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Inside the eerie abandoned buildings of Jeju Island, South Korea

Inside the eerie abandoned buildings of Jeju Island, South Korea

When alone in nature, your world is at peace. Everything is calm, and the forest is your friend because you feel as if you’re the only person to have ever walked the path before you.When alone in an abandoned building, those feelings are reversed. Why is this building here, why is it abandoned, who might still be lurking in the dark shadows?

Travel writing at ground level 2: Notes on the ‘underground’

Travel writing at ground level 2: Notes on the ‘underground’

Visit MatadorU to learn more about Matador’s online travel journalism courses.In our continuing study of Ground Level as an ethic for travel writing, we look now at the importance of recognizing what’s “underground,” and how failing to find it can lead stories – even with all facts “correct” – to be untrue.

Your perception of wealth distribution in the US is wrong

Your perception of wealth distribution in the US is wrong

Nine out of ten Americans have a perception that wealth distribution in America is skewed unfairly toward the top 10 richest people. They believe that the rich control about one hundred times more wealth than the poorest Americans.Looking at what the wealthy can do that the rest of us can’t — castle-sized mansions, private jets, even slipping out from under criminal prosecution — that perception might seem accurate.

Trekking the Planet: Teaching geography from a traveler’s perspective

Trekking the Planet: Teaching geography from a traveler’s perspective

SANDY AND DARREN VAN SOYE began their campaign to improve geo-literacy years ago, when they took their daughters abroad to Europe. Now, they reach thousands of students in dozens of countries with their educational program, Trekking the Planet. They circled the planet three times in a little over a year, teaching grade-school children geography lessons that go beyond the standard paradigm of memorizing states and capitals.

How you can help people in Oklahoma

How you can help people in Oklahoma

Photo via darkroom.baltimoresun.comHere are a few places you can donate to, to help the recovery efforts in Moore, Oklahoma.Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, or online at Use the Safe & Well website or the mobile version to check on friends and family.Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: Text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts, or online at http://www.

What is lost (and gained) when the traveler settles down

What is lost (and gained) when the traveler settles down

Tripping over boxes, unsettled by this process of settling down, I swallow my desire to be on a rickety bus lurching down a rutted road with my head knocking against a grimy window and all of my belongings at my feet. The lush green of Colorado in the early spring reminds me vaguely of Uganda and I spend an hour paging through old trip journals, recalling the smell of chapati and wood-burning fires, motley chickens fanning out their tail feathers against a backdrop of banana trees and mountains.