If you’re involved in travel writing or other tourism industries you may have seen work grind to a halt in a lot of ways in the past couple of months, let’s face it, it’s a bit hard selling the dreams of travel when there’s nowhere to go. But for the glass half full people like myself there are still plenty of ways to stay involved.
For freelance writers it’s still a good time to keep in touch with editors and make contact with any sources for future writing work (picture a duck paddling like hell under water) so that as soon as life gets back on track we can hopefully hit the ground running. Some magazines have suspended print and even online versions are pared back while they wait and see how and when travel restrictions will be lifted, which is looking more hopeful each day. Magazines also rely on money from advertisers which goes a long way in paying for production costs and if people aren’t spending with those companies, then it’s understandable that they are being cautious too. No doubt they are trying to make sure their own businesses stay afloat at this time as well.
When travel restrictions are lifted it will be road trips that can happen first so I think we can confidently say that even though it will be only within each individual state at first, there will be many cautiously taking the opportunity. Apart from the obvious desire to roam freely many caravanners will be looking forward to being able to support the local businesses in whatever region they travel to. Shopping and dining locally is a big part of what makes this type of holiday so appealing. No one knows exactly what it will look like yet but if there is a way to support local communities by travelling then I’m sure it will happen.
According to the Caravan Industry Association of Australia a strong domestic tourism focus will be the main goal for Tourism Australia, as you’d expect, and even though some caravan travellers weren’t made to feel welcome at the beginning of the pandemic, a gradual reopening of caravan parks and controlled increase to capacity is likely to be how these businesses will return to normal over the coming months. I think we’ve all come to accept that physical distancing and vigilant health practices are going to be the way things are for a long time to come as well as contactless payments for goods and services which are all easy steps to continue into the future.
In the meantime we can still update our websites and continue to blog about places to visit when we can hit the road again. We don’t have to miss out on happy hours either. There are a number of face time programs where you can have a virtual get together with travel buddies to share a drink and stories around your individual campfires and plan for future trips away.Until print and online magazines get up and running again, enjoy some virtual travel on websites, Instagram and Facebook and buy the magazines when they start up again!