When the NZ government announced a Trans-Tasman bubble starting April 19th, Travel Agents didn’t celebrate. We knew it was a step in the right direction, but that most travellers would approach the freedom with apprehension.

As much as we wanted to shout from the rooftops and start packing bags, we felt that travellers’ responses were completely understandable.

Australia had demonstrated a level of disarray with instant border closures and the Premier’s of each state lacked team work. The New Zealand government made it clear there won’t be any help if Kiwis decide to head offshore, but end up stuck. Factor in too that travel costs for Kiwi’s often aren’t exactly Thai-style-low-budget.

But things have really started to shift.

Since the end of May we’ve had an influx of bookings for travellers heading over the ditch to visit friends and family. We’ve even booked a personal holiday for ourselves, making the most of seeing our two year old explore somewhere new, while she is young enough to be perplexed by new surroundings.

We can proudly report that none of our traveller’s Trans-Tasman bookings have been cancelled, aside from those to and from Melbourne. For travel to New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, our confidence has been restored.

We don’t think Kiwis should feel ashamed of having a holiday (heck much of the rest of the world never stopped holidaying!), and although travelling isn’t as carefree as it was before, it’s time to get back on the plane.

Reports have been circulating that soon vaccinated people from Britain and the United States will be allowed to travel to Australasia. With more than half the United States population already vaccinated, and more than 40million British, tourists might visit earlier than we thought.

Rarotonga has seen an even slower travel response from Kiwis than Aussie did, with very few holiday bookings. But the Cook Islands aren’t waiting for change, instead they’re gearing up to welcome Aussie’s soon too.

So, while we understand that no one wants to be cast into cancelled flights and costly lockdowns, we think it’s time to travel fearlessly again.


Chasing Dreams Travel NZ

Travel fearlessly; live freely