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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

Business class seating, middle class values

by Katka Lapelosová

Why it’s so easy to fall in love on the road

by Katka Lapelosová

The best travelers know when NOT to travel

by Vanessa Van Doren

How travel made me a strong woman

by Jacqueline Kehoe

An exclusive interview with world photographer David DuChemin

by Kate Siobhan Mulligan

I donated my eggs so I could travel the world

by Randi Delano

How I deal with chronic anxiety when traveling

by Richard Lucas

Travel writing is more than just white male authors. Here are 10 travel memoirs by writers of color.

by Navdeep Singh Dhillon

Tito’s yearly mota-run across Oaxaca

by Lisette Cheresson

Finding Balance after a Back-Breaking Fall: Interview with Dave and Deb of The PlanetD

by Jacqueline Kehoe

8 people tell stories of their travel mentors

by Katie Scott Aiton

How travel made me a listener

by Shannon Gadberry

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

by Derek Fulford

On running and street harassment

by Katie Prout

Bridging the cultural and racial divide — one personal interaction at a time

by Sonjia Mackey

For all of you who’ve been a third wheel on a trip

by Damien Cifelli

Defining the role of Afropeans in modern travel writing

by Bani Amor

Why I can’t stop going to Burning Man

by Suzanne Roberts
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