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Meredith Jan 29th, 2001 10:55 AM

Travel Magazines
Anyone subscribe to National Geographic Traveler or Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel? I'm interested in getting one or the other but can't decide which. Any opinions? Thanks! <BR> <BR>(Hey, I gotta have something to do when this forum isn't working!) :)

elaine Jan 29th, 2001 11:06 AM

My favorite all around travel publication, and I subscribe to a few, <BR>is International Travel News, a newsprint monthly that is largely written by fellow-travelers, sort of like a forum in print. <BR>They have a website.

elvira Jan 29th, 2001 11:17 AM

I subscribed to both at one time or another. National Geographic Traveler has wonderful pictures and descriptions of places to visit (the uncommon sites amid the common place); Frommer's has lots of info for budget traveling - specific info on specific places, as well as general helpful hints to keep travel costs under control. Subscribe to Frommer's, then buy an occasional NG Traveler from the newsstand when the article(s) strike your fancy.

lisa Jan 29th, 2001 03:13 PM

I have subscribed to both at different times. I prefer National Geographic Traveler by far. Frommer's Budget Travel is good sometimes, but they repeat a lot of the same info from issue to issue, and also, virtually all of their articles are accessible on-line at whereas NG Traveler's are not.

howard Jan 29th, 2001 06:03 PM

Here's a vote for NG Traveler. I think it's the best travel magazine out there. Unlike a lot of the other slick travel publications, NG Traveler talks about things that I usually can afford to do (unlike Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure, for example).

helenwolkow Jan 29th, 2001 06:16 PM

Have gotten all the magazines throught the years. Best: International Travel News: call for a free copy-800-486-4968. also like Frommers Budget Travel a lot. Conde nast places too expensive but good for ideas. Helen

Karen Jan 29th, 2001 07:13 PM

International Travel News was just given to me by a neighbor and I am completely enthralled by it. Each monthly issue is packed with stories of foreign travel...tour, alone, small group in every mode of transportation and to every square inch of the earth. The ads are also intriguing...everything from chauffeurs that will drive you and/or your party for a nominal fee to freighter travel, small river/canal boats, hiking/walking tours, exotic travel of every kind. Just reading the magazine every night is really fascinating.

wendy Jan 30th, 2001 01:59 AM

Is there a www address for this? <BR> <BR>Thanks!

elaine Jan 30th, 2001 04:34 AM

Robbie Jan 30th, 2001 04:42 AM

I take Frommers Budget Traveler, I get the International Travelers News (ITN) and also subscribe to Conde Nast Traveler. I like all three, and together they give me a good perspective. CN tends to be a little on the high side usually but always has good information on locations, Frommers has great budget/lower price ideas, and ITN is pretty much written by other travelers (but I go get the sense that they tend to be older seniors, retired, and with nice incomes). I used to subscribe to Travel and Leisure, but I dropped it. I found it to be just too hoity toity for me, with its stories about cute little bargain hotels that only cost $800 a night, etc. I like the three I take and will continue to take them. I also think Nat'l Geographic is good (I have found their regular guide books to be of great value).

dan woodlief Jan 30th, 2001 06:08 AM

I chose National Geographic Traveler and love it. The photos are good (very important to me), and it has enough text to last from one month to the next.

Marsha Jan 30th, 2001 06:34 AM

The best is National Geographic Traveler. As one of the other posters stated, it has travel ideas that I can afford, unlike the Conde Nast publications. It also has a nice mix of international and national (USA) destinations.

Erin Jan 30th, 2001 08:41 AM

Another good magazine is Travel Holiday. It aimed towards people who like comfortable, inexpensive deals, but not budget sharing-toliet-down-the hall. I find a lot of good reasonable packages and info there.

Thyra Jan 30th, 2001 08:44 AM

Another vote for Travel Holiday, it gives me great ideas! Sometimes I pick up an edition of Frommer's to get some good budget tips. Then when I decide where I want to go I cruise to the library and check out back issues of National Geographic. Their articles and photos are wonderful.

