Travel Briefings

Freely Travel Briefing: Issue No.11

The shackles are off for Victorians and South Australians, with NSW still living through the worst of it. No doubt the days are blending into one thanks to lockdown fog, but the good news is it’s temporary. 🙏🏽 Turns out context is everything... so it’s also worth checking in on other Western democracies to see how our restrictions have compared. Grief is a valid feeling to be experiencing right now, including travel grief. So be gentle on yourselves, head overseas via the magic of international radio and have a lovely weekend.

On travel grief: the sadness of trips not taken

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“In grieving the loss of our futures, we can also find joy”

Amidst the widespread destruction COVID has caused, we’re also grappling with a very specific loss. It’s the places not seen, the experiences not had, the new friends not made and the faraway loved ones not hugged. Some worry their “travel life” is passing by them as they age, and young people feel robbed of the rite of passage to go backpacking overseas. It’s perfectly okay – and normal – to experience travel grief and mourn the loss of our futures, but in doing so, we can also find joy.

Full piece by: Sarah Firshein in the New York Times (You may need to sign in to read, but it’s free!)

How do Australia’s lockdown restrictions compare with the rest of the world?

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“No country gets the gold medal.”

Millions of us are still in (or have just emerged from) highly-policed lockdowns, with the harshness of the laws all-the-more exhausting 18 months in. Although we understand it’s the safest measure until COVID cases drop, the sting of loneliness, financial hardship and not being able to plan is taking its toll. Other nations have handled the pandemic differently, but according to the folk at Traveller, “No country gets the gold medal.” Here, we take a look at how restrictions have played out in other Western democracies.

Full piece by: Michael Gebiki at Traveller

It’s not just you: COVID is jumbling our memories and sense of time

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Good news though, it’s temporary!

Remember that trip you took last year? Oh wait, maybe that was the year before. Actually, what day is it today? It’s all sort of blending into one now, isn’t it... Groundhog Day was only ever meant to be a film, but for those of us currently living it, we’re finding our memories and our sense of time are seriously scrambled. Turns out this lockdown brain fog comes from all our memories being created in the same context, which can be explained with a concept called contextual-binding theory. Good news though, it’s temporary!

Full piece by: Adam Osth on the ABC

Meet the Australians leaving the country for love

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When separation has spanned more than a year, drastic measures may need to be taken...

Long distance relationships can be made manageable with novelty postcards, steamy Zoom dates and services that allow couples to watch TV together despite being miles apart. But when the separation has spanned more than a year thanks to the wild inconvenience of a global pandemic, drastic measures may need to be taken! Meet the Australians looking to move their whole lives overseas to be with the partners or even start a family.

Full piece by:  Jessica Warriner, ABC News


This one’s got us shaking our heads in both amusement and disapproval: in Indonesia, a man has been caught dressing as his wife, accessorising his new look with her passport and her negative COVID test. He might never have been caught had he not changed back into his own clothes mid-flight. Worst of all, he got tested for the virus when he landed as a precautionary measure… and he was positive. We wouldn’t like to be him when he gets out of quarantine!
Singapore’s leaders expect that quarantine-free travel will resume when 80% of its population is vaccinated, which estimates say will be in September. This is the first time the country has laid out an actual timeline for opening its borders, and gives us butterflies of excitement at the hope a travel bubble with Australia will be a reality by the end of the year.
Canada will also be opening its borders. From August 9, which is super soon, permanent residents of the USA will be allowed to visit, and provided the “COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable” (their government’s weird expression, not ours), international travellers may be able to come from September 7.

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