In today’s online world, we’re just as likely to pick up the tablet, smartphone or laptop for a bit of light reading as we are to pop into the newsagent or bookstore. Online magazine stores like Zinio offer us the chance to grab some travel inspiration whether we’re at home or travelling the globe. In this Giveaway we’re offering you a chance to try an online magazine for yourself, as we’re giving away 8 Zinio magazine subscriptions to our readers. But first, read how Nancy and Heather got on when they tried out their choice of Zinio online magazine;
Heather’s experience with Zinio
Magazine choice: Wanderlust 8 issues £21.60
Choosing which of the Zinio online magazines to subscribe to was a tough choice, as one click on the Travel category seemed to open up a world of possibilities. Would I be seduced into a bit of luxurious daydreaming at Conde Nast Traveller? Or be inspired by the beautiful photos and inspirational destinations at Lonely Planet? Or perhaps be tempted by the outstanding story-telling and imagery at National Geographic? After a bit of page turning, I settled on Wanderlust magazine for my subscription because it seemed to be aimed at real travellers, with plenty of useful tips as well as inspirational photos and travel articles.
Once I’d set up my account and subscription, I received an e-mail to let me know that a new issue was ready – one click through to the website and there are my issues of Wanderlust magazine waiting in my library. I click on the cover and the magazine loads in my browser with easy navigation options – arrows to turn the page, options to view a thumbnail of all the different pages, and easy scrolling and enlargement so I can home in on the articles that interest me. There’s also the option to download your magazines so that you can take your magazine with you and read it at the airport, on your tablet, laptop or smartphone, even if there’s no wifi connection.
In the July-August issue I especially enjoyed the article on Iraqi Kurdestan, once attacked by Saddam Hussain, now a relatively safe destination for the adventurous traveller that’s rich in history and hospitality. I also got plenty of ideas from the Travel Classics v Budget Options article covering some iconic travel experiences with suggestions for cheaper alternatives. Now I know that while getting close to the gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda is on many a traveller’s bucket list, there’s a much more affordable option to go chimpanzee treking in Uganda. In the September issue I enjoyed reliving my visit to Guernsey and our encounter with the Golden Guernsey goats – the magazine article was a handy guide to what you could do in a three day visit that I could have printed out if I wanted. With plenty more great articles, I’m planning to download the Wanderlust magazines to my iphone, to read on my next flight or train ride.
Nancy’s experience with Zinio
Magazine choice: Chicago Magazine 12 issues £9.52
Receiving the offer of a free digital magazine from Zinio made me reflect on how my use of magazines has changed over time. In my teenage years I pored through gossip and music publications. As a young woman my interests turned to fashion, style and travel, but I soon became ensconced in current events and professional publications. When I became a homeowner my focus was on remodeling, décor and gardening. Then, as a young mother I concentrated on parenting and child-rearing titles. Soon, the demands of parenthood and working increased, and the time to leisurely peruse a printed magazine decreased. These days, with children on their own and looking forward to retirement, I again have to time to pursue personal interests.
The Zinio website is easily searchable for any of its thousands of available titles. In the travel category I found and selected Chicago Magazine. Since I live in the Chicagoland suburbs this publication is ideal for locations and activities to explore in my area. My Zinio digital Chicago Magazine 12-month subscription is delivered to my inbox with a link to seamlessly access the site and my library. I simply click to read any recent or past issues, which appear on my notebook computer as a real-life magazine with authentic page-turn animation. I can easily jump to the table of contents or a specific page. Clever icons allow me to print, email or share select articles. I’ve discovered to my delight the receipt of occasional issues of other magazines; Afar and Elle, for example. And, for a change of pace, I can thumb through the many free articles available each month, a great way to keep up on current trends and sample other publications.
Chicago Magazine helps me find things to explore in my own neighborhood and I’ve learned about so many fun events close to home. The Zinio mobile app is easy to download and use on my iPhone or iPad, allowing me to plan weekend activities while in line at the market or in the doctor’s waiting room. There’s no need to remember to grab reading material for lunch breaks or exercise sessions, so my printed magazines are languishing on my kitchen counter. I will soon replace all my magazines with Zinio’s digital versions, as the prices are comparable with traditional subscriptions.
Our top magazine picks for travellers
Conde Nast Traveller 12 issues for £40
National Geographic Traveler Interactive 8 issues for £19.20
Wanderlust 8 issues for £21.60
Wild Junket 8 issues for £8.71
Lonely Planet Traveller 12 issues for £28
Top Tip: When searching make sure that you use the dropdown on Subcategories to see the full range of magazine options and not just the most popular. I didn’t realise that my friend Nellie’s Wild Junket magazine was available through Zinio until I did this!
Our Zinio Magazine Giveaway
We have 8 Zinio magazine subscriptions to give away to our readers, with values that vary depending on which subscription your choose, but could be worth up to £40. Of course we love to travel but should you win, you can choose any magazine subscription from Zinio from a range that includes Home, Entertainments, Sports and Lifestyle as well as Travel.
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- The competition will run from Weds 21 August until midnight Monday 2 September
- The 8 winners will be selected at random once the Giveaway has ended
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