Sorry Sam, Ive been informed that he has a subscription to National Geographic Magazine as opposed to National Geographic Traveller Magazine - my mistake. Sorry for getting your hopes up.
HOwever, feel free to ask me anything about the March issue of NG magazine.
Hihi, yes, good people, there is a separate travellers magazine which contains very nice pics as you're used to in the 'regular NG' but is focused on travel and different destinations. I've only had a look through it twice, but it's quite good. I am not sure if it actually comes out every month. Here in Norway they have to import it and it doesn't come in except for once every 8 weeks, but that might be a European version which is published less...
Ok guys and gals...
I found a copy of the National Geographic Traveller March 2005 issue!!! Woo hoo!! It was a bit of a mission. The edition I saw and didn't buy that day (12th/13th April) was actually the April issue. I went to Melbourne airport last week and saw the March issue on the shelf but didn't buy it as I thought I had already bought it but had left it in Queensland. Once I got home I rang my Queensland home and found out that I had the Dec/Jan issue!!! Bah!!!
Today I had to make another trip to Melbourne airport and I went to the bookstore where I previously saw the March issue and low and behold it was still there! So I bought it...
Now as to whether TP was mentioned in the Online Travel Communities article...
Disappointingly it wasn't! The mag had interviewed people from 2 online communities (should I mention who those communities are?) and there was mention of another 4. Out of the 6 mentioned 3 communities were general travel groups and 3 were specific to certain criteria - for example women travellers or gay travellers.
The article was basically saying that people (travellers) use the 'communities'/forums to trade travel tips and sometimes meet up in person. Through the online comminities travellers are able to get up to date info that they can't get out of books - such as updates on the tsunami affected areas.
There's also mention that "community comes at a price: time." As some of us know, it's easy to spend a few hours a day browsing and posting in the TP forums!
The gist of the article was about having access to people with localised knowledge of an area/region. If you get stuck, get in contact with someone who can help you out or show you around.
Finally, in many cases, travelling is about the people you meet. Before, through online communities, and during your travels and then keeping in touch with them post-journey.
Those BASTARDS!!! How dare they NOT mention TP??!!!
So true on the time point. But worth every minute
Well done, soapsuds for locating & outlining the article from the elusive National Geographic Traveller March 2005 issue