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    1. Arthur Frommers Budget Travel Magazine
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    Asin: B00005QJDZ
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Arthur Frommer Inc %a Genge
    Sales Rank: 103
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars For every traveler
    I just renewed my subscription to Budget Travel for two years.I have discovered a whole new world of affordable destinations.The articles give you the information you really need like the names of all the restaurants,hotels and transportation companies and the prices of everything.I also have appreciated the articles about places that most tourists aren't familiar with such as Flagler Beach FL.If you love to travel this magazine is a must!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Budget Travel
    I save every issue of this magazine! It is an excellent source of budget information for both national and international travel. There are many great monthly articles from simple travel tips to ones that offer huge savings on worldwide destinations. Enjoy your travels for less...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bargain Traveling in the U.S and Around the World
    Arthur Frommer is a giant among vacationing and traveling professionals and his magazine, Budget Travel, is a great place to look for bargain deals and general advice on the subject of travel. This publication is owned by the same people who bring Newsweek to the world and it is one of my favorite travel- related periodicals.

    I have been reading this magazine for more than a year now. My favorite sections are "True Stories" (actual mishaps and funny occurrences that took place while traveling, sent in by readers), "Road Trip" (a 3 or 4 day automotive journey in some area of the U.S., complete with road map), and "40 Best" (a listing of 40 great travel deals from around the world, complete with pricing, phone numbers, and web sites for more information). Besides these regular departments, Budget Travel includes some good general articles (about 3 or 4 every month) that vary each month, about the subject of travel. These articles can cover anything from local culture to cost- cutting tips. And the places covered are varied from month to month. Sometimes, they are well- knonw destination. Other times, they are out of the way places that have something unique to offer.

    One thing that is a little different with Budget Travel is the fact that it really does try to stress ways to save money on vacation. Unlike certain other travel magazines, this one doesn't waste the reader's time with pure fantasy by covering destinations that are incredibly costly and out of the reach of most people. It sticks to its mission and strives to bring you great deals and tips on travel.

    One section of this magazine that I'm not too fond of is the "20 Tips"- a monthly department that provides miscellaneous bits of advice on travel, sent in by readers. There is no organization to this section and the tips include a mixture of both helpful and impractical advice. The problem with some of it is that it is so specific that the chances of anyone ever having the described situation actually occur is slim to none. Better organization (there is no order to this section at all- you have to skim for something useful) and more editing would improve this feature.

    This magazine publication comes out ten times per year (the December/January and July/August issues are combined into one) and it carries a low subscription price. It's the type of magazine that easily pays for itself many times over with its timely advice and tips on stretching your vacation dollar.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Budgeting everwhere, living better than ever!
    I was having the blahs in life. So a friend introduced me to the Artists Way (because I couldn't afford a seminar on bettering my life) Well, that was amazing, it woke me up. Taught me that everyday was something to experience. So I started to fill it up. Here comes the Magazine, it gives us so many creative get-a-ways. Travel doesn't have to be so rigid and expensive. I even started singing. Bought singing lesson Cds on this Site they were awesome Voice Lessons To Go by Vaccarino (can't begin to afford a private teacher). We went to Austria on a great deal from Budget Travel and I sang "the hills are alive" from The Sound of Music- none of the Austrians knew that tune.- I'm serious!

    4-0 out of 5 stars The '40 Best' Rules
    'Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel' is a good magazine, with one absolute standout feature: the '40 Best' bargain vacations area. Every issue has great tips for the 40 best values for different vacations in different regions. Although I have never actually taken any of these vacations exactly as listed, I have on several occasions found them useful as a starting point for planning a trip.

    The remainder of the magazine is fairly standard, and I think a bit repetitive. Occasionally I find useful tips in the '20 Tips' section, but more often than not the tips are so specific as to be fairly useless, along the lines of 'Did you know that on alternating Saturdays of months beginning with the letter "M" between the hours of 2:10 PM and 2:48 PM, the London Zoo gives out three free bamboo shoots to feed the pandas to the first seven people who ask?.' That is an obvious exaggeration, but not by much. I find the travel articles in general well written, but a bit repetitive (how many times can we hear about Paris or London?) and not terribly informative.

    My biggest objection is to the editorial tone in the magazine: I am all in favor of a bargain, but some of the wheedling and whining makes me want to say "Enough. This guy has to earn a living, too." For instance, the editors regularly complain about high airfares, but a few months ago ran an editorial piece that wanted to boycott airlines that ran ads at the beginning of the inflight entertainment videos. I guess that they would rather the airlines not accept that money from corporate accounts, and instead have higher ticket prices? My point is this: you can't have it both ways, so stop trying. When you get a great deal on airfare, hotels, or rental cars, great, but know when to stop. Otherwise you start to look greedy.

    Four stars overall: the '40 Best' is one of the best features in any travel magazine, period. One point reduction for somewhat repetitive features and editorial tone. Great job overall: go to some new places and you will be up to five stars. ... Read more


    2. Sunset
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    Asin: B00005NIOW
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Sunset Magazine
    Sales Rank: 90
    Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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    Better living guide for the Western states, covering the areas of travel, food & entertaining, home & building and gardening.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Sunsets
    I have been a subscriber of Sunset magazine for 25 years. my first subscription was received in Texas and at that time our area was not included so was not impressed, but dreamed of being able to travel to the places in wonderful articles about California. Then I moved to Southern California and there I was very much interested in the magazine diffrently. There are always interesting recipies, gardening articles, places to go, and beautiful pictures. On a cold winter night when there is much rain looking at the beautiful pictures changes sadness into gladness. I give subscriptions as gifts to my adult children and they very much enjoy the articles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An awesome magazine in every respect
    This magazine has it all! Excellent travel information, great decorating and gardening ideas, and wonderful recipes. It is extremely well organized, and the advertisement layout keeps the articles in the forefront.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for gardener's in the west
    The rest of the country be...well, anyway, the problem with most gardening books and magazines is they seem to be speaking to people who live in the tundra for 1/2 the year. Those whom God has blessed by ordaining us to live in the wonderful west do not have that problem. So it becomes tedious each year to read about how to "winter" your garden when you are still weeding and caring for it and would probably fined for stopping. This magazine is the answer to that annoyance.

    Aside from gardening information they also have ideas for decorating and camping and other family fun things. The only annoyance in this magazine can be found in their recipe section. It is nothing if not gourmet. To be perfectly honest, in CA I don't have time to be a gourmet cook. The weather is too nice to be stuck inside doing all that work. But, I do use their recipes once/month to have our "formal" meal. And they are quite delicious.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Tries To Be Too Much For Too Many
    The Sunset Western Garden Book is the definitive reference for anyone gardening in the west, but if you're expecting Sunset Magazine to be the definitive periodical for gardening in the west, you'll be disappointed.

