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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

14 things we’ll never forget about our first Eurail adventure

by Katka Lapelosa

My education began after I received my diploma

by Matthew Abrams

Why westerners should travel to Muslim countries

by Jeremy Ullmann

10 reasons why Lonely Planet guidebooks aren’t as good as they used to be

by Benjamin Lucca Iaquinto

Life lessons from a Buddhist monk and a fish

by Holly Morse-Ellington

The labels we give ‘expat spouses’ are super lame and need to change

by Jen Legra

How being the “new kid” made me a traveler

by Britany Robinson

Write the details. Write the world.

by Mary Sojourner

Second generation immigrants, first generation travelers

by Bani Amor

Why I will never sleep with an On the Road fanatic

by Kate Hakala

E.M. Forster and the dirty side of finding yourself abroad

by Aaron Hamburger

Crossing convictions: trains, borders, and a criminal past

by Cullen Thomas

Tough love in Pakistan’s fight clubs

by Asim Janjua

The top 6 strangest places I have written in

by Irina Papuc

Ash Springs: Why do the sweetest places always get trashed?

by Mary Sojourner

Bellagio people

by Suzanne Roberts

Being a black alien in South Korea is easier than being a black alien at home

by Shari Shepard

Let’s move past the default (white) perspective in travel writing

by LiAnne Yu
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