7 of the best travel magazines to get you through lockdown 3.0

Kirsten Henton

Kirsten Henton

The world may be on pause when it comes to travel but that doesn't mean you can't venture somewhere new and exciting within the boundaries of your own imagination.

Best travel magazine subscriptions available online
Best travel magazine subscriptions available online © Alexander Andrews - Unsplash

To help you explore, plan and prepare for when we can all get back out there, we've pulled together some of the most tantalising travel magazine subscriptions which promise to give you the travel fix you need from the comfort of your armchair - for now.

National Geographic Traveller

  • published: 10 issues per year
  • topics & destinations: cultural & adventurous travel, worldwide
  • format(s): print

If any publication encourages its readers to get out there and experience the world in a thoughtful, appreciative and sustainable way, it has to be National Geographic Traveller*. The UK version of the flagship US publication, National Geographic Traveller first hit the shelves in 2010 and has been challenging perceptions ever since.

Award-winning writers and photographers fill its leaves with inspirational and thought-provoking features in everywhere from popular to little-heard-of countries around the globe. It prides itself in delving deeper into cultures, telling the stories of exploration and highlighting plights through local interviews and powerful portraits.

Where to buy National Geographic Traveller

  • PocketMags - National Geographic Traveller
  • Magazine.co.uk - National Geographic Traveller
  • WHSmith - National Geographic Traveller

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Condé Nast Traveller

  • published: 10 issues per year
  • topics & destinations: independent luxury travel, worldwide
  • format(s): print and/or digital

Condé Nast Traveller*, known for its exotic, super-suave covers, is a multi-award winning luxury travel and lifestyle magazine that targets independent and wealthy travellers. It's aspirational as well as inspirational reading for all, whether you're planning a trip or comfy armchair travelling.

Condé Nast Traveller - independent luxury travel worldwide
Condé Nast Traveller - independent luxury travel worldwide

Launched in 1997, Condé Nast Traveller* is now much revered for its high-end reviews, recommendations and awards. Each issue is bursting with travel news and updates, hot tips in its Travel Hotlist, featured accommodation and destinations, plus advice and hints from locals on the ground.

Where to buy Condé Naste Traveller

  • Magazine.co.uk - Conde Nast Traveller
  • WHSmith - Conde Nast Traveller

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Planning a trip? Although 2020 sadly saw the closure of Lonely Planet Magazine, you can still get your hands on expertly-written guide books. Look no further than Lonely Planet's online bookshop*, where you'll find travel guides to cities, countries and regions worldwide.

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  • published: 10 issues per year
  • topics & destinations: curious cultural travel, worldwide
  • format(s): print and/or digital

Wanderlust* is an award-winning, independently-owned travel magazine produced by people passionate about the world, wildlife, nature and local cultures. Wanderlust delves deeper to truly get under the skin of a place in a considered and conscious manner.

Through incredible photography and expertly written articles, expect to discover the latest travel news including health updates, new flight routes and hotel openings, featured countries and places to visit, top recommendations in its 24 hours in... section and seasonal advice to help you dodge the likes of monsoons and hurricanes - something we at Weather2Travel.com can also help you with, too!

Where to buy Wanderlust

  • Magazine.co.uk - Wanderlust
  • WHSmith - Wanderlust

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  • published: quarterly - four issues per year
  • topics & destinations: immersive travel, worldwide
  • format(s): print

Escapism*, one the UK's largest travel magazines, aims to whisk readers away from the struggles and strife of busy urban life with dreamy destinations, super-sleek hotels, desirable beaches and cool cultural spots worthy of the most discerning travellers.

Escapism focuses on expert storytelling through experienced travel writing and professional travel photography that will have you booking that flight and packing that bag before you know it. As well as advice regarding local customs and places to visit, the magazine looks at what to wear, pack and expect in all manner of countries around the globe.

Where to buy Escapism

  • WHSmith - Escapism

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Family Traveller

  • published: three issues per year
  • topics & destinations: family travel, worldwide
  • format(s): print

Family Traveller* is an award-winning magazine committed to helping families plan and enjoy the very best holiday together. Whether you're travelling with newborns, toddlers, pre-teens, young adults or a mix of all four, Family Traveller is on hand with practical tips, advice and destination and activity suggestions.

The magazine also features special offers on exclusive family breaks as well as topics such as how to educate your children while travelling, the best holiday camps for all interests, top family resorts, clothing for all eventualities and family-friendly cruises, among many other useful articles that vary each issue.

Where to buy Family Traveller

  • Magazine.co.uk - Family Traveller
  • WHSmith - Family Traveller

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British Travel Journal

  • published: quarterly - four issues per year
  • topics & destinations: experiential travel, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • format(s): print or digital

British Travel Journal* is an award-winning independently produced travel magazine. As its name suggests, it focuses on travel and adventure within Britain, highlighting destinations, activities and experiences for all ages and interests.

British Travel Journal - experiential travel in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
British Travel Journal - experiential travel in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales

It is, as its design reflects, geared towards the good life, incorporating stylish hotels, luxurious estates and retreats as well as desirable restaurants with dining recommendations for some seriously special places to eat and drink.

British Travel Journal aims to showcase the finest and very best destinations across Great Britain with bucket loads of inspiration and creative ways of getting to know the home nations. Subscription options include both print and digital formats.

Where to buy British Travel Journal

  • PocketMags - British Travel Journal
  • Magazine.co.uk - British Travel Journal

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Which? Travel

  • published: six issues per year
  • topics & destinations: travel reviews, advice and help; worldwide
  • format(s): print

Which? Travel* magazine is a little different to the other publications already mentioned, largely because it's produced by the UK's largest consumer body, which boasts well over a million members. Its focus is on sharing authentic, unbiased reviews and advice with travellers and holidaymakers.

The magazine is geared towards helping you decide when and where to go, who to travel with, which companies to use for the likes of travel insurance and travel money, and recommendations of tried-and-tested products. It also shares useful information regarding consumer legal rights, handy when it comes to issues such as the collapse of an airline or holiday company.

Where to buy Which? Travel

  • Which? - Which? Travel

Still looking for a magazine subscription? Check out the latest online offers on subscriptions for every interest via magazine.co.uk* and don't forget to head back to our online shop for even more offers from leading retailers.

Kirsten Henton

Kirsten Henton

Kirsten Henton is Weather2Travel.com's editor. Kirsten writes, commissions and edits our travel features, liaising with our contributors and ensuring copy is spick-and-span. A member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, Kirsten also freelances writing articles on travel, history and the outdoors for titles such as Scotland Magazine and BBC Travel.

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2020 in: Money saving tips Travel tips

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