The Hemsworth family is known for their staycations, and Chris Hemsworth decided to go big and take his family to Australia for a vacation. Hemsworth, who is a global ambassador for Tourism Australia, took his family to Lord Howe Island, which is located right off the coast of New South Wales.
A Family Reunion Thanks to Chris Hemsworth
The trip to Lord Howe Island was the first trip that the entire family had taken since Liam and Luke Hemsworth moved back to Australia in the middle of the pandemic. Luckily for the fans, the family shared some moments from their strip on social media.
Lord Howe Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the world got to follow along on social media as the Hemsworth family toured the island. Chis Hemsworth and his family visited coral reefs, lagoons, and even mountain valleys. They were lucky to be there because the island is currently only allowing up to 400 visitors at one time.
While on the island, the Hemsworth family was able to stay busy as they went surfing, fishing, and even snorkeling. At night, they would return to their posts, but they would dine together outdoors so that they would not miss a moment in nature.
They went on a tour of the coastline with Reef N Beyond Eco Tours, and the family also did some bird-watching before they hiked up Mount Gower, which is almost a 9-mile hike.
Surrounded by Natural Landscapes
Based on the posts of the Hemsworth family, they were the first guests to stay at the Island House lodge, which recently opened. It has two horses that are surrounded by natural landscapes. They had in-house chefs who even cooked Japanese-style meals.
Chis Hemsworth mentioned that this year had been hard on many communities, especially those that depend on tourism. He added that while not everyone could travel at these times, he highly recommended touring Lord Howe Island once they would be able to.
Are the Tokyo Summer Olympics Really Going to Happen This Year?
It was almost a year ago when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. Speculations, whether they will happen at all, haven’t stopped since. Two recent surveys of Japanese citizens showing that 80% of them don’t believe the games should or would take place only made matters worse. So, what’s the future of the Summer Olympics in the Japanese capital?
Olympic Games During a Pandemic: No or Go?
Despite the concerns of the public, it would seem that the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo organizers are moving forward with the 2021 plans. In fact, they recently released a 33-page “playbook” that provides insight into how the sports events will take place, the precautions before and during the games, the preparation of the athletes and attendees, and other relevant details.
As of mid-February, travelers will be required to show a negative test within 72 hours of departure as well as upon arrival. In addition to that, visitors will have to provide a detailed itinerary of their stay in Tokyo, including the people with whom they will be in close contact. Because the first edition of the playbook failed to answer some questions and only answered others with uncertainty, a second edition will be released in April.
What’s the Main Reason for Tokyo 2021 to Happen Despite Concerns
You guessed it — it’s money and politics. The organizers have already reportedly spent more than $25 billion on putting the Olympics together, and the majority of that money came from Japan’s public finances. If the games don’t happen this year, the country stands to lose even more money and find itself in a tricky economic turmoil.
The second reason why the Japanese government wants to make the games happen this year is political. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made a series of questionable blunders regarding his response to the pandemic and is now desperate for a “political win,” according to Jeff Kingston, a professor of Asian Studies at Temple University’s Tokyo campus.
Whether the Summer Olympics will take place this year, however, will remain a mystery until the very last moment.