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Writing

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
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7 epic travel moments…as remembered by my favorite sandals

by Kyle Rosemont
10

Open letter to the EU: I am a Brit and I am sorry

by Lauren Williams

This is what it’s like to be a traveler with an eating disorder

by No - Yolo
1

I spent a season trimming weed in Humbolt County. This is what it was like.

by Sorcha O'Higgins
2

I became a freelance writer two and half years ago. Here’s what I totally underestimated

by Amanda Machado
2

What I learned about indigenous tourism in Namibia

by Shannon Dell
1

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

by Matthew Abrams
2

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

by Stella Brown

Catching the last days of the Tokyo fish market

by Marriott Traveler
2

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

by Reda Wigle
1

Dear Havana

by Joanna Franco
1

A hitchhiking guide to Central Europe

by Brian Gillikin
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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
1

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

by Tiffanie Drayton
2

On going to Italy to spread mom’s ashes

by Laura Veariel
1

What it’s really like to travel to Tibet

by Mark Hay
1

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

by Gloria Atanmo
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