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<i>101 Places</i> available for preorder!

101 Places available for preorder!

Matador’s first major book, 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on January 7th, and is available now for preorder.WE GAVE OUR contributors at Matador a guerilla mission to “assess” how and where people get fucked up all over the globe, and to write about it as transparently as they could.

How to be a hostel douchebag

How to be a hostel douchebag

Staying in a hostel is a rite of passage on the backpacker trail, where you have the chance to meet some really cool people, some decent people, and some people you wouldn’t even wish on your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend/pet.These characters have turned misery into an art form that would make Joffrey Baratheon blush with approval.

5 bullshit conceptions of freelance writing

5 bullshit conceptions of freelance writing

Whether you’re a failed novelist, a fresh college grad, an actual aspiring copywriter, a journalist, a poet in general, or simply otherwise unemployed, freelance writing as a career is probably the most manageable profession in writing today. But if you’re hoping to get started on a career in writing for other people, for agencies, or for publications from the comfort of your own swivel chair, there are a few notions you should probably have cleared up before you give it a go.

What exactly is going on in Mali?

What exactly is going on in Mali?

FOR MOST of the 36-hour bus trip from Abidjan to Bamako, my legs were tangled up in a mess of plantains that the woman across the aisle had purchased en route.First, she bought plantains in Dabou. Then again in Toumodi. By the time she made her final purchase in Yamoussoukro, whole branches of unripened plantains protruded from the stairwell and monopolized most of the floor space in the rear of the bus.

140 countries ranked on openness to foreigners

140 countries ranked on openness to foreigners

The World Economic Forum released The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, providing research on how global communities can expand this part of their financial infrastructure. It sampled 140 countries.An interesting aspect of the study, which was graphically depicted by the Washington Post’s World Views blog, is what places were more or less “welcoming” towards foreign visitors.

Boulder Creek floodstage paddling: Badasses weighing risk vs. reward

Boulder Creek floodstage paddling: Badasses weighing risk vs. reward

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that Mother Nature always has the final word. Whether it’s a flood, a fire, or heart disease. In the end she always wins.That said, there are those of us who feel more at home in her realms — deep canyons inaccessible except by kayak, surf breaks guarded by gnarly currents and inside sections, alpine aeries only reachable by ice-axe and crampons — places where we’re more at home than anywhere else.