EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

Signature Travel & Lifestyle - - Contents - Cathy Wagstaff, Edi­tor cathy­wagstaff@sig­na­ture­me­dia.com.au @cathy­wagstaff_sig­na­ture­lux­ury @sig­na­ture­lux­u­ry­travel

Last year ended on a high as our most suc­cess­ful year in over 20 years of pub­lish­ing so we took to the high seas to cel­e­brate. Well, maybe just Syd­ney Har­bour on an ex­cep­tion­ally sleek yacht. Cham­pagne in hand, we toasted our suc­cess, our in­cred­i­bly pas­sion­ate team and, of course, our read­ers and clients, who sup­port us and give such great feed­back on our pub­li­ca­tions.

I take this op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce you to our newly ap­pointed as­sis­tant edi­tor, Amelia Hunger­ford. Amelia joined us as an in­tern six years ago and has worked dili­gently to at­tain this ti­tle and be­come a much ad­mired and in­te­gral part of our team. It is a bless­ing to work with her.

In our first is­sue this year we have trav­elled far and wide to bring you in­spi­ra­tion for your own travel plans.

We look at winer­ies with exclusive of­fer­ings, from driving a Fer­rari though Tus­cany to horse­back rid­ing through the vine­yards of Vik Chile to ar­riv­ing by sea­plane on the Swan River to taste ‘art se­ries’ wines. Who wouldn’t want to do one of th­ese? With craft gin con­tin­u­ing its me­te­oric rise, we un­cover the best gin bars around the globe, while pho­to­jour­nal­ist Dan Avila shares all the side­ways ac­tion from Porsche’s ice-driving event in Mon­treal. Need­less to say, he was over the moon about spend­ing a few days at the wheel of some thrilling 911 Car­reras.

Matthew Upchurch, CEO of the Vir­tu­oso net­work of lux­ury travel ad­vi­sors, once told me that Antarc­tica’s White Desert is one of his all-time travel favourites. Our writer Tracey Porter speaks with co­founder Pa­trick Wood­head and dis­cov­ers how this be­came the ul­ti­mate ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion. As for me, I headed off on my first trip to the Red Cen­tre and the high­light (and a big sur­prise to my daughters, know­ing my aver­sion to camp­ing) was sleep­ing in a swag un­der the stars. This was not just any swag, how­ever, as you will read.

Amelia be­gan her year by head­ing off to Paris and New York (via Ice­land), tick­ing off some of her dream ho­tels along the way. Keep a look out for our win­ter is­sue to see the pho­tos, cap­tured by Fly­tog­ra­pher, of her and her part­ner Christo­pher danc­ing around the streets of Mont­martre.

Happy read­ing and happy trav­els.

“IT’S BET­TER TO SEE SOME­THING ONCE THAN TO HEAR ABOUT IT A THOU­SAND TIMES.” Anony­mous

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