    Each issue includes sections on gardening, travel, foods, home, and even books. After you subtract the ads, gardening content is down in the 10% range. And within that small section, the magazine tries to have something relevant for all western areas, from Alaska to Arizona to Idaho to Oregon, and everyplace in between. When they omit an area, the following month you'll see a letter to the editor complaining about it.

    The other sections have similar issues. The travel section has to have destinations in every region. The food section has to have regional cuisine from every region. The home section even has to feature homes in every region.

    Living alone, I don't cook much, let alone prepare fancy dishes. My biggest decorating issue is keeping the clutter down. The only travel I do is the commute to work. And I'd rather read books than read about books. I also don't care much about gardens in climates vastly different than my own, so I have no interest in the obligatory tropical plants covers. That leaves only a handful of pages that interest me.

    If you're a well-rounded person, with interests in more areas than just gardening, you may well find Sunset an interesting magazine. The articles are all well written. The whole magazine is the highest level of quality. They do a great job of writing about everything they write about. It's just that their scope is just far too wide to be a comprehensive guide to living in such a diverse area as the west.

    If you like Better Homes and Gardens, and you live in the west, you'll love Sunset Magazine. If you're looking for an extension of their definitive books on gardening in the west, you'll be disappointed by how little relevant content you'll find each month.

    One other thing to mention: Sunset Magazine has made most of their website available only to subscribers, unless you're on AOL. So if you want to get to any of their excellent online content, you might want to subscribe even if there only is enough content in the print magazine to hold your attention for the walk from the mailbox to the door.

    Overall, it's a great magazine that simply spreads itself too thin by trying to cover too much for too many different people. You may even find you can finish the parts that interest you while waiting in line at the grocery store check-out counter.

    On the other hand, if your interest include all of the departments (gardening, food, home, travel and books), and you're interested in all the regions that make up the western United States, then don't hesitate a minute longer. Subscribe. I'm just not that well rounded.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wish i still subscribed!
    I have many years' worth of bound copies of this treasure of a magazine. I lived in Southern California for 3 years in the early 80s and it was a magazine I really became addicted to, even after moving back to the East Coast. I subscribed for years after. When I was married, this helped me so much with home ideas, not to mention fabulous recipes that really, for the most part, never seem dated. The ideas I got from this magazine! It really helped me grow and see things differently. I can't bring myself to get rid of the many years of bound copies that I have. Such a classy publication! ... Read more


    3. National Geographic Traveler
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    Asin: B00005Q7DM
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: National Geographic Society
    Sales Rank: 41
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    Focuses on travel, mainly within the United States and Canada.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars You've Been Here? Great!! Now Go THERE!!!
    I must confess: I'm a magazine fanatic. Nothing makes a good afternoon or evening great than a cozy chair, a tall glass of liquid refreshment (choose your own!) and a great mag for some nice, relaxing reading. Well, National Geographic Traveler is large enough (100 pages plus) and intelligent enough (I like a periodical that respects the fact that I've got a brain) to appeal to the most literate would-be traveler. In an age where (almost) all periodicals (both rags and mags) are most noteworthy for their shrinking size and growing advertisement content, the Traveler is a welcome breath of fresh air, free of overt bias (why do so many publications these days seem to be lecturing me?) and absolutely crammed with fabulous photos, wonderful articles, and fantastic where-to-go-and-what-to-see-when-you-get-there resources. The mix is approximately 60-40 domestic/foreign destinations, and they have a very appealing approach to take you to cities and places that they believe are the TRUE heart of the state/country they visit. Examples: In the current issue (July/August 2004: Yes, there are only eight issues a year, but trust me, the quality is worth the wait!), foreign points of interest include Thessaloniki, Greece, instead of Athens, and Ghent, Belgium, instead of Brussels. (Don't worry: they don't always bypass the largest cities. The cover story is a first-rate piece on Sydney, Australia.) All this, plus a five-part, five-issue travelogue which covers America's midsection, and a beautifully-written ode to Maryland's Eastern Shore, will have you scurrying to your computer eager to book flights! Subscribe to National Geographic Traveler today. It will truly want to make you go THERE (off the beaten path) as well as HERE (the touristy places.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Travel Resource
    This is a wonderful magazine, and I look forward to the next one just as soon as I am done with the one I am reading. I like this magazine because it is about going to unique and beautiful places and seeing special sights. There are no articles like 'Where to Find the Best Martinis in West Palm Beach', or fluff like that. This magazine deals with the substance of truly unique domestic and international travel experiences.

    Before a trip to Iceland last summer, I studied a couple of issues with information on Iceland, and found the advice to be amazingly useful, practical, and accurate. That is just the latest of many times that I have used the information in this wonderful magazine to plan and execute vacations.

    Of course not everything or every destination appeals to me, but I can say, without reservation, that every single volume has something of great interest to me. I end up keeping most of these (which is very unusual for me), but only after reading and re-reading them several times!

    If you are interested in unique travels, this magazine is a must read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars 8 issues in a year? what happend to my other 4 issues? ; -)
    i once read several issues at my doctor's office. i was drawn to its high quality photos. does anyone know why there are only 8 issues in a year? thanks.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, but...
    This is a great magazine. Informative, insightful, and all the rest. My parents have subscribed for years. When I was last home I read a few issues. I must admit, I'm hooked. I plan to start a subscription very soon. However...

    Much of the content of the issues I read is devoted to cities in the United States. I don't mind this (as a non-American) since I love travelling to the U.S.; however, this magazine is wholeheartedly written BY Americans FOR Americans. I love travelling to the U.S., don't get me wrong, but there is an unequivocal bias amongst the pages of this Mag. The articles (all of them) are GREAT! Not to mention the photography! Wow! But if you want a travel magazine that devotes equal content to many countries, this isn't the one for you. I asked my family what they thought, having subscribed for many years: we all agree, if required to guess, 60% of the articles are about American cities, the remaining 40% to global destinations. Just what we feel. Again, a great mag.
    ~Andrew

    5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Enjoyable
    My husband and I look forward to receiving this magazine
    every month. The travel reviews are excellent and there
    are so many good tips that I never would have thought of on
    my own. This is a great magazine for those of you that love
    to travel, or who would love to travel more. ... Read more


    4. New York Magazine
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    Asin: B000060MGW
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: New York Magazine
    Sales Rank: 171
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    New York magazine operates under the widely (if locally) held belief that New York City is the center of the universe. Savvy, sophisticated, and bursting with East Coast attitude, New York is a stylish source for quick, easy-to-digest weekly entertainment aimed at your inner New Yorker. The focus is on the celebrity scene, dining out, fashion, arts and nightlife, and city news and politics, along with thorough weekly event listings. Cover stories are very city-centric, but they really get rolling when a scandal blows into town--New York has covered them all, from the "Preppy Murder" trial to the Woody Allen/Soon-Yi Previn affair. --Brad Thomas Parsons ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars UES
    Great magazine, that is if you are rich and live on the Upper East Side.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag...
    Some plusses and minuses with this magazine.. First I just LOVE the crossword puzzle. Its alot of fun, usually has a twist of irony but still makes you think but is do-able for most people... unlike say the Times..which I have alot of difficulty with. I love that it is a weekly magazine..When so many magazines have gone to 10, or even 6 issues a year...its just plain nice to get one this often... The topics are current and timly. Some are downright fun in an escapist way... I enjoy the resturant reviews quite a bit.

