Travel Magazines: Get your Regular Fix of Adventure Eye-Candy

Travel Magazines; I take a simple pleasure in being reassured sometimes that there are adventures to be had and lands to be explored beyond the repeating rhythm of the 9 to 5 existence.

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Call it escapist or simply indulgent, but tales and shots of far-flung places are real fuel for concocting my own grand escapades. When scouring news agents for morsels of motivation, I sometimes fall for the following publications;

Condé Nest Traveller

I have to admit, this is a publication that I wouldn’t usually buy. Call me quick to judge, but one quick glance at the cover has me spouting nonsense generalisations about their core market; high-gloss pages push only boutique, high-end resorts and accommodation. Destinations seem to be comfort driven, with a few exceptions. A particular issue I have has a good guide to Marrakesh, but again many of the accommodation and dining suggestions are strictly high-end.

Perhaps a magazine on occasion, but a deficit of genuinely adventurous destinations and suggestions unfortunately has me looking elsewhere for inspiration.


The magazine of The Royal Geographic Society in my view is a real treasure trove of inspiration, mixing articles of true exploration with pressing cultural and environmental issues.

Featuring stunning photography, the Geographical magazine’s job is to promote The Royal Geographic Society and it does this brilliantly. It raises awareness in the wider world and challenges its readers through a surfeit of adventurous photography and accounts of exploration both new and old.

A great reviews section delves into the latest literary offerings from the world of travel, exploration and geography.

A magazine for anyone really serious about seeking out adventure and getting beneath the surface; as you can tell, it’s one of my favourites.

Lonely Planet Magazine

The magazine spin-off from the mother of all travel guide publishing dynasties. This is not a magazine I buy often, and as I flip through its glossy, manicured pages I feel I’m not really engaged with it. It has a very ‘safe’, high-end feel to it. Beautifully illustrated travel destinations but not outrageously adventurous. I feel slightly disappointed, as it seems to belie Lonely Planet’s heritage.

There’s an obvious commercial decision here to go for a broader, more mainstream approach. The articles are well researched and written, but for me it lacks a bit of punch.

Great for getting excited about trips to the Cotwelds but not for launching yourself into deepest, darkest Mongolia.

National Geographic Traveller

In my opinion National Geographic Traveller occupies a similar niche to Lonely Planet’s magazine. With a broad selection of content covering city visits, ideal long weekend escapes and more in-depth destination based articles, the magazine plays it fairly safe and conventional; re-workings of European classics inter-dispersed with occasional adventurous nuggets from Africa and Asia.

The more adventurous destinations are teamed up with boutique levels of accommodation and pampering to appeal to a broader audience. The feature articles are well written and informative; the small ‘essentials’ section at the end of each gives a handy summary of crucial information for further research.

Great for general travel inspiration, but if you’re looking for an out-there, completely off the wall, adventure to end all adventures I might consider something else.

Real Travel

Bristol based Real Travel magazine is aimed fairly firmly at the adventure travel market. Built around a solid selection of challenging destination based articles, and unlike some other magazines, content doesn’t seem to be watered down with mediocre content or destinations that are too mainstream.

A good round-up of travel related news, great photography and interviews with various exponents within the travel world makes for interesting reading.

I really like their rip-out language guide; changes from issue to issue and focuses on the travel basics; greetings, directions, eating/drinking and shopping. A gear guide details a selection of products including footwear, clothing and backpacks; useful, but I wish the reviews were more detailed; none of the gear comes across as being field tested.

All-in-all a good read and one I’ll check up on in the future.


A slick production focused on challenging and adventurous destinations. Informative articles and great photographs make for engaging reading from this UK based magazine. Firmly aimed at the more daring and independent traveller, Wanderlust provides a well balanced diet of informative, destination based articles, gear reviews and travel tips. There’s also refreshing lack of advertising filler.

I’m impressed with the very useful ‘how to’ guides that accompany the feature articles covering basic logistics, costs, what to pack, health issues etc.

Overall this is a magazine that I’ll continue to indulge in as and when it features destinations that capture my imagination.

Keep an eye on this page as I’ll be adding my thoughts and reviews of adventure travel magazines when new and interesting publications come my way.

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