Nine’s weekend brand Traveller has relaunched its Sunday print edition. It’s a welcome move as people anticipate being able to roam the globe with fewer restraints as Covid travel restrictions decline.
Traveller editor Anthony Dennis had this message for readers of The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age:
After a prolonged hiatus thanks to the pandemic’s seismic effects on tourism, Traveller on Sunday returns today as a weekly liftout in this masthead.
You’ll notice that some of your favourites, including Michael Gebicki’s Tripologist travel advice column; Expat Expert, a weekly guide to a city around the world by an Aussie abroad; readers’ tips from their own travels and, of course, our popular “test your travel nous” quiz, have returned.
New elements include a weekly column by resident travel guru Ben Groundwater; Wish Dish, a regular tribute to the meals that make travel and Dispatch, reports from our writers and editors on the road.
Our timely cover story “Let’s go Europe” explains, step-by-step, how you can plan for a holiday in Europe by navigating the seeming plethora of hurdles.
It’s great to be back and even greater to be back with you, our valued readers, each week. We hope you enjoy the additional Sunday reading and the chance to dream a little, too.
The returned Sunday Traveller was 16 pages with a healthy eight pages of ads.
Meanwhile across town, the News Corp weekly travel section Escape continued its celebration of Australian travel. The section ran to 24 pages, also eight of them carrying ads.
Escape editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum has been on the road, albeit it just into the neighbouring state, and shared her story with readers:
I made it onto a plane this week for the first time in seven months. We never did get away for our much-anticipated Christmas holiday in Fiji (one child miraculously came down with Covid the night before the flight, despite virtually living in hibernation in order to avoid it). Nor did we make it to Lizard Island for a story assignment (the next child came down with Covid). Then, while debating whether we could book a last-minute trip to somewhere (anywhere!) before our leave was up, I decided it was too risky in case my husband and I then hit the deck. The whole thing sounds like a D-grade zombie horror movie: Covid Swallowed My Summer – in one ugly gulp.
So, despite my misgivings that something would go wrong, it was wonderful to finally fly interstate for the Australian Open. And for the first time in two years, the travel experience was easy. Flying into Melbourne (and back into Sydney) was… just like it used to be.