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

Life lessons from a Buddhist monk and a fish

by Holly Morse-Ellington

How travel made me a better white person

by Matt Hershberger

10 pictures that show travelers are old souls

by Branden Eastwood

Searching for home after 3 decades of travel

by Nikki Hodgson

8 simple ways to be more in the moment when you travel

by Paige Smith

Forget the landscape: Start photographing yourself on your travels

by Emma Thieme

The pilgrimage of the solo traveler

by Jordan Mounteer

How Ethiopia taught me to get over myself

by Vanessa Van Doren

Travel advice for the Highly Sensitive Person

by Anne Hoffman

A self-involved essay on money, fear, and happiness in America

by Amy Benson

The art of visiting war memorials

by Matt Hershberger

My advice to travelers: Learn how to stay still

by Matt Hershberger

17 images that prove travel is the best education

by Branden Eastwood

The one American “ism” you can’t escape

by Mary Sojourner

16 young travelers share their favorite quotes and other travel wisdom

by Stephanie Be

Is travel ever immoral?

by Matt Hershberger

On yoga as a treatment for addiction

by Emma Thieme

An interview with Mary Sojourner on her novel 29

by Jo Jackson
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