I grew up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Like almost everyone in my Colorado hometown, I used the hills for recreation, relaxing … even as a navigation tool to get through town. (“Just remember that the mountains are to the west,” my dad always said whenever I got lost.) I couldn’t imagine a view that didn’t include a ragged range of peaks splayed across the horizon.
But then as a teenager, I saw the ocean for the first time, and a life-long love affair was born. I was awestruck by the power of the sea, the vast array of life it held, and the feel of sand between my toes. Years have passed since then, but I still love the water. A boat sits in my garage (yes, there are very few lakes here in the Rockies, but it’s still water!), and whenever we vacation, we head for the ocean.
I’m especially fascinated by islands, those tiny slips of land cut off from everything else by the sea. Their rich cultures are each unique, a distinctive experience to explore and savor. This month in Go World Travel, we celebrate the wonders of island life.
Richard Varr soaks in the colonial history of Barbados, while Eric Lucas relaxes to the rhythms of Tobago. Hawaiian Jon Letman offers some helpful tips on visiting Kauai on a budget, and David Rich heads to the exotic realms of Zanzibar.
From the warmth of the islands, we take you to the frost-covered lands of Iceland, and then to an elephant nature park in Thailand. Robin Esrock walks on the wilder side with a hike up the rumbling sides of Chile’s Villarica Volcano, and Senior Editor Heike Schmidt gets a few laughs at the Cowboy Downhill Rodeo (yes, they ski!) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
This month we’ll also introduce you to Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, whose characters in The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha offer careful insight into Asian culture. These are just a few of the stories in your January issue of Go World Travel. We hope you enjoy them!
Go World Travel celebrates its third birthday this month — and we have you to thank. We’ve never launched a large marketing campaign, but have relied on word of mouth to spread the news. If you have friends who love to travel, please pass us on.
We’ve got big plans for Go World Travel in 2006, and we’ll hope you’ll stay tuned to enjoy these new features. But most of all, we thank you for exploring the world with us. We’re glad for the company.
Janna Graber, Managing Editor
Go World Travel Magazine