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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.

No Impact Week, Day 6: Water
No Impact Week, Day 6: Water

Photos: JC RojasMatador U student and contributor Abbie Mood takes the No Impact Week Challenge.In November of 2006, New York City resident Colin Beavan, along with his wife and daughter, set out to live with no net environmental impact.Fast forward three years later, add the Huffington Post, and you have No Impact Week.

What Does A Kiwi Have In Common With Luxury Travel?
What Does A Kiwi Have In Common With Luxury Travel?

Please note: This is a sponsored post.For me, luxury travel usually means little more than clean sheets, hot water and black coffee in the morning. Camping on a beach or staying with local villagers makes me just as happy as sipping a cocktail next to an elegantly landscaped plunge pool.But even though vagabonding travelers like me have been known to sneer at expensive luxury resorts and dismiss their pampered guests as out of touch with reality, I recognize that the luxury travel experience, done well, can be a beautiful thing.

A day in the life of an expat in Osaka, Japan
A day in the life of an expat in Osaka, Japan

08:00A beautiful Saturday morning in Osaka. What to do … a day-trip to historic Kyoto? An abandoned railroad hike in Hyogo? If only. Saturday mornings in Japan often mean work so I stretch once more on my futon before beginning my day.08:30Breakfast is shokopan toast and a carton of aloe yogurt. I throw a couple of wrapped negitoro onigiri – tuna and scallion rice balls – into my purse for lunch.

The writers we carry: Agi Mishol
The writers we carry: Agi Mishol

The first in a new series that looks at the books and writers who inform our travels, Robert Hirschfield notes the place of Israeli Poet Agi Mishol in his ongoing narrative.I TOOK HER BOOK when I visited my daughter in Virginia.I take it with me on my walks to the river.It will be the first thing I pack when I travel to Nepal this fall.

First Person Dispatch: Being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger
First Person Dispatch: Being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger

Photos: etrenardA Peace Corps volunteer in Niger reflects on lessons learned just weeks into her assignment. Editor’s Note: Matador Nights co-editor Kate Sedgwick first read this dispatch on the blog of Peace Corps member Monica Yancey. We contacted Yancey to request her permission to reprint an excerpt here.

4 ways to transform negative thoughts
4 ways to transform negative thoughts

We all feel toxic at times, but there are simple things we can do to move out of a bad space.Have to admit, I had a few toxic thoughts this weekend.First, there was some jealousy of the many friends, acquaintances, and basically everyone surrounding me in Truckee, California who are on their way to Burning Man.

Japan encourages office workers to strip down
Japan encourages office workers to strip down

To reduce AC consumption at the office, Japanese businesspeople are encouraged to wear less.On a recent trip to Tokyo, I noticed two things.First, the city was unusually hot. Cafes, stores, and offices just weren’t running the air.Second, many salarymen were NOT wearing the traditional dark suit, tie, and leather shoes.

The best, strangest, and most dangerous roads
The best, strangest, and most dangerous roads

At Matador, we’ve never shied away from the road. In fact, we live for the road.From Jack Kerouac cruising in a convertible down America’s highways to Ewan McGregor on a motorbike kicking up dust in the Mongolian plains, the road is an open call for the adventurous traveler. Even Clark Griswold had his moments on the road: Christie Brinkley in a red Ferrari; a dead grandma in the backseat.

Photo: Plane Falling From Above
Photo: Plane Falling From Above

Is it really necessary to have a runway right beside a crowded beach?During a recent bout of doing entirely too much work, I was dreaming of being on the beach.Ah, thoughts of sand between my toes, slight breeze running through my hair, the sun beating down on my face. A trashy novel sitting by my side, which I’d glance at in between sips of my daiquiri/bloody mary/pina colada.

An Awkward Hug and No Chocolate
An Awkward Hug and No Chocolate

Sometimes a hug is the wrong thing.Photo: A National AcrobatWe’re in the middle of our English lesson when a bright white car pulls into the dirt yard and a woman strides across the yard calling out loudly in fluent but heavily accented Spanish. Don Faustino goes out to meet her.Her hair is an unnatural shade of orangey-red—not unlike the color Doña Ludi obtains for the yarn by mixing cochineal with lime juice—her pants are blinding white, her blouse is translucent neon pink, her earrings are enormous hunks of neon pink plastic.

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.