Shaking the Stereotypes

Even destinations suffer from stereotypes. Take my American home state of Colorado, for example.

Many people picture this region filled with steep mountains and mounds of snow. Never mind that we see some 300 days of sunshine a year. It’s taken years to convince my California cousins that we aren’t buried under the white stuff year round.

Yet for all my complaining about Colorado stereotypes, I’m guilty of holding my own misconceptions about several places.

One of those is the state of Michigan. Having never been there, I only knew it was in “the north” (aka “the cold part of the USA”) and that Detroit, its biggest city, is the center of American automobile manufacturing.

Thankfully, I’ve learned that Michigan has much, much more to offer, from beautiful lake country to one of America’s most unique islands (see Somewhere in Time in this month’s issue.)

This is the beauty of travel. It opens our eyes, dispelling falsehoods and revealing truths we would never have known otherwise.

In this issue of Go World Travel, we hope to introduce you to some little-known sides of well-known destinations. In Of Cattle and Cowboys senior editor Heike Schmidt visits a huge working cattle ranch in Hawaii. And in The Art of the Outburst, Italian-American Susan Van Allen explores the roots of the customs she grew up with.

In Quokka Country, koalas move over to give a strange rat-like marsupial center stage. And in Village Life, Liz Hafer gives us an inside look at a small community in Vietnam.

These are just a few of the destinations in this month’s Go World Travel. Working on these pieces opened our eyes just a little more — and we hope they do the same for you.

Happy travels!

Janna Graber, Managing Editor