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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

Thailand reminded me that even big girls are beautiful. Here’s how.

by Hannah Logan

How I ended up working for a Chinese mafia boss

by Marko Randelovic

A love letter to Lisbon

by Filipa Chatillon

I’ve been witnessing xenophobia my entire life. Here’s how I handle it.

by Laura Veariel

I watched a man get shot in Downtown Los Angeles. Here’s why it doesn’t keep me away any longer.

by Colin Heinrich

Dear GQ: Yes, we do need Maine.

by Emma Thieme

To Portugal, I’m sorry

by Sandra Guedes

Turkey just had another terrorist attack. Here’s what it feels like as a ‘soft target’ there.

by Rob Chursinoff

London, I love you, but you’re bringing me down

by Grace Beard

My year reading a book from every country in the world

by Amanda Machado

My parents always said ‘We are Chinese.’ I never understood until now.

by Louise Hung

A love letter to South Dakota

by Michael Zimny

Travel bloggers I’m following in 2016

by Melissa Giroux

Travel is my normal state of being. There‚Äôs no ‘home’ or ‘home culture’ to compare it to

by Dana Ter

I turned down my dream job to travel the world. This is the decision I faced.

by Jeremy Scott Foster

Why don’t women celebrate their travel accomplishments the way they celebrate engagements?

by Amanda Machado

Welcome to Middlegate: The last roadhouse on the loneliest road in America

by Lisette Cheresson

How I came to appreciate my Chinese heritage one Christmas

by Pamela Chan
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