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Pandemic Travel – where we’ve been

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Travel during the pandemic has been a weird experience, particularly in Australia or out of Australia if you’re lucky enough, like me, to escape.

▲ Lounging on a sand dune on the Yemeni island of Socotra in March 2020

When the pandemic kicked off in March 2020 I was on the Yemeni island of Socotra. Definitely a good place to be when the world goes into meltdown. I managed to get back to Melbourne – in the state of Victoria in Australia – but that was pretty much it for the rest of 2020. There were a few short trips elsewhere in the state, but for the rest of 2020 I never got out of Victoria, let alone overseas.

2021 started much more hopefully with trips in Australia to Adelaide, Byron Bay, Canberra and Sydney. Then there was an outback train trip to Longreach in Queensland, I even explored Moreton Island, another addition to my Islands of Australia experiences. Finally mid-year I managed to depart Australia, but flying to London  from Melbourne was definitely a totally different experience to any pre-2021 flights to Europe.

Now for four months – almost – I’ve been based in London, but there have been all sorts of trips in and out of England. Travel has been very different for many other confirmed travellers from Paul Theroux to Pico Iyer to Brian Kelly (The Points Guy). Check this Travel Weekly report for a synopysis of where we’ve all been.

Pandemic Travel – where we’ve been

19 October 2021 | Living

Travel during the pandemic has been a weird experience, particularly in Australia or out of Australia if you’re lucky enough, like me, to escape. ▲ Lounging on a sand dune on the Yemeni island of Socotra in March 2020 When the pandemic kicked off in March 20...

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Wells-next-the-Sea – seaside perfection in Norfolk, England

18 October 2021 | Places

◄  It’s wonderful how places in England are ‘upon’ – Newcastle-upon-Tyne or Stratford-upon-Avon – or ‘on’ – Henley-on-Thames or Bradford-on-Avon – or ‘by’ – Saltburn-by-the-Sea – or even ‘next’ – like Wells-next-the-Sea – where I went to stay with some friends recentl...

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Lindisfarne Island – the Holy Island in Northumberland, England

16 October 2021 | Places

Having escaped Australia and flown from Melbourne via Singapore to London I’ve been doing some travel around England and further afield around assorted Greek Islands. There’s more European travel coming up before – hopefully – I manage to make my way back to Australia...

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Heading South – a great Australian rail trip

14 October 2021 | Media

I’m not a dyed in the wool rail travel enthusiast, but I’m not averse to a good train trip and it’s remarkable how, when I do climb aboard I sometimes find Tim Richards – a real Australian railfan – is already there. Back in 2013 I finally got around to doing the Big ...

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International Flying During the Pandemic

11 October 2021 | Transport

In July I flew from Melbourne in Australia via Singapore to London. It was a surreal experience. At the time the Melbourne domestic terminal was operating fairly normally. Soon after Sydney and then Melbourne would both go into lockdowns and one of the busiest air ...

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Covid-19 Rapid Testing – Lateral Flow or Antigen Tests

21 September 2021 | Living

One of the pandemic pleasures of life in Europe – as opposed to Australia or the USA – is access to rapid testing – more formally known as Lateral Flow or Antigen Tests. ▲ In London you can pick up a free batch of 7 NHS test kits and test yourself anytime you want....

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Dark Tourism to Covid Sites?

20 September 2021 | Living

‘How Long Before Covid Tours Become Part of the Dark Tourism Trend?’ asked the travel newsletter Skift. Too soon was the article’s conclusion, you can’t visit disaster sites (which is what Dark Tourism is all about) when the disaster is ongoing. One day in the future,...

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The Global Tourism Crash & other talk

17 September 2021 | Media

Even in the pandemic and even without getting out on the road – and I’ll be reporting on some Greek Islands travel shortly – there’s often travel talk from at home. On Wednesday 15 September I joined Darrell Wade of Intrepid Travel, Gemma Sisia who runs the wonderf...

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The Cats of London – another bicycle ride

30 August 2021 | Culture

Having pedalled my bicycle around the London Monopoly board I set out on another Sunday ride with The Fridays cycling group to check out the cats of London. A ‘Purrfect’ ride as they described it. Home to home (including the 10km to Russell Square at the start and bac...

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Sunsets, but not in Victoria, Australia

27 August 2021 | Living

The Australian state of Victoria has suffered an awful lot of lockdowns since the coronavirus pandemic kicked off. I’ve managed to miss the most recent batch, I escaped the state just before Lockdown 5 kicked off and Lockdown 6 is ongoing. One of the things you sho...

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