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Pop culture includes the prevailing perspectives, attitudes, icons, art forms, and other phenomena within the mainstream of any given society. As such, a place’s pop culture can significantly influence travel, both in the sense of what pop culture a traveler experiences at ground level, as well as the attitude a traveler brings into his or her travel experience.

Matador contributors explore various elements of pop culture and how they inform culture, travel, and life.

Ten years ago, I could not book an entire vacation by surfing the net on my mobile phone.
What does Google think we want to know about Europe?
The New York Times has pronounced it: Hairy bush is back.
What we search for when we search for countries is extremely telling.
I needed to come up with an effective way to get people to leave me alone.
Aren’t you scared you’re going to get kidnapped and killed in the middle of the night?
There's so much more to the world than we can usually glean from a traditional map of a...
Movies about the future leave me somewhat depressed, because society just looks so shitty.
There aren't many ads for non-lager or pilsners aired during this event; such is...
I’m making my own prediction that we’re in for at least a few more polar vortexes.
The camera crews didn’t prepare for was an epic-fail of a photo bomb.
There's a lot of crap in the genre. But there's also a ton of brilliant, life-altering...
Just because you're smart, it doesn't mean you're good at chess.
We take a look at some of the biggest news stories that turn a decade old in 2014.
What happens next is the fast-track to a misty-eyed moment.
If only it were really that easy to get into NYT and stumble into an ensuing NPR show.
“When the person steps into the taxi, we become psychologists."
I've made a scientific, indisputable list of the very best places to celebrate Christmas.