Plucky Puglia shows what travel in COVID era looks like

Plucky Puglia shows what travel in COVID era looks like

Quarantine nor testing is required by either Italy or the UK, making it an ideal destination for a five-day break.

I had read the same stories about deserted airports, empty flights and desolate landmarks and had expected to be one of few people willing to travel when uncertainty and fear prevails.

People stroll in the historic centre of Trulli, Puglia, Italy.

People stroll in the historic centre of Trulli, Puglia, Italy.Credit:Getty Images

But my flight to Bari at 7.35am on a Sunday morning was packed to capacity. There was a strange sense of belonging to be among so many people willing to travel for fun, masks at the ready. It was energising to be among people who weren’t travelling for essential work or repatriation but deliberate pleasure.

Pleasantly, the measures introduced to make travelling safe have gone a long way to improving the overall travel experience, although you do need to pack your patience along with your mask because everything now takes a bit longer.

Check-in is conditional on passing a temperature test and there is more paperwork to fill out now that contact details are needed for COVID-19 tracing programs. Travelling with a pen, always recommended, is now a must as pens were sparse to prevent unnecessary contact.

Polignano a Mare in Bari, Puglia, southern Italy.

Polignano a Mare in Bari, Puglia, southern Italy.Credit:Shutterstock

Security was an improvement and worked much faster than normal as the conveyor line had been broken into compartments with perspex dividers so four people could stand to prepare hand luggage for screening.

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