People will always plan new travel adventures and won’t be stopped by COVID-19.
People will always plan new travel adventures and won’t be stopped by COVID-19.

Always seek to expand horizons

SOAPBOX:

I’VE heard it said that travel is one of the few things that costs you money but makes you richer. You could probably add books and movies to that list.

All three provide escapism from everyday surroundings and life, and can transport you to places you’ve only dreamt about or seen in glossy brochures. They can introduce you to new cultures, languages, people and ways of life.

On the travel front, we were determined to see Australia first, spending nearly a year with our young family in a Kombi van towing a camper trailer. I still enjoy a getaway on my beloved Sunshine Coast or revisiting old favourite towns, cities and national parks in every state. But I have made it my mission for the past 18 years to go somewhere overseas at least once a year.

After hurriedly organising passports to go on a family cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu in 2003, I’ve been expanding my horizons and enriching myself ever since.

Now COVID-19 has put the brakes on virtually all my travel desires for the moment. But I’m not alone in sharing hopes and dreams of finding my feet on international soil one day soon.

Travel — one of the industries that has taken a monstrous hit as a result of the lockdowns across the globe — will always fill our hearts with joy and keep our minds planning new adventures.