Check out my post on Gadling as to why I’m thrilled about this merger! Ian Mackenzie and Tim Patterson from BNT have joined Matdor’s editorial team and I’m really looking forward to seeing more great content.
Also, mergers means expansions, which for us translates into more paid writing opportunities at Matador! They did a great job with Traveler’s Notebook, the success of which is leading to the launch of 5 more new blog networks covering a range of topics for which they will actively be looking for talented writers to crank out quality pieces on the following subjects:
Features short blogs written by students who are currently or were recently studying abroad. This blog should sort of be “advice for students, from students”. Focus should be on everything from how to pick your country of study, to living with a host family, home sickness, assimilating into a new culture, learning the language, getting the most out of your classes, great weekend trips in Western Europe, new programs offered by established schools. Everything and anything about studying abroad.
Trends and opportunities in the world of volunteering abroad. Focus on ways to find cheap or free opportunities. Focus on combo projects/programs, where the volunteer learns a language or something else useful like organic farming/earth building etc. Also general focus on sustainability and solving the world’s most compelling problems with regard to conservation and development.
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This will feature everything from Sonar music festival in Barcelona, to the vibrant bar scene in Barrio Alto, Lisbon, to Burning Man to the underground music scene in London.
Matador Trips features off-beat, “secret” destinations and unique experiences in close proximity to popular tourist sites, often with a burly adventure component.
Example #1: Cambodia, Angkor Wat AND a dirt-bike tour of pre-Angkorian temples in the Thai borderlands.
Example #2: Patagonia, El Bolson AND paragliding off Cerro Piltriquitron
Reviews on new travel gear, clothes, music, books and dvds.
Other than this, keep a look out for writing-jobs on their Bounty Board which currently has over 30 interesting PAID travel-assignments up for grabs!