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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

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

by Stella Brown

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

by Reda Wigle

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

by Matthew Abrams

Dear Havana

by Joanna Franco

Catching the last days of the Tokyo fish market

by Marriott Traveler

What I learned about indigenous tourism in Namibia

by Shannon Dell

A hitchhiking guide to Central Europe

by Brian Gillikin

This interview fully deconstructs why so much travel writing is elitist, vain, and ignorant

by Bani Amor

Can’t find enough Latino writing? For 18 years, this organization has been making sure that changes

by Amanda Machado

Here’s why, as a black woman, it’s been so important for me to travel alone

by Tiffanie Drayton

On going to Italy to spread mom’s ashes

by Laura Veariel

What it’s really like to travel to Tibet

by Mark Hay

Traveling made me realize that I am privileged. Here’s how

by Gloria Atanmo

It’s been one year since the devastating Nepal earthquakes. Here’s what it’s like to travel here now.

by Elen Turner

After the quake: A ‘spoiled European’ finds Japan at its best in a crisis

by Sean Michael Wilson

How travel taught me the meaning of equalism

by Sandra Guedes

The worst moments of my travels have been the most important. Here’s why

by Matt Hershberger

4 books that feel like travel

by Matt Hershberger
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