    That said... The products are petty much out of my reach. It is definately for an upscale audience with a high income. I like reading about these things sometimes but I do get a bit weary of reading about a new designer renovating a brownstone, yet again... or what a socailite serves for lunch. I don't feel this is the general focus of the magazine (say like town&country) so I do keep reading it on a semi-regular basis.

    Interestingly the times I have subscribed on a more regular basis generally were times I lived away from the area. Nostalgia, I guess. I can't really see the appeal for this magazine to an audience outside the metropolitan are. It seems to me that its a more local, albeit not small, magazine...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Reading
    New York magazine has some of the most timely, best written articles that I have read in a long time. I have been very impressed with the
    topic choices and have gotten so much from this well-done magazine that I am renewing my subscription. I highly recommend this magazine to anyone who wants to stay current with timely topics, regardless of where one might live.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Materialistic and snobby
    I subscribed to New York magazine when I first moved to the city last year in an attempt to stay apprised of events, news, etc. Over the course of time, however, I have found that New York Magazine caters mostly to those of us who can afford things like nannies, plastic surgery and trips to Iceland. One of their worst stories was about the effects of the lagging economy on "a variety" of New Yorkers, who mostly consisted of spoiled young adults running up their credit card debts at clubs and salons and couples who are forced to buy a $1000 coffee table instead of a $3000 one. Boohoo. Almost as annoying was New York's Christmas gift guide -- flat screen TVs, a $85 goldleafed cake, a $375 bathrobe. Are they serious? Or do I just find this totally unrealistic because I'm a poor graduate student? I don't think so.

    That said, I should mention some postives: The covers are pretty cool-looking. Amy Sohn's column "Naked City" is entertaining and the "Sales and Bargains" section lists all the sample sales going on around town. There are usually a few interesting articles per issue. The event listings, while not as extensive or varied as TimeOut New York, are OK considering New York's relatively low subscription price (less than half of TimeOut). In fact, the only reason I still renew my subscription is because New York Magazine is so cheap. Ironic, huh?

    In conclusion, New York only has a few interesting articles, which are vastly overshadowed by the snobbishness of the rest of the magazine. The theatre, food and event listings are mediocre. However, the cheapness of the magazine almost makes up for its poor substance. Almost.

    Worst of all... there aren't any horoscopes!

    5-0 out of 5 stars New York Magazine Crossword Puzzles
    Crossword puzzles in this magazine are written with humor, are topically current, and not as difficult as those in the N.Y. Times. ... Read more


    5. Conde Nast Traveler
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    Asin: B00005N7PG
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Conde Nast Publications Inc.
    Sales Rank: 61
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    As the title implies, Traveller offers more than just articles and advice on vacation planning. Beyond resort and hotel reports, its insightful, thorough, and informative features delve into regional culture, transportation, and cuisine, serving those who are as interested in actually experiencing another part of the world as they are in escaping their own. Traveller also offers pragmatic articles on the perils of visiting foreign countries, such as car insurance (or the lack thereof), medical care, and crimes such as pickpocketing. Other features pinpoint charming diversions--a roadside dried-coconut vendor on Maui's Hana Highway, Seattle's surrealExperience Music Project museum, the latest boutique hotel in Miami's South Beach, or a tiny crêpe shop in Paris. The focus is on more opulent destinations--those looking to do London on $15 a day should look elsewhere. But whether you'll travel by mountain bike, Sherpa guide, or Learjet, and whether you're on a lengthy sojourn or a weekend spa getaway, Traveller inspires a voyager's dreams. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Upscale Traveling - Informative
    I'm a consummate world traveler but have to be budget minded. This magazine seems more tailored for the wealthier travelers of the world and doesn't necessarily suit my needs. However, I understand this and still get the magazine for the following reasons: beautiful photos, interesting world stories, great ideas on travel, great itineraries, and it looks great on my coffee table!

    I wish there were more articles as I often wade through more advertisements than I care for, but I also understand this is how they make their money. Still, this is enough coupled with the higher scale clientele that stops me from giving it a full 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Overall Travel Magazine I Have Found
    I think that in terms of overall content presented, 'Conde Nast Traveler' is the best travel magazine currently on the market. Some other reviewers have raised some valid points concerning article length, and bias toward upscale properties. I think that there are other magazines that might be more suitable for others, including 'Budget Travel' and 'National Geographic Traveler', both of which I also subscribe to and enjoy, though they both have their limitations and issues as well.

    So what sets 'Conde Nast' apart? I think it is the willingness to find new and exciting vacation destinations that are still reasonable enough to get to as to make them worthwhile to a large audience. Some of the more exotic magazines have great articles on hiking in Tibet and the like, but how many people are really able to do that (or can afford to do it?) My point is that although it is by no means perfect, I think the editors and writers do consciously strike a balance between the too mundane and too exotic (and expensive) and attempt to focus the majority of the magazine in that area.

    This is just too good of a magazine to pass up. The 'Deals of the Month' section alone justifies the price. Of all the travel magazines I read on a monthly basis (currently four) 'Conde Nast Traveler' is my favorite and I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars used to be...
    I used to love this magazine. It still has some excellent articles, but it is true that there are way too many filler issues now with top 100 lists of things I have no interest in (resort hotels, spas, expensive travel agents). However, on the flip side, it never talks down to the reader - the audience is assumed to be well travelled and somewhat sophisticated - which I appreciate. I checked out Nat Geographic Traveller hoping it would be like the CN Traveller of old, but although it has nicer photography (with few gratuitously scantily clad female shots), it seemed much more mainstream - like I had already done many of the "dream trips" befor I hit my 30s and the information also seemed much shallower. I like Geo, but I struggle through the French and it's a lot more expensive.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very little substance
    When I subscribed to this magazine, I was already receiving National Geographic Traveller. I was helping with a fundraiser, but I mainly wanted to see if it was as good or better travel magazine than others I've seen.

    Well, it was definitly thicker than N.G.Traveller, but that was because the majority of it was crammed with advertisements. The articles that it did have were typically short, and would often have more to do with fashion than travel. I was hoping for travel-related stories and photos, but instead I could hardly turn a page without seeing scantily clad women, as if that was the appeal of the destinations being written about. In one issue, the main story was supposed to be about ski resorts, but it actually focused on a particular woman's clothing brands, and just contained photos of her wearing a bikini in the snow.

