Editor’s Letter issue #110
What an adventure this has been!
For the past several months, our team at Vacations & Travel have been working diligently to prepare this relaunch autumn issue. We hope you will love our refreshed, contemporary aesthetic!
Inside, loyal V&T readers will still find what they have always admired in our pages – stunning photography, first-person stories written by professional journalists, and coverage of both new destinations and uncovering new angles from well-visited regions. We also continue our Tried & Tested reviews of hotels, restaurants, cruise ships and aircraft – as well as the latest news in travel, cruise, spa and wellness, wine and dine, and hotels and resorts.
While we have been a well-loved Australian travel magazine since 1983, all successful brands must continue to evolve and innovate, and so we are also excited to be unveiling a number of new sections too – Vacation Essentials, V&T Creatives, Trending, V&T Family, sustainability features, more foodie stories and an Editor’s Picks of great design projects being unveiled around the world.
You can navigate all our content through our new section openers, grouping our pages into Travel Talk, Journey & Venture, Connection and #Culinary, #Design and #Hotels&Resorts sections.
Each issue, we’ll be focussed around a particular theme and in these pages, we’re talking all things Adventure…
Our writers have explored South Georgia in the Antarctic region; the incredible ski options in Wanaka and Queenstown; the world’s best dive sites; the wide open spaces of Colorado; the sustainability-conscious Cook Islands and the must-try street foods of Istanbul.
I invite you to lose yourself in our stunning photo essay (page 42) about a highly ethical elephant sanctuary in Laos where visitors walk through the jungle with these amazing animals to forage for food. When I received these images from talented Australian photojournalist Leigh Griffith, I admit my eyes welled up. I was so moved by the beauty of these endangered creatures and importantly, the efforts that staff at MandaLao Elephant Conservation are going to in order to give former work elephants a better life, as well as providing visitors with an insight into these much-loved mammals. I hope you too will be moved by Leigh’s incredible visual story-telling.
I had the good fortune to head off on an adventure myself to one of Asia’s most anticipated new openings – the luxury tented camp Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia’s South Cardamom National Park (which opened in December) where I literally ziplined into the property for a stay alongside a scenic waterfall. I was reminded on this trip of something that always profoundly resonates with me when exploring somewhere new – that despite our different cultures, religions, ways of life and beliefs, we are all connected through our humanity. Sometimes, the adventures come simply when we have the courage to step outside of our own comfort zone.
Katrina Holden, Editor