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Travel Porn

I coined the phrase Travel Porn. I have proof.

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Signed copy of The Accidental Adventurer by Ben Fogle

 

Back when the Hubbie and I first started going out he was shocked by the amount of subscriptions I had to travel magazines. I explained that this was my travel porn, my stash of weekend and evening reading that I would devour between the depths of marking and lesson planning during term-time in preparation for school holiday adventures. My travel porn stash is huge and has grown over the years to now including way too many editions of Lonely Planet guides and about 6 years worth of copies of National Geographic Traveller, Wanderlust, CondeNast Traveller, Times Travel and of course the one that started it all the Lonely Planet Travel Magazine.

Here is some evidence…this is just one box. Hubby refused to help me get the others out of the cupboard, they are very heavy!

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You would think that the success of using devices such as a Kindle or using the News Store on iTunes would mean I could surely turn electronic now but no I wholly believe that for some things there is nothing better than actually being able to physically turn a page of a book or a magazine. It would be amazing to have my whole collection on my iPad for easy access when I am in a destination either for advice and information or for just leisurely perusal. My collection has two purposes; the first is escapism, I love settling down to read on an evening and find being snuggled up with a travel magazine the perfect way to unwind from the daily stresses of my job. The second is about being able to plan my own travels; I regularly pull out the magazines to search for details on upcoming trips we have planned or recall tips that articles have suggested and would not even begin to start planning a trip without a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide. I know it seems odd considering the amount of information freely available on the web that I would need to continue with my subscriptions and buying travel guides but I see it as my guilty pleasure, indulgent and not necessarily needed but very much wanted so yes it truly is travel porn.

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