Thanks Matt, I look forward to the end of January for the next episode.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and trust that 2021 will be a better year for everyone.
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.
Thanks Matt, great to have the podcasts back!