“What are your favorite travel magazines?” When you write a travel blog, people are curious to know what you read for enjoyment and inspiration. Sometimes they ask for gift recommendations for the travelers in their lives…or what they should subscribe to for themselves.
This is not an easy question to answer. Everyone has a unique travel style. Budget and interests are factors, too. Plus the choice of domestic or international, Then there is the mode of travel: trains, planes, or automobiles?
One travel magazine does not fit every person. For example, I neither travel by RV nor sailboat. I’m not a camper. I prefer hotels, but the thought of paying $500+ for a single night makes me break into a cold sweat. I love, love, love international destinations but am realistic about where I am actually likely to go. And I’m starting to pay more attention to several U.S. regions. You certainly have your own tastes and wish lists. All of these determine which subscriptions will be best.
Still, there are some mighty nice travel magazines out there. I subscribe to a few, but I also switch around from year to year. If you just like tidbits or you’re cutting back on mail, most magazine websites offer a newsletter. Saves time and money.
Many of us like to hold our reading material. We mark pages and tear out articles. If that’s you let’s look at some categories to get things started.
Travel + Leisure: The #1 travel magazine in the world. Trip ideas of every type and lots of useful information. 12 issues a year–and there’s always a subscription special.
Condé Nast Traveler: Some may disagree, but I find both magazines to be similar, although I do like CNT’s tagline: “At home in the world.” 8 issues a year for almost the same price as T + L.
I don’t subscribe to either of these. I can leaf through them at the library or visit their websites. They’re pretty and newsy, but too upscale and trendy for my purposes.
AFAR: I love everything about AFAR, from the quality of the paper to photos accompanying the feature stories. There was a recent story on Le Creuset cookware, with its history and all the colors available. 6 issues a year, which means I don’t get overwhelmed.
National Geographic Traveler: The name says it all. In-depth articles about fascinating places. Less of the “beautiful people” fluff. Get 6 issues a year for anyone who loves travel. Get it for yourself, too.
I alternate between these two lovelies. Right now, I’m getting AFAR. Either one is fabulous!
Lonely Planet: LP is recent into the travel magazine market, within the past few years. If you know and use their guidebooks, a subscription is worth your while. It totally matches the “off the beaten-path” philosophy. 4 issues a year for less than $10.
airbnbmag: It was only a matter of time till Airbnb launched a travel magazine. And they have done a really good job of it. The first issue was mid-2017…and I look forward to many more. Another quarterly subscription, it focuses more on local spots and human interest stories.
Because they’re new, I’m trying them both…and they have super introductory rates. I’m not sure yet if I’ll continue, but I am enjoying them.
No matter where you live, there is a magazine that covers your region. I’m from the Midwest, so I get Midwest Living. When I lived in Seattle, I loved Sunset‘s Pacific Northwest edition. In Florida, I subscribed to Southern Living. It’s fun to find out what’s going on within a short drive or where to go for a weekend getaway. Learn more about local communities and history.
Cities have great magazines, too. I don’t subscribe to Chicago, because I read it at the library. Sometimes I drop by Barnes & Noble to look at other city magazines. Even large towns have publications. If you’re more of a homebody than global nomad, you may enjoy getting each issue.
Tell me what your travel interests are, and I will direct you to a magazine. Don’t believe the folks who say that print media is obsolete. There are hundreds of travel magazines. If there’s a topic you’re looking for, just leave me a comment. To give you an idea, here are a few that I’ve enjoyed:
American Road: Yes, it’s all about road trips. I’ll be honest: it’s full of ads. But it also has some cool features that include maps and descriptions of road trips all over the United States. Four issues a year.
Travel 50 & Beyond: For the “mature” traveler, it covers a little bit of everything, including cruises. An easy read, it’s published 4 times a year.
Coastal Living: Technically not an all-travel magazine, but a pretty and pleasant way to pass a winter evening. For those who love water and beaches, it’s a “virtual vacation.”
Preservation: When you join the National Trust for Historic Preservation for $15, you get this cool magazine that highlights places with restored buildings and neighborhoods, as well as information on the beautiful Historic Hotels of America.
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