The Travel Almanac

Are you like me in that you enjoy achieving a sense of completeness? I like getting in on the ‘ground floor’ of something and seeing it through to the finish. Perhaps that’s one reason why it’s always a little exciting to find the first issue of a brand new publication.

Issue One. Those words signify the beginning of something unique, and they’re loaded with the potential of what may be … Provided the idea behind the new publication isΒ intriguing, well then, the prospect isΒ irresistible (at least to me).

Recently while wandering about online, I discovered Issue 1 of ‘The Travel Almanac’ – and it immediately caught my interest (and that’s not just because David Lynch happens to feature on the cover). While I’m not buying all that many printed books or magazines any more, it didn’t take me long to place my order for this one.

The Travel Almanac ... Issue 1

A few snippets from the editorial letter describes just what this German-produced publication is all about, ‘While strolling through a bookshop at London Heathrow Airport, in the late Summer of 2008 it struck us for the first time: There is no publication available that explores traveling and temporary habitation for an increasingly sophisticated and mobilised generation of travelers … One of our goals with this publication was not simply to focus on the current events in travelling today, but also on the timeless aspects of travelling‘.

The Travel Almanac is a lovely compact size, it is printed on beautifully textured paper and is filled with thoughts, reflections and experiences of travel. I sat down with this issue one Saturday night and read it cover to cover in one sitting … it’s wonderfully written and has an entrancing freshness about it. I particularly enjoyed the introductory reflections on how visiting a destination doesn’t necessarily mean travelling great distances to faraway places, but can be found by exploring differences much closer to home. You can buy issues or subscribe through The Travel Almanac website, or via mag nation.

One of my favourite ways to travel (without leaving my home town) is to walk near the river that runs around the city – all that swirling water seems to disconnect me from the busy world and allow my mind to wander away in very pleasant fashion. Do you ever explore difference rather than distance in your travels?

28 Comments

  1. Teresa

    Oooh, this looks like it would be a good read… and I think it’s something Greg would really enjoy!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello there lovely Teresa – Oh yes, it’s a very nice read indeed. I do think Greg would like it … you’re very welcome to borrow it any time you like! πŸ™‚

  2. Nico

    Nodding along here…first about seeing something through; this can be a curse as well as a blessing…I was eager to do 30 Days of Creativity this year but knew I’d probably not finish and was too daunted even to start…

    Also about the travelling bit, after nearly five years in Sydney I still find pockets of the city to explore. Soon too I’ll have a new perspective seeing things through the eyes of a child (cheesy as that sounds!).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Nico – Yes that completeness issue can definitely be a blessing and a curse. I see quite a bit of that ‘all or nothing’ behaviour in things that I do … which can be incredibly frustrating!

      It’s lovely to explore a city you know well, and doing so through the eyes of a child will definitely open your understanding of that city to a whole different level … how wonderful (I bet you can’t wait)!! πŸ™‚

  3. Lucent Imagery

    So true. I love to travel to far away lands and to the park down the road. Each is a beautiful journey in discovery with all of our senses if we are open to it. Have you read Alain de Botton’s “The Art of Travel”? One of my favourite quotes is the very last sentence. “…Xavier de Maistre was gently nudging us to try, before taking off for distant hemispheres, to notice what we have already seen.” Perfect isn’t it?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – I agree, travelling both near and far is wonderful for different reasons. I have indeed read ‘The Art of Travel’ (I love Alain de Botton’s books), and that quote you share is perfect indeed. πŸ™‚

  4. Gabrielle Bryden

    The Brisbane river has the same effect on me πŸ™‚ Sounds like a terrific idea for a magazine.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – In catching up on my comments you remind me that I need to pay the Brisbane River a visit some time soon (my office is right near by). πŸ™‚

  5. Monica {bohemian twilight}

    just my sort of thing. Amazon doesn’t even have it yet!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Monica – Oh I think you’d really like this magazine … it’s beautifully made.

  6. Monica {bohemian twilight}

    and i’m a Lynch fan too!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Monica – A fellow Lynch fan? Excellent. πŸ™‚

  7. Felicity

    I’m a big fan of being a tourist in my neighbourhood and like you am often attracted to places which feature water.
    Living in a tourist destination one of my favourite little gifts of serendipity is to go shopping at the supermarket which is located near a backpackers hostel and hear the different vocabs from all around the world going about the everyday business of grocery shopping.

