from the editor

Let's Travel - - NEWS -

Al­most eight years ago three of us sat down, over a few glasses of good red wine, and made a de­ci­sion to pub­lish “The Best Travel Mag­a­zine in NZ”. We took our time; we wanted to get it right…and 7 years this month Let’s Travel was born. 2009: Michael Jack­son was still alive, along with many other great souls we have lost since then. In­sta­gram had not even started; Face­book and Twit­ter were in their in­fancy and John Key had only just be­come New Zealand’s 38th Prime Min­is­ter.

In a day and age where every­thing is “in­stant this” and “tweet that” it’s with a huge sense of priv­i­lege and pride that we at Let’s Travel mag­a­zine cel­e­brate our 7th an­niver­sary. Yes, we have also em­braced Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram in to our port­fo­lio of mar­ket­ing op­tions, es­pe­cially when we are trav­el­ling, but al­most with­out ex­cep­tion the re­ac­tion from read­ers and ad­ver­tis­ers alike is the qual­ity of the prod­uct we pro­duce is with­out peer in the New Zealand mar­ket.

It’s also re­as­sur­ing to see that the com­mon sym­bol for a 7th an­niver­sary is cop­per, and that cop­per has long had a tra­di­tional mean­ing of pros­per­ity, good luck and good for­tune.

But of course the three of us could not have taken this jour­ney alone…no way! We have a team of very ca­pa­ble and (many) award-win­ning travel writ­ers who have graced these pages, but per­haps the ones that de­serve the most recog­ni­tion are the de­sign team at El­e­ment De­sign who have been our de­sign­ers since in­cep­tion. We thank you all.

Now, sit back, re­lax and en­joy the des­ti­na­tions in this is­sue that are as di­verse as ever. From my trip to Nashville, Ten­nessee, to Tim Roxborogh’s first time ex­plo­ration of Hawai’i and Mark Daf­fey’s jour­ney through the Golden Tri­an­gle of In­dia. Read about Shane Boocock’s Tahi­tian stopover and Deb­o­rah Dick­son-Smith’s ex­plo­ration of The Solomon Is­lands. Live long and pros­per

“Suc­cess­ful peo­ple are the ones who are break­ing the rules.” - Seth Godin (1960 - )

Gary Dick­son EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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