Travelling to North Korea – AIR035


When Peru suddenly went into lockdown in March, hundreds of Australians were stranded all over the country, unaware of what was going on or how many others were in the same situation. Within days, Gus Higgins created the “Aussies in Peru” Facebook group which has been credited with connecting most of those Australians and aiding the work of repatriation activities.

In this episode, Gus Higgins tells Matt about his experience and returning home to Australia while mandatory hotel quarantine is in place.

Also in this episode, find out what it’s flying on Air Koryo and travelling to North Korea – a country that had strict rules and border controls well before COVID-19 made them cool. And Matt summarises the current situation with Virgin Australia as it enters voluntary administration.


Episode contents:

  • 1:28 – Virgin Australia in voluntary administration
  • 4:54 – Fortnightly news round-up
  • 14:43 – Interview with Gus Higgins: Aussies in Peru Facebook group
  • 25:57 – Interview with Gus Higgins: Flying back to Australia with hotel quarantine on arrival
  • 36:14 – Interview with Gus Higgins (continued): Touring North Korea, including a flight on Air Koryo




Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:

Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]