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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

I’m a college graduate, but I’ve used my passport more than my degree

by Gloria Atanmo

How the concept of home changes as you travel

by Alexandra E. Petri

I’m pretty and I travel solo. Here’s why it’s a struggle.

by Alyssa Ramos

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

by Gloria Atanmo

What travel has taught me about beauty

by Elen Turner

I gave up on New York dating, went to sea, and had a fling with a 21-year-old sailor

by Claire Shefchik

I haven’t had a phone in years. People applaud this. But I’ve missed these 5 important things.

by Ailsa Ross

I lived with a Guna family in Panama. What happened when I left is one of my best stories.

by Rob Chursinoff

My fiancee and I ditched everything to go to Athens. Here’s what I didn’t expect.

by Wisdom Pills

Traveling, partying, living as an international model isn’t as glamorous as you think. Trust me, I was one.

by Erica McDonald

Maine, I love you

by Emma Thieme

A love letter to Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta

by Shannon Dell

A love letter to West Virginia

by Kaitlen Whitt

Lions, zebras, and African children: Voluntourism in the age of social media

by Pippa Biddle

The world’s most famous travel writers give their advice on writing well

by Matt Hershberger

I didn’t feel culture shock until I came home to the United States

by Amber Kapiloff

A love letter to Jamaica Plain, Boston

by Vanessa Van Doren

You don’t have to be a privileged white girl to travel

by Camille Willemain
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