Vanessa Jan 30th, 2001 08:47 AM

I subscribe to Conde Nast Traveler. It has great photographs, but all of its reccommendations are so expensive that it has never helped me in planning a trip. The photographs in the magazine are really great though. <BR> I just subscribed to Frommer's Budget Travel last week when I got a card in the mail. I would also like to order Travel and Leisure, but I'm spending enough on magazines as it is.

Shanna Jan 30th, 2001 10:46 AM

They've all been in my mail, but I finally cancelled all of them except for International Travel Newsletter (ITN). AMX Travel & Leisure got a note from me saying that their articles never gave me wanderlust and yearning. And furthermore, all those Beautiful People! Who cares about them? ITN is down to earth. When I find it in my mailbox, I salivate and don't put it down until it's been read through.

Judy Jan 30th, 2001 11:21 AM

Shanna: YOU GO GIRL! Who cares about them, ha!!! I agree with you completely! I will have to read ITN,,,sounds like my kind of magazine! <BR>Judy :-)

Edward Franklin Covington, III Jan 31st, 2001 09:35 AM

I prefer only the best when I travel. I always fly first class, use private car services to get from the airport to my hotels (which are always a minimum of 4 star), and eat only in facilities that have at least 2 stars. Because of this I am having a problem finding any travel magazine that caters to my tastes. <BR> <BR>Most of them tend to be written for the masses, and I of course am far above the masses. Does anyone have any ideas on a good magazine that I could use? Remember, it must only describe the best of places, ones that the common riff raff can not afford. I can not stand to be around riff raff when I travel.

ohfooey Jan 31st, 2001 09:49 AM

Don't know the best magazine for you, but could suggest what you might want to use the magazine for . . ..

lisa Jan 31st, 2001 10:18 AM

Like others here, I had grown irritated with Conde Nast Traveller for focusing too much on high-end travel and not enough on moderately-priced places -- but in the new issue (Feb.) there is a very good article highlighting hotels under $200 per night in major European cities (Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, etc.). <BR> <BR>I personally like Travel Holiday and NG Traveler the best generally.

Anna Jan 31st, 2001 12:48 PM

I subscribe to NG Traveler and Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel. National Geographic is definitely the one to get. The pictures are excellent in NG and they don't focus on only high end property like in Conde Nast. Their "50 Places of a Lifetime" issue from Oct (?) 1999 is a must have. <BR> <BR>As others have said, you can get a lot of the information at Frommer's website that is in the articles in the magazine. I get Travel Holiday from a friend and it is a good magazine too, but I definitely couldn't live without National Geographic Traveler.

M&J Jan 31st, 2001 01:18 PM

We subscribe to Frommers Budget and National Geographic Traveler. We also receive the quarterly issues of Rick Steves' Europe Travel Newsletter. And, thanks to above posts, we called for a free copy of the International Travel News (their next available issue is April, published in March). <BR>We enjoy highlighting and 'sticky noting'articles for travel ideas. <BR>Ah, if we could only have more vacation time.....

christina Jan 31st, 2001 01:55 PM

I'm also one who subscribes to Frommer's Budget Travel and CN Traveler. However, I would drop either one if they were not so cheap to subscribe to (I think each one ends up being only about $1-2 an issue which is cheap entertainment to me; the ads pay for most of it, as they should). I agree most of Frommers is redundant and stuff you can get on their website, but not all of it (for example, they had an article 4-5 page article on travel to Cuba a few months ago that you could not get online, I'm pretty sure), so I did renew this year because it was cheap. I also dislike Traveler's perpetual issues on high-class resort hotels etc (readers vote the best hotels, etc, who cares...they do this every year because they are lazy editorially and it's cheap copy) and cruises and islands, but again, I like a few articles here and there, their Ombudsman column, and they have one report, Wendy Perrin, who does do outstanding in-depth articles occasionally from a consumer angle--I would not subscribe to that one either if it weren't so cheap. I haven't seen Natl Geog so will look at that at the newstand as it sounds interesting. I occasionally get solicited for some French-specific travel magazines (France Today, maybe, something like that) which are real expensive, like $5 an issue or something, and I would never subscribe to those as I think they've got a lot of nerve charging so much for magazines that are prime advertising mediums.

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