Australian international border closures: It’s time to treat travellers like adults again Two bewildered officials threw arched eyebrows across an airless room high above the river Nile, six months after the irrepressible Arab Spring vanquished Egypt’s dastardly dictator Hosni Mubarak. But Egyptian visa anxieties didn’t land me in the viscera of the Australian embassy. WellContinue reading

Virgin to offer free flights for vaccinated Australians

Airlines are putting prizes up for grabs to encourage Aussies to get their jabs. Virgin Australia will join Qantas in offering free flights as an incentive for Australians to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the airline’s VA-X & Win promotion, there’ll be a major prize of one million Velocity Frequent Flyer points, “dozens of free businessContinue reading “Virgin to offer free flights for vaccinated Australians”

Government to trial overseas travel for vaccinated Australians

A ‘pilot program’ to begin in August would unlock international travel and provide further inducement to speed up vaccinations. Australians who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be dusting off their passports in the coming months under a trial program to be rolled out by the Federal Government. The scheme could allow them to travelContinue reading “Government to trial overseas travel for vaccinated Australians”

These beautiful Italian towns will pay you to work remotely

Located in the heart of wild Tuscany, the medieval village of Santa Fiora is nestled in the Monte Amiata natural reserve and is close to the wonderful Val D’Orcia Valley, Montepulciano’s wine heaven, and Siena.Today the population is down to barely 2,500 residents but mayor Federico Balocchi believes technology and virtual work can revolutionize theContinue reading “These beautiful Italian towns will pay you to work remotely”

Australians support managed reopening of borders

Taskforce calls for national roadmap to reengage with the worldShare A new poll commissioned by the Sydney Policy Lab has found the majority of Australians support a careful reopening of international borders once more people are vaccinated, and from countries where the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ MORE AND/OR DOWNLOADContinue reading “Australians support managed reopening of borders”

USA COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Soon we’ll no longer feel sorry for Americans, we’ll envy them

Any day now, something strange is going to happen to our perception of the US: the script is going to be flipped. The nation will go from basket case to boomtown. It will morph from pariah to powerhouse. We’ve become so used to feeling sorry for the US. It’s the country with the COVID-19 crisisContinue reading “USA COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Soon we’ll no longer feel sorry for Americans, we’ll envy them”

Emirates boosts A380 premium economy roll-out

Emirates will install premium economy cabins in three of its existing Airbus A380 superjumbos as it prepares for an anticipated shift in demand once the airline industry emerges from the coronavirus crisis. The world’s biggest long-haul airline will retrofit the seats – which offer more room than economy at a cheaper price than business class – intoContinue reading “Emirates boosts A380 premium economy roll-out”

Australia international border closures: Here’s how we reopen Australia to the world

( another fine article from the team at Traveller – online, SMH and The Age) The pressure is now on. After having successfully evaded the issue of Australia’s firmly shut borders (or, more pointedly, how best to prise them open), the federal government’s chaotic management of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution program has focused renewed attention onContinue reading “Australia international border closures: Here’s how we reopen Australia to the world”

Emirates expects to bring its Airbus A380s back to Australia and New Zealand from late 2021, with superjumbo services now selling between Dubai and Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Christchurch. The airline is also gearing up for more Brisbane flights, as well as the return of non-stop links between Dubai and Auckland, and trans-Tasman hops betweenContinue reading

Half-price domestic flights: Governments ruined tourism and now they want you to fix it

From the Sydney Morning Herald, Traveller writers… A week or so ago Tourism Australia was imploring us via its ubiquitous “ambassadors”, Hamish and Zoe (the only travel-loving Australians seemingly unperturbed by the potential for snap border lockdowns to ruin a holiday) to visit our tourist and worker-starved capitals. For more…CLICK HERE

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