    I wouldn't consider myself sophisticated, but I would much rather read a magazine that is more informative and entertaining, with content more related to travel. I'm tired of reading lists of the top 100 hotels, resorts, cruises, or whatever, and do not enjoy having to search to find actual articles. If you don't mind spending your money to read advertisements, than go ahead and subscribe. I'll stick with National Geographic Traveler.

    2-0 out of 5 stars In the minority
    I had a subscription to this magazine years ago and let it laspe. I recently picked it up again and I will not be renewing it. The magazine is obviously geared toward folks that like their information in the highly abbreviated form.

    Articles are usually extremely short and not very informative in my opinion. Less than one page is not unusual. Sometimes I have a hard time telling if soemthing is an article or an advertisement.

    I wish I could recommend another, better travel magazine, but I just haven't found one.

    Since I'm obviously not in the main stream on this one, I'd suggest that you buy a couple of copies off the newstand before making the commitment to a year or more subscription. ... Read more


    6. Time Out New York
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    Asin: B00005N7UW
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Time Out New York Partners, LP.
    Sales Rank: 154
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Boring but good for the listings
    I buy this only for the listings. I find the rest of the magazine painfully boring.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for any New Yorker
    This magazine does a great job of featuring good articles at the beginning and then breaking down events you might want to do in New York City that week. The magazine is organized into various categories that are color coded so that when you get it, you can just skip to the section you're interested in. There's a whole city out there to discover and TONY can help point you in the right direction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the MUST READ magazines in America today
    You don't have to live in NYC to appreciate all that this magazine has to offer. While it is mostly a listing of events, shows, concerts, etc ... of what is happening in NYC - unlike most other towns in America, when an event is happening in NYC, it's just a little important - especially in a pop cultural context. After all, NYC is still the center of the TV networks, publishing, books, news, art, dance, fashion, foods, nightlife, etc ...

    You get a weekly pulse of what is going on - on Broadway & off. Who is performing in town at the different venues from punk to cabaret? You get great music reviews and interesting movie reviews (much different than your hometown papers). You get a glimpse of fashion, the hottest clubs, the best restaurants and cool things to buy.

    The writing is not snobbish or pretentious. It's like having a hip friend who is still willing to hang out with you even though you live in fly-over country. They know all the cool places but they also know where to get a $.75 Pabst Blue Ribbon.

    And really, that is the ultimate epitome of cool (versus PAPER MAGAZINE who tries too hard to be cool).

    So, if you're interested in what is going on in NYC and what might become big in the US, you want to get to the front of the line and read TONY (as they call themselves). It is one of the best magazines in America right now - they are what NY magazine was 10-15 years ago - and what a magazine is supposed to be - it's supposed to make you smarter without you knowing it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "TONY" Has The Complete Scoop On New York City!
    Everyone who lives in New York City, Long Island, or the tri-state area, should have a subscription to Time Out New York, ("TONY"). This weekly magazine contains all the information anyone would need to know to enjoy any, and all, aspects of The City. I also recommend this magazine to out-of-towners who vacation here a few times a year, and want to be "in the know."

    The writing is clear and concise, with a slightly funky style. There are complete weekly listings of special events, including things to do for free in NYC; all kinds of tours, including wonderfully informative walking tours, and bird watching in Central Park; films and movie reviews; theater - Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway listings and reviews; concerts of all kinds, including free street concerts, and barge concerts; music and reviews; dance; clubs and nightlife for all those from 18 to 80; opera; restaurants & ratings for all budgets; a complete museum listing, with all pertinent information; book reviews and a listing of weekly readings & book signings by authors; sports listings; radio & TV listings; shopping and sales, etc..

    Some of the articles are geared to the twenty-something crowd, but they are fun, and keep you updated about the latest fads and fashion. This is the most "in-the-know," savvy magazine for everything in NYC! The Best!!
    JANA

    5-0 out of 5 stars Complete
    Time Out New York, or TONY, has it all. Every little thing that's going down in New York is covered. More importantly, you can actually locate salient information without having to wade through 20 pages of transgender massage ads as in the Village Voice. ... Read more


    7. National Geographic Adventure
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: National Geographic Society
    Sales Rank: 109
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission...
    This is probably one of the best magazines that you can subscribe to if you love any or all of the following: traveling, adventure, the outdoors, travel journals, great pictures of fantastic scenery or reading about any of the above. I have subscribed to this magazine for a while and there's never an issue that arrives in my mailbox in which I don't find at least one full article and two shorter articles that are enjoyable to read as well as informative. This magazine has inspired me to be even more adventurous on my next journey, whether it be domestic or international. But until, then, I can enjoy exciting travels vicariously through the authors of this publication. Kudos to National Geographic for really filling a void that "Outside" or "Backpacker" seem to leave.

    5-0 out of 5 stars National Geographic Adventure
    I don't know what the person was thinking who reviewed this magazine (Jan 2004) and said he had cancelled his subscription of 15 years. This magazine only first began publication a few years ago. I have every issue and have loved and read every one. Adventure is the best of the National Geographic publications and is for those who are young or at least young at heart. Some of the articles are a bit sassy -- but just enough to make them fun!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not what it used to be.
    I have just cancelled my subscription to National Geographic Magazine after 15 years of membership. Regrettably the magazine has lost its former lustre and has become too americanized and too focussed upon 911 and the two wars in the middle east. I need a magazine that is truely worldly in scope and covers nature and cultural diversity. My search led me to three candidates: Geo Magazine - good but not available in english; Geographical - british, good but a little shallow; and finally I settled upon CNN Traveller - an excellent magazine to which I am now subscribed and is all and more than what National Geographic used to be. I just wish more publishers would give National Geographic some competition.

    Paul

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for the experienced or wanna-be adventure traveler
    Biking, skiing, running, canoeing, hiking, kayaking: you name it it has you covered. Great tips and ideas for your first or next adventure vacation to any corner of the globe. If you are serious about or seriously considering getting out of the house and living life, this magazine is a must read! All this and a great price too.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I travel as much as I would like so.....
    I travel vicariously through National Geographic Adventure. A great magazine to sit, read and dream of an adventure. ... Read more


    8. Outside
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Mariah Publications
    Sales Rank: 71
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    For active young adults who enjoy contemporary outdoor sports, science, travel & wildlife & are concerned with the use of the environment & other natural resources.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outside is awesome
    Outside is a great magazine, including beautiful photography, fascinating articles, a good dose of enviro-activism, and heavy on gear reviews. (Purists, take note--this magazine loves outdoor gear.)

    Frequent articles on extreme sports and travel, and occasionally includes stunning articles that no one else will cover (for instance, the article awhile back on the ongoing mountain war between India and Pakistan).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reading can be an outdoor adventure
    I usually don't subscribe to magazines. Specially in these days, when the Internet can give you a lot of information just searching in Google. However, this magazine is terrific and I will renew my subscription for many years to come.

