Perhaps not a goal, but a desire for many photographers is to see their work published in print. Even if they’re a hobbyist and have no wish to become a professional photographer, it’s a nice validation of one’s efforts. And, no, paying for a feature doesn’t count. You weren’t published, you bought advertising.
In this video, Craig Roberts of e6 Vlogs explains what you can do to help increase your odds of being published. He talks about how to approach publications, as well as how to figure out which publications you might want to approach.