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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

A love letter to West Virginia

by Kaitlen Whitt

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

by Amber Kapiloff

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

by Matt Hershberger

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

by Erica McDonald

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

by Pippa Biddle

Maine, I love you

by Emma Thieme

A love letter to Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta

by Shannon Dell

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

A love letter to the south side of Chicago

by Jill Kozak

Midsummer nudity in Finland: My first Juhannus

by Tim Walker

The 45 best books to read on the road

by Will Hatton

“The Farm” in Tennessee is the country’s oldest intentional community. But the real story is how they deliver babies.

by Shannon Dell

Confessions of an overweight traveler

by Yahoo! Travel

A Love Letter to the Richmond District, San Francisco

by LiAnne Yu

I’m sick of being seen as a sex toy just because I’m part Asian

by Cecilia Haynes

To Iowa: I’m sorry

by Jacqueline Kehoe

12 things you need to hear if you want to be a travel writer

by Jacqueline Kehoe
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