    It has very entertaining articles for the adventurer. Its scope is really wide (Cycling, Sailing, Mointanieering, Water and Snow skiing, Rock Climbing, Trecking, Off-Road Motorcycles, Surfing, Fitness...) so it is very probable that if you practice an outdoor sport or just like a particular type of adventure, you will get a nice article to read that matches your interest. It is for everybody!.

    One of the things I really enjoy about this magazine, is all the gearing and high tech equipment they show (and I can't buy). They review GPSs, give you tips on the best beach gear, or even compare different types of binoculars. It is great to have some info, what is wrong with technology for the outdoor life?.

    One Suggestion to the editors: More articles oriented to the outdoor adventure of the readers, not just the writer. The majority of the articles, tell you stories about wonderfull trips and journeys from the perspective of the adventurer/author. However, they don't give many guidelines, directions for newbies, or people interested on doing that.

    3-0 out of 5 stars For that rare person or the wannabe out there
    Outside Magazine's demographic is either for the athlete/mt climber/backpacker beautiful person who has the time and money to pursue full time sports/climbing etc. OR for the wannabe who wants to see what those folks are doing. It is handy if you're looking for a piece of equipment or want to read about an adventure. After reading the articles though if you're the typical camping/outdoor/average type who works 40 hours a week and makes an average amount of money....a great feeling of inadequacy can come over you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get out there!
    First hand accounts of real adventures. Climb Everest. Invade Baghdad. Fly over remote regions of Alaska. Hike, paddle, run for your life! This magazine tells you all about what the great outdoors has to offer.

    3-0 out of 5 stars An Outdoor Magazine for the Armchair SUV Set
    There is some very good writing to be found in Outdoor- Randy Wayne White and John Krakauer come immediately to mind. Excellent reading for the armchair traveller. The bulk of the magazine, however, is an extended advertisement for high-tech outdoors gear, punctuated by ads for SUVs the size of earthmoving equipment that every true outdoorsman or woman needs.

    Outdoors is rather like the numerous amateur photography magazines that obsess about equipment and yet have very little to say about the aestheic of art. When I think of my favorite outdoor adventures I don't think about the equipment I used, or the many and wonderful modern conveniences I brought along. Instead I think of just being in a quiet place, away from flashing and beeping electronics that fill my workday. ... Read more


    9. Coastal Living
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Southern Progress
    Sales Rank: 553
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    10. Travel + Leisure
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    Publisher: American Express Publishing Corp.
    Sales Rank: 926
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Feature articles on travel destinations worldwide, notices of exciting events, restaurant and hotel profiles, regional articles, recommendations and weather for leisure travelers worldwide.
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Fuzzy Out of Focus Photography
    Travel & Leisure was once the best travel magazine. Now I rate it the worst. Endlessly trendy, hopelessly chic. It's fru-fru. My biggest complaint is the photography. Seems the editors have told their photographers to shoot only over-exposed, overly white fuzzy photos. And there is this irritating penchance for illustrating their articles with full page photos of local inhabitants. DUH! Thum through any issue at the newstand and see what I mean. Try "Conde Nast Traveler" instead.

    2-0 out of 5 stars For the $250,000+ a year club
    Travel magazines have never catered to the common man, instead preferring the rarified air found around those living in million dollar homes and driving Porsches with model numbers we've never heard of before. "Travel + Leisure" is no exception to this rule.

    One would think that the editors would have toned down the chic and trendy during the economic downturn, but instead they seem to have ratcheted up the lust level another notch. A quick scan of the price tags attached to the luxuries described within "T+L's" pages will find most of the recommendations to be out of reach of mortal men. And don't get me going on the ads, either.

    This is not to say that "T+L" is a bad magazine. If your idea of a family vacation is Monte Carlo, then it works beautifully. It does a wonderful job making people's mouths water over what is offered out there in the big, beautiful world. But if your idea of a getaway is Gatlinburg, you'll get nothing but a case of envy reading this magazine.

    As for the actual content of the magazine, it suffers from "USA Today" syndrome: limited, perfunctory articles. The content resembles nothing more than a hodgepodge of tidbits. Many magazines today have this problem, though. Blame it on short attention spans. Or possibly that the world is a big place and too much specificity on one location would make the mag less useful for a broad audience. But with the demographic of "T+L", I think the target audience would appreciate knowing more.

    "T+L" certainly has some plusses, with the best being the photography. This is a handsome magazine. But it is a "B-level" handsome and not an "A". There are more elite magazines that look even better.

    In the long run, though, the negatives outweigh the positives. One of my biggest beefs with "T+L" is the sheer onslaught of ads. A random flip through its pages will almost always land you on an ad rather than actual useful content. Given that ad revenue at magazines is down, I guess a plethora of ads is a sign of the magazine's health, but still. Don't we buy magazines to read articles that are useful?

    As far as competition, Conde Nast's "Traveler" comes to mind. Having read the two, I think I might lean toward "Traveler" as the superior magazine. My admittedly faulty memory has me remembering that it has a tad more depth in its articles and a higher "signal to noise ratio" of content to ads than "T+L".

    If you are a daydreamer, get "T+L" simply for the "what-if" possibilities. But if you are like me, save the money you would have spent on "T+L" and use it to get away for a couple days with the Mrs. to a nice, local B&B once in a while.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but...
    T&L is a visually appealing travel mag, but they seem to be slipping on the editorial side lately. I'm always enticed at the newstand to pick it up and flip through, but I find myself buying less and less these days, because there isn't as much substance behind it as there used to be.

    The rare times that I do buy is when there's an article about an area that I'm about to go to, or want to go to. Even in these cases, I find that some research online, augmented by CN Traveler, does the job much more efficiently. Don't get me wrong; I still *like* T&L; it's just that most of the value I get from it can be much more effectively accessed on their Web site, under 'destinations.'

    If you want a useful travel magazine, try CN Traveler. If you want eye candy for travel, I'd suggest something like Wallpaper (alas, they've somewhat fallen off the pedestal as well, but that's a different review...).

    4-0 out of 5 stars for travelers who value creature comforts
    Several years ago I had a job where I traveled a lot for work. This experience made me choosy about where I stayed, and what I did with myself when I was away from home on weekends. It was at this time that I began reading Travel and Leisure; I've read it ever since.

