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Alternative Travel Magazines

This blog post was updated on October 4, 2018.

There are so many great travel blogs out there (like OneTravel, of course) that sometimes I forget to check out print travel magazines.


Over the past year, I’ve made a point to buy a few issues here and there to see what various travel magazines on the market have to offer.


While there are myriad mainstream travel magazines like Condé Nast and Budget Travel that I subscribe to and pour over each month, I decided to dedicate this post to two perhaps lesser-known alternative travel magazines, Verge Magazine and Afar Magazine.


Be sure to check out their websites if you’re interested in subscribing.


I thoroughly enjoy the following two publications thanks to their unique missions, innovative content (on unexpected destinations, alternative travel experiences and little-known cultural aspects), and breathtaking photos.


Verge Magazine: The mission of Verge Magazine is to inform readers about opportunities to experience meaningful travel. Verge’s content focuses on educational travel and working and volunteering abroad. The editors and writers believe that “international experience creates global citizens, who can change our planet for the better.” Recent article topics include “How to Cope with Culture Shock”, “Taking Public Health to the Streets in Guatemala”, and “Picking up the Pieces in Haiti”.

Afar Magazine: Afar provides wonderful suggestions for alternative travel (humanitarian travel, volunteer travel, eco travel) and inspiring cultural profiles and photos that will help to shape your travel philosophy. The magazine’s mission is to “inspire and guide those who travel the world seeking to connect with its people, experience their cultures and understand their perspectives.” I especially enjoy the profiles of global travelers (entrepreneurs, social workers, health workers, writers, etc.) that are included in each issue. Recent article topics include “On the Road in Morocco”, “Chow Down in South Africa” and “Uncommon Travels: Journeys that will Surprise and Inspire You.” Afar also has a lively online community at


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