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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

Baby don’t buy me roses — take me somewhere new

by Stephanie Be

I haven’t spoken Cantonese for 30 years. Here’s what happened when I tried to speak it again.

by Louise Hung

The art of picking up trash

by Jo Jackson

Growing up poor turned me into a traveler

by Alyssa Ramos

I’m Chinese American. But it took moving to Hawai’i to embrace my identity.

by Louise Hung

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

by Rob Chursinoff

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

by Gloria Atanmo

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

by Alyssa Ramos

What travel has taught me about beauty

by Elen Turner

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

by Ailsa Ross

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

by Kyle McMillan

How the concept of home changes as you travel

by Alexandra E. Petri

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

by Claire Shefchik

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

by Gloria Atanmo

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
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