These are some of the best hiking, outdoor, and travel magazines. A subscription provides outdoor adventure inspiration all year long.
Backpacker Magazine is our favorite outdoor publication. And it’s not just for backpackers or campers – we only day hike but each issue is chock full of great info.
It covers hiking routes all over the country (and some international) with an emphasis on National Parks, plus knowledgeable clothing and gear reviews, and killer photography.
The only problem is the serious case of wanderlust it instills – every issue ends up filled with sticky notes of places to add to our already massive “to hike” list.
If your active lifestyle contains more than hiking/backpacking, then Outside Magazine is also good choice.
Outdoor Photographer is our go-to magazine for all things photography. Gear reviews, how-to’s, amazing photos… there’s good stuff here for pros and beginners alike.
National Geographic Traveler is our favorite travel publication. While not focused on the outdoors, there are many articles that include it. This has more of an emphasis on international travel and is a good choice for those who love travel as much as the outdoors.
National Geographic Adventure was an awesome outdoor/travel/photo magazine until it ceased publication in 2006 – and the issues were archived online at one point but no longer.
And while not outdoor or travel focused, we really enjoy Smithsonian Magazine.
Articles on Pompeii, the Inca Road, and Egypt in addition to a broad range of science, nature, and history topics.
If your adventures tend to incorporate history, ruins, and ancient cultures like ours do – this magazine is worth a look.
Of course, flipping through any of these magazines will make you want to throw a suitcase together and start booking plane tickets so we’re not responsible for any travel expenses you incur…
Bonus: Good as a last-minute gift – most subscriptions allow for an emailed or printed gift card