    Travel and Leisure is unapologetic about writing for people who want to be pampered when they are on vacation. It inspires readers with pretty pictures, and promises paradise to those with money to spend and time to plan. This is not a magazine for those who prefer youth hostels. It is not for people whose goal is "adventure travel." Travel and Leisure is for people who want to relax, to be pampered, and to be charmed when they are on vacation from their otherwise hectic lives. What if you don't have time to take that vacation? Well then Travel and Leisure is precisely the magazine you should read to help you imagine what that trip would have been like. ... Read more


    11. Los Angeles Magazine
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Emmis Publishing Co Inc
    Sales Rank: 463
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Covers the latest on personality profiles, investigative reports, city scoops, political intrigue, & entertainment/fashion news.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Way to Know Los Angeles
    Los Angeles Magazine has a variety of information for everyone. Some of the stores, fashions, etc... might run on the high end price-wise (especially the paid advertisements). But the magazine always offers a great overview of what is going on in Los Angeles. Covering News, Politics, Celebrities, Fashion, Food and Fun things to do. The best issue is the Annual Restaurant issue - this is not to be missed. Restaurants in every price range are listed. Besides the "Dining Out" monthly section, there is "The Top Ten" - plays, music, museums and more to do that month. This magazine is a great way to get to know Los Angeles. ... Read more


    12. Where To Retire
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    Publisher: Vacation Publications Inc
    Sales Rank: 432
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Somehow, this was not particularly good
    I was hoping for more in-depth articles than what I got here. The towns listed were mostly resort-types, and there was far less on living in regular places where one might retire and live on a fixed income. I think I expected more from "Where to Retire" than I got out of my subscription, so I didn't renew. ... Read more


    13. Robb Report
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    Publisher: Curtco Robb Media Llc
    Sales Rank: 436
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Where the rich meet the beautiful
    Robb Report focuses on the wealthy, the beautiful, and their deepest desires. Fast cars, fashionistas, fun, frolic, frivolity, and freedom.....that is how the rich stand apart from the ordinary.

    Where else can a single, affluent man meet a beautiful, healthy, educated, and vibrant woman but at 4M Club---www.4mclub.com.

    The Robb Report will take you on a fascinating journey of love, lust, envy, desire, sumptuous trinkets and travels only the truly fortunate possess.

    Obsession, possession. But no recession for this lucky crowd.

    The Robb Report is the lap of luxury, the creme de' la creme, the 'ver' in Vercaci.......don't walk, but run, to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of this truly decadent magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars classy and a must have for any conessouir
    Robb Report covers everything a gentleman could ever want or imagine. I have purchased over a dozen vehicles out of Robb Report magazine and have never been disappointed. Thanks Robb Report

    5-0 out of 5 stars Luxury Redefined
    I have been an avid reader of Robb Report for well over 15 years, and I will continue to do so "til Death do us part". The affluent lifestyle is well represented in this publication, the proverbial "American Dream". From the reviews of the finest automobiles to the showcasing of the most exquisite pieces of jewelry the world has to offer, Robb Report has everything for the most discriminating shopper.
    If you can truly appreciate the finer things in life that money CAN buy, Robb Report is THE magazine for you, bar none.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Robb Reports KEEPS you in the KNOW
    I lucked up discovering the Robb Report about three years ago. A great read on an airlines- I have had other passenger 'remove' it while I was out of my seat. Each issue since then has been a jewel and a treasure. The writers, photographers and editors create onoverwhelming sensory-overload for aspiring blue-bloods like myself. The vehicles, not limited to cars, vacation sites, and informative articles will keep you coming back month after month. Not to mention the Year-End Christmas Guide- a mammoth issue with gift and gadgets that will bring you to your knees. This issue alone is WORTH the subscription price. Dont miss out on another issue- grab one at the newstand or subscribe and you too will be hooked for life, hoping- praying for money to afford some of those great toys!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Luxe Life in magazine form.
    There are a lot of magazines out there proclaiming themselves about the good life - well, at least the material and fun toys that can go with the good life but only the Robb Report is the real thing. A lot of the luxe lifestyle mags seem to be started by people hoping they'll get to drive Ferraris for free or so they get to hire models in bikinis to sit on a $150k pool table.

    The Robb Report seems to be written by people with a geniune understanding, knowledge and interest in their subjects of coverage whether it's Ferrari's, Italian luxury yachts, the best rideshare jet or an interesting $4M vacation home - they know the history and understanding the lightweights from the authentic. They actually know their stuff and don't just write regurgitated press releases.

    With a lot of fakes and poseurs out there, The Robb Report is the real thing. Solid writing, excellent photographs and even the ads are fun to look at. Whether you live this life or aspire to it, the Robb Report is the real beluga ... ... Read more


    14. Islands
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Islands Media Corp
    Sales Rank: 415
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    "Destinations, Adventures, Dreams" promises the masthead, and this magazine delivers. Unlike many other travel magazines that are really general lifestyle publications, Islands focuses entirely on islands--as vacation destinations and as cultures. Packed with information helpful for planning a vacation, this magazine helps make the dream a reality, spotlighting a wide variety of price points and destinations. While giving great attention to tropical climates, contributors also visit temperate locations. Stories are written with a personal touch--personal experiences intermingle with details on the location, including social, economic, and political dimensions. Vivid photographs and maps give the reader a better sense of the locations (and a desire to visit immediately!). Advertisements pertain directly to vacation planning, including rentals, resorts, and airfares. Subscribe for the dream of the island getaway, but be careful--you may just find yourself booking it. --Elizabeth Bowker ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Great photos. But that's all, folks!
    The photography is fantastic. I love the shots of tropical islands, clear blue sky, soft white sands, palm trees, and crystal ocean water. Basically, paradise on display. Period. Unfortunately, everything else about the magazine is disappointing: The articles are junk, usually full of random babble which provides no real insight into searching, planning and executing a vacation. The advertising is marginally better, but the options are all limited. I can (and do) get more useful information from my travel agent, discount travel magazines & brochures, word-of-mouth, and the internet.

    I thought this magazine would be a great "virtual" vacation every time it arrived in the mail. The problem was that it only lasted about 15 minutes, the amount of time it took to read through the entire mag. The one claim to fame, however, for Islands magazine is that it introduced me to my honeymoon destination, the South Pacific, many years ago. Even with this, though, the most useful information was found on the internet.

    For about $15/year, this isn't a bad deal. But, if anyone knows of a magazine with Islands' photo quality, and useful articles, please post.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of a few great magazines to cover Hawaii
    Islands is gorgeous. The photography is amazing and that's so much of what the subject matter requires. I am a longtime subscriber and am never disappointed. If you are interested in the same level of quality but with a focus on Hawaii - look at Zento Magazine - ASIN Number: B0000ABGD0. An amazing magazine devoted to creating transformational experiences for visitors to Hawaii..

    4-0 out of 5 stars Enticing Photography
    Islands Magazine is a must for the travel lover. Each issue features stunning photography, articles from people who have visited various world islands, and advertisements on popular travel destinations around the globe.

    The articles covered in this magazine usually focus on popular islands for travelers, like the Caribbean, South Pacific Islands, Hawaii, etc. But on occassion, the magazine features other islands, too, including those that are not as popular as tourist destinations like the Balearic Islands, Ceylon, Madagascar, and others.

