from the editor
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