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I first came across this magazine in the local hospitals waiting room. It grabbed my attention because of a big article, on how to do really special things, at bargain prices. I liked the look of it so, when xmas came around I thought I might subscribe for a year.
At £32 for 12 issues, I thought it was more than I wanted to pay, so mooched around and went thru quidco, and got £1.50 cashback on a
£19.99 subscription, so saved 13.50.
First edition took about 6 weeks to arrive, but certainly is worth it.
Its a nice glossy magazine, with plenty of options. Whether you are looking for a really special holiday, a weekend break/city break, holiday in the UK.
It has a pictures section that people have sent in and they are really good, and just make you feel you want to head off now.
As with all magazines it has a useful question and answer session, with plenty of specialists there to help with some very obscure queries.
It then has a chunky session on an area: Middle East, Indian Ocean, in last 2 editions. It then breaks it down to countries within the area, and gives you a good low down, on where to stay, see, eat and do. It also gives you some top end and cheap options, so it can apply to all budgets.
It will then give you 6 of the best- last month was "sexiest european cities".
I like the fact it does have a factfile on obscure destinations, that you may not have known about.
The adverts also have some good ideas as well.
It ends with a travel orientated question and answer session with someone famous.
All in all its a good read for those who like to travel, and perhaps look at different options.
I have been reading the Sunday Times Travel magazine for a few months now and thought I would share my views on this brilliant travel magazine as it really is quite good!
I first bought it because I was already buying Conde Nast and saw this and thought I'll see if it's as good - unfortunately for me it is, which means I end up spending an awful lot of money on all my travel magazines now! However I do think it is worth it for those who love their travel and so this is my opinion on the magazine.
What type of magazine is it?
Well given the name it's pretty obvious but, for those still wondering, it is a travel related magazine that covers all areas of the world. It contains lots of reviews of destinations and hotels, travel pictures, up and coming areas, undiscovered places, tourist areas and backpackers routes. It has reader competitions and offers and of course reader letters as no magazine would be complete without that! The Sunday Times Travel magazine is a classy type of travel magazine in it's style.
The magazine costs £3.40 per single issue but as always with a monthly magazine you can subscribe to it to have it sent to you by post every month and this then works out a lot cheaper than paying per issue!
To subscribe you can pay by credit/debit card or pay by cheque. If you pay for the subscription up front then it costs £32 for the year which means that then each issue costs you £2.66 instead of £3.40 which is much better! I bought the first couple of issues before I subscribed to it as then I knew it was really worth the money. If you do buy it in the shops most places do sell it but it does seem to sell out fast so you'd need to get buying it the day it comes out!
There are so many features of this magazine that I love! I will give a brief overview of some of my favourites:
Your letters and photos - what I absolutely love about this section is rather than just the usual letters the photos readers send in are judged and the top 5 are shown with 1 main winner, 2 runner ups and 2 commended photos. Each person in the top 5 win a prize but they really are some brilliant prizes! The main winner receives a Nikon D80 semi pro camera which is worth nearly £1000 and the 2 runner ups receive a D40 worth £420. Even the 2 commended place pictures win a digital camera so overall I think it is quite nice as most of the pictures sent in are from people's holiday snaps.
Way to go - this section normally has a load of places listed with events on and up to date info on what's hot in travel along with a 'hotting up' place which is usually somewhere that a lot of travellers haven't been yet or know little about. I was pleased to see in June's issue this was Qatar, a country I have actually been lucky enough to travel to with work and see before the tourists invade it too much!
Six of the best - I love this bit as it takes a set topic and gives the reader 6 of the best (well yeah that's why it's called that!) to either see or do. For example in July's issue it is 6 of the best train journeys and June's was 6 of the best UK coastal walks so the topic does vary quite well.
Take me there - this section is fairly simple but quite stunning! It lists 4 places across 4 double spread pages that are beautiful to look at and yet probably overlooked quite often. The double spread for each is one huge picture that usually makes the reader really appreciate how stunning the place is and has a small written piece just in one corner. Two that really stood out for me were both actually British with one of Norfolk Broads at sunset in haze of pinks and purples and another of Bourton on the water, with a stunning picture of a poppy field.
Total guide - each month there is a guide to a destination and this is usually very different each month. It is quite detailed covering a lot of different aspects with normally 26-30 pages covering this chosen destination so it is very useful for anyone planning a trip to that particular place!
In and around - this bit covers a more quick guide to a range of different areas - normally about 3 or 4 places and they have it as a 'tear out and take with you' guide. Again the places in this section vary and again are pretty useful if you were going there. I am not sure you'd get me tearing pages out of my nice glossy magazine that I love so much but, useful and interesting!
These are all just the sections that I really love but every month there are loads more other things to read or look at and I really love looking at the luxurious hotels they have in it and dream about staying in them!
I think that is a great magazine for anybody who loves their travelling or even those who maybe can't travel much but, like to read up on wonderful places around the globe. I cannot really say it's the best travel magazine I subscribe to as I get 4 main ones all together and they are all equally as good as each other but I can see myself buying this for as long as they sell it!
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