I’ve tried planning trips before and then lockdowns happened. The trip was postponed. We planned again, another lockdown. In the end, we gave up.
Now that they have let Omicron rip and our governments don’t seem to care too much anymore how the COVID virus and its variants affect people, I have to start asking if it is safe to plan some trips away again.
Well, I have made plans for a couple of trips. One is local in my state and the other is a massive trip interstate. Both should be safe and not in crowded situations and mostly outdoors.
I’ve spoken about my views on travel before and one of the things that really concerns me is whether or not I’m doing more damage to the environment by doing these trips. I know that I’m not always going to be successful in that, but I hope by going into them with that view that will help me reduce my impact as much as possible.
Trip 1 Beechworth
The first trip away is a small one. We will only be gone for a couple of days. It will be a nice way to get back into getting out to take photos again.
Beechworth is a historic area and is perhaps most famous for the bushranger Ned Kelly. I guess he is our own version of Jessie James. He was an outlaw. He is quite famous for his suit of armour when he was caught. He ended up being hanged in Melbourne Gaol in 1880.
There are lots of old places to visit in that area and I’m really looking forward to visiting. I’ve never really been there before. I went once when I was about 16 or 17, but I don’t really remember it.
Trip 2 Central Australia
This is going to be a massive trip. We made the decision not to fly there and instead drive. If you start in Melbourne and drive continuously it will take about 25 hours, but we decided to do it over three days. This way we will be able to see a lot more of the country.
Our first stop is going to be the big rock or Uluru. We are spending about 3 days there and have a few tours organised. We are going to do a couple of flights, and I feel guilty, but as I said I will have to make sure I do others that will be better. It seems like an incredible way to view the area by air and I’m looking forward to it.
Once we leave there we will head to Alice Springs and spend a few days there before heading home.
It is such an iconic part of Australia and a place I’ve always wanted to go. I am so happy that I am finally getting the chance to go.
Should I go overseas again?
Big question really.
I would love to go to New Zealand again. I have to decide soon as my passport will expire in 2025 and I don’t think I want to renew it. So I’m trying to decide if I should squeeze in one more trip before then. Maybe in 2024. My last big trip to another country.
I thought for some photos today I might share with you a number of images I’ve taken on previous trips.