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The worst possible advice to give someone traveling to Los Angeles


Photo: Luca Sartoni 1. ‘Just jaywalk. Nobody’s watching.’ Actually, everybody is watching — especially those motorcycle cops who are lurking on the nearest street corner and just waiting to zoom out of nowhere with a flimsy pink slip for you.

These images show why whitewater kayaking is the raddest sport.


Editor’s note: Most outsiders to the sport associate whitewater kayaking with images of bombing off huge drops or otherwise being a ‘daredevil.’ The truth is, so much of what makes paddling so rad is what happens behind the scenes — the travels to and from remote areas, the decision making around water levels, gear, skill and comfort levels, and the sense of time and place merging when you’re on the water.

Bernie Sander’s campaign just released a video that will give you goosebumps


Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube BERNIE SANDERS IS A self-described democratic socialist and progressive who is calling for a political revolution to bring people together and take big money out of politics.

The ultimate hot dog guide


Who knew there were so many types of hot dogs? Sure we’re all familiar with the Chicago, New York and even Seattle dog but what about the Korea or Norway?

It’s still a crime to be gay in India. But activists are ready to celebrate


Photo: Daniel LofredoRota NEW DELHI, India — It took only five minutes, but India’s Supreme Court sent a ripple of hope through the LGBT community and its supporters this week by agreeing to reconsider their campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.

Pictures of carnival in Rio

The samba dancers’ outfits are minuscule, but extremely elaborate. A photo posted by Terry George (@terrygeorge) on Feb 7, 2016 at 12:06am PST A photo posted by mytime2lime (@mytime2lime) on Feb 2, 2016 at 6:05am PST A photo posted by Jhonnathas Franco (@jhonnathsoficialfa) on Feb 9, 2016 at 7:19am PST Performers from over 70 different samba schools prepare all year long to succeed in the annual parade.

Robot cockroaches are not your worst nightmare. Here’s how they might save your life.


Watch this on The Scene. Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube COCKROACHES MUST BE one of the world’s most hated species, one of those no one really likes to see.

Check the most beloved terrain in Oregon


Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube LEIF ERIK SMITH SHOWCASES the beauty of the state of Oregon through aerial, ground and timelapse video.

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Featured image by Orin Zebest.

A love letter to Lisbon


Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Dear Lisbon, I miss you. I keep saying this and continue to leave you time and again, but it’s just that the world is so big and beautiful and I know you will always be there for me to come back to.

What millennial traveling women can learn from Amelia Earhart


Embed from Getty Images LET’S START BY SAYING WHAT FREE-SPIRITED, wanderlust-ing women who’ve been in love already know: love, freedom and travel don’t always easily mix.

Here’s how to get around NYC [quick guide]


Photo: m01229 You have to be quick to make it in NYC — people are always in a hurry to be somewhere, get things done, and move on to the next thing.

3 ways you have straight privilege while traveling


Photo: Vix_B I love being queer. But sometimes, I’m super jealous of heterosexual people. Straight people have privileges that I don’t, meaning that they benefit from unearned advantages based on their orientation.

Mardi gras beads aren't harmless


Photo: Dave Herholz HAPPY MARDI GRAS! Today’s party in New Orleans is one of the biggest in the country, and, if you’ve ever paid any attention to it, you probably know about one of its most famous features: bead necklaces.

Problems with humanitarian work


Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube Humanitarian work abroad should be about implementing real, needed change for the local population, not to make you look good on Instagram.

The 8 best European LGBT festivals to hit up in 2016


Photo: Bryan Ledgard Gay pride events, since Stonewall, have been a focal point for gay culture for decades.

Weirdest laws in each state


THERE ARE SOME INCREDIBLY WEIRD laws out there that, for whatever reason, never got taken off the books.

Guide: Idaho hot springs in winter


IDAHO’S LONG SNOW SEASON and high elevation sets the stage for hundreds of miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The world's smartest cities


“Smart cities use information and communication technologies to better manage their use of resources.” Solar Bins explains what that means and which cities are doing it best.

Palm oil is in everything and it’s killing rain forests, endangered species and people. Here’s how.


Photo: Wikimedia In September and October 2015, one of the worst environmental disasters of the 21st century happened in Indonesia.


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