Consciousness is a term defined differently by different people, but in general it describes the relationship between the mind and the world it perceives. Common usages include a sense of awareness of one’s surroundings, a sense of self, and a sense that one can feel emotions.

At Matador we’ve published a number of essays and articles about consciousness, both in the context of travel affecting consciousness, as well as how consciousness is viewed, described, or treated in other cultures around the world.

Consciousness Articles

10 spots that remind us how beautiful Caracas really is

by Adriana Herrera

Don’t relax on vacation

by Lauren Van Horn

Watch a revered Mexican singer come out of retirement just to support “La Hillary”

by Debbie Gonzalez Canada

10 things I stopped giving a sh*t about as a female traveler

by Kita Roberts

9 things I stopped giving a sh*t about after I turned 50

by Tam Warner Minton

Here’s what this woman learned after living a year without the internet

by Emma Thieme

The struggle to define my identity: Growing up biracial

by Joleen Brantle

How a year of travel completely broke (and rebuilt) me

by Elaina Giolando

A love letter to New Mexico

by Jim O'Donnell

10 things I stopped giving a sh*t about in my 20s

by Nicolle White

9 incredible health and wellness retreats in Thailand

by Casey O'Connell

6 things you don’t learn until you turn 30

by Matt Hershberger

Here’s how a simple DNA test will challenge everything you thought you knew about who you really are

by Ana Bulnes

What I know as a traveler at 35 that I wish I knew when I was younger

by Rory Moulton

Why traveling on your parents’ dime isn’t truly traveling

by Brian Gillikin

What is travel? And what is a traveler?

by Scott Hartman

This video captures the contrast between beauty and struggle we encounter while traveling

by Rory Moulton

This video sums up why millennials should take off and travel while they can

by Morgane Croissant
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