Remember when we could travel? Nope, us either.
Travel has long been one of our favourite past-times, but when you throw a global pandemic in the mix, that past-time quickly goes on a year-long hiatus and has us craving to get out and about in a very big way.
So, if you could go anywhere where would you go?
We asked Gigi from @_itsbeautifulhere, our go-to for all things travel, to take us deskside dreaming for a little WFH escape.
Gigi, who is well known for her travel guides and for finding beauty in every chaotic and crazy moment travel throws at you, uses travel as a way of connecting with new and interesting people from all walks of life.
These are her tips for the best places to travel in Australia (aka: within our border restrictions).
Beautiful islands, beats, and BITS that match.
In these strange and wonky COVID times where travel is limited to Australia only (which suits me) - I have been drumming up a list of some of my most favourite islands for equal parts kicking back in the sun and getting active. Below, a list of my favourites - with the bits and beats I think match best.
Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
One of the most extraordinary places I have ever visited. For such a tiny island it has it all - surf, snorkelling, reef, fishing, bike riding, hiking, bowling, golf - the works.
Stay: Capella Lodge
Listen: Exodus, Bob Marley
Bits:Floral bits are the go here
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
A true nature paradise, especially needing some love post the horrific fires of last summer. Quiet, calm, wild, rugged, natural beauty.
Stay: One Kangaroo Island
Listen: My My, Hey Hey, Neil Young
Bits: Go nude, or the next best thing
Stradbroke Island, Queensland
Nature, nature, nature. Waves. Slow days. Sunset beers at the Point Lookout surf club. Great for a holiday with mates.
Stay: Airbnb – Boolarong
Listen: Cold Blooded Old Times, Bill Callahan
Bits: Tie-dye vibes
Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Spectacular (like, outrageously beautiful) beaches, bike paths, and quokkas! Great for the fam bam.
Stay: Samphire Rottnest
Listen: Kids Fallin In Love, Dope Lemon
Bits: Outrageously beautiful
Orpheus Island, Queensland
Orpheus Island, a super luxe and ultra-romantico destination. Definitely one for you and your lover.
Stay: Orpheus Island Lodge
Listen: Pretty Pimpin, Kurt Vile
Bits: Fun, beachy, romantic bits
Satellite Island, Tasmania
One of the most extraordinary accommodation experiences in Australia. My tip - sleep in the jetty house with the roller doors open all night. Magic!
Listen:You And Me, Penny & The Quarters
Bits: Private ones
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Get Gigi’s full playlist here or visit the It’s Beautiful Here website for more travel tips.