CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL UPDATE MAY 2020
The ongoing global impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) is severely impacting both national and international travel.
Best Life Adventures have now postponed all international expeditions until the end of 2020 and we will have to wait for further developments before making a decision on expeditions scheduled from 1 January 2021.
As part of the precautions we take to ensure the safety of our adventurers, staff and suppliers, Best Life Adventures are continuing to carefully monitor national and world events and work closely with our overseas staff and suppliers. We base our decisions to operate expeditions on the official travel advisories issued by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, local government authorities in each country, and a variety of other sources. During this ever-evolving and challenging coronavirus situation, we will do our best to keep you updated and supported and have expeditions running again when it is possible and safe.
In line with the Queensland government’s Covid-19 roadmap, over the next few weeks we will build and deliver Queensland-based adventures for our Queensland Venturers and as restrictions are lifted on inter-state travel, open up new adventures nationwide and eventually hope to deliver expeditions in New Zealand once travel between the two countries is allowed.
Adventurers due to depart before 31 December 2020
If you have a trip booked for departure before and on 15 August 2020, you will receive a full credit* to use towards an alternative trip date or itinerary with a departure date before the end of 2021. We will be in touch soon to discuss your situation.
Adventurers departing from 1 January 2021 onwards
If you have a trip booked for departure from 1 January 2021 onwards, it is currently scheduled to depart. We will notify you as soon as we have any further information to provide.
As per our booking conditions, please be aware that deposits paid at the time of booking are non-refundable, taking into consideration the investment Best Life Adventures have made in planning and booking your trip.
Please check with your airline and flights invoice as to their policies for the air component of your journey. Each airline has different policies regarding transfers of dates and fees. It is strongly recommended that you first look at your airline’s website for updated information as there may be long call waiting times.
If you have any questions about your trip and options as they apply to your situation, please do not hesitate to contact us. I will be working from home and will respond to your communications as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
Don’t stress, we will always be here to take you to the craziest and most exciting places on the planet, we just have to be patient, let the borders re-open and ease ourselves back into our adventurous worlds. In fact, we’ve created a multi-faceted, two-day adventure on water and on wheels, combined with a luxurious glamping experience on the banks of the Brisbane River at Allawah to do just that! Read here for more info and stay in the loop about our other “Back-Pocket Adventures” by signing up to our newsletter here.
Ben Southall, on behalf of The Best Life Adventures Team
Update 30th March 2020
I don’t want to bore you with yet another C-19 related message – you all know what’s going on out there and its pretty crap for everyone around the planet especially if, like us, your business is built on taking adventurous people around the world.
So, for now, as a planet, we’ve been asked to go into hibernation – a state of inactivity adopted during harsh ‘winter’ months (A.K.A corona-induced business coma) from which Best Life Adventures will awaken brighter, fresher and with a voracious appetite for adventure – something we’ll all be yearning for, once we banish these troubles and start the regrowth.
After this life-embargo finishes, we want to help you find those low-lying ‘adventure’ fruits that are close to your front door (much as that re-emerging bear does) – local adventures designed to reignite face-to-face conversations that rebuild community and confidence in travel. It’ll be an amazing time to get outdoors with old friends and family and find some new ones.
I’ve got a few perfect low-cost ‘Anti-Virus Adventures’ up my sleeve, ready to roll out when the time is right which are a great way to restart your adventure mindset before committing to something bigger and further afield. Consider it all part of your adventure rehab!
In the meantime, we’ve pulled together some stories from our adventurous community to relieve the boredom and keep you inspired and thinking positively whilst we’re in hibernation:
- the story behind Anna; one of our repeat Venturers
- The Adventurepreneurs Guide to Living a Happy Life, and
- We Are Explorers Top 50 Adventure documentaries
Who knows what the coming days, weeks and months will bring? All we can do right now is enjoy the downtime, be with family and virtual-friends, and enjoy the fact that for once in our hectic lives, we’ve been forced to take our foot off the accelerator and actually spend time just ‘being’.
Keep smiling, wash those hands and use the time to reconnect with your tribe, your people and yourself. Sending warm, virtual hugs until I can get one for real 🙂
Ben and the Best Life Adventures team