I subscribed to National Geographic Traveler in the hopes it has changed from being a collection of disparate tidbits of travel info aimed at the lowest-common denominator. It hasn't. There are only one or two short travelogues with generally poor photography and mediocre-to-excellent writing. Rest is along the lines "ten hotels you can't afford in Phoenix, AZ," "walking tour in Beijing," or "how to hug trees and not leave a trace while traveling." While I'm sure the articles are of interest to many, I couldn't care less, as I can get that information elsewhere if I cared. And enough with the carbon credits, but that's another (long long) rant.
Are there any dead-tree publications which offer travel photography along with good writing? Not about places to visit, but about traveling, the experience, and the peripheral thoughts and ideas.
Or do I have to get the fix from separate sources, ie. photographic fix from Lenswork, and writing from Playboy (I heard it also has pictures)?
" and writing from Playboy (I heard it also has pictures)?
Actually, that used to be a pretty good source for many things, way back. Itīs been years since I ended my subscription but I still remember one article they did on the northern end of the Costa Brave in Spain.
I think that more or less all travel articles will end up being about, or at least paying a degree of homage to certain hotels - even some of my own foreign fashion stuff had to be financed that way - the devil has to get his wages too!
There is the alternative way, stuff from the very un-rich writer, which might take you on a trawl through the backstreets of here and there, but would you really care to follow that route yourself? I sure wouldnīt!
Was it D H Lawrence who wrote an early book on Travels in Sardinia? So long ago - so much forgotten - who says age comes alone? Another person, George Sand, wrote about Mallorca, but what was current then...
I fear you will probably have to settle for picking bits from whatever you find!
Ciao - Rob C