The Best Travel Magazines.
The newsstands are packed full of magazines promising you dreams of faraway places, filled with glossy images of paradise isles and tales from backpacking free spirits. The travel magazine industry is big business and there are so many different ones to choose from, how do you even begin to decide which one to buy?
First and foremost it is important to assess what kind of traveller you are. Do you like roughing it in uncharted territories or do you prefer going on relaxing cruises or do you enjoy following the tourist trail and visiting as many historic landmarks as possible? Once you have established who you are and what type of traveling you enjoy doing, then you can start to narrow down you magazine options. Here is our pick of the top travel magazines out there:
Wanderlust magazine is the UK’s leading magazine for people with a passion for travel. Launched in 1993 by Paul Morrison and Lyn Hughes,the magazine had an initial print run of 5,000, which has now risen to over 100,000 and boasts subscribers in 112 countries. Morrison, when describing the magazine, said “The name says it all – you’ve either got it or you haven’t. And once you’ve got wanderlust in your blood you’ve got it for life”. With inspirational travel articles, quirky features, reviews and tips, Wanderlust is the go-to handbook for the adventurous traveller.
Travel+Leisure magazine helps readers discover where to find the best destinations, the best hotels, the best shopping and the best food. It is aimed at holiday makers who want to get the best deals without having to make sacrifices on their holiday experiences. Aimed at readers who want to relax and escape their hectic lives, Travel+Leisure includes insider travel tips, informative destination guides and makes perfect reading material in the airport taxi when you are en route to the destination of your dreams.
Condé Nast Traveller is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine for people who enjoy the finer things in life. Oozing style, sophistication and glamour from it’s glossy pages, this premier magazine takes us on journeys to breathtaking locations and is aimed at the traveller who enjoys adventure, culture and after dinner cocktails on a private beach. The perfect coffee table magazine, Conde Nast Traveller offers the essential guide to inspirational travel and is the most discerning and trusted monthly travel magazine in Britain.
There is also a new breed of independent travel magazines out there, such as Boat. This inspired travel magazine focuses on a different city with each issue and sees the editorial team physically move their studio to that particular city, so as to fully immerse themselves in their work. They work with the locals to find and tell stories that would otherwise not be heard. The about us page on their website sums their mission up perfectly: The locals get to decide what they want the world to know about their city, and we work day and night to uncover stories that don’t usually get told. This inside/outside approach to a city keeps the perspectives varied and balanced and the overall content raw and often surprising. Digging deep in each city, Boat Magazine presents gritty, honest, inspiring editorial through interviews, features, stunning photography, personal profiles, artwork and fiction.Our aim is to act as a great big RESET button – changing and updating readers’ perceptions of what the city is actually like. Because we spend a good amount of time in each city, you won’t get the typical fly-by top 10 lists, tourist hotspots or new openings – you’ll actually get to meet the locals, learn some secrets, and be inspired by these cities that are full of life and passion.
These are just a few of the many travel magazines available and although they all offer different reading experiences, they all have one common feature – they all love the world we live in and want to share the wonders with their readers.