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Hate To Break It To You, But Your OS Travel Plans Are A Long Way Off

Your wunderlust will have to wait.

Wondering when you can travel OS again? Spoiler alert, it’s not looking good.

Sorry kids, if you were planning to hop on an international flight at some point in the near future, we hate to be the ones to tell you, but that’s probably not going to happen.

According to Alexandre de Juniac, the director-general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), international travel might not get back to normal until 2023. 

Speaking of the COVID-19 pandemic, we spoke about all those iso-haircuts you’ve been getting on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

The news came via ABC News this morning when Alexandre de Juniac said, “We have published today a new forecast about the potential recovery of the air traffic, and what we see is that things should come back to normal in 2023, which is later than our previous forecast.”

No. No. No.

So, to all of you who had overseas travel plans booked, or to all of you who were overseas when this pandemic started, we’re truly sorry, but you’ll be stuck here for a little while longer. 

Alexandre de Juniac continued by documenting his international plan which involves opening up travel within Australia before expanding to international markets.

He said, “What we have planned is to restart the industry, first by reopening domestic markets, then regional continental markets, such as Asia-Pacific, or Europe, or North America… At the end of 2020, the traffic should be between 50 to 55 per cent of the same level that was in place in 2019. So, we would lose something like half the traffic for 2020.”

We know, we know, it’s upsetting. But, hey look on the bright side, maybe you’ll save more money this year? Maybe? Consider us locking 2023 in for an international break, because believe us, by then we will have definitely earnt it. 

Until we can get out of the house, we’ll just have to keep being creative in quarantine. Check out our tips on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Alexandre de Juniac also said, “That shows… the severity of this crisis on air transport…. We should join progressively the historical trends by the beginning of 2023.”

Group flight to Europe in 2023 anyone?

Catch you in 2023 for some OS travel. New York anyone? Until then, stay safe.

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Well Australia, Which Of These Other COVID-19 Laws Would You Prefer?

Do you want an allocated exercise time-slot?

Don’t like Australia’s COVID-19 laws? Which other nation’s laws would you rather abide by?

It’s taken some time for Australians to get used to social distancing and self-isolation. Even though we’ve had numerous COVID-19 warnings, it wouldn’t be uncommon to still see a crowd gathering at your local beach. But, all this social distancing is done with one reason in mind, to flatten the curve. And if we don’t listen, the number of cases will continue to rise at an exponential rate. 

For more on COVID-19 isolation activities, make sure you check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

While yes, the COVID-19 curve is flattening, if we don’t keep at it, there is a chance we could see some harsher laws be put in place. This brings us to the question: Australia, which countries’ COVID-19 laws would you prefer to have?

Spain’s Time-Slots

In Spain, lockdown restrictions are only starting to ease after more than 25,000 deaths. After not being allowed outside, the government has now set up time slots for age-groups to prevent exposing the elderly and other at-risk people.

If you’re aged between 14 and 70, you can now go outside for individual exercise, lucky you. Couples who live together within this age bracket are also allowed to go for walks but within the time frames of 6 am to 10 am, as well as 8 pm to 11 pm. People who are over the age of 70 can go out from the times 10 am to 12 pm and 7 pm to 8 pm, with one caregiver if required.

This brings us to the children. Kids who are under 14 are allowed to go out between 12 pm and 7 pm with one parent for up to an hour. They are not allowed outside a 1km radius of their home and they can not play with other children. Would you like to see these restrictions be put in place? Didn’t think so…

Belgium’s Compulsory Face-Masks

While public transport is looking bare here in Australia, it’s looking a whole lot more different in Brussels thanks to new COVID-19 laws. According to The Brussels Times, “people who do not wear face masks on public transport risk a €250 fine”. It is now mandatory to wear a face mask (or some sort of alternative that covers both the mouth and the nose, like a scarf or bandana) on public transport if you are over the age of 12. Belgium is one of the worst affected countries by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their nation of 11.5 million people has only just now seen an ease in lockdown restrictions, allowing some businesses to reopen. Until now, only select food shops and certain pharmacies could operate during the crisis. 

