12 bits of positive news


I understand. It’s sadness there. Even if you aren’t locked in right now, the travel world isn’t exactly filled with positivity. Many state borders remain closed in Australia; the ban on travel abroad is still in effect. Will it ever end?

And yet, there is good news if you want to find it. Small improvements are made. Dramatic changes are underway. And the signs are there that one day, maybe even sooner than you think, we can indulge this passion again.

If you’re in the mood for a little positivity, here are 12 great news to focus on.

Australians get vaccinated, fast

Australia as a nation has historically had a very high vaccination rate, and it is no different for different COVID-19 vaccines. After a forced – ahem – slow start, we find ourselves well on the way to a level of immunity that will hopefully make blockages and border closures a thing of the past, and travel a thing of the present. At present, more than 47% of Australians over 16 are doubly vaccinated. In NSW, it’s nearly 55 percent. In ACT, it’s even higher. We do this.

Vaccines work and will open the doors to travel

You can choose your country and your age ranges to paint a picture of our global battle against COVID-19 as rosy or arduous, but the truth is that the vaccines available in Australia have been shown to be very effective in severe illness and disease. COVID-19 related deaths. Getting stung will make you safer. And, it will open doors to the world, with many of our favorite destinations – including Italy, France, Singapore, Thailand and Canada – making life much, much easier for those arriving vaccinated.

Travel restrictions are already easing

We have picnics! Which once didn’t seem like much, but these days it’s the best thing in the world. Lockdown restrictions are already easing in NSW and Victoria, and will continue to do so over the next few weeks and months. In New South Wales, intra-state travel should resume when the population aged 16 and over reaches 70 percent double-vaccination, which could happen in just two weeks.

Home quarantine trials have started

Alleluia! The most obvious step towards a future filled with travel is finally happening in Australia. The government of South Australia has started a home quarantine trial with interstate travelers and has recently included arrivals abroad. Benevolent Victoria allowed some residents stranded north of the Murray to go home in quarantine. And NSW, which already allows some Paralympic athletes quarantine at home, announced a seven-day trial for 175 arrivals abroad in home quarantine from next month. No baby.

International flights from Australia have been announced

While you should take these announcements with a grain of salt, how many times has Qantas declared the return of international travel now? – there is still reason to hope that this time it’s for real. Last week, Qantas announced the resumption of several major international routes, including to London, LA and Tokyo, effective December 18. At the same time, Air Canada announced the resumption of its Sydney-Vancouver flights from December 17. the travel ban is due to expire on December 17. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Surtourism is addressed

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Venice has banned large cruise ships from its main ports. Photo: AP

The trip was interrupted, in some ways, before stopping. Surplus tourism was widespread and caused lasting social and environmental damage. However, the global tourism break has allowed some destinations to reset and introduce rules to limit future damage. Venice, for example, has banned large cruise ships from its main city ports and introduced a daily visitor cap and a tourist tax. Amsterdam has imposed restrictions on short-term rentals. Barcelona introduced an app for allow visitors to avoid crowded attractions. And in Milford Sound in New Zealand, plans have been filed for ban cruise ships from indoor sound, and tax foreign visitors.

Responsible tourism is planned

The big break in travel has also given tour operators and even entire countries a chance to reflect on how we can do this thing more responsibly and ethically after the pandemic. Travel agency Intrepid Travel, for example, introduced 42 new low-carbon tours, while joining the lobby for global vaccine equity. Iceland, meanwhile, became one of the first countries to introduce a engagement for tourists, in the hope of educating visitors to treat the island with more respect.

Sustainable jet fuel theft is on the rise

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British Airways flew on sustainable fuel.

The really troublesome truth for travelers is that air travel is terrible for the environment, terrible for the world. However, things could slowly change. Last week British Airways operated its very first passenger service partially powered by sustainable aviation fuel. The London-Glasgow flight produced 62% less carbon emissions than a similar trip would have produced 10 years ago. The fuel is made in part from recycled cooking oil, which makes you feel a lot better on that trip to Maccas at the airport. Other airlines including Qantas, Air France and Virgin Atlantic have performed similar flights in the past and the technology continues to improve.

International tourism is happening

It is on the move. While it doesn’t look like this here in Australia, the world is open and international travel has already resumed. Europe is open for business, with travelers from the EU, as well as North America, enjoying the last summer in Italy, France, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Canada has started to accept international arrivals vaccinated. The The United States is about to open. Many Caribbean islands are open. Travel resumed to the Thai islands and the Maldives. Some countries in Africa and South America allow arrivals. Once we can travel again, there will be options.

COVID-safe processes are in place

A waitress checks customers' health cards at a restaurant in Paris on Monday, August 9, 2021. The French are now required to show a QR code proving they have a special anti-virus pass to enjoy restaurants and cafes or travel across the country.  The measure is part of a government plan to encourage more people to get vaccinated and slow an upsurge in infections, as the highly contagious delta variant now accounts for most cases in France.  (AP Photo / Adrienne Surprenant)

A waitress checks clients’ health cards at a restaurant in Paris. Photo: AP

For those who are naturally nervous about traveling to a foreign country during a pandemic, it’s nice to see that many countries open to tourism have safe practices in place for COVID. Italy has its Green Pass, France has the Sanitary Pass, and others have similar systems designed to ensure that only double-vaccinated people can enjoy experiences such as visiting museums and eating in restaurants. Expect Japan, South Korea and Singapore to follow suit once tourism reboots.

Insurance is available

This will be a critical requirement for many Australians hoping to go abroad: can you purchase insurance that will cover you against COVID-19? The short answer is yes. Emirates and Etihad both already offer insurance for medical expenses and emergency evacuation due to COVID-19 when you book tickets with the airline. Insurer AIG also offers policies that cover illnesses related to COVID-19, although these are not yet available to Australians. Our options are likely to increase as countries are removed from the “Do Not Travel” list.

Absence makes the heart more affectionate

It’s not so much news as the truth: when we finally get back on our trip, after all this time, we’re absolutely going to love the living crap of the whole experience. Everything will seem incredible. Long-haul flights, overpriced coffee, endless security lines. To bring. This. At.

What do you think is the good news for travelers right now? What do you think of the resumption of international travel? Or just interstate travel? Where do you plan to go first?

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