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Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Guide

Planning for travel in a post-pandemic era can be stressful. The team at Expedia has prepared this guide to help with all the questions you may have on the Australia and New Zealand Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble.

Note: The information provided below has been prepared to give travellers guidance on the arrangements to date. We encourage travellers to refer to the most up to date travel advisory on the Department of Home Affairs and New Zealand’s Covid19.govt.nz website ahead of planning your travel. Expedia advises potential travellers to carefully study travel advisories and research both destination and home entry restrictions, which may include changes for non-essential travel. This article is correct at time of publication and the facts contained herein are subject to change without notice. 

Last updated:  17 June 2021

1. What is the Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble? The Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble will allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between the two countries for leisure and with no need for quarantine upon entry.

2. What are the requirements to be eligible to travel? To travel on a quarantine-free flight into Australia or New Zealand, travellers must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be in Australia/New Zealand for at least 14 days before your departing flight
  • Not have had a positive COVID-19 test in the 14 days before you depart
  • Not waiting for results from a COVID-19 test from a test taken in the 14 days before your departure.
  • Must be on a green flight
  • Must not have any cold or flu symptoms. Random temperate checks will be conducted.

Travellers should also be aware that normal immigration rules will still apply. For more details on visa and entry requirements, visit:

3. What are red and green flights? Green and red zones have been established to separate passengers arriving on quarantine-free flights from travellers who need to serve quarantine. Red flights may have passengers who don’t meet the quarantine-free travel requirements or are flights from countries outside a quarantine-free travel arrangement.

Ensure you confirm with your airline or travel agent whether your flight is a red or green flight prior to booking. Travellers who travel on a red flight will be required to quarantine, even if they’re travelling from a quarantine-free travel destination.

4. Will I need to wear a mask on the flight? Yes, travellers will need to wear a mask in the airport and in the flight, even if you’re on a green flight.

5. Will I need a pre-departure COVID-19 test done? No, travellers do not need to conduct a pre-departure COVID-19 test to travel on a quarantine-free flight.

6. What happens if the COVID-19 situation changes while I am on a flight? The government of the country the plane lands in will decide what happens to travellers in this situation. Travellers may be required to stay where they land or enter managed isolation (at their own expense) until they are given permission to continue their journey. Travellers must be prepared for this possibility.

Travel from Australia to New Zealand

1. Where can I travel to in New Zealand? There are no restrictions to where Australians can travel to in and around in New Zealand.

Note: Travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be paused until 11.59pm NZT on 22 June. Additionally, travellers who were at a location of interest at the specified time in Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland, cannot travel to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia until at least 14 days after you were at the location of interest. For more information, visit Covid19.govt.nz

2. Do I need to complete any documents before departing? Travellers planning to travel to New Zealand need to complete the Nau Mai Rā travel declaration before departing. This declaration mainly asks about your travel plans and contact details. Access the travel declaration here. (Note: Internet Browser does not work with this form, please use Google Chrome or another browser)

Travellers will also be required to complete a pre-departure health declaration. Questions about your health will be asked at the check-in kiosk. For more information visit Covid19.govt.nz.

3. How is the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand? Travellers are encouraged to stay up to date with the latest restrictions and guidelines. New Zealand has a 4-tier COVID-19 Alert Level system, travellers are encouraged to stay up to date on what each Alert Level means. Learn about the Alert Level system here.

Face masks are required on public transport including buses, trains and most ferries and jet boats. It is also encouraged to wear one in places where physical distancing is not possible.

4. Do I need to download the contact tracing app in New Zealand? It’s recommended to use the NZ COVID Tracer app to help keep track of the places you’ve visited. There will be a QR code at the airport that you can scan to get the app.

If you do not want to download the app, ensure you keep a record of where you’ve been, when you travelled there (date and time) and who you met.

5. What should I do if I come down with COVID-19 symptoms in New Zealand? If travellers start to feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, stay in your accommodation and call Healthline for free on 0800 611 116 for advice.

6. Where can I get the latest information about New Zealand’s COVID-19 status and quarantine-free travel? The Covid19.govt.nz and Unite against COVID-19 social media channels will announce changes to New Zealand or Australia’s COVID-19 situation and to quarantine-free travel. Check them regularly for updates that may affect you. Travellers can also check SmartTraveller for information about travelling safely and what to do if you need help while in New Zealand.

Travel from New Zealand to Australia

1. Can I travel to all Australian states and territories? As part of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble, travellers can enter all Australian states and territories, without having to quarantine.

2. Do I need to complete any documents before departing? Travellers planning to travel to Australia should complete an Australian Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before their departure flight, regardless of what flight they’re on or where they’re travelling from.

Depending on what state or territory they’re travelling to, there may be additional travel permits or travel documents required. It’s important to check the official advice from individual Australian states and territories before booking and travelling:  ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, WA, NT.

3. How is the COVID-19 situation in Australia? Australian state and territories have their own restrictions and rules, for example for gatherings, physical distancing, and travel. Travellers should check the latest updates to ensure they’re complying with the local guidance. Travellers should also check whether requirements or documentation is needed for travelling between states and territories.

Public health advisories and travel information is available on each state and territory government page: ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, WA, NT.

4. What happens if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak or lockdown in Australia? If there is a change in Australia’s COVID situation, for example cases in the community, check the COVID-19 website for the state or territory you’re in and they will tell you what you need to do. Travellers should also check the Australian Government Department of Health website for advice.

Community cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand or Australia could lead to the Government pausing any quarantine-free travel arrangements while it gathers information about the risk. To help travellers prepare for such situations, the New Zealand government has developed a guide in the event there are any COVID-19 cases in Australia.

5. Do I need to download the contact tracing app in Australia? It’s recommended to download the contact tracing app for the state and territories you’re visiting to help ensure the safety of yourself, your family and the communities you’re visiting. You can download and use most of these apps with a New Zealand SIM card. You may need an Australian SIM card to use some of these apps. It’s recommended to keep the apps on your phone for up to one month, in case you receive an alert after you’ve left the state.

If you cannot or do not want to download the app, ensure you sign into businesses and venues with their alternative contact tracing system and keep your own record of where you’ve been, when you travelled there (date and time) and who you met. Travellers can also download and print the NZ COVID Tracer booklet for physical tracking.

6. What should I do if I come down with Covid-19 symptoms in Australia? If travellers start to feel unwell, stay in your accommodation and call a doctor for advice. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080. Calls are free from Australia. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

7. Where can I get the latest information about Australia’s COVID-19 status and quarantine-free travel? Travellers should refer to the Department of Health website for the latest advice, information and resources. To find out the requirements for COVID-19, travel requirements and information about testing, visit the website for the state and territory you’re in or planning to visit: ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, WA, NT.

