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Travel Magazines, do you actually read them?

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1. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

Hi Folks,

I was recently given a sneak peak at one of Nat Geo's new magazines. Glossy photo's and very well presented, as one would expect. I even remember taking out a one year subscription to the original magazine some time ago.

I really do enjoy the photography, and some of the more unusual articles. Sadly the unusual one's are often times too short for me.

Having said all that I must admit I did find the substance a little lacking though. Glossy ad's for ski breaks and resorts here and there. The photo's seemed so good, that I even wondered if they were plausible. Then I read an article from a freelancer you explained the intense 'photo shoots' involved. No candid photography here. That said, they are highly impressive. The article content often paling in comparison (at least for me ).

There are a slew of travel magazines out there. As are there a slew of different travelers out there. Different tastes for different folks.

Personally I prefer online info. But will admit that the odd travel mag name destination seems to mean more. Hence I once had a coffee table of NG's.

Do you subscribe, buy on a whim, buy for interest, or just buy for coffee table musings? What do you think of todays travel magazines?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

No! Very, very rarely. For some reason, reading travel magazines usually just makes me depressed--I guess cause I'm not wherever they're writing about. Mind, I love watching The Amazing Race, but that's cause I get all butterfly-y whenever they show a bit where I've visited before.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

I'm a junkie for them I'm afraid, and I tend to agree with you Outcast about the articles in them. I LOVE National Geographic and National Geographic Travel, but I'm currently on a photography magazine buzz, so I haven't bought them in a couple of months. I suspect that a lot of the really thought provoking "out there" articles get bumped for ones that have a broader appeal. And correct me if I'm wrong, but I really feel like National Geographic Travel is directed mainly at the American market. (?)

Travel mags can just depress me a little too because they seem to exacerbate that awful case of itchy feet that I just can't get rid of , but they are good to get lost in when you've had enough of the doom and gloom of The Economist. Some times you need an escape, and travel magazines are definitely worth spending the money on I think compared to glossy girly magazines.

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I love Nat Geo, mainly because they have articles that actually interest me. I agree that they can be a bit shallow compared to the photographs, but when you are 16-year-old German with a fixation on the English language they are great. I was tired of reading my English textbook cover to cover over and over, but not yet up to reading full-lenght novels or newpapers like Independent or The Times. So I picked up old Nat Geo issues in English for 1 DEM each. I enjoyed deciphering every word and to this day hang on to the mags I bought during this time. They did more for my education than my 9th-12th year English and Geography textbooks combined.

And if you complain about the niveau of the Nat Geo articles, try to survive a month with nothing to read but women's mags. Whether it is the Cosmopolitan or plain yellow press discussing the love life of stars, you can feel your brain cells dying with every letter.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

And if you complain about the niveau of the Nat Geo articles, try to survive a month with nothing to read but women's mags. Whether it is the Cosmopolitan or plain yellow press discussing the love life of stars, you can feel your brain cells dying with every letter.

Ohmygoodness! I stayed with my sister for a month a few years back, and since I got up 2 hours before the rest of the house, I spend mornings rummaging through her Cosmo collection. What trash! I don't know who's more brain dead--people who read that stuff, or people who write it.

I finally stumbled on her boyfriend's FHM collection which, although rather male-skewed, was at least a good read.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

I used to read the Travel + Leisure magazine because it was a perk from American Express (along with their Food & Wine magazine). Once they started charging a subscription fee then the relationship was over. It had interesting articles but was basically an advertising venue for the businesses associated with AmEx - more ads than substance. Now, the only "travel" magazine that we subscribe to is Sport Diver and that is actually a perk of our PADI membership. I do pick up the travel mags that occasionally surface while sitting in some waiting room somewhere. (Beats reading year old copies of Ladies Home Journal or Field & Stream.)

I like magazines, versus sitting in front of a computer, just for that reason. I can take the mag with me. But, I agree that the articles are usually overshadowed by all the ads, always too short and subscriptions are getting to be quite expensive. (Thought that was the whole purpose of overloading with ads - to cover costs.)

Other than Sport Diver, we also get Popular Science (no travel-related stories there) and two cooking mags (Bon Apetit & Saveur). I love Saveur because they cover cuisine from around the world and the pics are always wonderful - of the country, not necessarily the food. Those make me want to travel to see the places in the stories and as a side benefit, sample the fare.

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I subsribe to Wanderlust and get it sent to me in NZ from the UK! I used to subsribe when i was living over there, and once i moved here I didn't want to miss out on it. I read it from cover to cover and I love it. I get NG mags from time to time and think they are pretty good but I'm not necessarily interested in all the articles, and I agree with Ev that it is tailored towards an American audience to a certain extent.

When I lived in the UK I also used to read the travel sections of the broadsheet newspapers which I found really good.

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Travel magazines = unreality in my opinion. I've never seen one that talks in terms of the backpacker. Too bad Rough Guides don't put one out, but these days starting a new magazine is simply out of the question (online is where the industry seems to be headed). I too never miss my Sunday night's Amazing Race. I just don't understand why it doesn't have copycats? And why are the contestants only American?

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Yeah Wanderlust is definitely one of the better ones out there! I used to devour that when I lived in New Zealand, even though it used to set me back $15 every issue because it was imported.

10. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

Too bad Rough Guides don't put one out, but these days starting a new magazine is simply out of the question

Weird..... I have just subscribed to a brand new magazine, literally 2 minutes ago, from Lonely Planet!!! Not Rough Guides but nearest thing to it. I found a promo for 3 copies for £1. I will let you know if it's any good as soon as the first one comes through.