Vacations aren’t one size fits all and neither are guidebooks. Some focus on culinary exploration and others on arts appreciation. Still others start out with a broad scope and then drill down, tailoring itineraries to individual interests.
Guidebook publishers themselves are evolving, too. Travel radio shows and podcasts build on established brands, and in turn, lifestyle magazines with strong identities have branched out into guides. No matter its medium, every publisher has a particular perspective that speaks to its readership.
Below, we look at what travelers will be reading, and listening to, this season.
Song of the Open Road: Travel Publishing 2018–2019
Podcasts tune into the idiosyncratic side of travel.
Why I Write: Seth Kugel
The journalist and former NYT Frugal Traveler champions the thrill of discovery.
Brand Extensions: Travel Publishing 2018–2019
A trio of lifestyle publications broaden their reach with guidebooks.
Forks on the Road: Travel Publishing 2018–2019
Culinary guides lead travelers by the appetite.
Have It Your Way: Travel Publishing 2018–2019
New books answer the question: what would you like to get out of this vacation?
Across the Universe: Travel Publishing 2018–2019
Readers can lose themselves—and find tons of info—in the latest maps and atlases.
Got the Look: Travel Publishing 2018–2019
Design–focused guides are ready for their closeups.
Natural Selections: Travel Publishing 2018–2019
New books take sweeping looks at the great outdoors.
Alia Akkam is a food, drink, travel, and design writer living in Budapest.