For travellers ready to cross the ditch and explore New Zealand, get planning here.

The post Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Guide appeared first on Expedia Australia Travel Blog.


Planning for travel in a post-pandemic era can be stressful. The team at Expedia has prepared this guide to help with all the questions you may have on the Australia and New Zealand Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble.

Note: The information provided below has been prepared to give travellers guidance on the arrangements to date. We encourage travellers to refer to the most up to date travel advisory on the Department of Home Affairs and New Zealand’s Covid19.govt.nz website ahead of planning your travel. Expedia advises potential travellers to carefully study travel advisories and research both destination and home entry restrictions, which may include changes for non-essential travel. This article is correct at time of publication and the facts contained herein are subject to change without notice. 

Last updated:  17 June 2021

1. What is the Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble?
The Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble will allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between the two countries for leisure and with no need for quarantine upon entry.

2. What are the requirements to be eligible to travel?
To travel on a quarantine-free flight into Australia or New Zealand, travellers must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be in Australia/New Zealand for at least 14 days before your departing flight
  • Not have had a positive COVID-19 test in the 14 days before you depart
  • Not waiting for results from a COVID-19 test from a test taken in the 14 days before your departure.
  • Must be on a green flight
  • Must not have any cold or flu symptoms. Random temperate checks will be conducted.

Travellers should also be aware that normal immigration rules will still apply. For more details on visa and entry requirements, visit:

3. What are red and green flights?
Green and red zones have been established to separate passengers arriving on quarantine-free flights from travellers who need to serve quarantine. Red flights may have passengers who don’t meet the quarantine-free travel requirements or are flights from countries outside a quarantine-free travel arrangement.

Ensure you confirm with your airline or travel agent whether your flight is a red or green flight prior to booking. Travellers who travel on a red flight will be required to quarantine, even if they’re travelling from a quarantine-free travel destination.

4. Will I need to wear a mask on the flight?
Yes, travellers will need to wear a mask in the airport and in the flight, even if you’re on a green flight.

5. Will I need a pre-departure COVID-19 test done?
No, travellers do not need to conduct a pre-departure COVID-19 test to travel on a quarantine-free flight.

6. What happens if the COVID-19 situation changes while I am on a flight?
The government of the country the plane lands in will decide what happens to travellers in this situation. Travellers may be required to stay where they land or enter managed isolation (at their own expense) until they are given permission to continue their journey. Travellers must be prepared for this possibility.

Travel from Australia to New Zealand

1. Where can I travel to in New Zealand?
There are no restrictions to where Australians can travel to in and around in New Zealand.

Note: Travel from Victoria to New Zealand will be paused until 11.59pm NZT on 22 June. Additionally, travellers who were at a location of interest at the specified time in Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland, cannot travel to New Zealand from anywhere in Australia until at least 14 days after you were at the location of interest. For more information, visit Covid19.govt.nz

2. Do I need to complete any documents before departing?
Travellers planning to travel to New Zealand need to complete the Nau Mai Rā travel declaration before departing. This declaration mainly asks about your travel plans and contact details. Access the travel declaration here. (Note: Internet Browser does not work with this form, please use Google Chrome or another browser)

Travellers will also be required to complete a pre-departure health declaration. Questions about your health will be asked at the check-in kiosk. For more information visit Covid19.govt.nz.

3. How is the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand?
Travellers are encouraged to stay up to date with the latest restrictions and guidelines. New Zealand has a 4-tier COVID-19 Alert Level system, travellers are encouraged to stay up to date on what each Alert Level means. Learn about the Alert Level system here.

Face masks are required on public transport including buses, trains and most ferries and jet boats. It is also encouraged to wear one in places where physical distancing is not possible.

4. Do I need to download the contact tracing app in New Zealand?
It’s recommended to use the NZ COVID Tracer app to help keep track of the places you’ve visited. There will be a QR code at the airport that you can scan to get the app.

If you do not want to download the app, ensure you keep a record of where you’ve been, when you travelled there (date and time) and who you met.

5. What should I do if I come down with COVID-19 symptoms in New Zealand?
If travellers start to feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, stay in your accommodation and call Healthline for free on 0800 611 116 for advice.

6. Where can I get the latest information about New Zealand’s COVID-19 status and quarantine-free travel?
The Covid19.govt.nz and Unite against COVID-19 social media channels will announce changes to New Zealand or Australia’s COVID-19 situation and to quarantine-free travel. Check them regularly for updates that may affect you. Travellers can also check SmartTraveller for information about travelling safely and what to do if you need help while in New Zealand.

Travel from New Zealand to Australia

1. Can I travel to all Australian states and territories?
As part of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble, travellers can enter all Australian states and territories, without having to quarantine.

2. Do I need to complete any documents before departing?
Travellers planning to travel to Australia should complete an Australian Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before their departure flight, regardless of what flight they’re on or where they’re travelling from.

Depending on what state or territory they’re travelling to, there may be additional travel permits or travel documents required. It’s important to check the official advice from individual Australian states and territories before booking and travelling:  ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, WA, NT.

3. How is the COVID-19 situation in Australia?
Australian state and territories have their own restrictions and rules, for example for gatherings, physical distancing, and travel. Travellers should check the latest updates to ensure they’re complying with the local guidance. Travellers should also check whether requirements or documentation is needed for travelling between states and territories.

Public health advisories and travel information is available on each state and territory government page: ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, WA, NT.

4. What happens if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak or lockdown in Australia?
If there is a change in Australia’s COVID situation, for example cases in the community, check the COVID-19 website for the state or territory you’re in and they will tell you what you need to do. Travellers should also check the Australian Government Department of Health website for advice.

Community cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand or Australia could lead to the Government pausing any quarantine-free travel arrangements while it gathers information about the risk. To help travellers prepare for such situations, the New Zealand government has developed a guide in the event there are any COVID-19 cases in Australia.

5. Do I need to download the contact tracing app in Australia?
It’s recommended to download the contact tracing app for the state and territories you’re visiting to help ensure the safety of yourself, your family and the communities you’re visiting. You can download and use most of these apps with a New Zealand SIM card. You may need an Australian SIM card to use some of these apps. It’s recommended to keep the apps on your phone for up to one month, in case you receive an alert after you’ve left the state.

If you cannot or do not want to download the app, ensure you sign into businesses and venues with their alternative contact tracing system and keep your own record of where you’ve been, when you travelled there (date and time) and who you met. Travellers can also download and print the NZ COVID Tracer booklet for physical tracking.

