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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

These photos will force you to confront your privilege as a traveler

by Doug Lansky

Why westerners should travel to Muslim countries

by Jeremy Ullmann

Being a black alien in South Korea is easier than being a black alien at home

by Shari Shepard

Can we please just shut down Halloween in Mexico?

by Rulo Luna

Life lessons from a Buddhist monk and a fish

by Holly Morse-Ellington

Let’s move past the default (white) perspective in travel writing

by LiAnne Yu

Bellagio people

by Suzanne Roberts

E.M. Forster and the dirty side of finding yourself abroad

by Aaron Hamburger

How being the “new kid” made me a traveler

by Britany Robinson

The Hong Kong of my childhood

by Ting Yiu

Dear Dad, thanks for making me a traveler

by Annabelle Mintz

Searching for home after 3 decades of travel

by Nikki Hodgson

The man who cycled the world

by Adi Zarsadias

Forget the landscape: Start photographing yourself on your travels

by Emma Thieme

Tips from the pros: Best apps for your Instagram travel photos

by Stephanie Be

12 people who kept me traveling

by Marco Delgado

How to walk across Europe

by Nick Hunt

When being a travel writer just means being broke and lonely

by Britany Robinson
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