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11. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

I don't subscribe to any (or any magazines of any description), though admit that i have a bad habit when i'm wandering around Europe and have time to kill between trains etc, of going into the papershop/whatever and browsing them there, especially Nat Geo which has a reliably large circulation. I've probably read 80% of all their articles in the last 10years or so, yet have only ever bought 1 copy.

I find that many of the normal travel magazines just don't interest me that much - they are either too basic wit their coverage, too extreme, or dealing with the sorts of places/trips/budgets that i'm not interested in, and i can rarely justify the cost

12. Posted by Highfall (Full Member 26 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Travel magazines = unreality in my opinion.

Gotta agree with that, travel magazines are filled with paradise like pictures and color perfect photographs of places a normal traveler won't see or have access to, unless they rent a helicopter or have some serious funds to spend. I don't subscribe to any travel magazines, but I do subscribe to a norwegian skiing/surfing magazine called "Fri Flyt". Great stuff, lets me dream about a perfect wave or untouched mountains, which contains many places an average joe can travel to, and if you're lucky, get perfect conditions. Though, it always looks better in the pictures ;)

13. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y

I am another Wanderlust fan, but nowadays I only buy it if there is an article of particular interest to me. When I do buy it, its a cover to cover job. I find that they tend to cover more unusual destinations and particularly aim more at what I would call 'travellers' rather than 'tourists'.

I am looking forward to finding this new magazine produced by LP. In fact I shall go and seek it out now....

14. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's read the new LP magazine? Don't think it will reach asia any time soon for me to get a read!

Online magazines or article places like matador don't catch on for me. Though I do like roadjunky.com, down to earth rough and well laid out. With surprisingly good advise. Albeit some may take offense. Again would be interested to hear if anyone else likes that site

15. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

I have read Wanderlust, and liked it....I read Transitions Abroad, when I can find it....Canada has a good one called OUTPOST that caters more towards our kind of travelling...
The thing is, all the articles are sort of Pro WHEREVER. I would prefer articles that dealt with the truth of a place rather than upselling the place. I'm not looking for negativity...Just realism. "L Ceiba is great...but the taxis all rip you off, and the water sux."

16. Posted by KarW (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

There is so much useful info about travel on the internet these days, that you don't really need to buy magazines.

17. Posted by girds (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Travel magazines are great, they can give you the spark to go somewhere new or give you a quick glance at something you previously knew little about.

Its too easy to become distracted or lost online searching for info and personal opinions can vary wildly on places to visit.

Magazines can be the seed that grows to a real adventure. sometimes just one photograph can make you think to yourself " I have to see that".

18. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

immore of a travel novel person. i just dont get enough out of one article and a few nice pictures. i get all wound up when i read about ppls personal stories in certain places and the foods they ate n the ppl they met... theyre far better in my opinion, magazines are just for the rich ppl who go to resorts and dont do much but lay about trying to escape their jobs. n theyre full of ads. bah.

19. Posted by Yeah (Budding Member 67 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

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.

One can get a bit tired of rading about the 'mythical' female orgasm after a while.

I cant afford to subscribe to any travel magazines, but my parents subscribe to vagabond, so i read it when i visit them. I think its swedish, but also comes out here in norway. In my opinion they are good for ideas for places to visit, as they give you a better picture of what to do in certain destination and what kind of places they are, than rough guides do. Also good for day dreaming.

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