Thanks to both of you. I was tempted to end the last episode for 2020 with a flaming trash can (what better way to sum up 2020?), but thought it might be nicer to end on a positive story instead. I'm personally thrilled for @AviatorInsight that he's able to get back to work and was probably almost as excited as he was to hear the news as it's a sign that travel is recovering. Hopefully there will be lots more good news to come in 2021!
Have a wonderful Christmas break and I look forward to the podcast returning in the new year.
You may notice that the podcast has a new look and sound this year. We decided to refresh the podcast with some new music and a new intro, which is the first time we've done this since it launched more than two years ago. I hope you like it!
The seven minutes on 'when will international travel resume?' could be summarised as 'no one knows'.
The podcast was very good (Matt has a reasonable 'radio voice' that many including me lack, so he's pleasant to listen to) but there wasn't any mention during those seven minutes of how experienced travellers, business or leisure, are often prepared to take risks after we individually assess these. Why, for instance, can't we travel as of today to Taiwan, arguably the most successful country worldwide at combating this virus?
At about 37:55, did Mattg mean 'preventing transmission' instead of his mentions of 'preventing infection?' Isn't the greater debate about whether the various vaccines prevent us passing on the virus to others, and that's where there's a lack of data at present?
Mattg didn't cover (apart from his interesting mention of Seychelles) that keys to overseas travel returning include the willingness or otherwise of foreign governments to accept Australians, whether quarantining on arrival overseas is still necessary, what we have to do when we return to Australia and the costs of any such various requirements.
There are huge job losses due to our inability to travel overseas. Media hasn't featured it for a few weeks but there was one article about how so many businesses in Bali are suffering, as domestic tourists from Jakarta are smaller in number and spend far less per day than we do there.