Hello to you all. My name is Liz and like you all I am intrested in travel even though I have not yet had much opportunity to explore what's out there. I'm relatively new to forums and so hope you will be kind and welcoming. I'm a third year Media Studies student at Northampton Uni and am carrying out research on travel magazines. Basically, for my final year project I am producing a Travel magazine of my own and am looking for your opinions on travel magazines. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. If any of you a willing to answer a few questions or even just give a little feedback about travel mags then please reply.
Hi Liz, Feel free to chuck all the questions you want at me (even daft ones - i prefer those), although be aware that i'm away quite abit at the moment so may take a few days or so to reply.
As for a general thoughts on travel mags, i can read as many as i find lying around or people lend me, and i do find them interesting but whilst i will browse in shops, i very rarely buy them. In addition, whilst i do love to read them and find out about all these places/countries etc, it's extremely rare - excepting occassional hintstips as to something odd to see - that i actually find something that is of specific relevance or use to me, or are written by people travelling the same sort of way i do (rare in itself, admitetdly). To me it's an expense that i find hard to justify when trying to save money for travelling when there's nothing there which will actually help or be of personal use, as oposed to general/background interest.
Best of luck with your studies/dissertation/magazine etc
My personal opinion is that travel magazines tend to write similar articles. Reviewing a particular city or country is done in a slightly template-ish way. For example, the article might start with a description of a landscape or activity that is particular or popular to the region, and then lead into various types of entertainment to experience, natural sights to see, etc. As gelli mentionned, nothing really specific to different types of travellers, and mostly nothing original. Not to say they are not useful, because they can be informative. It's just that the information isn't much different from a guide book, with the only difference being the story-like writing rather than the factual of the guide books.
I do read travel magazines, but generally don't use them as a guide for places to go. Instead, I like to read articles about places I have been (it brings back good memories) or read the more story based articles where someone does something different (like working on a ranch or something).
I think the key to a good travel story in a magazine is to draw the reader in with a story. Quotes from people are important, it gives the story a more narrative feel than the "template" feel that travelover mentioned, plus it breaks up the text making it easy to read.
Lots of pictures is always key.
I like OUTPOST magazine, which is available here in Canada.
Thanks to you all for the feedback it's a great help
Keep them coming because I need all the help I can get.
I'll do a questionnaire when I've got a bit more time.
Thanks once again
I am from Northampton too! How small is this world!
I dont know if I am looking in the right places, but all the travel magazines I find seem to be aimed at holidays rather than travelling around the world (not that I have travelled either, just just like to have lots of holidays!) I think it would be good to see a travellers magazine, somthing that includes things that cost next to nothing and good quality budget accomodation rather than 4 and 5* hotels, with lots of pictures of hmm...... everything. And as was mentioned before advice on some more unusual things to do.
Where are you from In Northampton anyway?
Thanks for yours comments Lucy. I'm at uni in Northampton and just live here during term time. Small world.
Global is the best Travel Magazine that i've read, it combines both the 'template' style glut of necessary info but also the story specific to how the journalists trip went, what s/he experienced, warts and all.