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You've seen them before, staring back longingly at you while you wait in line at the cashier stand. Beautiful people in beautiful places surrounded by text like 50 Places You Need to Visit and Dining in the Italian Countryside only further reinforce what you already know: it's been a long, long time since you last got out.
Travel magazines are my go-to standard at the bookstore: publishers have really capitalized on my weakness for compelling print and enticing headlines. I'm a sucker for them. I also subscribe to three publications (Outside, Budget Travel, and National Geographic Traveler) on my Nook, so even when I'm traveling I can get the latest issues.
Whatever food magazines do for one's appetite (or celebrity gossip rags for vicarious living), nothing hones my spirit of adventure like a good travel magazine. I just can't shake the feeling that somewhere, someone is having way more fun than I am, and they're staring back at me from the cover of a checkout-line travel magazine, casually sipping grappa from an Italian villa as I'm buying toilet paper.
Still, I see it as a positive thing. I buy one or two every now and then, and I've got a number of subscriptions on my Nook for on-the-go reading. They keep me up to speed on new destinations (hint: they aren't the ones being written about), and I feel that if I'm going to write about travel well, I'd better study up and see how others may (or may not) be doing it.
And I want to keep you in-the-know, too…or at the very least, inspired to go. After all, that's the principle upon which Sparkpunk was founded!
This month, I'm giving away three (3) subscriptions to randomly-chosen winners (via Rafflecopter), who will have their pick at a one-year subscription to Budget Travel Magazine or National Geographic Traveler. Keep in mind that Rafflecopter allows you to accumulate "points" when you enter—so the more points you acquire, the better your chances of winning!