HOW TO USE THIS PAGE TO FIND TRAVEL NEWS
JoeSentMe's Travel Newsstand links you to hundreds of newspaper travel sections, city and regional publications, travel and specialty magazines and printed travel letters from around the world. Of course, that means we link to good publications and bad, the sublimely insightful and the ridiculously promotional. But isn't that the nature of travel itself? We've divided the links in the left column by category. Notable publications are highlighted below. (All links open in a new window.) And remember: Not all publications make their entire contents available on the Web. Please contact me if you find a broken link or know a travel-related publication that isn't linked. -- Joe Brancatelli
LET'S GET SMALL: U.S. NEWSPAPER TRAVEL SECTIONS
The Sunday travel sections of America's newspapers aren't what they once were. Advertising revenue is way down and that means newspaper publishers give their travel editors fewer pages than ever before. And with less space and fewer resources, editors get conservative and that makes their sections less than compelling. You need only look at the pedestrian, unimaginative sections run by The New York Times, The Washington Post and the once refreshingly off-kilter Dallas Morning News to see what I mean. The Los Angeles Times has been gutted, too, but it still runs a large and interesting travel section, although the homegrown columnists are gone. Among smaller papers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers a smart and wisely chosen mix of locally generated travel stories and syndicated travel material.
THERE'LL ALWAYS BE ENGLISH TRAVEL WRITING
The salmon-tinted newsprint of the London-based Financial Times is home to some equally distinctive leisure and travel writing. The weekend edition has mastered the "masters of the universe" style for the financially well-off. The Guardian leans left politically, but its online travel section is much more catholic. There's plenty of ironic coverage of Britain, fun and quirky stories about Europe and some excellent reporting on travel trends and destinations worldwide. The Independent is easy to navigate and stuffed with stylishly written stories targeted at the aging Sloane Ranger. The Telegraph is also deep in travel. Meanwhile, if your British fantasies revolve around shires, shooting and sheep shearing, Country Life is your magazine. I suspect this lifestyle disappeared a few generations ago--if it ever existed at all--but there is something oddly compelling about the British putting on their best tweeds and making believe they still have an Empire.
WORTHY TRAVEL READS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Canadian newspapers have a rich history of travel writing, but the stories, like the ownership, have now been largely homogenized into two large groups, Canoe and Canada.com. But the Globe and Mail continues to chart its own travel course. ... If you're looking for good travel writing about Africa, try Travel Africa, a British magazine that offers some of its vast continental archives online. ... If you are searching for insight into India, you'll find excellent travel journalism in the Economic Times, the financial arm of the Times of India. You will also find a swanky slice of the Subcontinent in Upper Crust magazine. ... For those of us who've always dreamed of living La Dolce Vita full-time, The American is required reading. It's for American ex-pats in Italy. ... Searching for good writing and great reporting on Latin American destinations? So am I. But the Houston Chronicle does offer a little more coverage than most media outlets.
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