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by Retrospective Introspective (ciri)
at April 8th, 2006 (08:43 pm)

First of all, I want to apologize for not posting about this in ... well, ages. I don't really have any excuses, but the good news is that we are still planning on doing this magazine! We're now looking at a release date of October. This means we need to get cracking!

The previous posts have details on what kind of people we need, and this one will have my long list of ideas for sections, specific articles, etc. Please, add things to it as you come up with ideas!


Monthly sections
reviews: books, documentaries, tv shows, language books, etc
tech: new gadgets
gear: essential travel equip
traveling 101
travel fiction or some sort of "it happened to me" story
regional spotlights: short blurb on one city, give same info category for each issue (e.g. lodging, restaurant, entertainment)
event calendar <--- this will be very hard to do if we have a worldwide focus
culture: history or random facts about a certain place
eat: recipes, etc



Article Ideas
Festivals (this would be an entire issue theme)
hostels
tents
transportation, hitchhiking
language barriers
culture shock
eating the most out of your trip (e.g. not going to mcdonalds)
living locally, eating globally
politics (how not to die or get arrested)
safety
budgeting
what to pack
tourist traps
documenting your travels
money exchange
hot spots
off the beaten path - nature type stuff
studying abroad
cruises
moving to another country, long-distance love
keeping in touch - mail systems, telephones, calling cards
music
road trips
nightlife
holidays
planning checklists
health
volunteer travel


So let's hear your ideas!

BTW, we'll be getting a forum to use for planning soon, but please feel free to use this LJ for the time being, so we can get down to business :)

Comments

Posted by: awriter (awriter)
Posted at: April 9th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
Aheh!

Hmm...

Trains, planes, automobiles! Which is better for what trip?
Timezones.
Jet lag.
What to do if your wallet/credentials/passport disappears.
How to shop in open-air markets. (Haggling, sampling food, that sort of thing.)

Sound good? ^_^;

Posted by: Retrospective Introspective (ciri)
Posted at: April 9th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)

good ideas!

Posted by: Brandie (octoberdreaming)
Posted at: April 9th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)

I'd love to do something about the Eastern European Christmas Markets (maybe for December), and I have pictures!!!

Also, spotlighting the different embassies and what services they provide for their nationals abroad.

This probably falls under transportation, but tips on buying transportation tickets in a place where you don't speak the language (OMG, such an ordeal if you're not prepared).

Posted by: Retrospective Introspective (ciri)
Posted at: April 9th, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)

I forgot to mention: We're probably only going to publish quarterly (easier to switch to print if we want, will make for larger issues, hopefully better quality) but it will be for the coming months, if that makes sense. So October will be themed for winter/Christmas, January for spring, April for summer, July for fall. This seems logical to me because of the planning involved in most traveling. So your Christmas article would end up being in the October issue :)

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