Paul, the original TravMonkey, tagged me to share the magazines I read. Without further ado…
1. National Geographic Adventure – I've been subscribed to this magazine for a little more than a year now. I tried to get myself to cancel it given my upcoming travels, however as those last mailings urged me to renew for the low price of $10/year, I couldn't help but think about all the amazing adventure stories I'd read over the past 12 issues (thus I renewed). Sure, the snippets about vacation packages are priced far beyond most people's means, as are a lot of the cool gear they feature, however the adventurers and expeditions they highlight are fantastic. In addition, reading through the magazine gives me a bit of knowledge about more subversive forms of travel occurring around the globe, such as the Tribewanted project. Who knows, maybe I'll be a featured writer for them one day!
2. Gourmet – I'm in my third year of this subscription. I think I picked up a copy at the grocery store after seeing a tempting recipe, and never looked back. Despite the fancy name, each issue includes a variety of recipes which can take ten minutes to an entire afternoon to prepare. As I started cooking more, I also began to snap photos of my creations. Unfortunately, most were with my grainy camera phone. Now that I have a digital camera, I'm cooking less. Go figure!
3. Buddhadharma – This pricey, quarterly publication keeps some good ideas in front of me when I'm between books (which can be months at a time). I'm on my second year with it. I've saved my past four issues, so if anyone is interested, I'll send them to you for free (if you live in the continental US). Leave a comment or use my Advertise / Contact page.
Honorable Mentions from the past: Mens Health (many years), Maxim (I dropped IQ points “reading” this one), Playboy, Thrasher (skateboarding), Rolling Stone, Sports Illustated, and Skiing.