May 12, 2020 Susie Rutz

Autumn Newsletter 2020

Autumn 2020


Hello Travellers,

We decided to send our update as part of our (overdue) Autumn Newsletter – it’s much more fun seeing something normal for a change!

As always we truly hope you are all safe and well.

We are still churning away here cancelling and changing all your wonderful trips. Believe us when we say it hurts us just as much as it hurts you to see all your lovely holidays postponed or cancelled! We can only hope there is a silver lining in all of this and some good things will no doubt come to all of us in our travelling futures.

We are still working from home with some reduced hours so just keep an eye on the auto responses from emails & email signatures for updates. Like the government, we may like to change “stuff” frequently. Hopefully its not too far away for us Victorians to be able to spread our wings a little more.

Policies with suppliers (mainly airlines) continue to change frequently, many for the better now which is good to see. Some airlines will still only offer a credit but we have found the time to use the credits seems to be getting longer. Every case and every supplier is different and I am not going to try to explain how it all works in this newsletter otherwise it will turn into a novel!

We hope that travel within Australia and hopefully NZ will open up in the not too distant future and we would love nothing more than to arrange and book these trips for you. Personally, New Zealand is one of my favorite countries in the world (and I have been to a fair few countries!).

We will start to send out some inspiration and ideas for Australian & NZ trips in the next few weeks to get you thinking. We thought about it ourselves and have put together our personal top 5 wish lists below. With so much to see and do, we really do live in the lucky country.

As the calendar year moves on it also means we can start prepping and booking for 2021 travel. As you may know we can only book airline seats 11 months in advance however cruises, tours & land suppliers tend to have a longer reach with many already releasing programs for 2021. We understand its hard to think about next year while we are still in the middle of all this but it’s a great time for planning, researching and dreaming. If we can help, just chat to your consultant and remember, “online is for looking and travel agents are for booking!”

Some of our suppliers and other clever people are taking us on virtual tours to keep us inspired and remind us of just how beautiful this world really is. Viator offer some paid virtual tours that are guided too. You can check them out here . There are also plenty of free options on the socials and the googles of course.

Did you know on our very pretty website we have a “News ” section – this is where we post some blogs from our own personal travels, copies of our newsletters, general information & we have now amped up the travel inspo on here too so be sure to check it out.

That’s about it from us this time. As always, if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see more of in our newsletters please send them in.
Its been a while but, as usual, our regular sections are below for your enjoyment.

Susie & The Team
(Jannene, Robyn & Rochelle)


Our Domestic Travel Wish Lists!

-Witness the red crab migration on Christmas Island
-Wander along Cable Beach and watch the Staircase to the Moon
-Swim with the manta rays and whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef
-Revisit the Red Centre – lets face it, once is never enough!
Explore Kangaroo Island and meet the “locals”

Susie ( Robyn stole some of mine)
-A weekend at Saffire Lodge, Freycinet
-Hayman Island with (or without) the family
-Ningaloo Reef
-Broome & The Kimberley
-Whale Watching, somewhere, anywhere!

-Coolum (no surprises there)
-Lord Howe and/or Norfolk
-Hamilton island

-Ningaloo Reef
-Tassie, Bay of Fires
-Katherine and Kakadu
-Margaret River


Just for Fun

Emirates normally process around 35,000 refunds a month but
currently that number is over 500,000!

Anyone else get excited when they see a plane fly over?

It’s estimated that Sweden has more islands than any other country.

There are more than 24 time zones around the world.

There’s a website that tracks the world’s population in real time
this is very interesting, especially at the moment!



Top Left – Uluru with Field of Lights Top Right: Sunset Camel Ride Cable Beach
Bottom Left- Intercontinental Hayman Island. Bottom Right: Whale Shark Ningaloo Reef

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