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Bangkok – the massive Chatuchak weekend market
Bangkok – the massive Chatuchak weekend market

Bangkok – City of Angels Chapter 1 – Chatuchak from Dirk Fischer, toonfish.tv on Vimeo.WHAT/WHEREThis video focuses on the people that populate the Chatuchak weekend market, which is known as the largest of it`s kind in the world.NETWORK CONNECTIONBangkok, just the name conjures images of backpacking lore.

Notes on Temperatures in a Warzone
Notes on Temperatures in a Warzone

The first writer published in response to Matador’s recent call for nonlinear narratives, Jake Reed reflects on his experience in Afghanistan through different temperatures.125° FahrenheitDoha, Qatar, summer 2010. My bottle of frozen water is warm after the 100-yard walk from the chow hall to my tent.

5 Techniques For Surviving Political Debates
5 Techniques For Surviving Political Debates

You are sitting with a family that has invited you in for tea, one of countless offers of hospitality you have experienced since you arrived in the new land.As you share stories of family, friends, travel and life you marvel at how easily people can bridge the differences between them. For that moment, everything is perfect.

The downside of long-term travel
The downside of long-term travel

Reannon Muth experiences an intervention for her travel addiction.“Your lifestyle is sad and empty.”“You’re missing out on having close friends and real relationships.”I felt like I’d just sat down to an intervention. Only instead of sitting in my living room, surrounded by my family and close friends, I was sitting in a hammock at a beach-side hotel in Nicaragua, surrounded by a 29-year-old American acupuncturist and a former UN workerfrom Sweden.

Back Up. And Running: How to Back Up Your Digital Goods on the Road
Back Up. And Running: How to Back Up Your Digital Goods on the Road

Ever wonder how the pros back up their photography? Professional travel and editorial photographer Terence Carter shares his backup plans with us.I’ve had a few comments and a number of emails from my fellow Mac-wielding travellers about backing up and not freaking out. It’s really quite simple and not techy to make sure that you don’t lose those valuable photos, emails and music.

Veil Shopping In Cairo
Veil Shopping In Cairo

One of Matador’s Middle East experts explains how to blend in with the local ladies.It’s inevitable. As a western woman in Egypt, you’re going to get stared at, even leered at sometimes.As my fiancé and some of her female colleagues were fed-up with the nine months of long looks, catcalls and visual undressings they’d endured in Cairo, they decided to do something about it: they went veil shopping.

Inspiration: Blind man runs 83 miles in ultramarathon
Inspiration: Blind man runs 83 miles in ultramarathon

Even though he fell short of 100 miles, it wasn’t a failure.A FEW YEARS ago I watched a movie based on the true story of Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest. He was born with a disease that caused him to go blind by age 13. He went on to complete the Seven Summits in September, 2002.

My 5 Hilarious Travel Photos
My 5 Hilarious Travel Photos

If you missed the big announcement on Monday, this is my entry in the 5 Hilarious Travel Photos contest.Entries have already started trickling in, which you can read by scrolling down and looking beneath the “recent readers” widget. I’ll be adding all the entries as they are submitted, up until the April 22 deadline.

Hidden Hope: A Visit To A Sri Lankan Tea Estate
Hidden Hope: A Visit To A Sri Lankan Tea Estate

Television news bombards us daily with images of global destruction, famine, disease, and wars.No wonder we despair at the future mankind is forging for itself, one filled with hopelessness and religious fanatics hiding behind guns.However, what the news does not show is a modified trend amongst the citizens of the world – a transfer from salvation to liberation; a change in mindset and taking responsibility, teaching other like-minded individuals by example.

Learning Experiences: Shearing Sheep in the Australian Outback
Learning Experiences: Shearing Sheep in the Australian Outback

Six months into my exploration of outback Queensland, my money supplies – vastly under-calculated in a country where even a few beers can run up a small fortune – dwindled to a measly wad of $5 bills.By this time I had already mastered the art of cheap living, working my way from farm to farm and volunteering to work in exchange for a bed and a few home-cooked meals.

How Travel Saved my Life
How Travel Saved my Life

Image h.koppdelaneyWhen the surgeon took the golf ball sized tumor out of my father’s head he apologized and said my father would be lucky to see two more months.As a family we dug in for a fight to the finish that would last 500 long days. Slowly, the disease stole all my father’s faculties until he sat shuddering in a wheelchair, one arm limp around my shoulder as I hoisted him up and carefully walked him to the toilet.

Armchair Travel: 4 Legendary Authors You Should Read
Armchair Travel: 4 Legendary Authors You Should Read

Staying home for awhile? Pick up books by these four authors to keep your wanderlust aflame.The only time I find the desire or need for travel damning is when I am without the means to do so but with the desire to do so. It’s in moments like these that I am forced to seek solace in others who have suffered before me and done the great service of recording, with pen and paper, their experiences.