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Consciousness is a term defined differently by different people, but in general it describes the relationship between the mind and the world it perceives. Common usages include a sense of awareness of one’s surroundings, a sense of self, and a sense that one can feel emotions.

At Matador we’ve published a number of essays and articles about consciousness, both in the context of travel affecting consciousness, as well as how consciousness is viewed, described, or treated in other cultures around the world.

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A love letter to the world

Why “mindful travel” is going to be the next big thing

The next time you travel, don’t take any pictures


7 places in New Mexico perfect for a digital detox

21 things I wish I had known about travel when I was 25

Love traveling? Leave your values at home.

32 lessons you learn traveling alone around the world


10 ways to get in touch with the natural world


10 reasons to get off Facebook and into nature


Why solo adventures in nature make you stronger

Money isn’t what’s holding you back from traveling. Fear is.

How I learned to appreciate the world’s “boring” places


17 signs you’re a traveler who blazes your own trail

Researchers are mapping trees in US cities. The results are surprising and beautiful

9 reasons why I take dance lessons when I travel (and you should too)

4 things about life I misunderstood before I started traveling

17+ spots in Oregon to connect with nature and clear your mind

How to be a better global citizen in 2017

Stop waiting to be picked, choose yourself

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