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Matador’s ‘best worst beer’ experiment
Matador’s ‘best worst beer’ experiment

Photo: AuthorIn which Matador Trips co-editor and confessed beer snob Hal Amen decides to drop the hops in a quest for the shittiest beer in America.PEOPLE LOVE TO BITCH about American beer. Not excluding Americans. We proudly rag on the mild urine undertones of Keystone Light, the corned beef hash infusion of the Beast, and the dead-on approximation of formaldehyde that is Steel Reserve.

Obama On Leno – What Would Bill Hicks Have Thought?
Obama On Leno – What Would Bill Hicks Have Thought?

“I can’t watch TV longer than five minutes without praying for nuclear holocaust.” – Bill HicksNobody ever expected Leno to ask Obama tough questions (he’s been soft around the middle for years).Still, I’d give anything to hear what Bill Hicks would have said about the show. Hicks, always merciless, had a particular penchant for pointing out that the once-funny Leno had sold his soul to the devil years ago.

Notes on Temperatures in a Warzone
Notes on Temperatures in a Warzone

The first writer published in response to Matador’s recent call for nonlinear narratives, Jake Reed reflects on his experience in Afghanistan through different temperatures.125° FahrenheitDoha, Qatar, summer 2010. My bottle of frozen water is warm after the 100-yard walk from the chow hall to my tent.

What’s in your backpack, Leif Pettersen?
What’s in your backpack, Leif Pettersen?

Leif Pettersen hanging in a hammock in Ko Chang, ThailandLeif Pettersen (pronounced “Life”) is a road-worn wordsmith who has worked in the travel writing racket for nearly a decade.Known for his hilariously irreverent style, Leif’s candid travelogues are enjoyed by thousands each month on his blog Killing Batteries.

A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay
A case of the meat sweats in Montevideo, Uruguay

On a trip to the Uruguayan capital, Matador Trips editor Hal Amen gets coated in airborne animal fat and sausage grease.My wife and I ride the seesaw between full-on veganism and a pack of hyenas. But when we heard about Mercado del Puerto, there was no question which side we’d end up on in Montevideo.

Boxed Water is Better
Boxed Water is Better

Now that I live in an area where the tap water doesn’t taste like it was poured straight from the drain of a swimming pool, I’ve been trying to break myself of the dirty, city-dwelling habit of buying bottled water. It’s expensive, it sucks for the environment, and it isn’t any better for your health.

12 Stocking Stuffers for Travelers‏
12 Stocking Stuffers for Travelers‏

For the travelers on your list, we’ve got plenty of creative ideas that won’t break the bank.The economy might have a tight hold on our wallets, but it doesn’t have to make gift-giving a chore.Choose a mix of practical, fun, and affordable goodies, and make this a holiday season they’ll appreciate.A deck from your local drugstore should only set you back a few bucks, and you can find travel-sized games at specialty toy and hobby stores for under $20.

Book Review: The Idealist.org Handbook
Book Review: The Idealist.org Handbook

A guide to building a better world because actions speak louder than words.I loved rediscovering Idealist.org all over again – the leading network that connects volunteers, students, and professionals with nonprofit organizations, groups, campaigns, and programs all over the globe. Last October, I’d already touted their benefits over at Travel Channel’s World Hum, excerpted below:….

Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger
Review: Annotate Your Travel Photos With FotoTagger

What is it? Fototagger: An image annotation tool that let’s you place tags directly on your photos.Who makes it? CogitumWhy should you use it? Being able to place information tags directly on your travel photos is pretty cool, since it really allows other people to understand a photo better and at a deeper level.

The downside of long-term travel
The downside of long-term travel

Reannon Muth experiences an intervention for her travel addiction.“Your lifestyle is sad and empty.”“You’re missing out on having close friends and real relationships.”I felt like I’d just sat down to an intervention. Only instead of sitting in my living room, surrounded by my family and close friends, I was sitting in a hammock at a beach-side hotel in Nicaragua, surrounded by a 29-year-old American acupuncturist and a former UN workerfrom Sweden.

Broke in Lima
Broke in Lima

Lights spiral up a tall building, making it sparkle like a jewel in the dark. It is the tower of one of South America’s largest cell phone carriers.I scan the burnished windows and imagine the CEO sitting comfortably at his desk, not wondering where his next meal will come from.I despise this person because the amount of money I need to get home is pocket change to him, and the least he could do is share.

5 Reasons To Stay In A Timeshare
5 Reasons To Stay In A Timeshare

Please note: this is a sponsored post.One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to push your comfort zone.You travel to discover new cultures and ideas, but, as you go, you’ll also unearth unknown aspects of yourself: things you didn’t know you were capable of (like stomaching that scorpion soup) or that you didn’t know you’d love (like the whip of brambles on your legs as you explore a verdant rainforest.