from the editor

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

There are (de­pend­ing on who you be­lieve) 196 coun­tries in the world to­day. How many have you been to? I con­stantly have this ‘dis­cus­sion’ with my cousin, who lives in Lon­don. She reg­u­larly brags that she has been to more coun­tries than I have. Trou­ble is when I went to Yu­goslavia it was 1 coun­try…to­day it’s 6 and that’s what my cousin hangs her hat on!

I travel to the U.S., on av­er­age, twice a year…and I love the place. The di­ver­sity of the 50 states – it’s like 50 unique coun­tries rolled in to one. Let’s hope it stays that way! And I have been lucky enough to go to places as di­verse as Port­land (Ore­gon), New Or­leans, Mem­phis, Chicago, Orlando and San Fran­cisco to name just a few.

Over the past few years we have also seen in ex­cess of a 10% year-on-year in­crease in the num­ber of Amer­i­cans vis­it­ing our fair shores…and long may that con­tinue.

So, de­spite what is hap­pen­ing at 1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue NW, in Washington D.C. (iron­i­cally a city I will be vis­it­ing for the very first time later this year), Let’s Travel will con­tinue to pro­mote the U.S. of A. in all it’s (Old) Glory.

But let’s not for­get the other 195 coun­tries that we could pro­mote in Let’s Travel. In this is­sue Rod­er­ick Eime shows off the beau­ti­ful Kim­ber­ley re­gion in north­ern Western Aus­tralia, Shane Boocock con­tin­ues his RV trip through Utah, Liz Light has a fun, foodie tour of Viet­nam and first-time con­trib­u­tor, Raw­don Christie, ex­cels in show­cas­ing Hawai’i. Me? I get to min­gle with the rich and fa­mous in Monaco. Live long and pros­per!!!

“In a time of do­mes­tic cri­sis, men of good­will and gen­eros­ity should be able to unite re­gard­less of party or pol­i­tics” John F. Kennedy 1917 – 1963 (35th Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica)

Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco Credit: Robyn McKen­zie

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