Vacations & Travel - - Contents - Editor-in-Chief He­len Hayes

We apol­o­gise in ad­vance. We know that when you see beau­ti­ful im­ages of sun-drenched is­lands fringed with palm trees with that tan­ta­lis­ing turquoise wa­ter cud­dling up to the shore, it will make you want to be there … now.

Our theme this is­sue is Is­land Es­capes, and we aim to whet your ap­petite for some is­land time. We visit New Cale­do­nia dur­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the World Her­itage list­ing of its mag­nif­i­cent la­goons. We ex­plore Efate in Van­u­atu and head to Espir­itu Santo to ride horses in more of that aqua­ma­rine wa­ter.

Fiji is al­ways on the menu when we think of an is­land hol­i­day and we have some great sug­ges­tions on where to stay. And we can’t talk about is­lands with­out cov­er­ing Hawaii, where we go on a Hawai­ian food crawl around the is­lands.

It’s not all sun and sand. We let the pic­tures tell the story in our lead piece on Patag­o­nia, and hang out with ghouls and ghosts dur­ing the

Day of the Dead in Oax­aca, Mex­ico. New Or­leans turns 300 this year so we see what’s hap­pen­ing in the city they call the Big Easy and in Rwanda, we go go­rilla trekking.

In Asia, we head to Hong

Kong and ex­plore some of the neigh­bour­hoods on the iconic

‘ding ding’ trams that chug and rat­tle around the streets, be­fore head­ing across to Ma­cau.

An award-win­ning au­thor writes all about his ap­pear­ance at the Ubud Writ­ers’ Fes­ti­val in Bali and in Ja­pan, we dis­cover the re­gion around Nikko and the snowy de­lights around To­hoku. V&T also heads out to the rugged Flin­ders Ranges in South Aus­tralia and we check in on Perth, with its new ho­tels, new sta­di­ums and hap­pen­ing vibe. Europe is not for­got­ten, with ex­cel­lent sto­ries on Salzburg and the ever-so-beau­ti­ful

Lake Como, as well as a river cruise around Venice with Uni­world.

In this is­sue, we have a five-day va­ca­tion to Hawaii up for grabs in­clud­ing flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion at The Ka­hala Ho­tel & Re­sort and a US$1000 shop­ping spree from Simon Shop­ping Des­ti­na­tions to be spent at Waikele Pre­mium Out­lets. You have to be a sub­scriber to go in the draw so if you don’t al­ready sub­scribe to our mag­a­zine, you can do that eas­ily on page 35.

To keep your travel ap­petite sated be­tween is­sues, sign up to our news­let­ter, Va­ca­tions & Travel Sun­day

Trav­eller. And if there is a des­ti­na­tion you would love us to cover, send me an email at vte­d­i­tor@mor­ris­me­

In the mean­time, pre­pare to be in­spired to travel and, if you are caught dream­ing about your next hol­i­day at work, we apol­o­gise.

Safe trav­els,

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