9 of the best travel magazines to get you through lockdown

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 © Photo by Alexander Andrews on Unsplash
Best travel magazine subscriptions available online © Photo by Alexander Andrews on 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.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

  • published: monthly - 12 issues per year
  • topics & destinations: international travel for all
  • format(s): print

The epitome of the glossy travel mag, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine* carries the high-brow sophistication of the newspaper of the same name through its pages.

One of the UK's most popular travel reads, it promises readers a wealth of features, tips and hints to help you get the most out of destinations you think you already know as well as those you've never heard of.

Squeeze more out of the likes of Spain, Italy and Greece and don't miss the local section, which includes top ideas for any long weekend in some of the most beloved cities worldwide.

Where to buy The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

  • Magazine.co.uk - The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
  • WHSmith - The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
  • iSubscribe - The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

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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
  • iSubscribe - Conde Nast Traveller

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Lonely Planet

  • published: monthly - 12 issues per year
  • topics & destinations: independent travel, worldwide
  • format(s): print or digital

Channelling the advice and expertise of the eponymous guide book range, Lonely Planet* magazine is a treasure trove of insights and experiences with something for traveller's interest, regardless of budget. Content is open and accessible to all travellers.

Lonely Planet magazine & holiday guidebooks © abrinsky - Flickr Creative Commons
Lonely Planet magazine & holiday guidebooks © abrinsky - Flickr Creative Commons

Although the focus is on independent travel, Lonely Planet magazine is also full of tips and suggestions for anyone taking a holiday who wants to try something new and exciting even if it's in a destination you know well. The pages come alive with fantastic travel writing and absorbing travel photography, covering culture, history, food, drink and countless natural attractions.

Where to buy Lonely Planet

  • BuySubscriptions.com - Lonely Planet
  • Magazine.co.uk - Lonely Planet
  • PocketMags - Lonely Planet

Planning a trip? If you're preparing for a trip and in need of an expertly-written guide book, 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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Wanderlust

  • 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
  • iSubscribe - Wanderlust

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Escapism

  • 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
  • iSubscribe - 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
  • iSubscribe - 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
  • iSubscribe - 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

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