6. What should I do if I come down with Covid-19 symptoms in Australia?
If travellers start to feel unwell, stay in your accommodation and call a doctor for advice. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, call the National coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080. Calls are free from Australia. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

7. Where can I get the latest information about Australia’s COVID-19 status and quarantine-free travel?
Travellers should refer to the Department of Health website for the latest advice, information and resources. To find out the requirements for COVID-19, travel requirements and information about testing, visit the website for the state and territory you’re in or planning to visit: ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS, WA, NT.

For travellers ready to cross the ditch and explore New Zealand, get planning here.

The post Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Guide appeared first on Expedia Australia Travel Blog.

Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 20 Apr 2021 | 4:34 am

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Starcation Predictions: Ideal getaways based on your zodiac sign

As hopes for travel in 2021 continues to grow, the uncertainty and unpredictability is likely to stick around. To help travellers make the most of their future travel plans, we caught up with our resident astrologists, the AstroTwins, to learn what is written in the stars for each zodiac sign and their perfect travel companions.

Aries

2021 Starcation Predictions: Independent Aries are feeling more collaborative in 2021, making this a great year to organise a getaway with a small group. Aries’ ideal getaway for this year is outdoor recreation, your style is all about being active, exploratory, and filled with one-of-a-kind experiences.

Consider a multi-room holiday rental out of the main cities or book all the rooms in a boutique hotel. Most importantly, don’t skimp on the entertainment and activities – rent a car for scenic drives, scout for nearby hiking trails or how about renting a projector for ultimate movie screening.

Ideal Travel Companion: A great sense of humour is a pre-requisite for anyone who wants to travel with an Aries in 2021. Someone who is friendly, playful, and fun – and not above pulling a prank or two on each other – is a combo for a great holiday. While Aries like to sleep in, they also get antsy when sitting around for too long. Pick travel companions who will go on a spontaneous bike ride to discover hidden gems, but also won’t get upset if you want to jet off alone for a couple hours here and there.

Taurus

2021 Starcation Predictions: Taurus’ travel style is all about luxury and high-end experiences with beautiful scenery surrounding them. With planets commingling in your upscale tenth house, it’s time to get saving for future trips, as travel may require a larger budget. You love to be outdoors, but also need your creature comforts. 2021 sees your ideal getaway in a luxe rental or hotel with huge windows and outdoor space, so you can be one with nature and sheltered in style.

Ideal Travel Companion: Travellers considering a trip with a Taurus must agree on pricing and budget up-front. As Taurus’ are after high-end experiences, it’s worth discussing what may be possible (financially) for others in the party. Nature-lovers are also great companions to Taurus travellers, so anticipate challenging trails and outdoor picnics.

Gemini

2021 Starcation Predictions: Wanderlust strikes for Geminis this year, as planets ping your ninth house of travel and global adventures. Regular changes of scenery are a must to bring Geminis to unexplored lands. Your intellectual curiosity is also awakened so ensure to research the history of each destination. Finding the historical landmarks, buzzing about boutiques, and discovering local pastry shops will be an exhilarating scavenger hunt.

Ideal Travel Companion: Holidays this year is all about detours, spontaneity, multi-city treks and variety, anyone considering to travel with Geminis should be good-natured friends, who love to laugh, blast the radio on a stretch of open road and aren’t afraid to let their hair down and try new things. Geminis independent spirit is also aglow this year, meaning a solo getaway may also be on the cards.

Cancer

2021 Starcation Predictions: Cancerians are in their water sign element this year and you’re seeking a safe container for you and your travel crew. A semi-off-the-grid destination or town off the beaten track is on the agenda for this year. Ideally Cancerians will be nestled among trees, but not shut in. Daily walks around town, exploring the area for secret beaches and discovering boutiques with handcrafted goodies will lift a Cancerians mood.

Ideal Travel Companion: This intimate, introspective year has Cancerians reflecting on every aspect of life. Whether it’s a major transformation, a change in relationship status, a career pivot or even a move. The fresh scenery will give Cancerians the chance to step back and explore matters from a new perspective – and you’re going to need a wise sounding board (or three) who will listen compassionately.

Leo

2021 Starcation Predictions: As one of the zodiac’s most playful signs, Leos travel style is interactive and entertaining with a packed itinerary of must-see sites. With travel restrictions limiting options, you may consider visiting a national park and glamp out so you can explore the surrounding areas. As a fire sign, you’re all about building up the blazes to create a warm atmosphere.

Ideal Travel Companion: Two is the magic number for Leos in 2021. Whether hitting the open road with a BFF or a significant other, they’ll love creating magic moments with one special soul. Plus, most people can’t keep up with a Leos energetic travel style! Plan out the trip together to build excitement in advance, but be sure to throw in a surprise destination or two, to thrill your plus-one!

Virgo

2021 Starcation Predictions: With planets percolating in Virgos healthy living zone, 2021 is here to give you a galactic glow-up. A restorative getaway is optimal for Virgos this year, where you can not only de-stress from modern life, but also give your body the clean fuel it needs. Sunny locations are great mood-boosters especially if temps are warm enough for ride bikes, exploring trails and yoga in the park.

The spirit of service is also in the air this year, so Virgos may be drawn to “voluntourism” trips where they can donate time to a good cause while being away.

Ideal Travel Companion: Virgos looking to make their getaway a healing voyage, should consider going away with other wellness-focused friends. It doesn’t have to be as rigorous as say, bikini boot camp, but if friends who can push each other to each one’s limits will leave Virgos feeling great and rejuvenated.

Libra

2021 Starcation Predictions: Libras 2021 starmap is all about high-end experiences, your travel style is all about extravagance, entertaining and capturing all the beauty of the destination. For Libra travellers wanting to “get away from it all”, you want to be pampered in style: think beautiful scenery, sports cars and sailboats, photoshoots by outdoor murals, top-shelf drinks and five-star meals.

Ideal Travel Companion: There’s nothing wrong with being budget-conscious, but this year Libras are planning on going all out, so consider travel partners who don’t mind a bit of splurging themselves. A great tip is to discuss budget parameters with travel buddies before booking activities or ordering that bottle of champagne. For those coupled up, love is in the air for Libras in 2021, so grab that special someone and plan the ultimate romantic getaway.

Scorpio

2021 Starcation Predictions: Scorpios are flying under the radar in 2021, which is just how they prefer it. During this cozy, creative and domestic year, Scorpios are less of an adventure traveller and are more interested in finding charming destinations that can be transformed into a home away from home.

Nostalgia is also in the air, and a sentimental trip back home or to a favourite destination will warm the heart. Scorpios will be interested in connecting with their roots, which could lead to a more planned-out voyage to visit the place of their ancestors and hopefully meet a relative who’s still living there.

Ideal Travel Companion: During this family-friendly year, Scorpios are longing for opportunities to bond with their nearest and dearest. A multi-generational road trip with parents or children (or both) will bring many classic memories to last a lifetime. A friends’ getaway with a Scorpios innermost circle will also revive them. There’s nothing a Scorpio loves more than unhurried bonding time with their loyal pals.

