EIGHT months on from the devastating bushfires that swept through the NSW south coast region, it is clear to see the memories of those tragic days still remain.
In recent weeks I was lucky enough to take a short trip to the south coast area for a long weekend, namely the Jervis Bay/Huskisson region.
Obviously we are all too aware of the devastation this area has been through in 2020 - first it was the horrific bushfires, then came COVID-19 and more recently torrential rain and flooding.
Each of these three events have meant the tough times continue for the people and businesses in these areas.
Remember earlier this year when we were all encouraged (pre COVID-19) to plan a trip to the coast and pack an empty esky to fill while there?
The same sentiment still remains today. All of these areas are open for business. They are all following the COVID-19 restrictions and measures in place to keep us all safe.
So, for those wanting to plan a break - why not look to the south coast of NSW?
We can't travel overseas and there's no beach to be found for miles and miles of the MIA.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of salt air and a view of the ocean to remind us it is the simple things in life that can truly ground us and motivate us.
Of course, not everyone is comfortable travelling at the moment and that is more that understandable.
But for those wanting to pack up the car and head to the coast - there's plenty of towns willing to show you hospitality.
Each of these towns is unique in their own way, but what they all share is a happy nature, fun and exciting options for adventures no matter your age or ability, delicious local produce (hello seafood!) and the goal of pulling out of the nightmare that has been 2020 in one piece.
By spending money in these communities we are helping them thrive and, indeed, survive.
Confronting the remnants of the devastating bushfires in person eight months down the track is a huge reminder that these communities need us now more than ever.