    Happy day!

    xx Felicity

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Felicity – It’s wonderful to take a look at the places we live and see every day through the eyes of a tourist … I think it gives us a greater appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us. Water has a wonderful calming influence on me … which is probably why I get cranky if I haven’t gone to the beach for some time! πŸ˜‰

      I love that you shop at a supermarket near a backpacker’s hostel … foreign languages always sound so magical.
      πŸ™‚

  8. Krystal/Village

    oh wow…that sounds like something that i would love to read for sure – i need to go investigate this πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – It’s a great read … it’s rare for me to sit down and finish a publication in one go, but this one certainly saw me do just that! πŸ™‚

  9. Andrew

    Hi Tracey,

    Since a young age I’ve always explored areas close to home. It can change your outlook on an area, especially if explored on foot or bike. Having the time to take it all in, enjoy a view or finding somewhere you didn’t realise existed. I especially love places with historic value. From pill boxes, walking around a fort and much more.

    I live in the UK, but moved to a smaller island a few years back. I love a location where the Tennyson monument is and you can see two sides of the island from a high viewpoint and in the distance the mainland. I also love how looking out a window at my home I can see miles across the sea and on clear days many miles inland. Instead of in the past only being able to see short distances all day long. It has seriously impacted my life in ways I didn’t expect.

    Talking about travel you might enjoy Rolf Potts Vagabonding book. I’m addicted to his rss feed that regularly has some awesome case studies: http://www.vagablogging.net/feed You also might be interested in researching ‘digital nomads’.

    All the best

    Andrew

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Sorry for being so far behind in my reply. I agree with you, it’s great to explore areas near our homes … we often gain a new perspective of the places we call home. It’s a more relaxed way to ‘travel’ without the need to pack a bag or book any flights … πŸ™‚

      Your current home sounds magical Andrew … how lovely to be able to see so far in the distance – that’s certainly good for the soul. πŸ™‚

      PS. Thanks for the Rolf Potts Vagabonding tip … I’ve spent lots of time digging through his feed. Cheers.

  10. Camila F.

    Love new publications, I have to check this one out. David Lynch seems to be the perfect choice for this first edition. I always find myself traveling throught his films.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – New publications have a special kind of energy about them I think … it’s that chance to be making a new discovery. David Lynch is a fascinating individual … and his films get me ‘travelling’ too! πŸ™‚

  11. urban muser

    looks like an interesting read! and, i agree with you about the water, it tends to take me away too πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Urban Muser – I really enjoyed this one … it was so easy to read through each article and savour the tales they contained. πŸ™‚

  12. danica

    it sounds so good! i am admittedly a magazine addict that has had to seriously curb their consumption of the printed word, but i don’t think i’ll be able to resist this.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – Oh it’s a great read. I’ll be interested to see what Issue 2 includes … though I’m like you in that I’m a little addicted to magazines so have to make sure I don’t go overboard with signing up for lots of new subscriptions! (though it’s a happy problem to have). πŸ™‚

  13. woolf

    up my street (so to speak), along the rivers in my own town and the neighburing ones, down unknown off alleys….
    it’s funny you should mention this. i have a label on my blog, recently changed to traveling, meaning, not the actual moving about as such, but rather the other traveling, the one we’re doing all of the time, the in between traveling and lest we forget, the mind travel. i find blogging is a great ways of getting about. and now i am also reminded of this collegue in the late eighties, who wrote out my horoscope-of-life. great fun it was at the time, and since, i bump into her now yellowing hand writing, from time to time, if i run into that piece of paper again. she didn’t half ‘predict’ some happenings in my life, give or stretch a few years. she said : around about 48 of age, you will be traveling again, a lot.
    see what i mean? it’s all happening!
    nβ™₯
    as for this publication… it is sounding too good to be true, so i’m refraining myself from it. later.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Your response is so wonderful, and I can see on this ‘travel’ front we are kindred spirits. Your blog label ‘travel’ is perfect … I think all of us are in a constant state of flux, even if we aren’t actually physically moving from place to place. Blogging is most definitely a wonderful way to get about the place.

      How charming that you kept your ‘horoscope-of-life’ … it must be fascinating to look back on those predictions from time to time.

      Haha, glad you have more willpower than I to resist this publication … I’m a sucker for nice words and nice paper. πŸ™‚

  14. primoeza

    i would have loved to gotten hold of this but magnation sold out of it super fast. looks like you’d say it’s worth ordering through their website?

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Primoeza – I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think of this one … I really enjoyed the magazine and the experience of reading it. πŸ™‚

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