While it is not uncommon for Australia to have a dry season, the 2019-2020 dry season has caused devastating bushfires. Our hearts go out to the Australian people, our industry friends and the millions of animals affected during this time. Our thoughts and gratitude are with those out on the front lines facing the fires head on.

Tourism Australia has released a website for bushfire information. A great resource, it provides an overview of what areas have and haven’t been impacted and is updated regularly.

We’re happy to report that a number of areas previously affected have now been contained or controlled. There has been a reduction of alert levels in most of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. There are many regions of Australia that remain unaffected by the bushfires and we encourage travelers to continue visiting the country, as tourism plays a big role in helping many communities get back on their feet during this time.

Please consider donating to support those affected:
WIRES Wildlife Rescue
Australian Red Cross
New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Queensland Fire & Emergency
Wildlife Victoria

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Christine at Esplanade Travel planned our recent trip which found us traveling to four very different and fascinating regions in Chile. The trip was absolutely beautiful, memorable and so suited to our specific interests! We have had the pleasure of working multiple times with travel consultants at Esplanade Travel and they continue to amaze us with the itineraries they develop and their close working contacts in other countries that always result in worry-free travel for us. We tend to stay in multiple areas with multiple connections and with the expertise in planning at Esplanade all of our reservations, contacts, pick-ups and drop-offs occur seamlessly. Our travels started in Santiago before heading south to the Lakes District, further south to Torres del Paine in Patagonia, then west to Easter Island. All of the lodges we stayed in were so comfortable with gorgeous views, the guides were super knowledgeable about the cultural and natural history of every location we visited, and the food was fantastic! On Easter Island our native guide, Sabrina, was able to provide us with her intimate knowledge, passed down to her from her ancestors, of the history and culture of the Rapa Nui people. I highly recommend Esplanade Travel to everyone, and I guarantee we will be contacting them to assist us with our next great adventure!

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