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Matador Launches Its Flickr Photo Pool
Matador Launches Its Flickr Photo Pool

Mongolian girl, Photo by Matador Trips co-editor, Carlo AlcosMatador’s a community of travelers, writers, and photographers.But admittedly, photographers have gotten short shrift in our three years of existence.That’s all about to change.Matador Trips editors Hal Amen and Carlo Alcos have already taken the lead in highlighting Matador members’ photography by publishing stunning photo essays from Iceland, Brazil, and Papua New Guinea, to name just a few.

Gear Review: The Cruising Caddy
Gear Review: The Cruising Caddy

I’m a minimalist when it comes to stuff, but there are two things I can never get enough of: books and bags.Other frequent travelers probably feel the same. A good book and a good bag can get you through a bad situation.The Cruising Caddy is my latest bag, a small tote that’s ideal for filling with essentials for short walks.

How to Buy, Set Up, and Sleep in a Hammock
How to Buy, Set Up, and Sleep in a Hammock

For traveling in warm climates, a hammock is the way to go. There’s no cheaper, lighter, more comfortable and useful piece of gear. Here’s everything you need to know.Choosing your hammockFirst you need to decide on the material. Depending on where you are, you may have locally-harvested materials / options (ixtle hammocks—scratchy but beautiful—are available in Chiapas, for example), but the most common hammocks are either silk, nylon, or jute.

Freelancing in cafes: Is the honeymoon over?
Freelancing in cafes: Is the honeymoon over?

Photo: Matt BiddulphCafes are the favorite mobile office for location independent professionals. That may soon be past tense, though.Freelance writers and cafes have always gone hand in hand, but according to the Wall Street Journal, the relationship may soon suffer a permanent break.The romantic image of the freelance writer sitting in a cozy cafe, sipping a steaming latte and tapping away at their next National Geographic article or bestselling novel, is a common one.

Guns, Germs, And Big Brother: 60-Year Anniversary Of 1984
Guns, Germs, And Big Brother: 60-Year Anniversary Of 1984

The future is here.It’s been 60 years since George Orwell wrote 1984, his forward-looking satire of a sad and dysfunctional society.The country of Oceania has a government who monitors every aspect of its people’s lives, participates in a never-ending world war, and rules over a society overrun by poverty due to sacrifices being made for the war effort.

Search for mythical beasts in Cambodia
Search for mythical beasts in Cambodia

WHAT/WHEREDavid Adams seeks the semi-mythical khting vor or “Asian Unicorn” deep in the jungles of Cambodia.COMMUNITY CONNECTIONDavid attempts to photograph a creature that may not exist. This may seem as worthwhile as traveling to Scotland in search of mythical sea creatures. And maybe it is. Travelers to Loch Morar hoping for a glimpse of the Loch Ness’s less infamous (but equally elusive) cousin might have plenty of answers why they’re there.

Will religion prevent us from saving the planet?
Will religion prevent us from saving the planet?

Watching the world burn / Photo KwestIt is not an exaggeration to say that nearly half the American population is eagerly anticipating the end of the world.Petroleum is vitally important to each and every single aspect of modern human civilization. It not only runs our vehicles, but it’s also manufactured into our plastics and it’s what makes our huge factory farms possible.

Please Pass the Yoga Mat (and Antacids): Holiday Survival Techniques
Please Pass the Yoga Mat (and Antacids): Holiday Survival Techniques

Don’t leave that pocket yoga guide – or more importantly, your breath – at home.So you survived, and possibly even thrived, Thanksgiving with your family or friends.Nobody got hit in the face with a ham/turkey/tofurkey/turduken, got raging drunk and spoke of Uncle Harold’s penchant for wearing women’s pantyhose, or swallowed a bottle-cap and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery in the middle of the night.

How to feed your lover in Spain
How to feed your lover in Spain

Complete instructions on how to travel through Spain staying well-fed and in love.1. ReservationsTake the 4 train to Prosperidad in the northeast part of the city. The apartment you rented won’t be ready. There will be dishes in the sink, towels on the bathroom floor and unmade beds. Notice how this place, with its cream tile, utilitarian faucet, and brass door handles is a bizarre hybrid of hotel and home.

US Army’s A/C bill in Iraq greater than entire NASA budget
US Army’s A/C bill in Iraq greater than entire NASA budget

* Amount of taxpayer money spent on NASA: $19 billion* Cost of providing air conditioning to the US troops in Iraq & Afghanistan: $20.2 billionI have lived in an un-air conditioned place where summer temperatures reach into the 100 degree levels even late at night. I layed awake in my own sweat, feeling both the need for new sheets and the futility of changing them, making the trade-off between bearing with mosquito bites or suffocating inside closed windows.

Review: Kill Boring Travel Periods With The Nintendo DS
Review: Kill Boring Travel Periods With The Nintendo DS

Picture yourself sitting in a train station, airport, ferry dock, or somewhere similar, with hordes of people going about their business. They’re boarding, disembarking, buzzing, or like you, they’re waiting. Endlessly waiting.One of the travel realities that’s rarely revealed is the amount of waiting that accompanies every type of journey.

Notes on a Saigon Motorcycle Pimp
Notes on a Saigon Motorcycle Pimp

With no Tesol, no plan and no clue, Josh moves through Saigon to find a job teaching English.I STEP from my permanent residence at the MiMi guesthouse in District 1 of Saigon and for once I greet the endless propositions for a ride from the loafing motorbike men with a hearty ‘Youbetcha’!THE NEGOTIATION“How much for an hour?