Sagittarius

2021 Starcation Predictions: Sagittarius is in a meandering mood in 2021, which means anything too placid will turn you into a frustrated traveller. Your ideal getaway is somewhere with plenty of sunshine, with lots of spots for long walks. You don’t have a set schedule and allow room for discovery and spontaneous adventures with the locals you meet.

With the karmic lunar south node in Sagittarius’ sign all year, they may have some loose ends to tie up or the desire to connect with their ancestral heritage. This could be the year to return to home base to make amends with loved ones. Or maybe finally meet a long-lost cousin-even if communicating means by hand and a translation app!

Ideal Travel Companion: Having a tightly packed itinerary and researching every little activity and place is a Sagittarius’ worst nightmare. However, some level of advance prep can be handy. For Sagittarians planning on going away, it’s a good idea to bring someone who likes to do the planning and research but is equally comfortable in going with the flow.

Capricorn

2021 Starcation Predictions: 2020 was a year with lots of change and activity for Capricorns thanks to a convergence of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in your sign. Looking at the year ahead, Capricorns are ready to embrace an easier pace and take a break. With your refined tastes, Capricorns prefer chic, curated destinations over anything cookie-cutter. Consider a destination with great museums, outdoor exhibits, and historical architecture. Capricorns also love a food scene, so an ideal location will be full of delicious restaurants and eateries.

Ideal Travel Companion: Capricorns never go on holiday without a pre-planned list of ‘the best of’ everything. So, anyone travelling with a Capricorn should be prepared to be flexible and go out of their way to find these rare gems. An ideal travel partner will appreciate Capricorns for scouting these finds and will most likely share this discerning sense of discovery.

Aquarius

2021 Starcation Predictions: Aquarians are the star of 2021 as bountiful Jupiter and stabilising Saturn tour the sign all year – and in February, they’re accompanied by four other heavenly bodies. Aquarians are seeking holidays where you can be fired up, inspired and on a mission. Consider a longer trip and make it a work-cation to refuel that inspiration tank. Aquarians are also all about being social and physically active whole on holiday, so destinations that will keep the body moving will keep all those brilliant ideas flowing.

Ideal Travel Companion: During this self-focused year, Aquarians simply have no space to play caretaker for anyone. Solo sojourns will be the way to go. This “vision quest” will reconnect you to deeper parts of yourself, which makes you a happier companion when you get back home. If you do invite others to join, make sure they’re equally independent-but also keen to hang out and share coffee breaks, dinner and a few adventures when you have the space for it.

Pisces

2021 Starcation Predictions: 2021 is a drifty, dreamy year for Pisces. Retreating into beautiful nature is always restorative for Pisceans, and with Neptune the god of the seas as your ruler, a waterfront destination is non-negotiable. Island life is balm for the Pisces soul, and more than ever with 2021s starmap. If the destination is known for its spiritual and holistic healing resources or is considered a ‘vortex’ for its powerful energy, all the better for this intuitive sign.

Ideal Travel Companion: This year, Pisceans need to travel with fellow nomads who prefer to flow freely through each day rather than to be tied to a schedule. Companions who like to feel out the destination after you get there, then make plans, will result in a successful trip. Companions who are also sensitive to environment will enjoy mapping out the trip as you go, getting tips from friendly locals or by dropping into places that look intriguing.

 

About the AstroTwins: Dubbed the “astrologers to the stars,” identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut, known as the AstroTwins, are professional astrologers who reach millions worldwide through their spot-on predictions. Through their website, Astrostyle.com, Ophira and Tali help “bring the stars down to earth” with their unique, lifestyle-based approach to astrology. They are also the official astrologers for ELLE.com, Elle Magazine, MindBodyGreen.com and The New Potato. The AstroTwins have been featured in the UK Sunday Times, the New York Times Sunday Styles section, People Magazine, Domino, InStyle, Architecture Daily, Business Insider and much more media globally.

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As hopes for travel in 2021 continues to grow, the uncertainty and unpredictability is likely to stick around. To help travellers make the most of their future travel plans, we caught up with our resident astrologists, the AstroTwins, to learn what is written in the stars for each zodiac sign and their perfect travel companions.

Aries

2021 Starcation Predictions: Independent Aries are feeling more collaborative in 2021, making this a great year to organise a getaway with a small group. Aries’ ideal getaway for this year is outdoor recreation, your style is all about being active, exploratory, and filled with one-of-a-kind experiences.

Consider a multi-room holiday rental out of the main cities or book all the rooms in a boutique hotel. Most importantly, don’t skimp on the entertainment and activities – rent a car for scenic drives, scout for nearby hiking trails or how about renting a projector for ultimate movie screening.

Ideal Travel Companion: A great sense of humour is a pre-requisite for anyone who wants to travel with an Aries in 2021. Someone who is friendly, playful, and fun – and not above pulling a prank or two on each other – is a combo for a great holiday. While Aries like to sleep in, they also get antsy when sitting around for too long. Pick travel companions who will go on a spontaneous bike ride to discover hidden gems, but also won’t get upset if you want to jet off alone for a couple hours here and there.

Taurus

2021 Starcation Predictions: Taurus’ travel style is all about luxury and high-end experiences with beautiful scenery surrounding them. With planets commingling in your upscale tenth house, it’s time to get saving for future trips, as travel may require a larger budget. You love to be outdoors, but also need your creature comforts. 2021 sees your ideal getaway in a luxe rental or hotel with huge windows and outdoor space, so you can be one with nature and sheltered in style.

Ideal Travel Companion: Travellers considering a trip with a Taurus must agree on pricing and budget up-front. As Taurus’ are after high-end experiences, it’s worth discussing what may be possible (financially) for others in the party. Nature-lovers are also great companions to Taurus travellers, so anticipate challenging trails and outdoor picnics.

Gemini

2021 Starcation Predictions: Wanderlust strikes for Geminis this year, as planets ping your ninth house of travel and global adventures. Regular changes of scenery are a must to bring Geminis to unexplored lands. Your intellectual curiosity is also awakened so ensure to research the history of each destination. Finding the historical landmarks, buzzing about boutiques, and discovering local pastry shops will be an exhilarating scavenger hunt.

Ideal Travel Companion: Holidays this year is all about detours, spontaneity, multi-city treks and variety, anyone considering to travel with Geminis should be good-natured friends, who love to laugh, blast the radio on a stretch of open road and aren’t afraid to let their hair down and try new things. Geminis independent spirit is also aglow this year, meaning a solo getaway may also be on the cards.

