One thing travelers often notice when returning from other countries is that the magazines they are used to reading at home are different in other countries. For example, the same issue of Time, Newsweek, or People that is read in New York City will not only have a different language in Mexico City, it could also have very different content – but still have the same basic coverage. What publications often do is create a core issue for their primary readership, then tweak that concept to sell it with more local content, in other regions. So People Magazine, for example, might have the same basic layout in two different countries, but TV-related articles in Mexico will be about Mexican soap stars, while the New York issue will be about people acting. in daytime dramas that are better known in the United States.
Likewise, sports magazines in the southern hemisphere may have a greater concentration of articles on football, whereas in the United States, they may have an emphasis on American football or hockey. And the same goes for other topics such as politics and business. Open a news magazine in Europe and you will find less information about the United States, even if the magazine is based and printed in the United States.
Another difference is, of course, the language itself. Many magazines will publish a bilingual edition of a magazine, with one language on the right side of the page and another language on the left side of the magazine. Or they will print different language editions, instead of bilingual editions, for different markets. They can make a problem in the US in English, but then have the same content translated into several other languages for sale in other parts of the world.
For an inexpensive but interesting travel souvenir, try picking up unique and curious copies of magazines that are special foreign versions of the ones you and your friends read back home. Maybe you can find a National Geographic in Dutch, an Esquire or GQ in French, or your favorite children’s magazines in Spanish. Not only are they fun to show people, but they can make your language study even more fun by trying to translate your magazines accurately. They’re easy to pack in your luggage, don’t cost much, and are a simple item that you can even pick up at the airport at the last minute.