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 is intriguing, well then, the prospect is 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.
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?