Summer vacation is no longer a three month holiday from all responsibilities, but even as adults we’ve never managed to escape the feeling that there’s something about the months of July and August that beg for a getaway. Whether it’s a long weekend close to home, an exotic trip to a far away land, or hitting the road and just seeing where it takes you, these relatively new digital travel magazines are doing a great job of making the journey a little more fun.
Wayfare takes a design-centric approach to travel. It’s less about the destination and more about the journey, as well as celebrating everyday moments. The editors aren’t travel experts; rather, they’re individuals who are passionate about travel, which makes it relatable, readable, and refreshing. The summer edition just came out last week and features some irresistible adventures like retro road-tripping in New Zealand, and insider’s guide to the best of Palm Springs, a glimpse of San Francisco’s surf community, and how to throw a killer backyard campout. (Free)
Whether you’re traveling to Shanghai or San Francisco, there’s a good chance that TRVL magazine has an issue dedicated to your destination. Gorgeous photography and compelling content will make every traveler wish he owned an iPad since that’s the only place this magazine is available. A must-read for anyone visiting one of the 62 locations for which there is currently an issue. But don’t take our word for it. TRVL has been the highest rated magazine in the iTunes app store for a full year with over 3,000 five star ratings. (Free)
If you like sustainable adventure travel, this is the magazine for you. The photographs and articles in WildJunket will make you want to quit your job and travel the world. Or at least put in for your next vacation ASAP. WildJunket is about more than travel; it’s about experiencing something extraordinary, living to tell the tale, and learning how to build an igloo along the way. (Single issue: $2.95. 6 issues: $14.95)
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The solo traveler will appreciate the vision of Vagabundo, a magazine that encourages readers to get outside of their comfort zone and “make your dreams a reality.” This magazine is definitely for the open-minded and adventurous traveler. One of our favorite sections on the (free) website is the “misadventure tales” because, let’s be honest, it’s the times when everything goes wrong that make the best stories. (6 month subscription: $7.99)
Another great magazine for the outdoor traveler who believes in taking care of the environment. (Is that redundant? We hope so.) Wend is for people who love to kayak, surf, climb, and backpack whether in rain, sleet, snow, or shine. First-person adventure journalism is complemented with informative articles about activism. And everything is accompanied by stunning photography that makes you want to get off of the couch and start doing something. (Free with an account)
You may think of Tablet as a website specializing in unforgettable hotel experiences, but as of March, they added a travel magazine that covers food, art, music, culture, and more. From suggestions for the best beach reads to where to stay in cities around the world to photo essays that make you feel like you’re there (or at least want to go there), this new addition to Tablet’s site is certainly a welcome one. (Free)
Though they’re not technically digital magazines, we couldn’t bear to leave these sites out. Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom has some travel posts with great tips for parents traveling with kids including gmes like Rome With Kids: 7 Don’t Miss Activities and Tower of London (Plus Hotels with Kids).
Design Tripper also has posts about traveling with kids, but focuses on the intersection of travel and design when it comes to small hotels, inns, lodges, and even tree houses.
Lastly, we love Fathom Away for its practical information, inspiring stories, and the fact that it allows us search by the way we travel (culture, food, kids, scenery, romance, etc.)