I'm not easily bowled over by a destination these days. I know what to expect in most places. But this city is different.
Traveller's globetrotting backpacker, Ben Groundwater, finds the good, the bad and the ugly in the world’s best destinations. Ben is a columnist, blogger, feature writer, and host of Traveller's podcast Flight of Fancy, who has visited more than 80 countries during his 12 years in the industry. Ben was named travel writer of the year by the Australian Society of Travel Writers in 2014 and 2015.
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The regional communities and isolated attractions that you might have heard of, but have probably never visited.
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The rewards we've always enjoyed, as well as new rewards for taking a chance, will still be there, better than ever.
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I don't see a lot of love out there for the people in the travel industry who have been affected by coronavirus lockdowns and movement bans.