'Here, you basically wouldn't know that coronavirus had ever happened,' said Daniella Phair, who lives in Seattle, where more than 70 per cent of the population is vaccinated.
Journalist and author Sue Williams worked in print and TV around the world before settling in Australia, and taking off regularly to pursue her passion for travel-writing; discovering new places, meeting interesting people and trying wonderful – and sometimes unintentionally ghastly – experiences.
Champagne in Paris, Sangria in Seville and lounging around the lake in Lucerne – Australians living in Europe are now travelling freely all around the continent.
The arctic cold snap sweeping through eastern Australia has warmed the hearts of many in Australia's ski resorts.
Queenstown is bracing for an Aussie invasion as trans-Tasman bookings surge above pre-COVID-19 levels.
Serviced apartments are booming as travelling families take advantage of kitchen and laundry facilities to take their holiday dollar further.
Many hosts can't keep up with demand to rent compact holiday accommodation from people eager to get away from it all – including their possessions.
Some travel insurers will now cover medical expenses or cancellations due to COVID-19, but none will cover sudden border closures.
Hotels in some of the country's most popular holiday destinations are reporting no vacancies for the next three weeks as Australians race to snap up half-price airfares, smashing pandemic travel records.
Young Australians are spending their travel money at home, but that won't be enough to save some travel operators.
Free nights, complimentary dinners and breakfasts, sparkling wine on arrival and late checkouts.
Last Christmas, Sophie Hobbs' dog Ebba made it to Tasmania for their family holiday – but none of her human companions did.
Typically an expensive time to travel, Easter this year will feature some bargain fares.
Passengers aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ231 to Sydney last weekend had no idea of the precious and secret cargo being carried with them.
Earn or burn? Frequent flyer points obsessives have had to change their strategies while grounded due to COVID-19.
Passengers are being bumped off flights or having their flights cancelled entirely due to the government cap on arrivals.