How to re-live your Queensland holiday – and support the tourism industry at the same time
During the current pandemic, we’ve watched the Queensland community shine bright with resilience. From launching innovative business products and services, to supporting each other in any way we can, this experience is constantly inspiring folk to carry out acts of kindness. The tourism, retail and hospitality sectors are particularly doing it tough. While travelling may be off the social distancing agenda right now, it’s easy to add a virtual twist from home: re-live our favourite Queensland holiday memories; support Queensland’s industry right now – and perhaps start planning for the future.
Join us on a trip down memory lane, in the knowledge that your “virtual travel” is also helping to keep Queensland strong from afar.
Share your favourite travel memories
We dream, save hard and plan for what seems like forever, yet the trip flies by so quickly. Suddenly, we find ourselves posting “just one more” photo on Instagram to savour the memory.
Well, now it’s time to share the rest of your album on social media. It could be wildlife, landscapes, beautiful buildings, selfies, meals, group shots – we want to see all your #throwbacks (and not just on Thursdays). Remember to use #thisisqueensland, select the location, and tag any operators or establishments in your post.
Gift your Queensland experiences
Is it even a holiday if you don’t come home with a souvenir? Have a think about what you bought as a reminder of your experience there. It may have been a bottle of wine from Heritage Estate Winery Cellar Door, handmade soap from Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm, or rejuvenating skincare products from Summer Land Camels.
Combine a good deed and tourism support in one action, hop online and order the same souvenirs for your friend’s future birthday present, to cheer up your parents, or even as a thank-you for healthcare frontline workers.
Write online reviews
Often, after a busy trip, writing positive online reviews for a hotel, attraction or restaurant that you loved isn’t a top priority. With so much free time ahead, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up on sharing those kind words.
Through Facebook, TripAdvisor and Google reviews, you can make a big difference to an operator’s online presence – not to mention daydream about your favourite memories as you think about what to write.
Cook your favourite recipes
Food is a huge component of travel as it helps us to experience and understand a new region or culture. When you open yourself up to new flavours, it adds a different value to your trip – especially if you can eat it back at home.
Did a particular meal stick in your memory? Check out the restaurant’s website to see if they’ve shared the recipe. Spirit House Thai restaurant on the Sunshine Coast, for example, offers recipes online to help diners re-create their famous fragrant flavours at home.
Alternatively, find a local restaurant that offers a similar takeaway option; or find a local producer of uniquely Queensland ingredients and make your own Queensland-inspired meal (prawn and mango salad, anyone?). There’s nothing like the senses of taste and smell to help you re-live magic moments.
For more ingredient ideas, here are 9 ways to experience Queensland’s food culture.
Learn something new about Queensland
Although your holiday is a step back from the everyday grind, it’s always a good idea to continually increase your knowledge or acquire a new skill. Now that you’re home, what would like to know more about?
After diving on the Great Barrier Reef and seeing the beauty up-close, you may want to learn more about how you can protect and save the reef for future generations. Or if you enjoyed your weekend away to Ipswich, this is the ideal time to delve deeper into the city’s interesting history.
Highlight Queensland’s virtual experiences
Of course, we’ve all had those amazing holiday experiences that can’t be bought online or made at home. If you rode the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, cuddled a koala or explored the Capricorn Coast, it’s time to relive your vacation in virtual reality.
View some of our favourite virtual experiences around Queensland you can explore using digital technology.
Install your favourite Queensland backdrop on Zoom
As you virtually connect with friends, family and colleagues, add a bit of Queensland to your Zoom backdrop. Not only does it help you remember those happy times on holiday, but you’ll feel inspired to see more of the Sunshine State each time you log in.
There are three virtual options to choose from — the Gold Coast, Townsville and Cairns — or you can use your own favourite snaps. View download details here.
Capture a Queensland sunset
As we stay safe at home, you may be missing those colourful red and orange skies we always seem to make time for on holiday. Whether it was sunrise at Mount Coot-tha Lookout or golden hour on Moreton Island, it’s just as easy to watch a Queensland sunset from your own doorstep.
To capture the moment, have a go at practicing your photography from your balcony or backyard so you’re a pro by the time you come back. Show us the best Queensland sunsets at #thisisqueensland.
Plan your future Queensland holiday
We’re all familiar with the stages of travel: Dreaming, planning, experiencing and reminiscing. We’ve come full circle, and now it’s time to dream about your next Queensland escape. Where do you want to travel to next? What do you want to see?
Our beautiful state is patiently waiting to be explored again, but in the meantime, there’s no harm in planning your next adventure. You may like to postpone a trip rather than cancel it, return to a destination you already love, or venture somewhere new. Pin any hotels, restaurants and must-do Queensland experiences that capture your attention onto your future holiday inspiration board. Wherever you choose to go, it means you can re-live Queensland all over again.
Take the time to daydream… and we’ll see you again soon.