Travel and ad­ven­ture

Good - - EDITORIAL -

Trav­el­ling can be a won­der­ful re­set, which is why we’ve ded­i­cated a big chunk of this sum­mer is­sue to ad­ven­ture and hol­i­day plan­ning.

The start of a new year is a time for dream­ing and an op­por­tu­nity to strate­gi­cally plan some well-spaced breaks for the com­ing year. So, check out The

Good Travel Guide (pages 64 to 73) cov­er­ing some of the world’s best eco and eth­i­cal des­ti­na­tions glob­ally and lo­cally.

Each year tourists travel to New Zealand for the scenery, hik­ing, cy­cling, wine tast­ing, wildlife and stargaz­ing. I ad­mit I re­turned from my overseas ex­pe­ri­ence in Lon­don many years ago with a fresh ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what our coun­try has to of­fer and now take reg­u­lar spon­ta­neous mini-breaks to make the most of the magic, which can be as cost-ef­fec­tive as throw­ing the tent in the car and driv­ing some­where new.

I love off­shore travel too and in 2017 was lucky enough to travel to Buenos Aires for a week’s hol­i­day (Air New Zealand now fly there di­rect), and Niue for four days with Well­ness Re­treats NZ. On each oc­ca­sion I re­turned feel­ing in­vig­o­rated and in­spired.

An overseas ad­ven­ture opens your eyes to other cul­tures and dif­fer­ent ways of do­ing and think­ing about things. It cre­ates won­der­ful ‘a-ha’ mo­ments as well as greater per­spec­tive and un­der­stand­ing of this in­cred­i­ble world that we are part of. That’s why we’re stoked to be of­fer­ing

read­ers the op­por­tu­nity to win a trip of a life­time, for two, in this is­sue with eth­i­cal travel com­pany G Ad­ven­tures. Yes, if you are the win­ner you will get to choose be­tween three amaz­ing travel itin­er­ar­ies to ei­ther Cam­bo­dia, Viet­nam or In­dia (see com­pe­ti­tion de­tails on this page, and trip de­tails on page 73).

Good’s as­sis­tant ed­i­tor Natalie Cyra trav­elled to In­dia with G Ad­ven­tures in 2017 and it was a jour­ney she will never for­get for all the right rea­sons. G Ad­ven­tures is also a so­cial en­ter­prise, pro­vid­ing au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ences for trav­ellers while also em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the coun­tries they do busi­ness in through its wealth dis­tri­bu­tion model that en­sures money spent on these tours ben­e­fits those economies.

So­cial en­ter­prise is a global move­ment – a busi­ness model where com­pa­nies give back to so­ci­ety as well as mak­ing a profit. Turn to page 34 to read about so­cial en­ter­prise com­pa­nies mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in New Zealand, and tips for how to build one.

So, what are your am­bi­tions and dreams for 2018?

And, if you could travel any­where in the world, where would you go?

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