Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Covid Holiday

Have you had a get-away since covid struck? 

The view from our balcony at the Ramada in Ballina

As you know we are a family of vacationers with annual holidays to Queensland and a junket internationally every two years or so.  We were due to be in Thailand during July  of this  year and right now we were booked to head to Noosa.  Both trips had to be cancelled due to border closures and covid safety.


So for the sake of nurturing our inner travel bug while remaining Covid safe and compliant, we have decided to get in the car and drive as far as we can north without having to cross borders or enter Covid hotspots. 

The Lennox Beach Resort

With the weather a few degrees warmer, the sun a whole lot brighter and the sky definitely bluer, travelling out of the ACT to the northern part of NSW has been every bit as appealing as crossing the border into Queensland.  In fact, there are elements of our trip that could well be matched with some of the gems we've discovered internationally.

Here are some tips and tricks we've learned about planning a holiday during Covid.

  1. Avoid the Covid Hotspots:  Travelling from Canberra to the Byron area meant we needed to skim the edges of Sydney. Rather than chance having to get out of the car, we ensured we fueled up and had a toilet stop just before Sydney so no matter what, we didn't need to pull over as we skirted the edges via the M7 to Newcastle.
  2. Ensure your travel bookings have a good refund policy:  We have discovered that since Covid struck most of the accommodation providers we've been in contact with have been very easy going about the ability to cancel a booking without penalty at short notice.  
  3. Take your hand sanitizer and cleaning products with you:  I have the hand sanitizer sitting in the console of the car, plus a packet of sterilization wipes to clean remote controls, door knobs, light switches and taps etc on arrival.  I am sure the cleaners are doing their job, but for peace of mind I'm doing my job too. 
  4. Check the local covid status before you arrive and again on arrival:  It's important to stay vigilant when it comes to knowing where the covid cases are
  5. Follow the rules:  We've noticed that businesses are 100%  on top of the Covid safety rules in the towns we've been visiting with QR code check-in, keeping tabs of numbers, ensuring safe distancing etc.  Fellow travellers - not so much.  While we can't control other people, we can be in control of our own space.  Being relaxed on holidays doesn't mean we need to become complacent. 
  6. Enjoy what is possible:  We can't change what is going on in the world right now but we can change how we're reacting/responding to it. During our holiday we're taking the best bits and focussing on what is possible rather than what is not.  Mindset is everything.
Cape Byron

Lennox Head


While my list is by no means a full checklist of Covid safe travel, it's what has been working for us during this particular holiday where we've taken in Ballina, Lennox Head and Byron Bay.  



Have you had a get-away since Covid struck?

Any tips you'd add to the travel safely list?

What home town/home state gems have you discovered since not being able to cross borders? 


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11 comments :

  1. We took a short break ie long weekend to Cairns - and will be doing so again in the next few weeks. It's probably something we wouldn't have done had the borders been open & international travel available, but boy we're glad to have found it.

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    1. Cairns is a lovely spot! That drive from Cairns to Port Douglas though ... divine!

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  2. I like that we can actually make our holidays in our own state or country if we make the effort to try to find places and there ARE many places. Your plans sound great. Byron appears to be very busy!! B and I are having a 3 night get away for US in a couple of weeks. Not to the coast but to where we met exactly 50 years ago. Guess. I will have to post about it huh!! Enjoy your sun and surf and shops. D xx

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    1. Ooooooh. How exciting! I can't guess. But if it's near me, then you MUST make contact and I'll come for a very quick non intrusive cuppa.

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  3. Your road trip photos look very nice. I've been staying close to home and exploring the city on foot, by bike, and by paddles on the water. Lots to see and do at very low cost. Enjoy your break!

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    1. Thanks! It was a fabulous little sojourn. Back to reality now though with lots of local exploration to add to my weekly after work activities.

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  4. Most of New England is allowed to travel freely through each state since our numbers remain relatively the same (this can change of course) so we were lucky enough to get in a 2 day getaway to Maine back in July. It felt wonderful to get away!

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    1. I've not been to New England nor Maine! I've done a lot of the USA though so those two spots are on my list for another trip to the USA ... whenever that will be allowed.

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  5. Thanks for the tips. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we are slowly opening up.

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    1. That's good to hear. I hope the USA Covid situation is improving. Us Aussies have it easy comparatively speaking.

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