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7 guys to avoid on the road

Photo: Jiuck WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. You’re traveling. It’s lonely. You miss your ex-boyfriend. Girl, I get it.

A journey through the heart of Japan

Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube WHILE I’VE NEVER VISITED JAPAN, it continues to fascinate me more than any other country I have ever traveled to.

5 no-BS places to dance in Boston

Photo: Randy Kashka Sometimes playing “Dance Dance Revolution” alone in your apartment just isn’t going to cut it.

Why British plugs are best [vid]

ONE OF THE BIGGEST PAINS IN THE ASS for travelers is getting plug adapters. For whatever reason, even though we all basically buy the same (or similar) gadgets around the world, we’ve all ended up with different plugs.

19 lessons the Dutch can teach us

Photo: Trey Ratcliff MORE THAN AN OCEAN separates Amsterdam, my adopted city, from Newport Beach, the upscale Southern California beach town where I spent most of my life.

6 big changes in the travel industry

Photo: Daniel Foster I SPENT 6 YEARS as a young traveler exploring the globe, and have been fortunate to have spent the last 18 years working in the travel industry, both in the inbound and the outbound tourism markets.

World Cup winners give back

Photo: Sama093 The World Cup is over, and it was pretty rough on Brazil. Not only did their national team face what was almost certainly its most embarrassing defeat in history, but the event was marred by protests, and the country is now saddled with a number of stadiums in places that don’t have teams big enough to support them.

Atlanta: A city too busy to hate

GROWING UP ON THE OUTSKIRTS of Atlanta, I felt out of place, a stranger in my sterile suburban surroundings.

An illustrated guide to flight

I RECENTLY BEGAN sketching during long-haul flights. It helps distract me when I feel anxious, and usually I’m pretty drunk during takeoff, so the things I produce in my journal are hilarious.

How to be home

Photo: Bill Dickinson THE WEIGHT OF THE DECISION to leave a home is often overshadowed by the logistics of the move itself, so much so that we forget about the courage it really does take.

Life as an ESL student in Ireland

Photo: Learn English at DCU 1. You will be welcomed. You’ll touch down in Dublin, ready to begin your ESL course.

The pro skateboarder with no legs

LAST WEEK, I skateboarded for the first time in about 12 years. My town just opened up a brand new skatepark and I’ve been dying to try it out for months.

Jewish doula, Palestinian baby

Photo: Jlhopgood One midday in July of 2000, in Hospital Meir in Kfar Saba, a Palestinian boy was born before my eyes.

10 signs you're from Kansas City

Photo: kirybabe 1. You’re fiercely loyal to local ‘que and know your way around a grill. 
Whether you claim allegiance to BBQ powerhouses Gates and Jack Stack, Missouri-side Arthur Bryant’s, Kansas-side Oklahoma Joe’s, or (my favorite) small-fry LC’s, you think of them when anyone mentions barbecue.

Anchovies are awesome [vid]

ANCHOVIES GET A BAD RAP as a pizza topping thanks to their general saltiness and ickiness — unless you’re Dr.

15 portraits of travel relationships

Editor’s note: One of the first lessons you can learn about traveling is that the people you spend your time with are even more important than the destination itself.

8 macro effects of microfinancing

Photo: IBM Research – Africa During the three months I spent in northern India working for a grassroots nonprofit as project manager for microfinance, I was given a chance to participate in the creation of small business opportunities for young women.

Footage of surfers in Indonesia

Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube THIS IS WHAT drones were made for! Check these surfers ripping perfect conditions over a shallow reef in the Mentawai Islands.

Canada: From sea to sea, by train

Editor’s note: Award-winning Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen has managed to retain a child-like wonderment in the face of his home country’s landscape through his majestically titled series, The Canadian: Ghost Train Crossing Canada.

Busker tears it up in Seoul [vid]

WE DON’T ALWAYS pay much attention to our buskers. We’ve got somewhere to be, and we didn’t factor in time to listen to an impromptu concert.