Cancer

2021 Starcation Predictions: Cancerians are in their water sign element this year and you’re seeking a safe container for you and your travel crew. A semi-off-the-grid destination or town off the beaten track is on the agenda for this year. Ideally Cancerians will be nestled among trees, but not shut in. Daily walks around town, exploring the area for secret beaches and discovering boutiques with handcrafted goodies will lift a Cancerians mood.

Ideal Travel Companion: This intimate, introspective year has Cancerians reflecting on every aspect of life. Whether it’s a major transformation, a change in relationship status, a career pivot or even a move. The fresh scenery will give Cancerians the chance to step back and explore matters from a new perspective – and you’re going to need a wise sounding board (or three) who will listen compassionately.

Leo

2021 Starcation Predictions: As one of the zodiac’s most playful signs, Leos travel style is interactive and entertaining with a packed itinerary of must-see sites. With travel restrictions limiting options, you may consider visiting a national park and glamp out so you can explore the surrounding areas. As a fire sign, you’re all about building up the blazes to create a warm atmosphere.

Ideal Travel Companion: Two is the magic number for Leos in 2021. Whether hitting the open road with a BFF or a significant other, they’ll love creating magic moments with one special soul. Plus, most people can’t keep up with a Leos energetic travel style! Plan out the trip together to build excitement in advance, but be sure to throw in a surprise destination or two, to thrill your plus-one!

Virgo

2021 Starcation Predictions: With planets percolating in Virgos healthy living zone, 2021 is here to give you a galactic glow-up. A restorative getaway is optimal for Virgos this year, where you can not only de-stress from modern life, but also give your body the clean fuel it needs. Sunny locations are great mood-boosters especially if temps are warm enough for ride bikes, exploring trails and yoga in the park.

The spirit of service is also in the air this year, so Virgos may be drawn to “voluntourism” trips where they can donate time to a good cause while being away.

Ideal Travel Companion: Virgos looking to make their getaway a healing voyage, should consider going away with other wellness-focused friends. It doesn’t have to be as rigorous as say, bikini boot camp, but if friends who can push each other to each one’s limits will leave Virgos feeling great and rejuvenated.

Libra

2021 Starcation Predictions: Libras 2021 starmap is all about high-end experiences, your travel style is all about extravagance, entertaining and capturing all the beauty of the destination. For Libra travellers wanting to “get away from it all”, you want to be pampered in style: think beautiful scenery, sports cars and sailboats, photoshoots by outdoor murals, top-shelf drinks and five-star meals.

Ideal Travel Companion: There’s nothing wrong with being budget-conscious, but this year Libras are planning on going all out, so consider travel partners who don’t mind a bit of splurging themselves. A great tip is to discuss budget parameters with travel buddies before booking activities or ordering that bottle of champagne. For those coupled up, love is in the air for Libras in 2021, so grab that special someone and plan the ultimate romantic getaway.

Scorpio

2021 Starcation Predictions: Scorpios are flying under the radar in 2021, which is just how they prefer it. During this cozy, creative and domestic year, Scorpios are less of an adventure traveller and are more interested in finding charming destinations that can be transformed into a home away from home.

Nostalgia is also in the air, and a sentimental trip back home or to a favourite destination will warm the heart. Scorpios will be interested in connecting with their roots, which could lead to a more planned-out voyage to visit the place of their ancestors and hopefully meet a relative who’s still living there.

Ideal Travel Companion: During this family-friendly year, Scorpios are longing for opportunities to bond with their nearest and dearest. A multi-generational road trip with parents or children (or both) will bring many classic memories to last a lifetime. A friends’ getaway with a Scorpios innermost circle will also revive them. There’s nothing a Scorpio loves more than unhurried bonding time with their loyal pals.

Sagittarius

2021 Starcation Predictions: Sagittarius is in a meandering mood in 2021, which means anything too placid will turn you into a frustrated traveller. Your ideal getaway is somewhere with plenty of sunshine, with lots of spots for long walks. You don’t have a set schedule and allow room for discovery and spontaneous adventures with the locals you meet.

With the karmic lunar south node in Sagittarius’ sign all year, they may have some loose ends to tie up or the desire to connect with their ancestral heritage. This could be the year to return to home base to make amends with loved ones. Or maybe finally meet a long-lost cousin-even if communicating means by hand and a translation app!

Ideal Travel Companion: Having a tightly packed itinerary and researching every little activity and place is a Sagittarius’ worst nightmare. However, some level of advance prep can be handy. For Sagittarians planning on going away, it’s a good idea to bring someone who likes to do the planning and research but is equally comfortable in going with the flow.

Capricorn

2021 Starcation Predictions: 2020 was a year with lots of change and activity for Capricorns thanks to a convergence of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in your sign. Looking at the year ahead, Capricorns are ready to embrace an easier pace and take a break. With your refined tastes, Capricorns prefer chic, curated destinations over anything cookie-cutter. Consider a destination with great museums, outdoor exhibits, and historical architecture. Capricorns also love a food scene, so an ideal location will be full of delicious restaurants and eateries.

Ideal Travel Companion: Capricorns never go on holiday without a pre-planned list of ‘the best of’ everything. So, anyone travelling with a Capricorn should be prepared to be flexible and go out of their way to find these rare gems. An ideal travel partner will appreciate Capricorns for scouting these finds and will most likely share this discerning sense of discovery.

Aquarius

2021 Starcation Predictions: Aquarians are the star of 2021 as bountiful Jupiter and stabilising Saturn tour the sign all year – and in February, they’re accompanied by four other heavenly bodies. Aquarians are seeking holidays where you can be fired up, inspired and on a mission. Consider a longer trip and make it a work-cation to refuel that inspiration tank. Aquarians are also all about being social and physically active whole on holiday, so destinations that will keep the body moving will keep all those brilliant ideas flowing.

Ideal Travel Companion: During this self-focused year, Aquarians simply have no space to play caretaker for anyone. Solo sojourns will be the way to go. This “vision quest” will reconnect you to deeper parts of yourself, which makes you a happier companion when you get back home. If you do invite others to join, make sure they’re equally independent-but also keen to hang out and share coffee breaks, dinner and a few adventures when you have the space for it.

Pisces

2021 Starcation Predictions: 2021 is a drifty, dreamy year for Pisces. Retreating into beautiful nature is always restorative for Pisceans, and with Neptune the god of the seas as your ruler, a waterfront destination is non-negotiable. Island life is balm for the Pisces soul, and more than ever with 2021s starmap. If the destination is known for its spiritual and holistic healing resources or is considered a ‘vortex’ for its powerful energy, all the better for this intuitive sign.

Ideal Travel Companion: This year, Pisceans need to travel with fellow nomads who prefer to flow freely through each day rather than to be tied to a schedule. Companions who like to feel out the destination after you get there, then make plans, will result in a successful trip. Companions who are also sensitive to environment will enjoy mapping out the trip as you go, getting tips from friendly locals or by dropping into places that look intriguing.

