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Lima is more than a layover

Photo: Chimi fotos IT WAS ON THE FLOOR of a Barnes & Noble in American suburbia when I first opened a guidebook to Peru.

Behind the shot: Loggerhead turtle

Photo: Petros Mitropolous THIS BEAUTIFUL loggerhead turtle was making her journey hundreds of miles to the place she was born when she was attacked by dogs.

6 gifts for adventure travelers

Click to see this collection on Polyvore FORGET THE DEODORANT AND CANDY CANES — grownup holiday revelers require an extra bit of hardcore in their stockings this year.

A tribute to cold water surfing

JUST BECAUSE IT’S THE DEAD OF WINTER doesn’t mean that you have to stop surfing. Surfing has spread far and wide enough these days to span all climates and temperatures.

6 things the Finns love to hate

Photo: Kevin Bongart 1. Winter From March until November, Finns are like characters from Game of Thrones.

What it's like to be gay in Korea

Photo: ryanhsuh31 DURING MY FIRST MONTH in South Korea, my boss asked me if my coworker was going on a date with a guy or a girl.

8 reasons travelers should be happy

Photo: Daniels Lee 1. American travelers may soon be able to go to Cuba. For over 50 years, American travelers haven’t had easy access to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, an island that lies just over a hundred miles from our shores.

2014 events made Filipinos proud

Photo: TheDailySportsHerald “PINOY PRIDE.” It began as a phrase describing one’s joy and excitement upon hearing of a fellow Filipino making it big, especially internationally.

Raul Castro to Obama: Thanks, Barack

Photo: GlobalPost For such a historic speech from a Castro, it was curiously short. Cuban President Raul Castro spoke for just nine minutes, starting at noon Eastern time, to respond to the momentous changes being simultaneously unveiled by Barack Obama in Washington.

7 life lessons of snowboarding

Photo courtesy of Burton: Learn to Ride I grew up in the South and didn’t make it up to a real ski mountain (Crystal, in Washington) until my freshman year in college.

Memories of the Irish countryside

Photo: Greg Clarke 1. Mass was a place to be seen. Going to mass was just another social outing for those of us from the countryside.

What Obama’s Cuban deal means

Photo: Christopher L. Yesterday, December 17, American President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced a major thaw in relations between the two countries.

7 signs you are a global citizen

Photo: Jacopo Romei 1. You have a healthy contempt for artificial boundaries. There’s some truth to the saying that good fences make good neighbors: it’s good to know where you stop and the person next to you begins.

Off the beaten path in Morocco

Photo: Marketing Deluxe Mirleft Photo: laurent.paga While the plush tour buses pull in to ex-hippie-hangout Essauoira, the rattling, once-an-hour public bus takes you down the Atlantic coast to tiny Mirleft.

You can travel solo without cheating

Photo: Christopher Michel Jordan Axani, made famous for offering a free round-the-world plane ticket to a woman who shared his ex-girlfriend’s name, has finally found his Elizabeth Gallagher.

Bilbo's journey, 2014 style

Gloin meets an unfortunate end. Bilbo checks in on FourSquare. / All art courtesy of Aya Padrón. What follows are speculative plot highlights from the The Hobbit, imagined if Bilbo had undertaken his “there and back again” adventure in AD 2014 instead of 2941 of the Third Age.

7 things we can learn from Vietnam

Photo: Eddy Milfort 1. How to lend a helping hand. Step one foot into Vietnam and you’ll be greeted with two things: sticky, steamy air and the warmest of welcomes.

What your Uber driver wants to say

Photo: 1. I’m not your couples’ therapist. I believe every Uber driver should mind their own business unless they’re pulled into the passenger’s circle of trust.

I'll never sleep with a Kerouac fan

Photo: shelisrael1 THERE I AM, standing at the bar with a tattooed, bearded man, beer in hand; and yeah, I’m sort of into him.

Skype Translator will revolutionize language learning, but in what way?

Follow Matador on Vimeo Follow Matador on YouTube I MISS TALKING with my Slovak friends. While their English is remarkably better than my Slovak, there is still a lot that gets lost in translation.