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God Abroad: Defending Your Spirituality To The Locals
God Abroad: Defending Your Spirituality To The Locals

Allison Cross, journalist in Sierra Leone, faces the scrutiny of being agnostic in a traditionally religious culture.Photo: Allison CrossGod is everywhere in Sierra Leone.Sometimes he’s Jesus and sometimes he’s Allah, but words praising his existence are plastered all over NGOs, schools, hair salons, stores, restaurants and vehicles.

Sex and the stogie: A girl’s guide to cigars
Sex and the stogie: A girl’s guide to cigars

Cigars are for guys, right? Think again. Jeannie Mark lights up and shares her favorites, from fat Cubans to pencil thin cigarillos.Davidoff No. 2A long cigar chock full of quality. Hand finished and composed of high quality tobacco. Kind of the Jimmy Choo of cigars.Davidoff Long Panatela Natural CigarsCreamy, giving taste.

Ultra Mini Retractable Optical Mouse
Ultra Mini Retractable Optical Mouse

So we’ve been recommending you buy the smallest, ultra-lightweight, most durable, super portable travel laptop to carry with you while on the road.Well….as you scale down the physical size of a laptop, the design of its navigation touchpad is proportionally scaled down. So the smaller the laptop, the smaller (and more sensitive) the touchpad becomes.

Notes on Trying to Call Egypt
Notes on Trying to Call Egypt

Elizabeth Zito takes ground level notes from the Egyptian embassy, the crowds marching towards the White House, and sitting at home in DC, trying to skype friends and family in Egypt.I WAKE UP to a text saying that they’re all ok, that the phones work sometimes.I go to the Egyptian embassy and walk with the crowds of several hundred to the White House.

How to Haggle Your Way Across Southeast Asia
How to Haggle Your Way Across Southeast Asia

Photo above by OldtastyI have never seen a country with a more aggressive tourist industry than Thailand. You emerge from Hua Lumpong station and make your way to the southern exit. It takes a fraction of a second for taxi and tuk-tuk drivers to yell at the top of their lungs, “Hello sir! Taxi sir! Where you go!

After the Attacks: What You Need to Know About Traveling in India
After the Attacks: What You Need to Know About Traveling in India

Traveling in India during these terror stricken times is something even Indian citizens are reconsidering.Tourists and foreign nationals are alarmed and they should be.The Taj Mahal Hotel, The Oberoi Trident Hotel and the Leopold Café are three of the locations that were bombarded by terrorists holding AK-47s and firing indiscriminately at anything and anyone that moved.

Member Spotlight: Not Your Average Summer Vacation
Member Spotlight: Not Your Average Summer Vacation

Ahh… June. Time for the annual family vacation! The average experience of spending quality time with the family is generally equal parts fun and frustration.But Matador member Nancy Sathre-Vogel is not planning an average family vacation. Nancy and her family will be hitting the road next week, traveling by the seat of their pants—literally.

What Tyler Durden’s Philosophy Teaches Us About Travel
What Tyler Durden’s Philosophy Teaches Us About Travel

Feature photo by Hazel Motes.Certain travel lessons can be gleaned from the philosophy of Tyler Durden.Most of us have seen the movie Fight Club. When it hit theaters in 1999 with an unbelievably carved Brad Pitt and ingeniously beleaguered Ed Norton, author Chuck Palahniuk found himself with a giant, rabid, new fan base dedicated to Tyler Durden and his philosophy.

Guide to California’s redwood groves and the tallest trees on Earth
Guide to California’s redwood groves and the tallest trees on Earth

Taller than a football field. There are only a handful of places on Earth where living things fit these descriptions.When people talk about the tallest trees on the planet, Sequoia sempervirens is what they’re referring to.Commonly called coast redwoods, these giants are known to reach 379 feet tall (115.

Veil Shopping In Cairo
Veil Shopping In Cairo

One of Matador’s Middle East experts explains how to blend in with the local ladies.It’s inevitable. As a western woman in Egypt, you’re going to get stared at, even leered at sometimes.As my fiancé and some of her female colleagues were fed-up with the nine months of long looks, catcalls and visual undressings they’d endured in Cairo, they decided to do something about it: they went veil shopping.

Wish list: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket
Wish list: Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket

Waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Enough said.Some people have a “to-do” list, while others have “books-to-read” lists. Well, I have added a new jacket to my continually growing list of winter shells: Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket.For me, there’s nothing more exciting than waking up in the morning and taking a look outside the window to find a blanket of fresh snow, blue skies, and the endless possibilities of first tracks.

How to: Couchsurf without a couch
How to: Couchsurf without a couch

You don’t need Couchsurfing’s most famous accessory to take advantage of the site. Here’s an overview of how to couchsurf sans couch.When you’re tired of traveling thousands of miles across the globe only to be faced with a hostel-full of your loud drunken countrymen, it’s time to join Couchsurfing. No matter if the idea of staying on a complete strangers’ smelly sofa fills you with horror; you can still use the site to meet knowledgeable locals and avoid all those hostel ‘have you done Peru?