It may seem a little weird to be thinking about travel destinations at the moment. But then, we all need to have something to look forward to, and any of our biggest adventures have always been planned way in advance.
So while recreational travel is pretty much off for the moment, with vaccination numbers rising and plans for life after lockdown being released it is only a matter of time before local travel is opened up, and then borders, and then international travel.
With many of us having extra time on our hands now is a great opportunity to start looking for and researching a little about the many amazing destinations that are out there.
For instance, some really interesting itineraries for 2022 and 2023 are being released such as Ultimate Cruising's Discover the Kimberley 10 night cruise.
In their own words about the Kimberley, "This spectacular region stretches from Darwin, along the north-western coast line to Broome and is approximately two-thirds the size of France. Remote and wild, some areas are only accessible by boat, allowing the region to remain uncommercialised and untouched."
This adventure and many others are filling up quickly though, so it is time to start looking for and locking in your next holiday.
When you get to the end of your research and it's time to book, it's always worth reading the terms and conditions. When you do, what you will hopefully find now is something added that will work in your favour. Many companies have incorporated flexible options or simpler cancellation processes. It's definitely worthwhile checking what they offer because the benefit to you of securing a deal - apart from a good price - is that it will not be completely derailed by any new travel restrictions, it would just mean you get to move the dates of the trip you're looking forward to.
Bring some of the destination to you.
One of the many highlights of travel to any part of the world, be it near or far, is tasting what different regions have to offer.
One such taste you can even enjoy at home are the various creations of the Tumut River Brewing Company.
They offer a home delivery service to Canberra, free for any order over $80, and you can also get one of their carefully crafted flavours at many good bottle shops throughout Canberra.
So even when you can't get to Tumut to explore their beautiful part of the world, you can still discover for yourself why the Ginja Ninja ginger beer is their most popular product, along with trying some of their other great flavours.
In terms of their brewery, bar and bistro in Tumut, "We're looking forward to welcoming Canberrans back to the region after a tumultuous period including what Canberra is still going through," said spokesperson Michael Cichocki.
They're open for lunch and dinner every day and breakfasts on weekends so make sure you keep them in mind for your next day trip or short stay. Tumut is only a couple of hours up the road after all, with the area around it featuring parklands, mountain trails, fishing spots, Blowering Dam and the Tumbarumba wine region.
As for the microbrewery's activities, Michael says they have seven flavours that they brew all the time, with some pale ales and their Bounty Hunter dark ale. Additionally, they create special varieties that are available for a limited time. Coming in October for instance will be a choc-orange cream ale that sounds rather interesting.
They prefer to use local ingredients too, sourcing their apples from nearby Batlow for instance.
Tumut River Brewing Co are also doing some planning of their own. There's a craft beer and music festival scheduled for November 27 that they're gearing up for.