Guilty Travel Pleasures: Magazines

I felt so smart today buying Newsweek. I can’t remember the last time I bought a Newsweek. Sure, I only bought it because it said “The Politics of Sex” on the cover and I’m heading to a conference on sex and sexuality, but hey, the person next to me doesn’t know that. According to her, I’m a smart, intelligent, woman, the kind that not only buys, but also reads Newsweek.

I was so close to getting the Maxim instead.

Not that I need an excuse to read a magazine, I work in the industry so I am subscribed to many magazines, but traveling provides me with a reason to branch out from my usual subscriptions and purchase something outside my comfort zone.

Like People.

I never buy People off of the rack anymore because I never know who the people are these days. But when I’m flying, I all of a sudden care the Jane Doe divorced John Doe and I allow myself a whole three page article to mourn for the end of my new favorite couple.

Or Mad.

One of the only places I find Mad magazine is at airports. I love uncovering the secret message by folding over the front page, something I’ve always been horrible at but still enjoy.

When traveling, I purposely try to grab things I can’t get during my daily routine at “home” (wherever that happens to be at the time) and magazines are no exception. In the airport, I bypass Food & Wine, The Atlantic and Saveur (all of which I read frequently) and head straight for Bound by Ink, Modern Automotive, GQ or Time. Sometimes, I even get a Maxim or, if I’m lucky, Playboy.

While I don’t always enjoy the magazines I pick, I always love the process of picking.

About Queerie Bradshaw

Lauren Marie Fleming is a writer, speaker and motivator known for her intimate, informative and often hilarious look at sex, relationships and body-image. Lauren runs the critically-acclaimed blog, writes for major news sources including VICE, Nerve, Huffington Post and Curve, and is the author of her memoir Losing It: My Life as a Sex Blogger. In 2013, Lauren founded Frisky Feminist Press ( as a way to enhance conversations about sexuality through educational guides, online classes and entertaining publications. A law school graduate, Lauren has spoken all over the United States and is internationally recognized for her dynamic, engaging style. In everything she does, Lauren’s goal is to educate, remove stigmas and encourage people to achieve their desires.
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