Some of my favorite travel magazines and publications

When I shared our tentative travel plans for 2013, I said I’d share some of my planning process.

Today I received some fun snail mail: the latest issue of Travel+Leisure and a travel planning package from the State of Texas.

Old-school: printed state travel guides

I love travel magazines! Right now I only subscribe to Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Travel+Leisure and Kansas! Magazine but I have at one time or another also subscribed to:

  • Caribbean Travel & Life
  • Condé Nast Traveler
  • Florida Travel+Life
  • International Living
  • Islands
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Probably others but that’s all I can remember for now.

The latest issue of Travel+Leisure has arrived!

I also love reading the in-flight magazines when I fly. I get ideas on where I want to go from these magazines, but I also enjoy learning about places I might never go. And the photography is a great way to escape for an afternoon or to get ideas for my travel photos.

Most of my travel research is online once I’ve picked a location (I’ll share more about my favorite sites for research in a future post), but I do still like to check out state travel guides of the print variety. Kinda like holding the newspaper in my hands … I just like to be able to sit on the couch (or at the pool during the summer) and flip the pages.

What are your favorite travel magazines?


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  1. Missy January 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I seriously thought I was the only one who enjoyed travel mags anymore!
    Missy recently posted…5 Celebrity Kitchens I’m Loving Right Now!

    • Melinda January 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      You’re not alone Missy! Any that you subscribe to that I didn’t mention here?

  2. Quailman January 12, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    It’s not a magazine, but I love the Sunday Travel section of the New York Times. We got a book for Christmas from Deb’s son of all the 36 Hour features they’ve done. Fantastic. Deb gets the Viking River Cruise catalog – does that count?

    • Melinda January 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Yes travel catalogs count! Read the itineraries and it’s like you’ve gone on the trip. Sorta. Kinda. Not really. :)
      But they are great for dreaming and giving ideas on where to go and what to do!

      I should borrow the NY Times book from you, I love the 36-hour series. I follow NY Times travel and USA Today travel on twitter but don’t subscribe to either even though I like both.

  3. Quailman January 12, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    I forgot – Bree Ann gave me Marci Penner’s Kansas travel guide when I moved here and it is the best. Every state should have one.

  4. Quailman January 12, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    I just noticed that my comments were posted Jan 12 instead of Jan 11. It’s six hours ahead of reality. Is that my machine or yours?

    • Melinda January 12, 2013 at 5:51 am #

      It’s mine — haven’t figured out how to correct it yet.

    • Melinda January 15, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      I finally got the time stamp thing figured out! Although, I kinda liked being six hours ahead of reality!

  5. Rhonda January 12, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    The hotel I told you about on the Big Island is in American Airlines magazine this month, reminded me why I loved it!

    • Melinda January 12, 2013 at 5:55 am #

      Cool! I love it when properties where I’ve stayed or restaurants where I’ve eaten are in travel mags!

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