November 7, 2008


I’m happy to report that I’m staying put in Oslo for a while now – at least until Christmas! A faithful reader has already complained that the rate of myyear’s country-hopping makes him dizzy. But that doesn’t stop me from reading about new places to visit, or enjoying beautiful pictures.

Over the years, I’ve dipped into Wanderlust, Travel+Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller and more, but more recently they all seem to run the same stories about the same places and travel ideas. It’s hardly that I’ve been to all the places they cover, but the tack, ideas and coverage seem tired and recycled. Until I discovered Destination while home in KL in August. A visit to their website showed that this Jakarta-based magazine has been going from strength to strength since 2001.

As the name suggests, the magazine concentrates on Asian cultures and trips, but as the August issue shows, manages to seek out alternative activities and interesting corners of the continent, such as the remote Ogasawara Islands of Japan, kayaking the River Kwai, classic Korean pubs and the alternative art scene in KL (which led us to our resident alien).

That, in addition to gorgeous overall typesetting and stunning photoreportage from the Hunza valley in the Karakoram monutains, or Pakistan’s Shangri-La, makes for a quality read. Even their coverage on one of Asia’s most touristed islands, Bali, was full of refreshingly interesting ideas.

Although it suffers slightly from the same obsession with the identikit sleek minimalistic designer hotels as many other travel magazines, at least the prices of the ones that Destinasian features seem more within reach. Unfortunately, the Europe subscription price seems unreasonably high compared to similar American magazines, which is making me wonder if I should just give their digital subscription a go. I read enough material online, but still enjoy the feel of and interaction with paper, especially when it comes to photos. Has anyone else tried this?


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