One of the best magazines has always been National Geographic http://goo.gl/rLhnAJ. In an era when many magazines are going the way of the dodo, National Geographic is still going strong – because it delivers quality, as it has done since 1888 (right about the time that radio was invented).
While many magazines would benefit from going electronic (or better yet, going away), thumbing through a National Geographic is one of those experiences we associate with paper and ink. Maybe it’s the iconic yellow cover, the core design of which has been the same for so long. Maybe it’s the thick high quality paper they use. Maybe it’s the inevitably stunning photography displayed on those pages. National Geographic is that rare intellectual meal that tastes good and is good for you.
Of course, if not for National Geographic, generations of teenage American males would have remained woefully uneducated with regard to Pygmy boobs.
Believe it or not, I once appeared in the pages of National Geographic. The issue was September 1993, and the story documented the “velvet divorce” of Czechoslovakia where I happened to be teaching English. I will upload a scan of the photo from the magazine if I can find it.
RV camping has been well documented by National Geographic over the years. This is particularly true with regard to Airstream travel trailers. As the industry’s oldest RV manufacturer (founded in 1931), Airstream has appeared in the pages of National Geographic for decades.
For example, in 1957 there was a major feature story entitled “<em>Through Europe by Trailer Caravan</em>.” The article documented one of Airstream founder Wally Byam’s legendary international caravan trips.
Wally Byam was renowned for leading Airstream caravans around the globe (perhaps most famously across Africa). More than 50 years after the fact, we still marvel at his fearless ingenuity in organizing and executing these genius marketing missions.
If Wally Byam could pull off RV travel around the world in the 1950s, why can’t the RV industry do it today? A few intrepid souls have tried – and failed.
A few years ago, a group attempted to recreate Byam’s “Capetown to Cairo” trans-African journey. Sadly, after years of planning, the planned caravan was scrapped. It was judged simply too difficult, too demanding, and too risky.
Kristy and I started RV traveling not so much because we love RVs, but because we love travel. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could safely and affordably take our own RVs any place on the planet? Perhaps someday this will become reality (although I have a feeling the “affordable” part of that equation may take a while).
In the meantime, we’ve got National Geographic for $1.58 an issue. After 125 years, it’s still a deal.