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Matador’s award-winning (2010 and 2011 Lowell Thomas Award) travel writing is based on narrative told from ground level.

This evolved partly as our response to the decades-long tradition of newspapers and magazines running travel stories that are little more than advertising copy couched as “destination pieces,” and normative attitudes towards place as something to be “consumed” as opposed to experienced and appreciated.

We’ve always sought, supported, and showcased original writing at the intersection of travel, culture, and place, and in our own way are helping bring up the next generation of travel writers through our network resources on writing tips as well as our workshops and writing programs at our educational community, MatadorU.

Writing Articles

Camping is my medicine: A love letter to the outdoors

by David Miller

A love letter to New Mexico

by Jim O'Donnell

If I die traveling, I would die happy

by Gabby Beckford

7 things I’m learning to accept about being a freelance writer

by Amanda Machado

After a year on the road, here’s what it’s really like to be a digital nomad

by Elaina Giolando

This is what it’s like to give birth in Mexico

by Martina Žoldoš

Dear USA, I’m breaking up with you

by Rebecca Bellan

The inner lives of badass travelers: Shannon Galpin

by David Miller

7 epic travel moments…as remembered by my favorite sandals

by Kyle Rosemont

I spent a season trimming weed in Humbolt County. This is what it was like.

by Sorcha O'Higgins

I became a freelance writer two and half years ago. Here’s what I totally underestimated

by Amanda Machado

This is what it’s like to be a traveler with an eating disorder

by No - Yolo

Open letter to the EU: I am a Brit and I am sorry

by Lauren Williams

What I learned about indigenous tourism in Namibia

by Shannon Dell

A brother and sister torched their careers to lead people across the Camino de Santiago

by Matthew Abrams

To those who think I’m an unambitious bum for choosing travel over college

by Stella Brown

Catching the last days of the Tokyo fish market

by Marriott Traveler

The letter I wish I’d read when I was 20 years old

by Reda Wigle
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