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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

Don’t tell me travel isn’t ‘the real world.’ Here’s why I’m my truest self as a traveler

by Dayana Aleksandrova

Why the quest for beauty is ruining travel

by Hannah Logan

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

by Gloria Atanmo

4 books that feel like travel

by Matt Hershberger

We were all first-time travelers once: Stories of blunder and awe from the road

by Jacqueline Kehoe

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

by Elen Turner

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

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

by Sean Michael Wilson

What it’s really like to travel to Tibet

by Mark Hay

Think twice before you slam people’s shows of solidarity with terrorism victims

by Jeremy Ullmann

Why my cultural identity crisis was a good thing

by Dayana Aleksandrova

How to travel more profoundly through anthropology

by Mary Ellen Dingley

To West Virginia, I’m sorry

by Jordan McCutcheon

I’m Asian-American, and I’m wondering why politicians don’t believe I exist.

by Juliana Chang

How to make your travel writing less terrible

by Matt Hershberger

What I’ve given up to live abroad

by Louise Hung

I spent 10 days in silent meditation in India. Here’s what I learned.

by Elaina Giolando
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