Adventure Center: Travelers-in-Residence

In 2011-2012, Adventure Center sent eight MatadorU students and alumni on epic trips. As part of Matador’s “Traveler in Residence” program — in which our handpicked journalists spent an extended amount of time in their destination — they wrote for Matador, their personal blogs, and for other outlets.

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5 outdoorsy things to do in Cappadocia after a morning hot air balloon ride

Hot air ballooning is only the beginning.

The Galápagos is no place for a fear of the ocean

Twice in my life I've nearly drowned, or thought I would.

Aquatic wildlife of the Galápagos

Stalking the water-going creatures of the Galápagos.

The delicate dynamics of a Galápagos tour group

According to Pete, those of us standing with Daniel were now on the 'bad tourist' side.

The end of my equestrian fantasies in Trinidad, Cuba

I felt trench foot coming on.

Wildlife photography in the Galápagos

Donatello is my travel talisman and patron turtle of lateral thinking and creativity.

Free sex changes and other surprises I encountered in Cuba

As ominous clouds clotted the sky, I bought extra pork rinds and a back-up carton of rum.

How group tours are like blind dates

I was agreeing to two weeks in Cuba with strangers?

How to spend 16 hours in Havana, Cuba

11:00 am. It’s probably time for a mojito on the rooftop of the hotel.

Guide to drinking in Cuba

Ordering a mojito is acceptable at any hour of the day.

Your top 20 bucket list trips

We asked, you answered. Here are your top 20 bucket list trips from Adventure Center.

Photo essay: What I found on Costa Rica's and Panama's beaches

I managed to find something more than my usual pessimism.

Portraits of San Jose, Costa Rica

I was warned not to take my camera with me downtown. I brought it anyway.

Carrying on Nubian culture through music

Nubian music traditionally drew inspiration from the Nubian landscape.

Why you should travel to Egypt right now

People greeted me with a hearty “welcome to Egypt!” or “you are welcome!”

Hot air ballooning in Luxor, Egypt

A different perspective over the Theban Necropolis.

Getting drunk with my Nepalese porters

My first cup of rakshi was poured in Sinuwa.

5 weeks in Turkey

Turkey is much larger than I’d thought...

How to survive your tour group

Surviving the tremors of group travel.

Essential packing list for trekking the Annapurna Sanctuary

Here's a look inside my Annapurna Sanctuary trekking pack.

In Turkey I became a traveling dervish

Travel has a way of spotlighting all manner of sudden, urgent, internal requirements.

What's in your backpack, Keph Senett, Traveler-in-residence?

MatadorU’s first Adventure Center Traveler-in-residence in Turkey, Keph Senett gives us a peek into her backpack.

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