Australia Bushfires 2020 Helping Australia For the past month, wildfires have devastated large areas of the Australian bush. Our hearts go out for the people and animals that live in one of our favorite travel destinations. Australia is a huge continent, and by the maps and articles shown online and on the television, it can appear as if much of it has been affected by the fires. While the fires are catastrophic for these areas, it is important to remember that many regions are still open for business. There has never been a better time to visit this beautiful country as many areas rely on tourism for their livelihood. Bushfires happen every year in Australia, just as they do in the United States. This year has been especially challenging for Australia due to a prolonged drought, making it impossible to perform preemptive controlled burns usually done in cooler months. Now that temperatures are soaring, it has created an especially tough year for Australia. Holiday Vacations is dedicated to the safety of all our guests and is closely monitoring this situation. Our Australia itineraries visit areas that are not significantly impacted by the bushfires. While it is possible some smoke may be experienced in Sydney, we travel through areas that are not and have not experienced active fire. How can I help? Travel to Australia in 2020 and your booking will help those affected by their regional bushfires. In response to the regional bushfires in Australia, Holiday Vacations is donating $75* on behalf of each guest visiting the country with us to the following organizations: NSW Rural Fire Service The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is a volunteer-based firefighting agency and statutory body of the Government of New South Wales. Donations made to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), directly benefit volunteer firefighters. Zoos Victoria Zoos Victoria is a world-leading zoo-based conservation organization, dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital It all began with Steve Irwin’s mother, Lyn Irwin. A pioneer in wildlife care and rehabilitation whose dream was to build a facility that could take care of wildlife in need. The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is giving injured wildlife a second chance. As one of the world’s largest and busiest purpose-built wildlife hospitals, they’re playing a vital role in saving Australia’s native species, one life at a time.