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Building Hope In Rural Cambodia
Building Hope In Rural Cambodia

As Bryan Tripp discovered, helping others is often the best way to learn more about yourselfThe white Toyota pick-up truck bumps along the pitted dirt road and over several very questionable wooden bridges. That last pothole we cleared could have swallowed a Volkswagen. Later on we pass through a traffic jam of stubborn water buffalo.

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Submitting To Online Travel Magazines
The Do’s And Don’ts Of Submitting To Online Travel Magazines

Study these practical tips and you’ll have your travel writing published in no time.The life of a travel writer is framed with romantic notions of wandering the globe, notebook in hand, jotting down experiences and interviews in exotic locations.Every day is filled with uncertainty. Work itself is an adventure.

Close Encounters: Reconnecting To Animals Through Our Primitive Nature
Close Encounters: Reconnecting To Animals Through Our Primitive Nature

Learning how to communicate with animals may be the missing link to respecting, and saving, the planet.Photo: Azriel CohenWhen we travel and think about expanding our awareness to understand other cultures, we are referring to “human” culture.Most of us are not thinking about the culture of other-than-human-life.

13 Ways To Avoid Jet Lag
13 Ways To Avoid Jet Lag

I travel often, and in many of those trips, I have crossed three or more time zones and suffered from jet lag.When I finally manage to fall asleep, it’s actually morning and time to get up again. If you also travel frequently, I imagine you know the feeling too.Jet lag is actually a physiological condition known scientifically as desynchronosis and dysrhythmia that causes disruption to your body’s clock.

Protests for peace in Northern Ireland
Protests for peace in Northern Ireland

The people of Northern Ireland have been hitting the streets this week to protest the recent murders of two soldiers and a police officer.The killings come after several years of progress towards stability and peace; the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA, both rebel splinters of the Irish Republican Army that reject the peace process, have claimed responsibility.

7 reasons to fall in love abroad
7 reasons to fall in love abroad

Photo by nattuIn my travels, I’ve often found the way to experience a culture most authentically is not by reading the best guide or seeing the major sites, but by finding yourself in the most gleeful place of all: in love.Here are seven reasons to fall in love abroad in 2009.1. You can serve as an ambassador for your country.

Michelle Obama Made Me Cry
Michelle Obama Made Me Cry

I was at the grocery for seltzer and spinach.I wasn’t planning to buy the Oprah Magazine,and my husband rolled his eyes when I grabbed it impulsively and added it to our basket.But Michelle Obama was on the cover with Oprah and that was a big deal because Oprah has appeared on the cover alone (or with her dogs) for 105 issues.

Alaska Loves Sarah Palin… Right?
Alaska Loves Sarah Palin… Right?

Hundreds of Alaskans rallied in Anchorage this week – but not, as you might think, to support their Governor in her Vice-Presidential bid.Instead, participants in what was reportedly the largest protest gathering in Alaskan history took aim at McCain/Palin, and made it clear their governor does NOT speak for them.

The shameful truth about sex tourism
The shameful truth about sex tourism

Is sex tourism about peace, love and happiness – or does it hide an uncomfortable truth?Every year, tourists flock to Southeast Asia, in hopes of netting the tropical ocean dream.Khaosan Road, Bangkok’s backpacker coconut cream pie, proves that not only can you sleep for three dollars a night, but you can also be anyone you want in Paradise.

Does Foreign Aid Do More Harm Than Good?
Does Foreign Aid Do More Harm Than Good?

Photo: simminchSome say yes, calling foreign aid a form of neo-colonialism that does not alleviate poverty, but in fact perpetuates it.I had a particularly privileged friend during high school—let’s call him Joe. On Joe’s sixteenth birthday, his father bought him a brand new Audi, a truly sweet piece of machinery.

What’s The Worst Thing That’s Attacked You?
What’s The Worst Thing That’s Attacked You?

Where there’s jungle, there’s nasty creepy crawly creatures lurking to sting, bite, or paralyze you.Or at least that’s what we’re led to believe when listening to local guides with a macabre sense of humour.During my travels, I’ve survived encounters with deadly Fijian sea snakes, tarantulas in Australia’s Outback, and even a face-to-face stare down with some local Vancouver deer.

Settlement reached in Wiwa v. Shell
Settlement reached in Wiwa v. Shell

Read on for the latest development in Wiwa. v. Shell.Photo: Azfar HakimLast week, Matador reported breaking news in the Wiwa v. Shell case, explaining that the case 15 years in the making had first been rescheduled and then postponed indefinitely. In that article, we wrote:“Initial unsubstantiated rumors indicated that Shell may have agreed to settle the case out of court by offering financial reparations without ever actually admitting, much less accepting, any responsibility for its role in the deaths of the activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and others, as well as other human rights and environmental violations.