A Dream Holiday Four Years in the Making

IT’S SAID that all things come to those that wait. I think four years is long enough, don’t you?

It was back in 2019 that a group of like-minded friends and I first started discussing a trip to Vietnam. There was going to be fun and frolics aplenty as we pursued a certain sporting obsession.

And then along came the ultimate party pooper known as COVID…

Undeterred, we vowed to go ahead as planned and I have just returned from said trip. And I can confirm it was even sweeter having waited so long.

The country is spectacular, the food and culture are remarkable, and the people are warm, inviting and so glad to see tourists back again. Throw in value for money and you’ve got one heck of a destination.

I mention this because there are millions of Aussies out there desperately planning to make up for lost holiday time. A tidal wave of tourists is heading overseas and it’s great news for the travel industry.

For those who haven’t quite made up their mind where they want to go first, Traveltalk has got you covered.


In this issue you’ll find exciting and unusual destination suggestions in some of the world’s most popular locations.

Animal lovers can choose from watching bears in Canada to working with elephants in Thailand. Check out rural life in the Philippines or sit in the lap of luxury in Ireland. You’ll also learn why the West Midlands in the UK is the hot spot for 2023.

Naturally, we’ve also got the home scene covered with two fantastic glamping opportunities for the eco-conscious and the nature lover, while an emotional trip to Darwin is available for battlefield pilgrims.

Industry stalwart Richard Taylor will reveal what he’s hoping to achieve in his new role at AFTA and in an exclusive article for Traveltalk, Sandie Johannessen discusses why wellness tourism is such a healthy business right now.

All this plus a special report on the boom in rail travel, a look at the future of Australia’s busiest airport, a delicious recipe from Singapore and our ever-popular travel quiz.

Just like my trip to Vietnam, the March issue of Traveltalk was definitely worth waiting for!

Jon Underwood, Managing Editor


Don’t forget to check out the very first edition of Talking Travel, our new podcast. In the debut episode, we talk about the resurgence of the travel industry and the vital role women play in the industry. You can find it at: 

Inside this month

Aussies Tempted to Buy Before They Fly

Aussies heading overseas might be tempted to part with some of their holiday money before they leave with a new luxury shopping precinct unveiled at our largest airport.

How Thailand is Keeping Tourism Real

SUSTAINABILITY IS one of the major elements in tourism and Thailand is at the forefront of destinations working hard to preserve and protect our planet’s resources.

Is It Time to Close the Page on Travel Brochures?

They’ve been a regular feature in travel agencies for decades but now the humble travel brochure is under threat.
As more and more companies go paperless in a bid to help save the environment, does the travel brochure have a future? We asked two industry leaders for their thoughts.

International Cruise? Think NCL!

As the end of the local cruise season draws near, now is the time to encourage your clients to consider the incredible range of international cruise options available.

Meet A Taylor Made For Travel

During the worst of the pandemic, Richard Taylor was a voice of hope for the travel trade during troubled times. He’s now joining AFTA to continue that support. We asked him what we can expect going forward.

Why Wellness Tourism is Such a Healthy Business

The global wellness tourism market is predicted to reach a staggering $1.2 trillion by 2027.
In this exclusive article, SANDIE JOHANNESSEN, the award-winning Health and Wellness Director, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, explains why more and more people are embracing wellness tourism.

Top 10 Things to Do in Singapore

WELCOME TO new experiences unlike any other.
Sure, you might’ve been here before, but there’s definitely lots more you haven’t seen and done in the city.