have survived the worst of the pandemic with a relatively low loss of life.
So with those relatively pleasing results, what does the future of international travel look like?
It is looking pretty bloody ordinary, actually.
After setting a target of all Australians vaccinated by the end of October 2021, those same targets have disappeared into thin air and the Government now refuses to commit to any sort of schedule!
Of course, I wouldn’t want their job for quids – it would be a political, bureaucratic and logistical nightmare. However, their fluid approach to any sort of systematic vaccination programme does make it difficult for antsy travellers like me, and even more importantly, for people desperate to get home to Aus. Our borders remain firmly locked in both directions except to our New Zealand cousins and even then it is a case of Open, Closed, Open, Closed, Open.
On the TV the other night there was a story featuring a grim-faced travel industry executive forecasting no international travel until 2023! That will be completely devastating for families with a global spread, and for our domestic economy, and employment opportunities. Surely we will have everyone vaccinated and have a solid plan of attack to manage any weird and wonderful variants before then?
In the meantime, I must:
- Content myself with my many happy memories of previous international adventures.
- Dream of adventures that await me in Spain, Turkey, France, USA, Nepal and everywhere else I would love to visit.
- Appreciate all the beauty and history that I can access in my own Australian backyard, and
- Be grateful for my health and security, and the fact that I have the simple ability to contemplate future travel adventures.
I have a wonderful life and it is a privilege to live in Australia. Full stop!
Stay safe and healthy everyone and I look forward to our paths crossing one day in the future.
What are your international travel dreams?
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