Reflections on a previous life

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LawrenceD

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Member since 29 Apr 2013

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No doubt many readers will be lamenting our travelling lives pre March. For myself that’s when company travel ceased. Frantic cancellations for holidays overseas all now successfully refunded for another day. It’s now been close on 5 months since last flight and many nights away. Obsessively checking my status for both airline and hotel has come to a halt. Soooo close to P1 for the first time and travelling domestic economy mostly shows the dedication to that lofty aim! Sitting on 3050 SC’s. However...for the first time in many a year I have kissed my wife on our anniversary, helped my son open his birthday presents, watched with pride as he is presented with a certificate at school assembly. There is certainly more to life than wasting time at 38000 ft.

All this said I would like the skies to open up again soon. See the great folk at QF and all the other airlines out there. They have done it incredibly tough and I look forward to getting back out there...but maybe once a month and not 3 times a week...

Clancy

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Member since 31 Jan 2016

Total posts 63

Six months and 10 days since last flight, no fog delays and no flights planned. Only one night away in that time.

Missing morning quips with Katrina for coffee in SYD.

And I hope all in the airline/travel business are finding a way through the COVID issue and I/we do want to be back flying again.

KW72

Member since 17 Jun 2020

Total posts 3

Missing the ability to travel for holidays especially overseas and discovering new places and culture. Frustrated at not being able to have the freedom to see family. I want to see them when they are healthy and facetime just does not cut it.

However, definitely do not miss and do not want to return to same day triangle return trips (6-7am flight down, 6-7pm flight back), or the very short Int trips (redeye both ways, one night away, sometimes even in economy).

sanj747

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Member since 01 Nov 2016

Total posts 142

Originally Posted by LawrenceD

No doubt many readers will be lamenting our travelling lives pre March. For myself that’s when company travel ceased. Frantic cancellations for holidays overseas all now successfully refunded for another day. It’s now been close on 5 months since last flight and many nights away. Obsessively checking my status for both airline and hotel has come to a halt. Soooo close to P1 for the first time and travelling domestic economy mostly shows the dedication to that lofty aim! Sitting on 3050 SC’s. However...for the first time in many a year I have kissed my wife on our anniversary, helped my son open his birthday presents, watched with pride as he is presented with a certificate at school assembly. There is certainly more to life than wasting time at 38000 ft.

All this said I would like the skies to open up again soon. See the great folk at QF and all the other airlines out there. They have done it incredibly tough and I look forward to getting back out there...but maybe once a month and not 3 times a week...

Good post LawrenceD and am very much in the same boat. Last flight was Melbourne to Sydney on 20 March. Have not flown since. Very much enjoying the time at home and not missing the time in airport lounges, flying on planes and staying in hotels. In return having coffee with my wife, making tea for her in the afternoon, picking my daughter everyday from school, taking her to netball and sleeping in your own bed are now part of my routine. As they say the simple things in life are the best. Am using my Qantas pjs at home.

GBRGB

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Member since 21 Jan 2014

Total posts 250

I am not missing sitting in an airport lounge, laptop open whilst working through phone messages etc or the early morning late night flight combos, I am basically done with business travel but I am looking forward to leisurely loafing around the airport lounge on holidays with my family when flights resume, not caring if the flight is an hour or two late and reorganising my day to suit and watching all the business travellers run around in a panic.

Seano1

Member since 21 Jul 2020

Total posts 2

I’m normally away 1 week every month. But only went away in Feb this year. Haven’t been on a plane or in a lounge since then. Also working mostly from home which is very strange. Been good beating home, kids footy training, swimming etc. but I miss movies, the only time I watch movies is on the Brisbane to Darwin flights 10 times a year.

traveller99

Member since 18 Nov 2015

Total posts 110

I'm an Australian living in the UK. Travel is much more sensible and realistic here.

Most of Europe has re-opened for travel with no quarantine in either direction.

I did a four day trip to Italy last week. No quarantine into Italy. No quarantine back into the UK. Sensible precautions taken during travel (forms to fill out, masks to wear etc).

And to think of the many Australians overseas now who want to travel back home, but have to pay $3000 to re-enter their own country and go into quarantine for 14 days. Australians overseas who desperately need to travel home to look after sick or dying relatives. Australians who have been working overseas and no longer have a job. Australians who have been volunteering in war torn countries.

Ozmichel

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Member since 18 Jan 2017

Total posts 9

I think most of us are in the same situation.
As 95 per cent of my travel is overseas, I miss the tranquility on the flights, watching new movies, catching some sleep and never working on board.
For me its been seven months of keeping my feet on the ground. The suitcases and on-board wheeler are safely packed in the garage.
I can be assured of lounge access even if I lose all my points and my P status as I have lifetime gold.
Who knows when we will be 'free' to travel again?
But lets thank our lucky stars that we live in the best country in the world!

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