2020 hasn't exactly been kind to our travelling ambitions, but that shouldn't stop us in 2021. Although overseas might be off the cards, as Australians we have one of the biggest backyards right on our doorstep. Here are some tips for making the best of your trips this year.
Road trip all the way: Now's the perfect time to get the family out for a road trip. Skip the reduced flights and airport hassle. Just pack your things in the boot and go.
Figure out your interlock servicing before you leave. If possible, ask your service agent to fit you in early so that you won’t have to get your device serviced while you’re in the middle of your vacation. If that’s not possible (maybe you’ve got a long trip planned) then go to our service centre finder and look for an agent in the area you’ll be travelling in. Give them a call to make sure they’ll be available and book it in. Easy.
Keep updated: Australia is doing well compared to most of the rest of the world, but that’s all the more reason to take extra precautions. If you're planning any extended holidays, especially to or from more populated areas, be prepared to change your plans at short notice. Pay attention to Covid hotspots by accessing online advice (scroll to the bottom of this article for a list of links to state health websites). Stay away from any locations of active outbreaks. If borders close there may not be much of a grace period, so keep updated to avoid being stranded.
Stay Covid Safe: Make sure your phone reads QR codes and check in to locations where possible. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer and spare masks in your glove compartment to use during pit stops. Finally, keep up to date with local hotspots in the location of your trip until two weeks after you're back home. That way you'll know immediately if you’ve been at risk of contracting coronavirus.
Empty Esky Challenge: Consider bringing an empty esky with you. As you travel, fill it with fresh local produce. Lots of areas are doing it tough after the bushfires and Covid. Now is as good a time as any to lend a helping hand and net yourself some fresh produce to boot.
State Travel Advice - Click on the links for official travel recommendations and warnings for your state.