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Tim Dower: Is it worth the risk travelling overseas next year?

Author
Tim Dower,
Publish Date
Thu, 9 Dec 2021, 8:46am
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Tim Dower: Is it worth the risk travelling overseas next year?

Author
Tim Dower,
Publish Date
Thu, 9 Dec 2021, 8:46am

Talking about travel insurance this morning got me thinking about going overseas again, and it's been a while. 

It's crept up on us, but from the middle of next month we can start to look at Australia again. 

Then, if it all goes to plan, we're into a staged opening of the borders, fully vaccinated people from overseas will be allowed in. 

2022 is going to look very different to 2021. 

But are you ready to get on a long-haul flight again to go see those rellies in Europe? 

Look at the fares now, could you afford to get on a long-haul flight? 

And those twelve hour burns really take it out of you, plus the likelihood of having to have a mask on from arriving at the airport. Mmm... it's all getting less appealing the more I think about it. 

And if you did go up to Europe say, or the States, or Asia, as we know, the rules can change in a heartbeat. 

You could set off from New Zealand under one regime and find yourself locked out or quarantining on the way back, or refused entry to this country or that. 

Personally, I'm not up for the hassle. 

And just yesterday I was with the dog on the beach for our walk and a swim. 

Breathing in the fabulous view and the crystal clear water and thinking, wow, this is such a great place. 

How long is it since I last went on a South Island road trip? 

Too long. 

So good luck and bon voyage if you do decide to go overseas but for me, for now, home is where my heart is. 

And my holiday dollars too.