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Rolf Potts goes on tour

Rolf Potts goes on tour

Vagabondingauthor Rolf Potts has a new book out – Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations from One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer– and to celebrate the occasion, he’s headed out on a North American tour.Dates are still tentative, and more locations (possibly including Montreal, San Diego, Baltimore and DC) could also still be added.

Yelp Worldmap: What’s the hipster density in your city?

Yelp Worldmap: What’s the hipster density in your city?

Yelp is great for finding the sloppiest burger in Toronto, or which strip clubs to avoid because the dancers have sub-bar boob jobs. But did you know some areas of a city are more densely populated with people / things than others? Check out Yelp’s Worldmap — a few keywords on the left-hand sidebar provide you with a “heat map” layout of areas that may be better, or worse, for your travel needs.

Don’t smile at the men

Don’t smile at the men

My irritation with Christie is unfair; I have no right to project my fears onto her. This is my mantra in the desert of Wadi Rum. The lines I repeat over and over, rolling through sand dunes on the back of a camel.But each time I tell myself to let my anger go, a snapshot flits through my head. Every slur digs into my skin.

Why Matador is launching sites in 7 languages

Why Matador is launching sites in 7 languages

TODAY IS a proud day for me. Since beginning editorship of Matador in 2007, I’ve cherished working with journalists, editors, and travelers from all over the globe, and have long dreamed about being able to expand our editorial to other languages.We’ve taken a couple of big steps toward that vision today with the launch of Matador Español and Matador Português.

A world without borders

A world without borders

Yair will never go back there to live. Every time he says that, part of me wishes he would, for Israel needs a young man who detests the very notion of boundaries between countries. But if he left New York, I would be deprived of a friend who gently sets down his futuristic visions on café tables too small to hold them.

Facebook + Skype: Match made in social technology heaven?

Facebook + Skype: Match made in social technology heaven?

The first time I did a three-way conference call with my sisters in the US, me in Sweden, and our parents in Nigeria, I sent Skype a direct tweet along the lines of “I love you guys!”With family spread out across three different continents, all aging with each passing day, Skype remains an integral part of my family’s daily conversations.