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The 2007 Travel Blog Awards
The 2007 Travel Blog Awards

It was bound to happen eventually.In fact, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Mark Ashley over at Upgrade: Travel Better has finally decided to step up and start the very first travel blog awards: The Travvies.Why you ask? Mark provides the answer:There’s a misconception that travel blogs are all travel diaries.

Gonzo Traveler: Surviving The Beef Riots In South Korea
Gonzo Traveler: Surviving The Beef Riots In South Korea

Robin Esrock reports from the streets of South Korea, a witness to angry democracy in action.The crowd gathers / Photo Robin EsrockThe irony of looking for a steak restaurant in the frenzied height of a protest about beef did not escape me.The citizens of South Korea were out in force, vocalizing their discontent at their government’s decision to allow US beef to be imported into the country, after being banned for fear of importing Mad Cow disease along with it.

Armchair Travel: Keep On Movin’
Armchair Travel: Keep On Movin’

From the ugliest pieces of metal hurtling down the highway to some pretty freaky two-wheelers, we’ve scoured the world for some interesting man-made modes of transport.Jason Policastro introduces us to the 10 Ugliest Cars Being Made Right Now such as the futuristic, Jetsons-style Smart ForTwo and the Mini Clubman, a stretched-out version of the Mini Cooper.

Scoop that dog poop or be tracked via DNA!
Scoop that dog poop or be tracked via DNA!

Thanks to DNA evidence, soon you’ll be able to figure out which neighbor’s dog keeps pooping all over your property.One evening, back when I was in my preteens, I was bumming around and chatting with some friends on my front lawn. We later joined some cute boys at the local arcade, and they all wrinkled their noses in disgust.

Eat, pray, love in Morocco
Eat, pray, love in Morocco

A country of four mountain ranges, two long coastlines, and desert, Morocco doesn’t need to try very hard to be diverse in its culinary arts, sacred spots, and romantic settings.Tasty CuisineRabat and Fez are the best places for serious culinary explorations. While Rabat is the most modern and comfortable Moroccan city, Fez is traditional and fascinating.

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.

All top newspapers’ circulation down but one
All top newspapers’ circulation down but one

Every major newspaper except WSJ is reporting losses, in some cases, severe. Where is this going?These numbers came out yesterday from Editor and Publisher. The only gain made by any top 25 newspaper was a less than 1 circulation increase by The Wall Street Journal.Check out some of the losses. SF Chronicle down by more than 25 percent.

Guide to stargazing in the southern hemisphere
Guide to stargazing in the southern hemisphere

There are a billion and one reasons to visit the other half of the world. Mary Pfaffko teaches us how to enjoy the night sky down under.The different constellationsThe moon, planets, and most constellations — like those of the zodiac — are visible all over the world. However, constellations that appear closer to the North and South Poles are only visible to the corresponding hemisphere.

What’s in your backpack, Alex Jouve?
What’s in your backpack, Alex Jouve?

Photos courtesy of Alex Jouve.Between working on globetrotting shows and wanderlust-inducing series for the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and Travel Channel, TV producer Alex Jouve gives Matador a peek into his backpack.On a number of occasions, especially on a 130 degree day under the Egyptian sun, I’ve been asked by fellow crew members why I always have my bulky backpack stuck to me and what could possibly in there.

Polyamory: Ethical nonmonogamy or spiritual quagmire?
Polyamory: Ethical nonmonogamy or spiritual quagmire?

The “Liberated Christians” believe that monogamy and sexual repression have no biblical basis.Have to admit, I thought polyamory was a San Francisco Bay Area (specifically, Marin County) original.Ok, ok, I knew it was probably happening in a few other enclaves throughout the world, like Paris, or Salt Lake City.

What’s in your backpack, Mike Richard?
What’s in your backpack, Mike Richard?

Mike Richard is known for editing Vagabondish.com – the Travelzine for Today’s Vagabond. A professional web designer and travel junkie, Mike enjoys backpacking, camping, hiking and seeing the world. Matador caught up with Mike to peek into his backpack.Mike’s Words BelowI tend to be a gear nerd. Which isn’t to say that I travel with a ton of gear, but rather that I take great pains to shop and buy the right gear (right for me anyway).

The Protector of Tophane
The Protector of Tophane

There had been a distinct increase in the occurrence of random ululating in my Istanbul neigbourhood earlier that week.My flatmate and I had written this off as seasonal declarations of random excitement, or perhaps a sudden arranged marriage or engagement. The women’s voices below rose and fell, their tongues creating a long, trilling, high-pitched sound like the howl of a wolf.