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The best adventure I never had
The best adventure I never had

There comes a time when many face the ultimate decision: pursue a career or postpone it for the open road?For those looking for a job, a career, a mere direction in their lives, travel can seem like a meaningless distraction-a money-sucking way to delay those awful first few years in the working world.

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.

The Artifacts of Genocide
The Artifacts of Genocide

A film montage I shot during my visit to the Cambodian Killing Fields in early 2006. The song is called “Dusk” by Canadian artist Matthew Good.Just one hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, and shares much in commom with other major urban centres of Southeast Asia.It’s loud, swarming with motorbikes, tuk-tuk drivers, and piles of plastic wrappers piled behind rusted tin dwellings, all nestled amongst countless hotels, neon signs, and a melee of citizens.

Best of Belize
Best of Belize

Belize may only be the size of Rhode Island, but it certainly has a lot to do.The Blue HoleOne of the best diving sites in the world, this filled in water volcano is reputed to have some of the best diving in the world and is a must see for divers. Just make sure you stay oriented, because it’s easy to confuse down with up and risk getting trapped.

How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely
How to decide if you’re ready to work remotely

Earlier this year, my husband and I took the plunge and left the UK to run our businesses on the move.We struck out to find our ‘ideal world’.What we’ve learned along the way is that we’re not ready to settle down yet. In fact, our ‘ideal world’ lies in moving from place to place, going wherever we fancy next and continue to earn a living as we go.

Brush with fame: Justin Theroux thinks I’m a stalker
Brush with fame: Justin Theroux thinks I’m a stalker

It was the summer of 2004 in New York City. I was in Washington Square Park and so was he – Justin Theroux, that is; the ultra-talented yet under-the-radar character actor I’d had a terrible crush on ever since I saw his portrayal of a Northern Irish mobster in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.*Justin Theroux played the director in Mulholland Drive.

Reality Check: South Africa
Reality Check: South Africa

I can still remember the first time a college professor opened my eyes to the way ‘Africa’ (and, of course, it’s usually treated as a homogeneous unit) is painted in most major media.Since then, I’ve noticed every time words like ‘senseless’, ‘chaotic’ or ‘savage’ crop up in articles about violence on the continent, where similar violence elsewhere – in the Balkans, say, or Kashmir – might receive more nuance and context.

How to: Get a tourist visa for Vietnam
How to: Get a tourist visa for Vietnam

Lauren Quinn just went through the process. Here’s what she learned…soundtrack included. Editor’s note: This post originally appeared at Lauren’s blog, Lonely Girl Travels. Beneath the glamor of travel (and the glamor people write about travel), there’s the nitty-gritty, the laborious, the tedium of trip planning.

America The Ex-Boyfriend
America The Ex-Boyfriend

Unexpected meetings with ex-boyfriends become ways to measure oneself against the passing of time and against former selves, the ones we embodied when we were with _____ . They become ways of seeing how much the person we remember through the eyes of the ex-boyfriend has become someone else, has reconfigured her previous conglomeration of personhood into a new one.

First timer’s guide to seeing an astrologer
First timer’s guide to seeing an astrologer

Getting your chart done can be an extremely enlightening experience.There is something about a brief glimpse of understanding the self that feels like a window into humanity. Rarely does it last. But hopefully, it comes around again, albeit in small pieces and unexpected moments.To me, seeing an astrologer (a good one, at least), is a bit like getting a glimpse.

The Art of Spiritual Travel
The Art of Spiritual Travel

You’re at home. You observe life, you fall into it, and then suddenly one day a choice presents itself.You feel a desire to leave everything: your work, your friends, your life behind. It is the inevitable moment of choice: shall you choose the same rigorous routine, or a whole new dream, unknown and only imagined.

Teaching English in Japan is awesome and sometimes hilarious
Teaching English in Japan is awesome and sometimes hilarious

Teaching English in Japan is awesome and sometimes hilarious - Our SiteCOVID-19Luxury TravelAirports + Flying TravelBudget TravelWhere to StayRoad TripsYou never know what your students are going to write.This was one of the best essays so far.community connectionConsidering teaching abroad? Check out some of our favorite articles on the subject: Top 10 Places for Teaching English Abroad; How to Become an English Teacher in Mexico; and the Beginner’s Guide to Teaching English in China.