Mykonos: Morning Glory

Quiet before the storm. The clubs and bars are quiet. Early morning on the streets of Mykonos makes you forget it is known as the party island of Greece.  Take a walk along Little Venice and listen to the waves pound against the sea wall, sending sprays of water onto the empty tables of last night’s bars.  A peaceful calmness has settled over the town. The  narrow, cobblestoned labyrinth of streets are yours to get lost in and explore.  The streets were designed this way to confuse the pirates of the Mediterranean many years ago.  Finish your walk at the open air theatre where you may run into the local hero of Mykonos – Petros the Pelican.

Take a walk virtual walk through the cobbled streets of Chora Town on Mykonos Island below.

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Famous Bones of the Catacombs

Did you know that the catacombs beneath the streets of Paris attracted visitors even before modern day tourism. Even before the last bones were moved there in 1814. They have been a major attraction for centuries, with the larger underground crypt areas said to be used as joining concert halls in the 1800s. The ambience and acoustics were great for reverberating sound.

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Why travel is good for your mental health

As parts of the world emerge from a year (and a bit) of lockdown, we are seeing an increase in requests for mental health assistance. These reports are not surprising considering that humans need real social interaction to thrive. As a traveller, you would have spent the past year wondering when you will be able to get out and meet other people and communicate in real time again. Social meetups were key to you maintaining your optimal health and wellbeing.

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Travel Bubble Opens Between Australia and New Zealand

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was ripped away from us as we were all sent into lockdown. But today it was officially announced that a trans Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will open. Just in time for Anzac Day.

Of course there will be strict rules in place, including if there is the hint of an outbreak then the doors will be slammed shut again. On a positive note, no quarantine will be required on either side of the Tasman. So travellers can walk straight out the airport and once again enjoy freedom.

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was a thing. The events of 2020 has shown us that putting people close together in small spaces is a haven for spreading disease quickly. Will we see history repeat itself, or has society learned the valuable lesson 2020 brought to us.

Let’s pray that this is the beginning of travel being accessible again so that we can enjoy the beauty and culture our planet has to offer – in a sustainable and mindful way.