Travel Magazines Fill The Void Of The Real Deal

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Although the travel industry has come to a virtual halt, travel magazines continue to publish intriguing articles accompanied by eye-popping photos about places far away. Despite travel being severely restricted, you can let your adventurous spirit take flight by reading about exotic destinations throughout the world.  It may not be the real thing, but it helps.

“In many ways, it’s business as usual when it comes to our production cycle and how we work together as colleagues day to day,” explains Paul Brady, articles editor for Travel + Leisure, one of the most respected and widely-read travel publications in the world. “But we recognize with profound sensitivity that it’s not business as usual for many of our partners in the travel industry. That reality and the ever-changing global situation both have impacts on the kinds of stories we tell. At the same time, we remain committed to sharing travel stories with our readers.”

Brady adds, “Many readers will be coming to us more for armchair escapism and inspiration for future adventures rather than immediately actionable tactics about taking a trip this spring. We’re working hard to serve that need by commissioning the right kinds of stories for this moment. When it comes to the magazine, we’ve always worked months in advance, and there is inventory to draw from. While we aren’t presently sending contributors out into the world, we do draw on a network of global contributors who can produce wonderful stories, photography, and video, without putting themselves in harm’s way, as we navigate rapidly changing restrictions on travel.”

Travel + Leisure

This venerable travel magazine reaches millions of people each month who enjoy reading about “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020” or “The World’s Greatest Islands.” Written by experienced travel journalists who offer an informative, first-hand account of their travel journals, each article includes some of the best photo journalism you’ll find anywhere. The magazine’s A-List is a collection of the world’s top travel advisors, and includes the best agents and tour operators in the business. For example, A-List advisor Andrea Grisdale offered a timely article, “Why Venice’s Flooding Shouldn’t Cancel Your Travel Plans.” The Travel Guide covers virtually every nook and cranny of the world focusing on such topics as adventure, romance, celebrity travel, eco-travel and much more, and is “must reading” for anyone who dreams of mysterious lands and far away places.

National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine, an iconic publication, is part of the National Geographic brand that includes the National Geographic Society, a global nonprofit organization committed to exploring and protecting the planet. Although not a travel magazine by definition, National Geographic features the world’s most renowned photo journalists who provide captivating images of interesting people and remote places, along with legendary storytellers who explore the planet, its inhabitants and the frontiers of science. Travel through time with women explorers or read about a violent Viking stew that scientists discovered. Perhaps you’re interested in how mudskippers reproduce or some gorgeous art made with a surprise substance. There’s no topic off-limits and readers are always taken on a fascinating journey of exploration that can only be found here.


Afar is a publication focused on experiential travel. The AFAR brand is a multi-platform travel media that inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures and understand their perspectives. Read about the “Ultimate Patagonia Road Trip” that details fairy-tale scenery with adrenaline-spiking nature adventures, authentic South American culture and world-class hospitality. Or discover Japan’s ancient castles that are opening for overnight visits. Ambassadors are seasoned writers, photographers, videographers and influencers who share a passion for experiential travel. Its Traveler’s Choice Awards recently names New York City as the Top North American City for its “diversity, creativity and energy of the Big Apple’s five boroughs that lure travelers to discover something new on every trip.”


The mission of BACKPACKER is simple: To welcome travel and trail-loving adventurers with open arms, and to deliver trusted, actionable advice and inspiration to the more than one million outdoor enthusiasts who read the magazine. In addition to articles about hiking (obviously), outdoor gear and survival skills, the magazine takes readers on such adventures as “The 11 Best Wild and Scenic River Trips” and “In Catalonia Backpacking Meals are a Little Different.” Want to know when your dog is your best peakbagging partner? You can find your answer here. Brush up on your wilderness survival skills, learn about the latest gear trends, stay up to date on backpacking news and get your cute animal fix with wilderness videos and photos compiled by experts.

Food & Travel Magazine

Based in Tampa, Florida and distributed nationally, Food & Travel Magazine takes readers on a gastronomic journey around the world that inspires and informs. Published quarterly, each issue features exclusive restaurant recipes and travel articles that often contain a culinary angle. Learn why Vietnam is now Asia’s New Leading Culinary Destination. Discover why the Caribbean Islands are a melting pot of cultures and flavors each offering its own distinct personality. A regular feature, “In the Know,” takes an in-depth look at the food scene in a local neighborhood, such as the Deep Ellum District of Dallas, Texas, or the Upper East Side in New York City. Recent interviews with top chefs have included Food Network stars Donatella Arpaia and Anne Burrell. The magazine also delves into small town Americana by highlighting lesser-known destinations that are bursting at the seams with culinary offerings.


Hemispheres is the onboard magazine for United Airlines. Its signature “Three Perfect Days” offers a first-person, itinerary-style, nooks-and-crannies portrait of a city. In addition to well-researched travel articles, the magazine also features food, drink and culture. “Where to Stay” articles such as “7 Hotels Where You Can Unplug and Unwind” along with “What to Do” advice including “4 Ways to Celebrate Haitian Culture In New Orleans” are staples of the magazine. An adventure section ranges from “A Drive on Germany’s Romantic Road” to “Diving Deep with Korea’s Sea Women.” Take an insider’s tour of Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA or read about Yugen’s nostalgia crab rice in the restaurant section.

Travel + Leisure’s Brady concludes, “Things are changing fast, but we’re hopeful that one day soon the travel industry will be back and stronger for having weathered this crisis.”

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