 

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The big travel plans Aussies have for 2021

The holiday deprivation of 2020 hit many Aussies hard. Looking ahead, travellers are making it a priority to take advantage of their annual leave more than ever. In fact, results from Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprivation study shows Aussies are planning to go big this year, where they plan to take an extra week (five whole days!) of annual leave in 2021.

Discover how you can take advantage of this renewed interest in travel and start planning to cross off some bucket-list destinations on your future trips, when the world reopens.

The value of holidays

With 2020 over and gone, many Aussies have come to better appreciate holidays and the unforgettable experiences they can bring. With this renewed appreciation for travel, it shouldn’t be a surprise that majority of respondents claim to value holidays more than ever before. In fact, 85% of Aussies shared this sentiment, with almost a third (31%) of them actively planning on taking more trips than usual in 2021 to make up for 2020’s lack of travel.

This mind-reset in the meaning of a holiday, has encouraged Aussies to embrace their trips as more than just ‘time off work’, but as an opportunity to maximise their time with experiences and spending quality time with family and friends.

Complete your bucket list

As the hopes for future travel in 2021 grows, many Aussies are considering the items they have on their travel bucket list. The report showed 64% of respondents already have a bucket list, and of this group, 66% have expanded their lists since the pandemic.

As Aussies get ready to fulfill their pent-up travel desires, results indicate they’re ready to go big and splurge on their bucket list trips. Whether it’s trying a new activity or seeking out a place untraveled, 62% are willing to spend more on their bucket list holiday than originally planned.

Making holidays unforgettable

The Expedia survey sought to determine what people value most in their holiday experiences. Most respondents state it’s always best to have a holiday in which they can relax and do nothing, and 95% of them believe that regular holidays are essential for general health and well-being. Being able to enjoy a relaxing holiday with family makes the experience all the better.

While 2021 is full of new possibilities, there is no doubt that travel in the ‘new normal’ will require a significant mental and emotional shift. Refundable travel options have become a pre-requisite for many travellers, with 30% of Aussies saying they will only book travel that is fully refundable in case they don’t feel comfortable travelling. 23% said they intend to book last-minute travel when they know that it is safe to do so, while 35% said they are waiting until the latter half of the year to do any travel.

Whatever your plans, you can find all the resources you need to travel smart and travel safely with Expedia’s COVID-19 travel guide.

Solve holiday deprivation

With almost 65% of all respondents stating that they feel holiday-deprived, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re not missing out on any essential opportunities for travel. When you are comfortable to travel again, why not make up for lost time by treating yourself to adventures you deserve and trips that will create lasting memories?

What are your big travel plans for 2021?

 

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The holiday deprivation of 2020 hit many Aussies hard. Looking ahead, travellers are making it a priority to take advantage of their annual leave more than ever. In fact, results from Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprivation study shows Aussies are planning to go big this year, where they plan to take an extra week (five whole days!) of annual leave in 2021.

Discover how you can take advantage of this renewed interest in travel and start planning to cross off some bucket-list destinations on your future trips, when the world reopens.

The value of holidays

With 2020 over and gone, many Aussies have come to better appreciate holidays and the unforgettable experiences they can bring. With this renewed appreciation for travel, it shouldn’t be a surprise that majority of respondents claim to value holidays more than ever before. In fact, 85% of Aussies shared this sentiment, with almost a third (31%) of them actively planning on taking more trips than usual in 2021 to make up for 2020’s lack of travel.

This mind-reset in the meaning of a holiday, has encouraged Aussies to embrace their trips as more than just ‘time off work’, but as an opportunity to maximise their time with experiences and spending quality time with family and friends.

Complete your bucket list

As the hopes for future travel in 2021 grows, many Aussies are considering the items they have on their travel bucket list. The report showed 64% of respondents already have a bucket list, and of this group, 66% have expanded their lists since the pandemic.

As Aussies get ready to fulfill their pent-up travel desires, results indicate they’re ready to go big and splurge on their bucket list trips. Whether it’s trying a new activity or seeking out a place untraveled, 62% are willing to spend more on their bucket list holiday than originally planned.

Making holidays unforgettable

The Expedia survey sought to determine what people value most in their holiday experiences. Most respondents state it’s always best to have a holiday in which they can relax and do nothing, and 95% of them believe that regular holidays are essential for general health and well-being. Being able to enjoy a relaxing holiday with family makes the experience all the better.

While 2021 is full of new possibilities, there is no doubt that travel in the ‘new normal’ will require a significant mental and emotional shift. Refundable travel options have become a pre-requisite for many travellers, with 30% of Aussies saying they will only book travel that is fully refundable in case they don’t feel comfortable travelling. 23% said they intend to book last-minute travel when they know that it is safe to do so, while 35% said they are waiting until the latter half of the year to do any travel.

Whatever your plans, you can find all the resources you need to travel smart and travel safely with Expedia’s COVID-19 travel guide.

Solve holiday deprivation

With almost 65% of all respondents stating that they feel holiday-deprived, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re not missing out on any essential opportunities for travel. When you are comfortable to travel again, why not make up for lost time by treating yourself to adventures you deserve and trips that will create lasting memories?

What are your big travel plans for 2021?

 

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 4 Feb 2021 | 12:58 am

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The top destinations and tips for travellers in 2021

Navigate your way through what the future of travel holds with the help of the Expedia 2021 Travel Trends Report. Learn all about how attitudes towards travel has changed and discover how you can make the most of your future holidays with these helpful travel hacks.

Timing is everything – top savings hacks

Getting the most out of your holiday bookings is easy when you adopt these handy travel hacks. Expedia, with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), has examined the data and discovered the following travel tips could help you find the best deal.

Ideal day to book flights

For both domestic and international flights, booking on a Sunday, not a Friday. This could save you around 25% on domestic airfares and almost 15% for international flights.

Ideal day to start your flight

For domestic flights, starting your trip on a Thursday, can save almost 20% compared to departing on a Sunday. Whereas, for international flights, start your trip on a Tuesday or Thursday, not Sunday to save nearly 20%.

When to book your hotel

For domestic holidays, the lowest average daily rate (ADR) for accommodation tends to occur on a Monday. Travellers could save almost 15% versus staying on the most expensive day, which is a Saturday. For international travel, the cheapest day falls between Sunday and Tuesday.

Top 2021 destinations

As Aussies looked to satisfy their travel needs over the past year, there was a big surge in regional and local getaways. Many explored the hidden gems in their backyard and finally ticked off that domestic bucket list.

