Now that the ban on Australians being able to travel overseas has been lifted, grey nomads are eagerly waiting to see what effect that will have on their lifestyle.
It is no secret that the Covid pandemic here has triggered a domestic travel boom as holidaymakers denied the opportunity to travel to Bali, take a cruise, or take a European tour, have seized the opportunity to discover their own backyard.
With young families and digital nomads discovering the joys of the caravanning and camping lifestyle, the demand for caravans and motorhomes has skyrocketed and ‘quiet’ van parks have suddenly become crowded.
And circumstantial evidence suggests the prices for sites has also surged.
So, what will the resumption of large-scale international travel mean?
From November 1, Australians will once again be free to leave these shores although, as things stand, they will only be able to return to NSW and Victoria without having to quarantine.
All of the experts agree that there is pent-up demand for Australians to get overseas. Qantas has wasted no time in laying on many more flights and bookings have been strong.
However, it is likely to take some time before grey nomads see a return to what used to be ‘business as usual’ on the Big Lap.
And maybe it will never happen.
There are certainly those who won’t be in a rush to it the airport until the whole Covid situation has settled down a lot more. And there is also the suggestion in some quarters that many Australians who have discovered the magic of their own country will be less inclined to travel internationally, especially those who have invested heavily in caravans and motorhomes.
So, for many grey nomads it is a case of wait and see … but there is no doubt that many will be hoping that things settle down quickly.
On the Grey Nomads social media channels, there are plenty who are eagerly awaiting getting back to ‘normal’
Lavena said she couldn’t wait for the outbound flight to get going in earnest.
“Us regular caravanners can get back to normal on the roads and enjoy the way it used to be without the crowds and young families,” she said.
And Greg thought the change wouldn’t take long.
“You will see a flood of people in a hurry to get out like dogs let off a leash,” he said. “Then, a flood of sales of hardly used caravans, motorhomes and tent gear.”
“The new breed of caravanners out on the roads in my opinion won’t stomach it long term and will return to Bali and other overseas travel in a flash!” he said. “Looking forward to that.”