A little preparation goes a long way, and COVID-19 calls for a fresh look at your travel kit
Sydney-based writer and photographer, Michael Gebicki has been writing travel articles since 1982 and is Traveller's resident Tripologist.
Despite a skyrocketing COVID-19 infection rate, Australia is still perceived to be doing better than most countries.
Fancy a flight from Melbourne to Madrid and back in June, starting from just $1400? Sydney to Paris for $1350, leaving in early June and coming back in mid-July?
You might want to start your European holiday in Switzerland. Or France, or maybe even Italy.
There are reasons to be travel cheerful, despite the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
There are still quite a few hurdles across to prove your vaccination status in Europe.
If all goes according to plan, Australia will see a new domestic airline, Bonza, flying in our skies next year.
Would you be more comfortable flying if you knew your flight crew was fully vaccinated? Maybe not.
While the pandemic might have stalled aircraft deliveries, there's still something new in the wings for flyers.
If you're thinking of a European trip in 2022, what are the prospects?
I don't have to learn to fly – at least not hands-on in the cockpit - but I'm wondering if I have to re-learn how to travel.
You might think Thailand would be welcoming us back with open arms, but the country's bureaucracy has other ideas.
Tests for COVID-19 are part of the new normal of travel, but they're no reason to stay home.
Birds' nests in engine cowlings, insect larvae, flat tyres – the challenges of getting aircraft out of mothballs and into the air again are daunting.
It would be bad enough to get sick with COVID-19 when you're home, but what if you're overseas?