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Marketing Language and Youth: 2 Thoughts on Travel Writing Style
Marketing Language and Youth: 2 Thoughts on Travel Writing Style

Photo: mezoneDealing with submissions as editor can be difficult when you know the writer’s intentions are good and that he or she is just trying to put feelings and ideas out there. So let me throw this out here in the spirit of ‘helpfulness.’The problems I have with a lot of people’s writing styles (including my own) usually seem to fall into a couple semi-related categories / situations:Copying writers from other generationsMarketing languageCopying writers of other generations“An author ought to write for the youth of his generation.

Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship
Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship

All photos: authorTraveling on a shoestring gave this traveler a sharp sense of life in Indonesia.How on Earth did I get here?The cramped lifeboat, rigged twenty feet above the ship’s main deck, swayed in the afternoon storm.I had been sandwiched between two families outside when the downpour began. Now, having followed a band of Indonesians up a ladder into the covered lifeboat, I hunched over, trying to calm my stomach as they sang a local pop song led by a badly tuned guitar.

Book Review: Pedaling Revolution
Book Review: Pedaling Revolution

Mapes’ book is best appreciated in contrast to its cinematic counterpart, Veer, a documentary claiming to cover all elements of bike culture. Unlike Veer, which never looks beyond Portland, Oregon, Mapes’ new book actually accomplishes its tagline.Mapes, a Portland-based journalist, looks far beyond the subcultures of his city to other urban areas such as Davis, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New York.

Five you’ve never: Nathan Larson, A Camp
Five you’ve never: Nathan Larson, A Camp

Feature photo by Amir Chamdin. Photo above by superbomba.Matador launches “Five You’ve Never,” a challenge in which we ask random people to tell us the five coolest things we’ve never seen, heard or read.First up: Nathan Larson of the band A Camp.1. Best Acid-Inspired Movie With Burt Lancaster Set in Connecticut: The Swimmer (1968)Truly a bizarre piece of film making, this 1968 release is actually a dark hallucinatory horror picture dressed up like a sunny domestic drama.

Welcome to Las Vegas…and History
Welcome to Las Vegas…and History

Every visitor to the Las Vegas Strip for the past 50 years has been greeted by the same message: “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada.”The neon sign, one of Vegas’ most recognizable landmarks, was installed in 1959, back in the casino town’s glory days.Now, it’s been added to the ranks of the National Register of Historic Places — a fitting designation for a structure that very well could be the city’s oldest.

Zizek says your donations to charity are hypocritical
Zizek says your donations to charity are hypocritical

There is a difference between changing the system and keeping it going.When I was about to head off to university, my uncle sat me down all serious-like and warned me not to let it make me a communist. Typing this article on a macbook means that I probably didn’t become one.That said, university courses can force you to really confront the structure of the world you live in.

No More Easy Money for English Teachers in Japan?
No More Easy Money for English Teachers in Japan?

English teaching in Japan is still a lucrative gig, but the days of easy money and great benefits might be coming to an end.After teaching English in Japan with the JET Program for two years, I saved enough money to travel in Southeast Asia for over a year and launch my career in travel writing.I lived rent free, didn’t work very hard and sent home about $1,500 per month.

The Pros And Cons of Working Abroad
The Pros And Cons of Working Abroad

Working abroad usually means low-paying, temporary jobs — like bartending.One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way when people begin to think about traveling, is money.Do you have enough saved? Do you have anything saved? Will you need to supplement your savings by working while abroad?And if so, how long do you intend to work?

Notes on Celebrating New Years with Los Colque
Notes on Celebrating New Years with Los Colque

Celebrating New Year’s with people you’ve just met can remind you of exactly where you come from and who you are.Some of the Colque grandkids + Lau and Layla.12/31/09 4 PMMaxi is carrying crates of beer down into a well-pit. I whistle to him across the fence and he grins back at me.Maxi is one of Adela’s 80 grandchildren.

The Last Iceman of Chimborazo
The Last Iceman of Chimborazo

Baltazar Ushca, the hielero of Ecuador’s highest glacierTravel to the glaciers of Chimborazo with Baltazar Uscha, the last of his people to continue the centuries-old tradition of the hieleros.We’re heading towards the home of Baltazar Ushca, the last of the icemen of Chimborazo. The mountain is the highest peak in Ecuador at 6,310 meters, about 20,565 feet.

Engrish Spoken Here
Engrish Spoken Here

Some of our favorite Engrish signs found at home and abroad…Photo: Augapfel (creative commons)Photo: Shamam (creative commons)Photo: Stardog Champion (creative commons)Photo: xiaming (creative commons)Photo: sproing (creative commons)Photo: jj look (creative commons)Photo: jgalvan (creative commons)Photo: xiaming (creative commons)Feature photo: xiaming (creative commons)

Customers buy everything in a struggling store with $20,000 cash
Customers buy everything in a struggling store with $20,000 cash

A bag of Doritos, a pack of gum, and hell – why not just throw the rest of the shop in there too.WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I fantasized about winning the lottery and doing what Eddie Murphy did in Coming to America; tossing wads of cash in a McDonald’s (um, McDowell’s) bag and handing it to someone who really needed it.