JUST STARTING TO PREPARE FOR A GREAT DEAL OF TRAVEL: WHAT PUBLICATIONS SHOULD WE BE READING?

Q – My wife and I have just retired from government service with two very comfortable pensions. We want to be well educated when we travel overseas and we understand how helpful the internet will be. But we are wondering if there are any publications that you think are particularly important if one is to travel as a prepared and educated American?

A – Dear Mr. President, thank you for your question ……….. Oh wait, you’re not the President. Our mistake. Yours is, seriously, one of our favorite recent questions because it seems based on the assumption that you want to be as educated on contemporary affairs and local conditions as possible when you travel. So here are some notes we hope will help you in your preparation:

  • The most widely read travel publication is National Geographic Travel with over 28 million monthly readers.
  • The Week is an extraordinary publication that has no political view and publishes briefing reports on developments of every aspect of life from science, to movies, to health discoveries. The Week publishes the best columns from Europe and all over the world and provides a personal briefing report of the kind you would want if you were President. We think any traveler should be a subscriber.
  • Travel Weekly (admission – we write for them) is the trusted voice of the travel industry. It is easy to read insider information via subscription that will be extremely useful in your travels. It will make you feel like you are a travel pro and no one will know you are a civilian.
  • The New York Times. Our most respected journalistic voice features local and regional reporting that is the best in the business and a travel section that is one of the very few that does not accept complimentary travel for its writers.