To celebrate our Next Generation issue of Herald Travel, we're looking for the next big thing in travel writing.

Are you a young writer, adventure enthusiast or budding travel blogger? Or do you have one in your whanau?

Herald Travel is looking for New Zealand's best young travel writer and we want to publish your work within the pages of our magazine and on our website.

If you (or someone you know) is at intermediate, secondary school or first year of university, then you're eligible to enter.


All you have to do is create a 500-word travel essay, giving a detailed, entertaining and creative account of your most memorable holiday, adventure or travel experience.

Submit it below in one of two categories — either intermediate/secondary school or university.

The Travel Editor will select the best entry in each category, with winning entries being published in Travel and online at

Competition closes at 11.59pm Sunday April 12. For entry guidelines see the full terms and conditions.
●Your opening sentences are key — think about how you would summarise your holiday to a friend if you only had a few seconds to do so
●Let your creativity flow
●Use your own personal perspectives — let your voice shine through the words
●Make interesting and creative references and use a range of language — add "colour" to your story. Think sounds, aromas, and how things made you feel
●Include quotes from people you met on your excursion