How Top Travel Destinations Have Been Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Noble Horvath

It’s clear by now that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to international travel, but research from travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth sheds new light on just how hard the impact has been.



a castle like building in a city: Aerial panoramic cityscape view of Paris, France with the Eiffel tower on a fall day (encrier / iStock / Getty Images Plus)


© encrier / iStock / Getty Images Plus
Aerial panoramic cityscape view of Paris, France with the Eiffel tower on a fall day (encrier / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Analyzing travel insurance policies purchased through Squaremouth over the past year (September 12, 2019 – September 11, 2020) for all future travel and comparing the six months prior to the pandemic (September 12, 2019 – March 11, 2020) to the six months since it was declared (March 12, 2020 – September 11, 2020), the site found that international trips account for only 47 percent of all insured travel over the last six months compared to 86 percent before the start of the pandemic.

The

Read More

You could be allowed to travel throughout Australia and NZ by Christmas

Noble Horvath

Border restrictions have kept many Australians from travelling between states for months. But those could be easing soon, with free travel between seven of Australia’s eight states and territories on the cards by the end of the year.

Following a national cabinet meeting on September 4, prime minister Scott Morrison announced that every state and territory except Western Australia had committed to following a nationally agreed “hotspot model” for tackling the spread of the virus, so borders could reopen by December. Under the new system, state borders would remain open, while smaller areas could be isolated if an outbreak occurred and a high risk of further community spread was of concern.

Morrison also said that he wanted New Zealand to be included in this hotspot model, so that a trans-Tasman travel bubble could be established before Christmas, allowing international travel to resume for the first time since March. NSW premier

Read More

Vacations share new single ‘Actors’ ahead of their second album

Noble Horvath

Newcastle quartet Vacations have shared new single ‘Actors’. It’s the final track to be released from the band’s forthcoming second album ‘Forever in Bloom’ ahead of it arriving in full later this month.

Another slice of buzzy, bright indie-pop from the band, ‘Actors’ sees frontman Campbell Burns wistfully reflect on the band’s time “touring overseas and all the experiences we’ve had along the way”. Listen below:

‘Actors’ follows a string of singles from Vacations over the past few months, including ‘Avalanche’ and ‘Panache’. All will appear on ‘Forever in Bloom’, which is set for a September 18 release via Believe. The album follows their 2018 debut full-length, ‘Changes’.

“’Forever in Bloom’ was pieced together over the course of a year through friendship and collaboration,” commented the band upon the release of ‘Panache’ back in July. “There were so many people involved in this project at every stage.”

Indeed, the record

Read More

The brutal cost of the international travel ban

Noble Horvath

If you want to have a harrowing week at work, try appealing for and then reading through more than 500 emails and messages from people whose families and lives have been torn apart.

That’s more than 500 tales of pain and heartbreak, more than 500 stories of separation and anxiety brought about by Australia’s current travel bans, rules that no doubt had good intentions but seem so subjective and ridiculous now that they’re properly examined.

These people wrote in response to a column published last week that questioned the strictness of Australia’s current travel bans: right now Australian citizens are not allowed out of the country without an exemption approved by Border Force; no one is allowed in, either, without prior approval, and then only if they fit under a daily cap on numbers and

Read More

Broome revealed as top travel hotspot for 2021, beating Bali and Hawaii

Noble Horvath

Six months ago, we never would have imagined that planning a holiday, jumping on a plane or spending a few weeks abroad would be such a far-fetched concept.

While having a holiday might not seem like a priority right now, there’s no denying that taking time to detach from work and the stresses of everyday life is important to our wellbeing.

We know that many of us are itching to get back out there as soon as it’s safe, which is why now is the perfect time to cast your mind forward and consider your holiday for next year.

At the beginning of 2020, despite bushfires and the initial rumbling of COVID-19, the domestic overnight tourism market showed considerable growth compared to 2019, with overnight spend up 6 per cent to $78.8 billion and overnight trips up 3 per cent to 112.3 million.

But forget typical overcrowded “hotspots” like Sydney,

Read More

Why the promise of a travel bubble with Hawaii is too good to be true

Noble Horvath

Over the weekend, reports emerged from Hawaii that a travel bubble between the Pacific islands and other destinations in Asiana, including Australia, could be in works. Proposed by the Hawaiian governor David Ige at a media briefing on August 18, this plan to welcome non-American visitors back to the tourism-reliant islands could be a reality as soon as October 1, as efforts to kickstart the state’s starved local economy take shape.

But don’t throw on a lei and hotfoot it to the airport just yet, because Hawaiian hopes of an Aussie tourism boom in just six weeks’ time is unlikely to get off the ground. While it’s true that Hawaii has recorded far fewer cases than many other parts of the US – which until last week, when it was slightly overtaken by Brazil and India, was the global epicentre of the pandemic – American citizens are still able to

Read More

Swimming with whales: you must know the risks and when it’s best to keep your distance

Noble Horvath

(MENAFN – The Conversation) Three people were injured last month in separate humpback whale encounters off the Western Australia coast.

The incidents happened during snorkelling tours on Ningaloo Reef when swimmers came too close to a mother and her calf.

Swim encounters with humpback whales are relatively new in the Australian wildlife tourism portfolio. The WA tours are part of a trial that ends in 2023 . A few tour options have also been available in Queensland since 2014.

But last month’s injuries have raised concerns about the safety of swimming with such giant creatures in the wild.

Close encounters

Until recently, you had to travel to Tonga , Niue or French Polynesia for similar humpback whale encounters in Oceania. Or you could swim with other species, such as dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef .

Read more: Whale of a problem: why do humpback whales protect other

Read More

BBC – Travel – The fight to save Australia’s ancient ‘dinosaur trees’

Noble Horvath

On 15 December 2019, a firefighting operation in Australia’s Blue Mountains, New South Wales (NSW), went catastrophically wrong. Driven by erratic, gale-force winds, the back-burn – an effort to contain the monstrous Gospers Mountain wildfire that had been ignited by a lightning strike two months prior – jumped containment lines, sweeping through rural hamlets and scorching hectares of bush, farmland and apple orchards.

Also under fire was one of Australia’s natural treasures: the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah, a resplendent cool-climate garden featuring more than 6,000 species spread across 28 hectares of cultivated land, plus an additional 244 hectares of Unesco World Heritage-listed wilderness.

Despite valiant efforts of staff and the NSW Rural Fire Service, a quarter of the Botanic Garden was scorched. The garden’s most prized possessions, however, were saved: a collection of rare Wollemi pines, one of the oldest and most endangered plants on the planet.

Read More

S&P 500 Rallies to Close Out Best Day in Almost Two Months

Noble Horvath

Here’s what you need to know:

Read More

The Best Places in Portugal for Australian Students

Noble Horvath



By Advertiser,
in Business ·
14-09-2020 11:52:00 · 0 Comments


What country comes to mind when you think of impressive beaches, picturesque mountains, artistic youth, and a buzzing nightlife culture? If you’re an Australian, you probably thought of your own country. But if you think about studying abroad, Portugal will take your breath away.



Foreign students enjoy their time in this country. It’s a relatively affordable place to live, especially when you compare it to Australian standards. The cities are urban and vibrant, and the countryside offers amazing opportunities for relaxation.

Let’s see: what would Australian students love to see in Portugal? We’ll help you plan your time in the most productive way possible. Here’s a list of great places to visit:

  1. 1. Chaves

This tiny town is so charming that you’ll instantly fall in love with

Read More