Magazines have a fair amount of advantages over us upstart bloggers (such as plentiful budgets, large staffs, and tony office space — to name a few), but one of their biggest disadvantages might be the long lead time they have between closing an issue and sending it to print, and when that issue actually comes out on newsstands. That lead time raised its ugly head this month, when a Conde Nast Traveler feature listing the “15 Best Places To See Right Now” included Libya in the number 10 spot.
Condé Nast Traveler contributing editor Bob Payne, writing in the magazine’s April issue, shared “15 Best Places to See Right Now” with readers. Number 10: Libya. The 250-word blurb proclaims “a door long shut is open again,” and ends with a recommendation to fly Lufthansa from New York’s JFK via Frankfurt to Tripoli, which has since been shrouded in a NATO-imposed no-fly zone.
Editor in chief Klara Glowczewska told WWD such time-lapse issues are a relatively common occurrence with travel magazines and that she plans to address it in her June editor’s letter. And while that may be true, there’s also something to be said for holding off on highlighting recently troubled countries as budget-friendly or “adventurous” travel destinations. That might not have been their intention with Libya (and it certainly wasn’t with their almost as recent cover story on Egypt), but there’s nothing friendly about taking advantage of a nation’s strife.