Italy’s Intense Lockdown Laws

Italy was one of the first European countries to be hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw drastic measures be put in place. In late April, Giuseppe Conte announced an ease of restrictions in “Phase 2” of the lockdowns, which is only starting now to come to fruition now. This ease of restrictions has seen 4.4 million Italians return to work, but movements across Italian regions are still forbidden and schools, bars, restaurants and barbers still remain shut. So, while schools around Australia are getting ready to welcome back students, that certainly isn’t the case in Italy. 

For more on COVID-19 isolation activities, make sure you check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Belarus’ Denial

Ultimately, we should just be thankful that we’re not in Belarus. This nation is holding a  military parade this week, despite having one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe. President since 1994, Alexander Lukashenko, said that he did not want to cancel the parade because people “would say we were scared”. Honestly, we don’t really know what to tell you after hearing that, especially given Belarus has almost 17,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which makes it Europe’s highest infection per capita rate.

What Belarus should be doing…

For more on the coronavirus in other countries, one of our reporters is currently in Berlin and experiencing their intense lockdowns. Read about it here.

So, Australia, which of these country’s laws do you prefer?

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5 Iso Travel Experiences To Satisfy Your Wunderlust From Home

Big pro: no jetlag.

We know that you’re missing travelling right now, that’s why we’ve whipped up five isolation travel experiences that you can do from your own home. Plot twist: they’re all incredibly fun.

While we’re on the subject of not travelling, we spoke about Virgin Australia during this COVID-19 pandemic on this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

Alright, let’s begin.

Wine Tours

Me at the wine tasting in my living room.

An interstate trip wouldn’t be complete without a good ol’ fashioned wine tasting. While sadly, cellar doors are closed in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, some wine-tasting companies have gone online to keep the spirit alive. And thank God for that, because we have been waiting for a wine travel experience to come to our own homes for quite some time now.

For example, Taylors Wines from South Australia have launched a ‘Wine Time Online’ series​, where wine fans can purchase a selection of beverages and join into a virtual tasting with others. How genius is that? If you’re keen, better get in quick because the tours start tomorrow.

Art Gallery Tours

Who doesn’t love a good art gallery? When hopping overseas, art galleries are usually at the top of everyone’s to-do list (thanks to TripAdvisor). But sadly, with travel severely limited at the moment, we’re unable to explore the ancient relics of international countries. But, have no fear, thanks to technology, these travel experiences can be electronically visited from the comfort of our literal homes. Now we can travel to these incredible museums, without the sore feet. So, where will you head to? The Rijksmuseum? The Musée d’Orsay? The British Museum? The options are endless.

Arts & Culture Shows

With writers and movie festivals being cancelled in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, we’re not getting as much culture as we’d like. We’re limited to Netflix series’ or History channel documentaries and some of us are craving a little bit more. If you fit into that category, allow us to recommend the Sydney Opera House’s From Our House to Yours initiative. Each night, the Sydney Opera House takes a deep dive into their archival footage and streams an event from the past few years. There are concerts, plays, talks and everything in between, so check out their roster for some amazing entertainment. And you thought there weren’t many options to experience travel wanderlust from home…

Virtual Theme Park Rides

Look, we know that now more than ever that you wish you were in Disneyland touring the new Marvel universe, but until travel restrictions are relaxed, you’ll have to find other ways to entertain yourself. Having said that, if you’re craving the theme-park travel experience, there are plenty of ways to replicate it at home. Why not make your own burgers, hot-dogs or popcorn and plop yourself in front of YouTube for some DIY fun. There are plenty of POV rides you can catch on YouTube, but BYO fan to simulate the wind hitting your face.

Virtual Walks

Now that gyms are pretty much closed, we’re forced to find other ways of exercising. This recommendation goes to all of you who decided to invest in a treadmill machine. Why not pretend you’re walking around famous landmarks instead of your local suburb. There are plenty of virtual walks of historical sites to go on, like Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon and the Great Wall Of China. When this is all over, you’re never going to want to leave your house ever again.

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