Best Travel Magazine?

Dec 9th, 2005, 01:02 PM
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Best Travel Magazine?

What's the best travel magazine out there? And why do you rate it the best?

I'd like to have something that has more than glossy photos, something with good travel tips for the destination (world-wide or?), interesting things to do, etc.

Any suggestions?
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Dec 9th, 2005, 01:08 PM
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I've personally always enjoyed reading "Conde Nast", it's a more upscale travel magazine but still has interesting travel stories, suggestions, and tips.
If you're not into that, I'd recommend either "National Geographic Adventure" or "National Geographic Traveler." The latter is more generally travel-oriented while the former is more for travelers seeking travel adventures.
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Dec 9th, 2005, 01:18 PM
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A second vote for National Geographic Traveler.

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Dec 10th, 2005, 04:10 PM
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I've subscribed to them all, and the only one I renew year after year is the National Geographic Traveler.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 03:20 AM
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I have subscribed to most of them and the only one that I continue with is:
ITN (International Travel News)

It isn't glossy, in fact it is printed on newsprint. Most of it is personal experiences.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 04:27 AM
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Thx a mint for the replies, folks!

I just bought a subscription to NG Traveler for my sis for Christmas...they love to travel and take one big trip (8-10 wks) every year. As they are 'established', it's hard to get them something useful (on my budget...LOL!).

Merry Christmas...enjoy-la!
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Dec 11th, 2005, 05:53 AM
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National Geographic is the only travel magazine I subscribe to.

I lost respect for Conde Nast when it's readers voted Maui as the best island in the WORLD. I haven't been to THAT many islands, but I've been much prettier islands with much better beaches than Maui.

Obviously, this is my opinion, and many people disagree with me - especially those who read Conde Nast!
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Dec 11th, 2005, 08:09 AM
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klam_chowder, I agree with the other posters--National Geographical Travelers.

Your sister and husband will enjoy it greatly.

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Dec 11th, 2005, 08:32 AM
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I will try natl. Geo traveler, thanks for the tips. I recommend Caribean Travel and Life. It always seems to have neat features about secluded beaches, places off the beaten path, restaurants and bars that capture Carib. authenticity, and so on.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 09:25 AM
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I also like and subscribe to National Geographic Traveler, however, the magazine I find most useful and informative is Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel. On a somewhat limited retirement income, it provides many money saving ideas and specials that allow me more trips on the income I can use for travel.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 09:35 AM
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I subscribe to 5 travel magazines and I think Budget Travel (Frommers) is at the top. National Geographic Traveler for some reason has disappointed me. I think I expected more meat out of it, and the amount of ads relative to the amount of info and articles let me down or something. It's about to expire.

CondeNast is also good.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 11:56 AM
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I have 'em all...

Budget Travel is my favorite because the information is practical and the most useful for me in real trip planning and ideas.

Travel+Leisure is the swankiest layout but I could never afford anything they recommend, they do have great photos.

Conde Nast Traveler, love Ombudsman column, and think it is is probably packed with the most information per issue. It would be my recommendation for being of interest to the widest range of people.

National Geo Traveler, took this for several years, but for whatever reason this one doesn't grab me and I no longer subscribe.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 12:20 PM
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I'm with SusieQQ on this one: ITN - no question. Written by travelers for travelers. No gloss, no frills, but the on-the-ground experiences we need. In a way it's the nearest thing to these here boards.

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Dec 11th, 2005, 12:30 PM
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I agree with those who have recommended the International Travel News--ITN (I've been a subscriber for more than 20 years) but with one caveat: It does not cover travel in North America and the Caribbean. Their web page is

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Dec 11th, 2005, 04:07 PM
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What do you all think of Islands Magazine? I'm starting to explore the Caribbean and just love islands in general and am thinking of subscribing to this one.
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Someone leaves their Island magazines behind in my gym, and to be honest, there doesn't seem to be much substance to them. They sort of remind me of something a chamber of commerce would put out. Really nice pictures, though.
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Dec 14th, 2005, 08:00 PM
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I hardly ever read my Islands magazines. Not much substance.

Travel+Leisure!! That's another one of my favorites. Usually really thick. I think my subscription must have lapsed though 'cause I can't remember getting an issue recently.
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Dec 15th, 2005, 01:02 AM
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A quick hint: When subscribing, or renewing, your magazine subscriptions, check eBay. Particularly the travel mags.

Right now, National Geographic Traveler can be had for two years (16 issues) for $7. 36 issues of Conde Nast Traveler is $10.

As always, read the listings carefully, especially for the shipping and handling amounts.

I've been running my subs through eBay for years. Gotten a lot of good reading, and saved a ton of money.
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Dec 15th, 2005, 06:25 AM
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I subscribe to Nat'l Geo. Traveler, like it a lot, to Frommers Budget Travel, that is great, Conde Nast Traveler, it is OK. One that I can not stand is T&L, mainly because of how they are always writing these articles on "budget" stays somewhere where the bargain hotels are "only" $800 a night and dinner for two in "a low cost quaint bistro" oh is maybe $200 before wine...those people need to get a life.

While I am complaining, another "travel writer" that I can not stand is this so-called Johnny Jet. Man, talk about someone that freeloads his way around the world by writing worthless self-serving smarm he is the champ.
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Dec 15th, 2005, 07:50 AM
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I got Islands for just one year, not impressed. As others have said, not much to it. Plus while I like warm weather island destinations as much as the next person(!) the magazine includes ANY place that is an island, not necessarily focusing on tropical ones that are of most interest to me.
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