Eva, all-around blogging goddess and contributor to WorldHum, introduced me to a new social network/travel magazine – Matador Travel. It’s facebook meets bootsnall meets WorldHum.
There’s a little bit of everything in the Matador community.
Eva contributes to Matador Pulse, which “scours the web for overlooked stories about travel, place, and culture, while also digging deep into our own Matador community to “discover” interesting people and the things they’re doing at home and on the road.” The most recent post touches on DIY aid to Burma.
You should become a member, visit my profile, and friend me. Currently, I only have two friends, which is pretty pathetic.
Read the official press release below the cut.
MatadorNetwork is the first travel website to optimize a high quality online magazine with the interconnectivity of a social network.
By blending the most dynamic elements of new journalism and online community, we’ve created something totally original. Our professionally-written travel content is published in an interactive blog format that links back to our growing social network. In effect, every article becomes a conversation.
Matador has built a small army of talented freelance travel writers and destination experts who write passionately about the places they know and love. The Matador Network is on track to become the world’s most vibrant travel publication.
Matador’s destination guides, essays, blog posts and feature articles are spread across 7 distinct but interconnected sites, which, taken together, form the Matador Network.
MatadorTrips.com offers detailed destination guides and trip ideas for travelers. Example: Trekking the Mt. Kanchenjunga Circuit in Nepal
MatadorStudy.com provides students with information and resources about study abroad. Example: The Best Places To Study In Brazil
MatadorNights.com revels in the world’s hottest nightlife. Example: Top 10 Nightlife Spots in NYC
Matador.org explores volunteer opportunities worldwide. Example: The Advocacy Project: Bringing Human Rights Home
TheTravelersNotebook.com offers practical tips for travelers. Example: How To Travel to and from Cuba
BraveNewTraveler.com features thoughtful essays that explore the nature of travel. Example: Dark Tourism: Bearing Witness or Crass Spectacle?
At the end of every Matador article and guide is a section entitled “Community Connection,” which links you to destination experts and like-minded travelers within the Matador community. These resources serve as points of entry into deeper conversations about travel and place, which, in turn, lead to the off-line partnerships and real-world connections forming in our community every day.
From organizations and volunteer opportunities to travel groups and collaborative media projects, Matador members are creating a growing network of socially and environmentally conscious travelers around the world.