A year in the making, it was the flight Australia was itching for.
After the Federal Government closed international borders in March as a safety measure at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, being landlocked sent most of us into wanderlust overdrive.
The guessing game of which destination would open first kept our love of overseas travel alive. But local outbreaks both here and abroad swiftly snapped us back to the reality that travelling overseas again will be many months if not years in the making.
But then, on April 6, a glimpse of pre-pandemic reality made a welcome return.
After almost 400 days of overseas border closures we – along with our neighbours across the ditch – were thrown a bone.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave us a trans-Tasman travel bubble launch date, meaning Australians – and New Zealanders – could finally dust off their passports and fly across the ditch back and forth without having to enter hotel quarantine.
On Monday, April 19, I was among one of the first Australians to step foot on a trans-Tasman ‘green zone flight’ – which essentially means everyone on board (including the crew) had only been in Australia (or New Zealand) for the past two weeks prior to flying…