From the ed­i­tor-in-chief

Vacations & Travel - - From the Editor-in-chief -


The say­ing, “ev­ery­thing old is new again” is apt, as I have re­cently slipped into the ed­i­tor-in-chief’s chair left va­cant by An­thony Gal­lagher. An­thony and I started work­ing to­gether on Va­ca­tions back in 2000, the year Syd­ney had the Olympic Games, and my first child started kinder­garten.

I was in the chair then, and while some things have changed (said child is now 23), the pages of Va­ca­tions & Travel are like a sec­ond skin for me. (Iron­i­cally, it’s now An­thony with the young child and mine are adults.)

Given my love of Amer­ica, I’m ex­cited that this is­sue has a swag of sto­ries to update you on favourite des­ti­na­tions and in­fuse you with en­thu­si­asm to ex­plore new places. For vis­i­tors to

New York, we seek out some of the best places to shop up a storm. In Hawaii, we go ‘doors off’ in a he­li­copter tour over Ki­lauea on the Big Is­land.

We ex­plore the Reno and Ta­hoe ar­eas of Nevada, from Reno and

Vir­ginia City to Car­son Val­ley, where our writer faces her fears and takes to the sky in a glider for the very first time.

We discover that not only is

Austin, Texas weird, but batty, with the nightly flight from un­der­neath the Ann W. Richards Congress Av­enue Bridge at­tract­ing vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike. Also in Texas, we visit Grapevine, a wine-pro­duc­ing, steam train run­ning, his­toric town just 10 min­utes from

DFW In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Across the At­lantic in Ire­land, we delve into Dublin’s lively din­ing scene with a local food writer, while in Shanghai we taste our way through the streets. In Tokyo, we shoot for the stars – Miche­lin Stars – Tokyo be­ing home to the most three-starred restau­rants in the world as well as bar­gain-starred restau­rants with meals for around $10.

Leav­ing the neon lights of Tokyo behind, we take a timeless trek along the wooded paths of the his­toric Ku­mano Kodo walk, where pil­grims have been walk­ing for 1,000 years.

In Europe, we name 20 of the best hotel spas, with all sorts of treat­ments ded­i­cated to the pur­suit of pam­per­ing, and in Innsbruck, ad­mire the spec­tac­u­lar moun­tains and sun-drenched his­toric city centre.

In Australia, we for­age for bush tucker at Ay­ers Rock Re­sort, and discover the many de­lights of the Peel Region in West­ern Australia. We re­visit Ethiopia, smell the spices and take in the sights of Ben­galuru in In­dia, and for fun in the sun, we pack the sun block (reef friendly of course) and soak up the smiles and tra­di­tions of the Solomon Is­lands and the Cook Is­lands.

And for cruise buffs, we look into the colour­ful his­to­ries of two im­pres­sive com­pa­nies – True North Ad­ven­ture Cruises in the Kimberley and Hol­land Amer­ica Line’s seven-decade re­la­tion­ship with Alaska.

To keep your travel ap­petite sated be­tween is­sues, visit our web­site and sign up to our weekly news­let­ter, V&T Sun­day Trav­eller, and if you have any des­ti­na­tions you would love to read about in our glossy pages, drop me a line at vte­d­i­[email protected]­ris­me­

Safe trav­els, He­len Hayes Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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