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If you’re a travel lover who is constantly seeking out new adventures, chances are you’re feeling the lockdown cabin fever more than most.
And while travel isn’t an option right now, there’s nothing to stop you from planning your dream holiday for 2021.
With that in mind, here are just a few recommended destinations to inspire your travel fantasies and satisfy your wanderlust.
Discover Beautiful Fiji
If you’re looking for a traditional holiday destination featuring sun, sea and scenery, it’s hard to go wrong with Fiji.
With at least two direct flights departing from Melbourne Airport every day, it’s easily accessible and well worth the trip.
If you’re satisfied just to kick back on a sun lounger and spend some time soaking up the rays, no one would blame you of course.
But if you’re looking for something a little more active, the surrounding islands are easy to get to, and offer plenty of exciting activities, including kayaking, snorkelling and deep-sea diving. I stayed on Nacula Island a few years ago in the Yasawa Island chain and absolutely loved my time there.
Check out this great list of Fiji activities for holidaymakers to further tempt you.
Culture and Excitement in Tokyo
If seaside resorts aren’t your cup of tea, Tokyo is home to all the hustle and bustle you could ask for from a city break.
Being at the forefront of technology and innovation, the city is filled with must-see hotspots for self proclaimed nerds and techies. The district of Akihabara (also known as Akiba) is widely recognised for its electronics stores, as well as a number of shops dedicated to anime and manga.
Tokyo also has a rich and beautiful history steeped in culture and tradition. For a classic Tokyo tourist experience, visitors can check out any number of historical museums. (A local tip, most museums close on Mondays so it’s best to check ahead before visiting.)
Tourists looking for a more traditional experience can also visit the Sensoji Buddhist temple. It’s the oldest and most culturally significant temple in Tokyo, and is as colourful and captivating as it is historical.
Travel Closer to Home
If you don’t feel quite so adventurous, there are plenty of domestic destinations to rival the above that are easy to get to from Melbourne Airport.
A direct flight to Cairns will take a little over three hours, and the city has a number of stunning features – Josephine Falls and Crystal Cascades are perfect for nature lovers.
Or alternatively, the village of Palm Cove combines picture-postcard views of bright sandy beaches lined with palm trees, and is a lively seaside town that’s home to great shopping opportunities, restaurants, spas and more.
It’s also worth mentioning that Palm Cove is a popular wedding destination too, if you’re thinking of making any other plans for 2021.
Top Travel Tip for Flying Out of Melbourne
if you’re flying out from Melbourne Airport for a family holiday and want to save the hassle of cramming luggage and kids into a taxi or onto a bus (and who doesn’t?), a simpler option is to drive to the airport yourself.
Pre-book your parking with looking4.com to save time, money and stress. Then when you get there, simply stroll on through to one of the airport walk-in lounges and get ready to enjoy your holiday!