With the onset of Covid19 the mind starts wandering as to what I can I do and what will happen in the future. There is a lot of conjecture out there as effects on society and what will happen on the other side of this. Being a traveler the sad reality is “Overseas Travel” is over for the foreseeable future. That being the case, its time to think about “Domestic Travel”.
Various Australian State Government’s are talking about opening up the currently closed borders by Christmas and there are good signs this will happen. The Federal Government has embraced isolation, closing our international borders, publishing stats on the spread and talking up how fortunate Australia is, mind you I don’t feel fortunate. The Government is also providing income for the newly unemployed population and propping up the tourism and airline industry who have been decimated by Covid.
Currently there is no vaccine, no cure and no guarantee there will be. Global Powers are blaming each other for what is happening, sending mixed messages to their populations about with phrases such as “Opening up the economy” while other Government’s say nothing at all. There are frankly pipe dream discussions about the Olympics going ahead, the sad reality it may do one day but it won’t be 2021. People are buying cruise ship tickets for 2021 believing this will be over by then, gathering in large social groups for support which is human nature but the more we gather the more Covid spreads.
So what can we do… my plan is to hang tight and looks to the future, and if International Travel is off the table, well then my way forward is “Travel at Home”. For me that’s going to be Road Trips. Domestic airline flights will become more expensive in the short term and International flights are at least 2 or more years away. So its time to look to my own country for an adventure.
Whilst in many ways I’m jealous of overseas countries which is why I Roam overseas, Asia, Europe and South America with its cultural diversity, the USA with its sizeable road network, National Parks and cities. Australia is equal in size to the USA, it has less cities but also many beautiful parks and for me nicer beaches. So that is where Ill be heading when the Borders open up by Christmas. My intention is to Road Trip to Broken Hill, South Australia, up the middle of the county to Kakadu and loop around the East Coast and head back home.
In 2004 I drove around Australia for a year, largely fruit picking, staying in work hostels and meeting many backpackers both local and international (this also explains the poor quality attached photos). I had an amazing time and hope to write about it one day. The point is think and live in the now, plan and dream about the future and travel. When we come out of this the world may not look like what it once was, so look to your own countries, there are amazing things to see. There will be a tourism industry that will need your support and if you can afford it buy a car and drive. Its not just the destination but the journey.
So right now Blog about travel, post photos, talk it up. Learn more about about your home and write about where you have been, it’s all about community. Most of all go with your gut, stay safe and see you out there on the road somewhere.