Looking ahead, wanderlust is high on the agenda for 2021 with all-time international favourites looking to be quite popular. While we wait for international travel to restart, travellers will still be seeking a beachside escape at local hotspots. Here are the top contenders for 2021:

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Bali
  3. Sydney
  4. North Coast NSW
  5. Sunshine Coast QLD
  6. Fiji
  7. Oahu
  8. Whitsundays
  9. Melbourne
  10. Byron Bay

 

Getting the most out of your trip

  • Flexibility is key: In 2021, flexibility will continue to be top of mind for travellers, with data showing Aussies booked refundable rates 10% more often this year compared to 2019. Luckily, flexibility is more affordable than ever: Expedia lodging data shows average daily rates for refundable bookings were 20% cheaper in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Health and safety advancements: In the year to come, concerns about staying safe while travelling will continue to impact every aspect of trip planning. To make it easier to find suitable options, Expedia’s new ‘Enhanced Cleaning’ filter helps narrow the search results on properties and activities taking additional steps to clean and sanitise.
  • Stay up to date: Before booking and travelling, it’s important to check the latest travel and health advisories for both destination and origin. Ensure the destination is accepting travellers and if there are any quarantine periods required, this includes entry back into your own state. For more information, stay up to date with Expedia’s handy COVID-19 travel guide.

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Navigate your way through what the future of travel holds with the help of the Expedia 2021 Travel Trends Report. Learn all about how attitudes towards travel has changed and discover how you can make the most of your future holidays with these helpful travel hacks.

Timing is everything – top savings hacks

Getting the most out of your holiday bookings is easy when you adopt these handy travel hacks. Expedia, with the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), has examined the data and discovered the following travel tips could help you find the best deal.

Ideal day to book flights

For both domestic and international flights, booking on a Sunday, not a Friday. This could save you around 25% on domestic airfares and almost 15% for international flights.

Ideal day to start your flight

For domestic flights, starting your trip on a Thursday, can save almost 20% compared to departing on a Sunday. Whereas, for international flights, start your trip on a Tuesday or Thursday, not Sunday to save nearly 20%.

When to book your hotel

For domestic holidays, the lowest average daily rate (ADR) for accommodation tends to occur on a Monday. Travellers could save almost 15% versus staying on the most expensive day, which is a Saturday. For international travel, the cheapest day falls between Sunday and Tuesday.

Top 2021 destinations

As Aussies looked to satisfy their travel needs over the past year, there was a big surge in regional and local getaways. Many explored the hidden gems in their backyard and finally ticked off that domestic bucket list.

Looking ahead, wanderlust is high on the agenda for 2021 with all-time international favourites looking to be quite popular. While we wait for international travel to restart, travellers will still be seeking a beachside escape at local hotspots. Here are the top contenders for 2021:

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Bali
  3. Sydney
  4. North Coast NSW
  5. Sunshine Coast QLD
  6. Fiji
  7. Oahu
  8. Whitsundays
  9. Melbourne
  10. Byron Bay

 

Getting the most out of your trip

  • Flexibility is key: In 2021, flexibility will continue to be top of mind for travellers, with data showing Aussies booked refundable rates 10% more often this year compared to 2019. Luckily, flexibility is more affordable than ever: Expedia lodging data shows average daily rates for refundable bookings were 20% cheaper in 2020 compared to 2019.
  • Health and safety advancements: In the year to come, concerns about staying safe while travelling will continue to impact every aspect of trip planning. To make it easier to find suitable options, Expedia’s new ‘Enhanced Cleaning’ filter helps narrow the search results on properties and activities taking additional steps to clean and sanitise.
  • Stay up to date: Before booking and travelling, it’s important to check the latest travel and health advisories for both destination and origin. Ensure the destination is accepting travellers and if there are any quarantine periods required, this includes entry back into your own state. For more information, stay up to date with Expedia’s handy COVID-19 travel guide.

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 2 Dec 2020 | 1:21 am

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Domestic getaways that feel like a world away

At a time where Aussies are usually heading to Europe or warmer places abroad, the question bids: Where do or can we go now?

To help Aussies fulfill their overseas dreams without having to leave the country, Expedia has uncovered the top domestic swaps for international favourites. Offering the same, if not better experiences, here is how you can discover the world in your backyard.

Daintree Ecolodge

Bali

Ranked as the top booked destination for the July and August period last year. Aussies who were hoping for a tranquil escape in Bali can sub it out for Tropical North Queensland. The beautiful rainforests and coastlines will have Aussies feeling a world away. For the nature lovers and adventure seekers, Aussies won’t be able to spot the difference at the Daintree Ecolodge, located amongst the canopy of the world’s oldest living rainforest.

Calile Hotel

Los Angeles

If Los Angeles was on the travel list, experience the hustle and bustle of a city escape in Brisbane or Gold Coast. From the theme parks to enjoying the highlife at the beachside bars, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Travellers can discover an urban resort, at the beautiful Calile Hotel, where they will find themselves transported to Palm Springs.

Limestone Coast’s underground garden oasis

Singapore

Ranked in the top five booked destinations amongst Aussies during the July and August period. Holidaymakers can transport themselves to an urban jungle right here in South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Travellers can witness the jaw-dropping natural wonders including the underground garden oasis, enjoy great wine and relax on the sandy-white beaches.

Lord Howe Island. Image by: Zach Sanders

Philippines

If island hopping in the Philippines was on the bucket list, travellers can discover Australia’s own beautiful islands. Welcoming travellers back from August 3, Lord Howe Island offers breathtaking surroundings, where Aussies can enjoy hikes, snorkeling or simple relaxation. On the other side of the country, Aussies can discover some of the world’s finest beaches at Rottnest Island. Don’t forget to take an obligatory selfie with the famous Quokkas.

Water’s Edge Resort

Hawaii

For the beach lovers, get the Hawaii or Bahamas vibes in Australia’s very own oasis, the Whitsundays. The stretches of white sand, pristine waters and warm weather are perfect for Aussies looking for their sun fix. Quietly nestled in the hillside amongst lush tropical gardens, Water’s Edge Resort is the perfect base and it’s just a stone throw away from the beach.

As the situation continues to evolve, always check travel advisories before booking and embarking on any trips. For the most up-to-date advice and information, visit Health Direct COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

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At a time where Aussies are usually heading to Europe or warmer places abroad, the question bids: Where do or can we go now?

To help Aussies fulfill their overseas dreams without having to leave the country, Expedia has uncovered the top domestic swaps for international favourites. Offering the same, if not better experiences, here is how you can discover the world in your backyard.

Bali

Ranked as the top booked destination for the July and August period last year. Aussies who were hoping for a tranquil escape in Bali can sub it out for Tropical North Queensland. The beautiful rainforests and coastlines will have Aussies feeling a world away. For the nature lovers and adventure seekers, Aussies won’t be able to spot the difference at the Daintree Ecolodge, located amongst the canopy of the world’s oldest living rainforest.

