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Travel writing at ground level 2: Notes on the ‘underground’

Travel writing at ground level 2: Notes on the ‘underground’

Visit MatadorU to learn more about Matador’s online travel journalism courses.In our continuing study of Ground Level as an ethic for travel writing, we look now at the importance of recognizing what’s “underground,” and how failing to find it can lead stories – even with all facts “correct” – to be untrue.

5 travel lessons I learned from my dad

5 travel lessons I learned from my dad

My father and I couldn’t be more different. He’s conservative and traditional, while I’m a creative “free spirit.” He introduces himself to everyone, and I’m more reserved. I yearn for faraway places, and he’s a homebody.We share a certain stubbornness, which is what kept me from listening to his advice for so many years.

Why Matador is launching sites in 7 languages

Why Matador is launching sites in 7 languages

TODAY IS a proud day for me. Since beginning editorship of Matador in 2007, I’ve cherished working with journalists, editors, and travelers from all over the globe, and have long dreamed about being able to expand our editorial to other languages.We’ve taken a couple of big steps toward that vision today with the launch of Matador Español and Matador Português.

15 ways to stand out as a tourist in Florida

15 ways to stand out as a tourist in Florida

1. Give a shit about oranges.Oranges are a dietary form of white noise for Floridians, and really for most people in general until they come to Florida and say, “I should eat some oranges while I’m here! I bet they’re better than what we get in Wisconsin!”2. Order unsweet tea.3. Notice the prevalence of big-ass pickup trucks.

How better note taking can improve your travel writing

How better note taking can improve your travel writing

In this new series, writing coach Noah Pelletier lifts the curtain on his process and work with students in the MatadorU Travel Writing course.I have this recurring dream. It goes like this: I’m walking through a flat, green park when out of the woods comes a pack of seedy-looking youths. As they approach me, it’s obvious they’re up to no good.

11 bizarre species to look for on a Great Barrier Reef dive [pics]

11 bizarre species to look for on a Great Barrier Reef dive [pics]

Photo: Lady Elliot IslandSome pretty crazy-looking critters inhabit the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia.ON MY WEEK-LONG TRIP to northeastern Australia, courtesy of Tourism Queensland, I tried to track some of them down. I’d heard descriptions of worms with spaghetti-shaped tentacles, cuddle-hungry giant cod, and a mysterious white humpback whale.