You’ve no doubt seen the powerful images of bushfires in Australia and heard of the impact they’ve had on the wildlife population. It’s estimated that hundreds of millions of animals have died in New South Wales alone. Many of you are wondering what you can do to help.
First off, if you have travel planned to Australia, check with your advisor and the tour operator on the ground before you cancel. Australia is a huge place, nearly as large as the continental U.S. While large swaths of the country’s southeast have been hit by fires, many places are unaffected. As when any disaster hits, the affected country’s economy needs a jolt. Lost revenue from cancelations of tours in unaffected areas will slow recovery.
The areas most affected are the Blue Mountains and South Coast of New South Wales, East Gippsland and Upper Murray in Victoria, and Kangaroo Island off the South Australia mainland. Sadly, Virtuoso-preferred Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has sustained heavy damage and is closed indefinitely. Baillie Lodges has vowed to rebuild and reopen the resort, which was a favorite destination of animal lovers in “Australia’s Galapagos.”
Air quality in Sydney and Canberra is a concern, as shifting winds can bring smoke and haze into the cities, but major attractions remain open. The latest updates from Tourism Australia list Tasmania, Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory as not impacted. That means Perth and the Margaret River wine region, Kakadu National Park, the Great Barrier Reef and other popular destinations are perfectly safe to visit.
Victoria’s most visited areas: Melbourne, Phillip Island, the Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley are free and clear, as Adelaide and the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
If you’d like to donate to rescue and recovery efforts, these agencies are doing incredible work and could really use your support. Wildlife: Animal Welfare League NSW, Taronga Zoo Conservation Program, Wildlife Victoria, WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services). Firefighters: CFS Foundation, CFA Victoria, NSW Rural Fire Service. Community: Country Women’s Association Disaster Relief Fund, Kangaroo Island Fire Fund, Australian Red Cross, NSW St. Vincent de Paul Society. Environment: Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Marine Conservation Society.
Australia is a beautiful place and a wonderful destination for travelers, and it could really use our help.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dave Hoffman of Hoffman Law Firm at the Camp Happy Days Gala. We both share a common interest in giving back to the non-profit organization. Camp Happy Days is a local charity in Charleston that helps children fight cancer by filling their life with hope and some fun. We at DMC Travel Tailor give 5% of our total profit to them and volunteer our time with them to help make this world a better place.
At the gala, DMC Travel Tailor donated a research and planning service as part of an auction item package. Dave Hoffman bid on it and this is how we met. I will be planning his next trip. When we got together we spoke about why he would like to use a travel advisor, the advantages of using one and the benefits he gets from travel. Dave Hoffman expressed that he would like to use a travel advisor to take the worry off his plate, creating a stress-free environment, saving him the valuable asset of time, while having a seamless trip created for him by a travel professional to avoid some of the mishaps he has previously encountered when planning a trip on his own.
Check out this video where Dave expresses why he thinks he would benefit from using a travel advisor:
DMC Travel Tailor is affiliated with Virtuoso, which is the leading luxury network in the world. Through this affiliation, we are able to offer clients exclusive perks and benefits they cannot find on their own. It also gives us access to global partners around the world we use to create WOW moments for our clients no matter where they want to go in the world. Some of the destinations we focus on include Africa, Australia, Italy, the British Virgin Islands and Fiji. We are also part of the Virtuoso Adventure Travel Community, specializing in adventure travel. This allows us to give you insight not only on where to go and what to do for a great adventure travel trip but also give you advice on what to wear and any equipment needed to bring.
Check out this video where we speak about that:
Some of the benefits of travel we discussed were learning other cultures, having eye-opening experiences that promote self-growth, bonding with family members and or loved ones and creating memories that last a lifetime, which is priceless. At the end of the day, you won’t necessarily remember what you have bought, but I bet you will remember the things you have experienced.
If you don’t have a travel advisor and would like to speak to one, please feel free to reach out to me, Stefany Di Manno Ceccato, Dream Travel Designer at DMC Travel Tailor. I can be reached at email@example.com and or by phone at (917) 653-9346. I would be happy to help in realizing your travel dreams!