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Wanderlust magazine- for people with a passion for travel
Member Name: jcpurpledragons
Advantages: Well written, inspiring, stunning photography
Disadvantages: Exactly how much money and time do you think I have?!
Wanderlust is a magazine for people who love to travel, not simply go on package holidays. If you like to, or simply dream of, exploring the path less travelled then this could be the magazine for you.
This bi-monthly magazine is available from good bookshops, like Borders, for £3.80. The latest issue Dec 2007/January 2008 includes travel information on Central America, Sri Lanka, Timbuktu, the Middle East, and New Zealand. In addition to articles in each issue can be found: a travel competition and photo competition; advice for family travels, advice and questions answered; as well as letters and photos from reader's travels. It is also one of the few magazines where I think the adverts actually can be helpful, providing details of useful travel agencies and equipment suppliers.
Traditionally I hate magazines. I am just not interested in almost-celebrity goings on, and even interest based magazines, like Empire, have me reading two articles and discarding them. However, with this magazine I find I read at least 90% every time.
The contents are as diverse as the destinations around the world that it features, with each issue covering places from every corner of the Earth. From long detailed articles to top ten overviews, the magazine contains an array of fascinating information on the world around us and how to explore it.
Unlike other travel magazines I have read, the articles do not simply feel like wish you were here adverts. The contributors are clearly people who love travel and have scratched well beneath the surface of the place they are reviewing. Articles are highly informative, but also full of personality. The writers are not afraid to address the negative aspects of a destination or their own travel blunders, which leads you to feel like you can trust what they are saying.
Following any article on a destination they have an essentials section, providing details on when to go, how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, what to do, cost, and links to further information. This makes for a very useful introductory travel guide to any destination they cover. It also makes the magazine well worth keeping to reference in the future.
What really adds to the appeal of Wanderlust for me though is its stunning travel photography of locations, events, and people around the globe. Every photo is worthy of framing and every page aesthetically pleasing. The combination of well written articles and captivating photography transports you to places you may never have before thought of, but suddenly desperately want to visit.
The disadvantage of this magazine is it makes me want to travel more. Although great in theory, I only have so much holiday time, which as a teacher is restricted to school holidays, and money each year. It can make you feel incredibly envious of all the contributors and potentially a little dissatisfied with your own comparatively meagre travels.
This, however, leads nicely on to one of the best recent additions to the magazine: Wanderlust Weekends. Acknowledging that we don't all have a few spare months to go travelling or the budget to fly half way round the world, this feature explores holiday destinations and trips that can be made over a weekend. Writers give you the lo down on the destination they visited, usually in Europe, their impressions of the place and what it has to offer, and lots of factual information. I think this section is a great addition as holidays are generally budgeted between £100-£250, and you can even get back for to the office ready for Monday morning. This helps to bring the travel contents of the magazine feel a little more within your grasp.
I really enjoy the magazine. The articles are generally well written, interesting, and informative; encouraging you to think a little more outside the box when it comes to travel. After all what's the harm in dreaming!
Summary: For those who want something more original than a package holiday