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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

If you want to travel, just say yes

by Jen Legra

9 lost souls I’ve met on the road (and what they’ve taught me)

by Lisette Cheresson

Traveling while African

by Martha Mukaiwa

6 things science tells us about travel and creativity

by Matt Hershberger

The emotional strain of life as a flight attendant

by Skylar Moore

8 Spanish habits I lost when I moved to Austria

by Ana Bulnes

Lost letters are magical. Here are 9 stories that bring serious feels

by Sarah Dougherty

Why traveling in South America has given me a newfound respect for my parents

by Kia Abdullah

This is what you find “hiking” the Arizona Migrant Trail

by Amanda Beyer

Two travelers

by Martha Mukaiwa

Why I left the US to seek my American Dream in Hungary

by Colm FitzGerald

How tourism completely changed this Vietnamese baker’s life

by Jarryd Salem

The biggest lie you tell yourself when you live abroad

by Jen Legra

It’s messy falling for someone on the road

by Tyler Protano-Goodwin

Why I can’t stop going to Burning Man

by Suzanne Roberts

How travel made me a strong woman

by Jacqueline Kehoe

I donated my eggs so I could travel the world

by Randi Delano

A closer look at marriage equality in Alabama, without the conservative sunglasses

by Derek Fulford
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