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I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading these past six months back in the U.S., particularly on things I can’t access easily while traveling. Obviously, you can find a lot of information on the internet…but it still just isn’t the same as having a real book or magazine that you can pick up and flip through from time to time. I have stacks of travel magazines piled up in my room and have finally got my hands on a few independent publications that I couldn’t get in Thailand.
Impeccably designed and focused on more obscure places or details, these three indie travel magazines are definitely different than your usual glossies. They’re also a great way to learn about traveling and experiencing places without the emphasis on big chain hotels or packaged deals.
First of all, Cereal is just beautiful. The quarterly travel and lifestyle publication has stuck to a strong minimalist aesthetic with an emphasis on large, simple photos. Each issue includes information on a select handful of destinations and the outlet also offers several detailed city guides showcasing local boutiques and businesses to check out. (I love their Instagram as well.)
Each issue of Boat focuses on one city sharing in depth information and stories about what really makes the city tick. Instead of relying on freelance writers or trying to bust out superficial stories and lists, the magazine’s team actually moves to the destination they’re covering to connect with the locals and create their content.
Kinfolk isn’t exactly a travel magazine – the publication is focused on different makers and creative types with an emphasis on simple living – however, the profiles and stories feature people, lifestyles and practices from around the world. Another quarterly publication, the magazine also has a series of city guides and features on small, local personalities and businesses from Oakland to Oslo.
Do you read any of these? What other travel magazines do you tend to turn to?