Holidays for Couples Holidays for Couples Apr-Sep 2017 - Page 11

ed’s letter Indian Ocean from the editor... MALDIVES, SEYCHELLES, MAURITIUS, SRI LANKA Wildlife Safari offers the finest in luxury resorts and private hidaways to the most idyllic and exotic islands of the Indian Ocean. Contact Wildlife Safari, the Indian Ocean specialists, for a copy of our brochure or for details of our honeymoon packages. 1 800 998 558 Have you ever been on a holiday and suddenly, unexpectedly, realised you were having one of those moments? A moment you could never plan for? A moment you know you’ll never forget? I found myself in this incredible position on a recent trip to Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Walking around a remote village on the banks of the Irrawaddy River we happened upon an extraordinary scene: Buddhist monks shaving the heads of young boys who were about to undergo a traditional initiation ceremony before entering a monastery. And then we were invited inside to actually witness the ceremony. What a blessing. I love five-star resorts and luxury retreats as much as the next person, but it’s these moments that travel is really made of. You can read more about magical Myanmar from page 68, plus a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey across Rajasthan, starting on page 42 – the colours of India never cease to amaze me. We also spend 48 hours in Bangkok (p77), go bar-hopping in Budapest (p32), take a nine-day sailing adventure on a traditional Indonesian boat (p62) and highlight some of the most Instagrammable places in Bali (p52). Back at home, we’ve combed the length and breadth of this wide brown land to compile 50 of the most incredible things to do in Australia this year. Whatever your passion, there’s something here for all loved-up couples (p100). Putting this magazine together is always, always the most frustratingly wonderful thing to do. Why is it wonderful? Well, because it’s a travel magazine. We live for travel and love putting Holidays for Couples together for you. Every page has been carefully curated to bring you adventures and experiences we think all couples should try, in destinations we know you’ll love. And why is it frustrating? Again, because it’s a travel magazine! We only have so many pages to fill, and so there are endless incredible stories that simply never make it to print. Luckily, we have our website where we can bring you even more travel inspiration from around this beautiful world, so be sure to check out Happy travels Registered Operator No. TO1053 AFRICA | INDIA | INDIAN OCEAN GINNY CUMMING Editor 9