Holiday season plans look-up as lockdowns are eased

Holiday season plans look-up as lockdowns are eased

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This year, Australia heads into the traditional Christmas and holiday season with a sense of thanksgiving and joy, perhaps even more than usual.

As Covid case numbers continue to fall and state borders reopen, we are hopeful this festive season may yet resemble those past when friends and loved ones came together to celebrate and relax.

As Australians we realise this year, despite the great difficulties of the past months, we are indeed the lucky country as we look ahead to a summer of hope and renewed prosperity.

People are turning their attention to holidays, the prospect of a good break, and are starting to ask what that might look like this year.

Prior to the pandemic Australians were making more overseas trips than ever before.

Years 2018-2019 saw a record of over 11 million overseas trips taken by us.

While it remains certain overseas travel will be out of the question for the time being there is the definite possibility interstate and regional travel is back on the itinerary.

So, with international travel on hold, it's time we all got to know our own backyard better and help forge the 'rise of the regions'.

Staycations, a holiday spent in one's home country, are the new cruises so why not join the trend and hit the road for your next, long overdue, break?

Short trips are taking off due to uncertainty around Covid restrictions and border closures and many in the travel industry are predicting the return in popularity of the great Australian road trip.

Many regional areas are trying to recover from the devastating bushfires, drought and pandemic, which has decimated many local businesses and tourist industries, making it the ideal location for your Christmas funds to be spent.

With a huge range of regional experiences on offer including glamping, nature walks, wineries, and visits to bushfire-affected towns why not consider spending the budget you have set aside for presents and holidays to support these local Australian businesses?

Consider agreeing with your loved-ones to try for a more sustainable Christmas where money for presents, often just more unwanted 'stuff', is used instead on a local holiday adventure.

Help Aussies who are doing it tough and have a great break at the same time.

Telco Pennytel are hoping to do their part for all Australians this Christmas with a great offer of 50 per cent off the cost of their mobile plans, for three months.

Why not take advantage of this great offer by looking at your phone costs and moving to a cheaper plan now?

You could even use the savings to spend with local retailers on your next trip to the regions.

With many border restrictions across the country still in place at this time, for many, catch-ups with family and friends will still be virtual.

If you fall into that category and are planning video call catch-ups, make sure you have plenty of data to see you through silly season.

Pennytel's 15GB plan is already great value at $24.99 but when you factor in the 50 per cent saving for your first three months, that's a pretty penny you could save.

For those with family and friends overseas Pennytel's larger plans come with international inclusions.

This will ensure your mobile plan includes calls to overseas destinations so you can keep in touch and not miss out on hearing the voices of your loved ones this holiday season.

For more information call Pennytel on 1300 262 146 or go to

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