What does the future of travel look like for Australians? | Wanderlust City Projects (WCP)

Travel into the future indeed looks possible for Australians, but will undoubtedly come with some changes.

As a country that has experienced hard border closures and some of the harshest lockdown measures in the world, many will be asking: what does the future of travel look like for Australians?

Many of us have had to cancel travel plans last year, some of us haven’t been allowed to leave the city we live in, and experts have warned that international travel will likely be off the cards for Australians until as late as 2023.

It has left many of us wondering if things will ever return to ‘normal’ post COVID-19. But all is not lost.

Will travel involve a whole lot more time outside? Image: @kirkjrichards featuring Miners Cottage Riverdowns in the High Country.

With evidence of other countries finding ways for their citizens to travel again, and Australian government officials discussing options for the future, there is hope.

Travel into the future indeed looks possible, but will undoubtedly come with some changes.

Here’s what the future of travel might look like for Australians:

Travel bubbles

A travel bubble, also known as a travel corridor or travel bridge, is an agreement where two or more countries open their borders to each other, allowing people to travel between the countries without the need for strict quarantine.

Will Japan be in our travel bubble? Image: @twosometravellers Instagram

Generally, a travel bubble has been arranged between countries that are geographically close to each other and where there is trust and confidence that governments involved are managing the coronavirus well.

Travel bubbles have already been implemented in Europe, where there is a bubble among the member states of the European Union, while the UK has a list of approved countries where travellers are exempt from quarantine.

Closer to home in Australia, we've seen a great travel bubble open up between Australia and New Zealand in recent months. Not too far from now we should hopefully see it re-open once again, making your chance to experience one of the most beautiful countries in the world possible once more.

A trip to New Zealand doesn't look too bad, eh? Image: @exploringnewzealand Instagram.

While we’ll need to put plans on hold for adventurous gap year experiences and trips to far-flung corners of the world, these travel bubbles may well open up options closer to home.

Limited travel destinations

In line with travel bubbles, it is reasonable to expect that we may not have the freedom of choice in where we’ll get to travel to in the immediate future.

As we have already seen in other countries and in line with the travel bubble concept, we’ll likely have to select a destination from a pre-approved list of regions or countries.

This may mean putting your bucket list destinations on hold until they become available again and taking what you can get.

Who knows, there may even be a silver lining – destinations that you hadn’t previously considered will become options that make for interesting and enjoyable holidays.

The rise of local travel

As we navigate restrictions and operate within new rules, we can expect to see an increase in local tourism initially – think regional staycations or domestic holidays rather than travelling abroad.

Regional travel has already been possible in some states of Australia, where city dwellers can opt for a staycation in a country town as close as a one- or two-hour drive from home.

We're all for a staycation if it looks as lush as Bells Beach on the Great Ocean Road. Image: @snowfoto_au via @bellsbeachbackpackers Instagram.

Increased protocols at airports

With restrictions on where we can travel to, we should be prepared for further increased safety protocols at airports too.

There will be more security screening and hygiene measures will no doubt become the norm too. We’ll likely to continue to be required to wear a mask when moving through airports and while on aircrafts and have to sanitise at multiple check points.

These views will be so worth going through extra strict security. Image: \ Instagram.

Then there will be the task of completing a detailed border pass, to allow for contact tracing. Tourists could expect to be asked why they’re travelling to their destination, how long they intend to stay (and when they plan to return home), where they’re staying and if they are presenting with any of the COVID-19 symptoms.

Future travel possible, but different

While the future of travel in Australia has become possible, it has changed.

There may be more hoops to jump through, more rules to follow, and limits on our choices of where we can travel to, but there’s no denying the excitement at the possibility of being able to explore again.

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Written by Sharon Green for Wanderlust City Projects.

Sharon is a journalist, copywriter and editor who has worked in mainstream media in Australia and the United Kingdom. She is also the founding editor of women's lifestyle publication SHE DEFINED.

Her favourite city in the world is London, which will always have a piece of her heart.

Sharon’s top travel tip is to travel solo – some of her best adventures have come from exploring the world on her own.

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