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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

7 books that will make you feel like you’re in another country

by Matt Hershberger

Why feminism is important to me as an Indian man

by Siddarth Dutta

A brief memoir of a Vietnamese-American girl

by Vivien Bui

If you ever come to Western Nebraska

by Bart Schaneman

Why female travel writing is going down the sewer

by Barbara Litzlfellner

How a cross-country trip led me to buy a piece of rural land at 27

by Emma Thieme

The inner lives of badass travelers: Joanna Franco

by David Miller

The inner lives of badass travelers: Shannon Galpin

by David Miller

After a year on the road, here’s what it’s really like to be a digital nomad

by Elaina Giolando

If I die traveling, I would die happy

by Gabby Beckford

This is what it’s like to give birth in Mexico

by Martina Žoldoš

Camping is my medicine: A love letter to the outdoors

by David Miller

A love letter to New Mexico

by Jim O'Donnell

Dear USA, I’m breaking up with you

by Rebecca Bellan

7 things I’m learning to accept about being a freelance writer

by Amanda Machado

7 epic travel moments…as remembered by my favorite sandals

by Kyle Rosemont

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

by Sera Higgs

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

by Amanda Machado
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