This afternoon I started doing some research into travel magazines for a talk I’m giving in a few weeks, and I’m amazed by the sheer number of independent titles out there.
Of course I knew all about Boat and We Are Here because they’re both Stack titles. They’re also united by a similar approach – both of them kick back against the stereotypes of a city by focusing on the people who live there and telling the stories of their lives. (The image above forms the cover of the Athens issue of Boat, and does a fantastic job of communicating the magazine’s sense of locality and community).
Then there are the ultra-limited edition travel magazines, like Endless, which is currently sold out and grew out of a blog about one family’s travels around the world. Sounds lovely. And of course Terroir, the hand-stitched labour of love that offers a Singaporean take on travel.
16 Hours was new to me, and seems to be a mainly picture-based travel magazine made by a Canadian and an Australian (16 hours being the time difference between Calgary and Sydney). And there are the ‘Voyage’ issues of +81 – again, I’ve never seen one of those in the flesh.
But I can’t help feeling I’m only scratching the surface here. There must be other independent travel titles I’m missing – please let me know if any spring to mind!