    There are LOTS of advertisements in this magazine, and that might not sit well with some readers who prefer more articles and less selling. But the ads are helpful to the reader because they often include bargain prices. There are also classified ads from other readers who have island vacation property to rent.

    If you like to travel and you love water, then Islands magazine is a great publication to read. The photography alone makes it worth while. It will tempt you to head to the nearest travel agency and book your tropical beach vacation asap!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Visions of Paradise....
    This is the only magazine I subscribe to - I love it because it has wonderful timeless images of places and people which simply exude calm, chill, beach bum latitude attitudes. There's little cultural or political commentary here; these destinations are described and presented simply as perfectionist's paradise - which may not be reality, but it makes me want to hop on a plane and go. Photography is top notch and there is a section at the end of every issue giving travel details for each island described (including local costs, times, and places to stay and eat.

    4-0 out of 5 stars the great escape
    I'm a canadian girl (picture snow-filled childhood) currently living in Seattle (picture gloomy, dark, rain filled days --10 months of the year). Until 3 years ago, my husband and I were living in the virgin islands, and before that, I spent several years in Trinidad. Imagine my sunshine withdrawl. Sometimes I think we truly must be crazy to have left. This magazine is a regular fixture in our bathroom, and I practically stalk the mail man, waiting for it's arrival each month. While I can't afford a real tropical vacation every time I need one, Islands gives me a great quick-fix, allowing me a glimpe of the island life I dream of one day returning to. With stunning photography and wonderfully written island profiles covering every corner of the globe, this is the best subscription I've ever ordered. I'm hooked for life. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because there are (in my econo-travelers opinion) too many advertisements for high-priced resorts. ... Read more


    15. Texas Monthly
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Emmis Publishing Co Inc
    Sales Rank: 306
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    Edited for the urban Texas audience andcovers the state's politics, sports, business, culture and changing lifestyles.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Getting Better
    I agree with some of what all the other reviewers have stated. I, too, am a Texas native who has subscribed for nearly 15 years (and read my father's for 10 years before that) and have seen the mag's quality ebb and flo. As copyKat states, the magazine doesn't seem to know who its target audience is (i.e. upscale, politically savvy, middle-or-the-road, city dweller/suburban, etc.) The political and investigatory writing is still top-notch. This state has a lot of problems and the magazine does not try to simply gloss them over. However, some (ok, many) of the 'fluff' pieces leave me wondering why they were included in the first place. Like ducksquat, I also dislike having to stop an article in mid-paragraph to hunt down the continuation on page 97.

    I travel throughout the state and appreciate the restaurant reviews and cultural 'to-do' lists. I also enjoy the mix of current and historical events. I also very much like Kinky Friedman's Last Roundup (I think I'm in a minority, tho). The annual Bum Steer Awards are usually worth the subscription price alone.

    My biggest gripe is with the 20- to 30-page 'special advertising section' every single month. What used to be a once- or twice-a-year occurance is now in every issue. I know we (the subscribers) don't keep magazines afloat- the advertisers do - but still...The magazine at times looks (and smells) like my wife's Vogue.

    Overall, Texas Monthly is a good magazine. The state is so big (physically, culturally and politically) that I am sure it is hard to find a good balance of articles every month. Other than the politics-only rags like the 'Texas Observer' and the usually horrible 'city' magazines ('D' or 'Inside Houston') TM is all we have; they usually put out a good magazine. Changes in ownership and editorial staffs over the recent past have slightly changed the magazine's direction every couple of years, but I like the current editing team. And, Texas Monthly keeps winning awards.

    Consider my, dusksquat's, copykat's, Karen's, and Sheila's reviews before buying a subscription. Then subscribe anyway.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Magazine as opinionated as Texans...
    As a Texan, I find it refreshing to read this fine magazine. It keeps me up-to-date with the happenings in my state whether political, sports-related, recreation or any number of things. There are just as many opinionated editorials as there are factual-based articles and no punches are held back in trying to keep Texas looking like a flawless state.

    I have lived around the country and it certainly helped me to keep my feet rooted in my native state. Since then, I've returned, though temporarily. It now serves me well to give me ideas of things to do, see and experience.

    My main qualm with the magazine is that there seems to be as many if not more ads than stories and images. In addition, I'm not quite satisfied that many stories are continued towards the back of the magazine. This merely means that if I don't hold my place, I'll have to strive to find it again.

    It has been said that everything is big in Texas and the size of the magazine is certainly filled with enough reading material to keep you busy all month long. I have yet to read a rehash of stories such as a 1,000 different takes on the Alamo. If a story is "rehashed," it is from a totally different perspective so that the magazine never stays stale. Besides that, a fun read for all who have any interest at all about what this former independent country is all about!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Local Reading
    I have somewhat mixed feelings about this magazine, as I can not tell to what type of audience this is truly meant for. The articles are hard hitting, and well written. I can not dispute that. Sometimes I simply don't find them all that interesting. I enjoy the restaurant reviews, its helpful knowing of a few good suggestions when traveling, or even locally. I find the advertising in the magazine to be a bid auspicious as it seems to cater only to those high members of society that are in serious need of spa treatments and an occasional face lift. Maybe its tough finding advertising, but I find that it takes away from articles about our local government and issues.
    I do feel this is totally worth the subscription price, and you are bound to find 12 dollars of reading in a years time :) This might even be a good gift idea from someone that is no longer in the area.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I have to disagree!
    I've only subscribed for 2 years, but I must disagree with Sheila of Austin! I love this magazine and look forward to every issue! Granted, there are some articles that I skip over, but I believe that is true with every magazine out there. I hope people aren't discouraged with her review - just a difference of opinion, I guess...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Going down hill.
    I have subscribed to this magazine off and on for the last 15 years. This magazine is known for the meticulously researched articles on Texas history and local figures. However, it seems that the better quality pieces have become fewer and more far between over recent years. I don't know if the magazine went through a change in ownership or what happened. They still have the occasional jewel but you have to wade through a ton of fluff. ... Read more


    16. Caribbean Travel And Life
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: World Publications Inc
    Sales Rank: 359
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read it slowly...
    I try to read this magazine slowly, allowing myself to dream I am on the trip with the writers. The magazine has something for everyone, whether you want an adventure or budget or luxury, the tips and even the ads are helpful in planning a Caribbean vacation just right for you. ... Read more


    17. Town & Country Travel
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    Publisher: Hearst Magazines
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    18. Chicago Magazine
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    Publisher: Primedia Magazines
    Sales Rank: 281
    Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Promotes The National Image of Tribune Liberal Bias
    The magazine hit a new low recently but is in lockstep with the media bias demomstrated so wonderfully by the Chicago Tribune.
    The story tracking a particular pistols travel from manufacturer
    to the streets of Chicago exhibit the typical reporters attempt
    to shape public opinion to their viewpoint. Stories such as these
    are shining examples of how America's public is slowly brainwashed into believing what the reporters portray in a one sided story. America, the firearm issue is the biggest cover-up since the JFK assassination. If you disbelieve what I've just stated your already brainwashed.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Chicagoan no longer looking to Chicago Magazine
    Chicago magazine was once a wonderful resource to me as a Chicagoan...but not now. Hip, savy and younger (25-40) is no longer the target audience. For over two years this magazine was my main resource for learning about, events, restaraunts, clubs, openings. Now, this magazine is just a glorified version of the Chicago Tribune...it's owners. both the magazine and the paper will have the same information for "hot new clubs", "great eats", 10 things to do under $40. It's a rip off for those of us that live here and those traveling here. But even worse it tends to focus on the suburbs. If Chicago wasn't a thriving, wonderful city...no one would want to live here.

