IT'S become de rigueur in Australia in recent weeks to try to find positives amid the kicking inflicted on the economy by coronavirus restrictions.
A new focus on self-sustainability, less pollution and a reminder about what really matters have been some of the suggestions.
Instead of Venice, the Victorian high country. Perth, rather than Paris. Athens? What about the Atherton Tablelands.
Domestic sightseeing might begin as a fallback option, but international travel-starved Aussies could soon discover the many benefits.
For one thing, there's no currency exchange involved. The language barrier isn't a problem (add "eh?" to the end of your sentences in North Queensland and you'll fit right in). And you can forget 14-hour flights in economy.
But the joy of discovery remains - of coming across strange customs, unusual practices, thrilling surprises.
Australia, as those who have had a good look at it know, is a number of little countries within a country - states and territories with their own police force, their own health system, their own laws, their own parliament, their own slang.
Your beer glass in the pub will have a different name depending on where in Australia you're sitting on a stool - it might even have a different name depending on where you are in that particular state.
Cross the checkpoint into South Australia's Riverland. Cross Bass Strait. Cross the Kimberley from your bucket list - though you won't go just the once.
In the country's more compact states, beaches, mountains and rainforest can be seen within a day. And in the mammoth states (and Northern Territory) are epic drives the equal of anything in the world.
The coronavirus has forced people to look inwards - inside their home, inside their city, inside their country - but that doesn't have to be a terrible thing.
Australians have tended to look outwards for travel, but they don't have to fly halfway around the world to see something startling or jaw-dropping or peculiar.
It's all here. It's always been here. And we only have to get in our car (once the restrictions allow), choose a direction and start driving.