The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we see, communicate and connect with those closest to us. Sure, the last few years have been made easier with phones calls, texts and zoom calls, but we’ve all missed the in-person connection that was so quickly replaced by pandemic-friendly friendships.

With state and international borders finally opening up, the time has come for us to reunite in the flesh. While previously travel may have focused on exploring new destinations, consider travelling these summer holidays to reconnect with friends and family, and use travel to further cement relationships that we’ve missed during the pandemic. 

An opportunity to reconnect and share new experiences 

Up until the beginning of 2020, activities such as going to the footy, exploring interstate destinations, going out for lunch, or hitting the local bar were considered a normal part of life rather than a privilege. We could travel around and catch-up with loved ones when we chose to;  the only thing standing in our way was finding overlapping spare time. But repeated lockdowns and border closures have rendered us unable to do many things to which we were accustomed to. Accordingly, hanging out with friends and sharing experiences with loved ones during the pandemic hasn’t been nearly as straightforward as we would have liked. 

Spending quality time with someone in new places can have a tangible, positive impact on your relationship. That’s where travel comes in. Whether you choose to explore the globe with your closest friends, spend a weekend interstate with your family, or enjoy a relaxing tropical vacation with your significant other, one-on-one time together is, and always will be, invaluable. 

In fact, travel may well be the perfect antidote to reverse the effects of time apart and reignite relationships with those you may not have seen in a long time. Regardless of whether you decide to experience the sights that a different country has to offer, or you want to keep your travel plans more low-key, the holidays will be about spending time with loved ones and reconnecting with friends

Set your sights on your next adventure 

What better way to reconnect with friends than spending a week travelling up the east coast of Australia together? Or if you’re a city lover wanting to see the bright lights of somewhere new, there’s an endless number of things to enjoy with your loved ones in our capital cities. 

The options are plenty on our own shores, but if you and your travel partner or partners are keen to head further afield, overseas countries are now opening their borders to Australians.

Imagine yourself enjoying all that Times Square has to offer in what might be the most famous city in the world, trekking the stunning Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island, or relaxing on an unimaginably beautiful beach in Fiji. These are now luxuries that we can finally enjoy — but even more important than the experiences themselves will be the people with whom we share them with. 

Make lifelong memories after being apart from friends 

Hanging out with friends during Covid was not an option for Australians in lockdown, so pandemic friendships became the new norm overnight. However, travel bans are finally being lifted, meaning we’ve been given the opportunity to learn how to reconnect with friends and family who we haven’t seen in far too long. With the pandemic nearly behind us, we’ll be able to fly to different countries and cities to rekindle long-lost friendships and focus on spending time with those who matter to us most. 


With Vodafone $5 Roaming, travel further and stay connected. You can use Vodafone’s $5 Roaming with your phone, tablet or postpaid mobile broadband plan for just $5 extra a day in 80 countries, for up to 90 days in a calendar year. Countries may vary, so check the list of included countries before you travel. If you’re on a Vodafone Infinite or Plus Plan, you can only use Max Speed data with $5 Roaming, along with your call and text inclusions. If you’re on an Ultra+ Plan, you can use unlimited mobile data on your phone.

Terms and conditions

$5 Roaming
Countries subject to change, see current list and full details. Available to eligible customers. $5 Daily Charge is in addition to minimum monthly spend. For all postpaid plans, once your included data, Hotspot Data (available on Ultra+ Plans), or Max Speed data (as applicable for your plan) is exhausted, additional data will be automatically added at a charge of $5/GB ($0.005/MB) (“Additional Data”). Additional Data expires at the end of your billing month, is not shareable and can only be used while in $5 Roaming countries. Prepaid services need to add a Prepaid Roaming Add-On. Opt-out at any time, visit My Vodafone or call 1555. All roaming services subject to network availability.

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