    4-0 out of 5 stars interesting magazine
    The Chicago magazine has a lot of interesting topics that evolve around Chicago. There was one article that was really interesting, it was the Education edition, where they listed all the schools in the area, and compared the teachers salaries, how good the school was, and how much they spend on a student. Chicago, had a house edition, and a restaurant edition. Most of the magazine has ads in it, and it's sometimes pricey on the magazine rack.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great way to explore Chicago
    This magazine is very addicting. Once you you purchase it one time there is no turning back. It helps out when you are traveling down town Chicago. It even helps myself out a lot, while I live down town by myself. It is very true and interesting magazine. I would recomend this magazine to everyone.

    2-0 out of 5 stars This magazine is losing steam - Thanks Tribune. Co.
    I do live in Chicago, so my viewpoint may be different than that of someone who doesn't live here and probably only comes here once a month.

    I subscribed to this magazine 2 years ago, before the Tribune Co. bought it. It had several great articles each month and was really relevant not only to people living in Chicago, but to those who had just moved here. I still have several of those because they were so good to have.

    Some of my favorite, and headlining, articles include: Chicago's Best New Restaurants (May 2001), Chicago's Guide to Summer (May 2001), 25 Weekend Getaways (June 2001), Guide to Surviving O'Hare (Feb. 2001)

    When I resubscribed 6 months ago (post Tribune buy out) I started to notice it was catering to a different set of people. It now at least seems to have a lot less articles and they are a lot more relevant to people who live in the suburbs, or are Chicago old-money. Definitely catering to the 50+ crowd now.

    From the Jan. 2003 edition: Chicago's top doctors, From the Dec. 2002 edition: The Most expensive things in town, and Look at this month's highlight 'Chicago's Richest people'.. Why do I care? I don't!!

    I will NOT be renewing my subscription to this formerly good magazine. ... Read more


    19. Cruise Travel
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    Asin: B00005NIPN
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Century Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 323
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    The exciting and romantic world of cruise ship vacations. Features include ship of the month, port of the month, etc. other coverage helps readers with planning, dress codes, shore excursions and shopping.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Cruise Magazine I Have Seen
    'Cruise Travel' is the best cruise magazine that I have seen, and though a fairly thin magazine, is packed with great useful information. I particularly enjoy the Cruise of the Month, Port of the Month, and especially the Ship of the Month features. They also have monthly news updates, and letters to the editor that are normally well selected to give diverse viewpoints, and have frequently brought up issues I had never considered. The number of ads is very reasonable, and they all relate to the subject matter and are therefore not objectionable, like in some other publications I have seen.

    I appreciate the attempt to cover all bases and levels of cruising, from the biggest suites on the 'Queen Mary 2' to any party on the sea by Carnival. I am a devoted Celebrity customer, and find the reporting on Celebrity to be spot-on accurate, so I am assuming that it is with other lines that I am not familiar with, too. I especially enjoyed the recent June 2004 issue in which Celebrity's beautiful 'Summit' graced the cover as Ship of the Month.

    This magazine is a great resource for anyone considering a cruise, from a first timer to an experienced cruiser. I highly recommend 'Cruise Travel'.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Cruise Travel Magazine
    If you're looking for information on cruising, this magazine is the place to go.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cruise Travel Magazine - very positive review
    Both myself and my partner have been reading Cruise Travel Magazine for many years (for most of it's publication) and have always found it very informative. My partner was a travel agent for a good number of years and would reccommend it to his clients who wanted more information about tre cruises or the ships they were interested in taking.

    When we took a cruise together, the reviewers for our cruise were on our ship and did an excellent job, highlighting the positives and appropiatly commenting on the few problems we encountered. It just helped to show that the staff were not "bought" by the cruise lines to be paid advertising. I only wish we had known the reviwers were on board; I would have liked to talk with them - we did not know until that issue came out.

    In conclusion, the reviews, photograghs and diagrams are very inclusive and help make this an enjoyable and informative magazine. I highly recommend it for any one interested in cruise ships and cruising.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cruisin' IS the ONLY way to travel!!
    After 5 cruises in four years, I can say that this magazine is very informative. It's user friendly, the articles are entertaining and educational, and the pictures are glorious. Lots of ads, all pertinent to discounted cruises. A new ship is reviewed each issue and and readers are encouraged to critique ships they've sailed. Every so often the magazine runs an article detailing the histories of many ships now gone from service or sailing under different flags/names. For those of us who have discovered cruising to be the best value for our vacation dollar, this magazine is perfect. For those of you not quite sure, this may be just what you need to begin a long-remembered vacation. Dare to dream!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cruise Travel for Beginners and Experts
    I have been subscribing to this magazine for the last nine years, since taking my first cruise 10 years ago. Although a small publication that is published every two months or so, it is full of information. My only complaint is the abundance of ads, but at least they are travel/cruise related, and do feature some great deals with cruise only agents. The one thing Cruise Travel stresses is that cruising is not for the rich set anymore. Each issue has a port of the month -- which might be in the Caribbean or Alaska, Australia, Africa, the Far East or Europe (cruise lines go EVERYWHERE these days). They review a new ship in detail, from cabin size to what one will find on-board. They always feature a ship of the month -- which might be the latest Carnival monstrosity or some ship of more elegance. Their letters to the Editor section is always worth a look, as you see messages from the most experienced to young people in their teens finding a love of cruise ships. Some of the writers are a tad pretentious, wanting cruising to return to the days of the Queen Mary or Mauretania. Others are middle of the road (like myself). Some love what Carnival offers. Most of all, the magazine encourages everyone to find a love of cruise ships and traveling this way. It's a great little magazine I highly recommend, especially if you're just discovering cruising...or just want to daydream. ... Read more


    20. Saltwater Sportsman
    list price: $59.88
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    Asin: B00005N7WA
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Time4Media
    Sales Rank: 288
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    Aimed at todays fisherman who is interestedin improving his skills. Sections on boat selection, maintenance, new interest, products, tackle and gear.
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