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On judging an entire country off the one person you met from there

On judging an entire country off the one person you met from there

People love to say “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but everyone does it anyway. We judge people by their looks, friends by their music tastes, and bands by how many commercials (or lack thereof) they’ve been featured in. It’s human nature. This tendency is magnified when travelling, as we encounter things that we know nothing about.

A taxonomy of youth culture in Cape Town

A taxonomy of youth culture in Cape Town

Cape Town’s elitist subcultures consist of Hipsters, Poppies, Yuppies, and Zef riffraff. Being a Cape Townian writer myself, I am privy to the knowledge that they are all equally exclusive. From my house in the particularly Zef suburb of Bellville, I have taken the liberty of mapping them out.Whether you smoke hand-rolled Golden Virginia in skinny jeans, or listen to YMCMB on your car’s 6×9 speakers, there’s a place for you in the Mother City.

What is lost (and gained) when the traveler settles down

What is lost (and gained) when the traveler settles down

Tripping over boxes, unsettled by this process of settling down, I swallow my desire to be on a rickety bus lurching down a rutted road with my head knocking against a grimy window and all of my belongings at my feet. The lush green of Colorado in the early spring reminds me vaguely of Uganda and I spend an hour paging through old trip journals, recalling the smell of chapati and wood-burning fires, motley chickens fanning out their tail feathers against a backdrop of banana trees and mountains.

A convo with Jimmy Chin and Tim Kemple on climbing the Ennedi

A convo with Jimmy Chin and Tim Kemple on climbing the Ennedi

Q&A with the Camp 4 Collective crew about their shoot in the Sahara.JIMMY CHIN AND TIM KEMPLE’S Towers of the Ennedi managed to simultaneously make rock climbing look more safe, and traveling to Chad less so. Matador spoke to them about the realities of shooting in such a hostile environment.MN: How did your experiences in Chad match up to your expectations?

Don’t smile at the men

Don’t smile at the men

My irritation with Christie is unfair; I have no right to project my fears onto her. This is my mantra in the desert of Wadi Rum. The lines I repeat over and over, rolling through sand dunes on the back of a camel.But each time I tell myself to let my anger go, a snapshot flits through my head. Every slur digs into my skin.

TWITTER CHAT: How do you tell travel stories?

TWITTER CHAT: How do you tell travel stories?

MatadorU and G Adventures are co-hosting a Twitter chat on travel storytelling, June 19th at noon EST. GadvMatuWHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A TRAVEL STORY, and how do you achieve it?These are the kinds of questions that Josh Johnson and I, along with industry-leading filmmakers, photographers, and writers, as well as notable wanderers-in-residence from the G Adventures community, will be addressing on Twitter on June 19th at noon EST.