From the edi­tor

Let's Travel - - NEWS - Gary Dick­son EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

It never ceases to amaze me the ex­tent to which New Zealan­ders travel. I have bumped in to so many Ki­wis all over the globe in some of the most un­likely places. From a se­cluded beach in Corfu, Greece to a train trip across the Rock­ies and from a bar in a seedy sub­urb of Cape Town to the most el­e­gant restau­rant in New Or­leans. We must surely be one of the most trav­elled pop­u­la­tions on the planet.

And, I have to say, I am lucky (very lucky) to be in­volved in this busi­ness and thus able to bring you some of my own ex­pe­ri­ences and travel sto­ries first hand.

I have to say that over the past (al­most) five years since we started Let’s Travel my opin­ion on a cou­ple of des­ti­na­tions has changed dra­mat­i­cally. Places I once wouldn’t have given the time of day to have changed my mind.

I sup­pose, if I am hon­est, the main one would be the U.S.A. Once upon a time I was happy to have been to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia with my (then) young fam­ily. To­day, I can’t get enough of the huge di­ver­sity that is the Good Ol’ US of A. You’ll see two of my ar­ti­cles in this is­sue alone, along with a cou­ple from some good friends and col­leagues.

Since Brand USA launched it­self in to the NZ mar­ket­place just on a year ago NZ vis­i­tors to the states have in­creased by 20% and I’d like to think we at Let’s Travel have had a hand in that. Af­ter all, if you don’t read our ar­ti­cles then head to your lo­cal travel agent, or book it yourself on­line, how else will you find out about the amaz­ing things there are to do and see in all 50 states.

Keep your eye out for our 5th an­niver­sary is­sue com­ing your way in Au­gust.

Live long and pros­per!

"The worst thing about be­ing a tourist is hav­ing other tourists recog­nise you as a tourist.”

-Rus­sell Baker (1925-)

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