Los Angeles

If Los Angeles was on the travel list, experience the hustle and bustle of a city escape in Brisbane or Gold Coast. From the theme parks to enjoying the highlife at the beachside bars, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Travellers can discover an urban resort, at the beautiful Calile Hotel, where they will find themselves transported to Palm Springs.

Singapore

Ranked in the top five booked destinations amongst Aussies during the July and August period. Holidaymakers can transport themselves to an urban jungle right here in South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Travellers can witness the jaw-dropping natural wonders including the underground garden oasis, enjoy great wine and relax on the sandy-white beaches.

Philippines

If island hopping in the Philippines was on the bucket list, travellers can discover Australia’s own beautiful islands. Welcoming travellers back from August 3, Lord Howe Island offers breathtaking surroundings, where Aussies can enjoy hikes, snorkeling or simple relaxation. On the other side of the country, Aussies can discover some of the world’s finest beaches at Rottnest Island. Don’t forget to take an obligatory selfie with the famous Quokkas.

Hawaii

For the beach lovers, get the Hawaii or Bahamas vibes in Australia’s very own oasis, the Whitsundays. The stretches of white sand, pristine waters and warm weather are perfect for Aussies looking for their sun fix. Quietly nestled in the hillside amongst lush tropical gardens, Water’s Edge Resort is the perfect base and it’s just a stone throw away from the beach.

As the situation continues to evolve, always check travel advisories before booking and embarking on any trips. For the most up-to-date advice and information, visit Health Direct COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

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Source: Expedia Australia Travel Blog | 4 Aug 2020 | 9:16 pm

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A walk across Australia with camels - 1988
I was one of four people to walk across Australia as part of Australia's Bicentennial in 1988. March 1st - September 14th. Sharks Bay to Byron Bay. The I was one of four people to walk across Australia as part of Australia's Bicentennial in 1988. March 1st - September 14th. Sharks Bay to Byron Bay. The

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 24 Feb 2018 | 2:09 pm

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Ayres Rock or Kakadu in June
I will be traveling in June with two teenagers and I am interested in either going to Ayres Rock or Kakadu. Which area would be better if I only have time I will be traveling in June with two teenagers and I am interested in either going to Ayres Rock or Kakadu. Which area would be better if I only have time

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 13 Nov 2017 | 5:22 am

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Planning a trip to Alice Springs via Uluru
Just looking for a few tips on how much I should budget for a 10-14 day trip to Alice Springs & Uluru/Kata Tjuta. We (my boyfriend and I) are planning Just looking for a few tips on how much I should budget for a 10-14 day trip to Alice Springs & Uluru/Kata Tjuta. We (my boyfriend and I) are planning

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 13 Nov 2017 | 5:19 am

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People broke into my hotel room at 3.30am, and no one cared
Let me tell you about an unscheduled 3.30 am wake-up call I experienced the other day. I'm hoping my story also serves as a wake-up call to the travel and security industries as well as for the police (though I doubt it). Let me tell you about an unscheduled 3.30 am wake-up call I experienced the other day. I'm hoping my story also serves as a wake-up call to the travel and security industries as well as for the police (though I doubt it).

Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 21 Jun 2017 | 10:30 pm

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Tasmania's Freycinet Experience Walk: 'Truly one of the greatest experience of your life'
The acclaimed British novelist Nicholas Shakespeare describes it as "the only trek". The acclaimed British novelist Nicholas Shakespeare describes it as "the only trek".

Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 20 Jun 2017 | 11:47 pm

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Cuisine editor: Should a NZ eatery be among the World's 50 Best Restaurants?
OPINION: Melbourne was home to the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards this year. The only other cities to have hosted this prestigious event are London (for the first 14 years) and New York (last year). Landing an event of this magnitude was game-changing for Australia. And so back in April, I set off to experience a series of events designed by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Tourism Australia and Visit Victoria to spread the message that Australia is a must-visit culinary destination. OPINION: Melbourne was home to the World's 50 Best Restaurant awards this year. The only other cities to have hosted this prestigious event are London (for the first 14 years) and New York (last year). Landing an event of this magnitude was game-changing for Australia. And so back in April, I set off to experience a series of events designed by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Tourism Australia and Visit Victoria to spread the message that Australia is a must-visit culinary destination.

Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 18 Jun 2017 | 6:38 pm

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My Sydney, with Vivid's Kiwi Director Ash Bolland
As Vivid Sydney wraps up for another year, we chat to Kiwi director Ash Bolland who designed the festival's most prominent show, Audio Creatures. As Vivid Sydney wraps up for another year, we chat to Kiwi director Ash Bolland who designed the festival's most prominent show, Audio Creatures.

Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 16 Jun 2017 | 7:28 pm

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Google sings songs of Uluru with new Street View vistas
With ever-growing troves of valuable data on its shelves, Google has expanded its Street View range further to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory, Australia. With ever-growing troves of valuable data on its shelves, Google has expanded its Street View range further to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Northern Territory, Australia.

Source: Stuff.co.nz - Australia | 11 Jun 2017 | 6:55 pm

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General tips for visiting Uluru
Read all you can before you go as I am not going to tell a granny how to suck eggs. Make sure you ingest the advice and be wise to the risks, it gets mighty Read all you can before you go as I am not going to tell a granny how to suck eggs. Make sure you ingest the advice and be wise to the risks, it gets mighty

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 26 Feb 2017 | 5:54 am

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Finding unskilled mining jobs in WA
This page is a bit unusual in that it isn't for travellers. Or rather I should say not for tourists, because for long term travellers it may well be very interesting! In the section on this website about financing your travels by working in Australia I wrote about the possibility to get temporary jobs in the mining industry, which is VERY lucrative. And that page became very popular also with Australians and New Zealanders looking for permanent mining jobs. I also have two reader pages on the site where people looked for advice on finding mining jobs. No other pages on my site have received anywhere near the same amount of comments! All comments are from people looking for help with getting a mining job. Hence the new page. I hope it helps! This page is a bit unusual in that it isn't for travellers. Or rather I should say not for tourists, because for long term travellers it may well be very interesting! In the section on this website about financing your travels by working in Australia I wrote about the possibility to get temporary jobs in the mining industry, which is VERY lucrative. And that page became very popular also with Australians and New Zealanders looking for permanent mining jobs. I also have two reader pages on the site where people looked for advice on finding mining jobs. No other pages on my site have received anywhere near the same amount of comments! All comments are from people looking for help with getting a mining job. Hence the new page. I hope it helps!

Source: Outback Australia Travel Blog | 22 Nov 2012 | 8:07 am

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