Behold! The ancient land of Cahokia

The United States of America is a place of many contrasts.  But, do you think it as of an ancient civilization that – 1000 years ago – had that parties that went on for days?  Likely not.  Thats Mexico, isn’t it? Cohokia, was home to the largest pre-columbian city north of Mexico. The city was occupied for seven centuries as…

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Viking. More than just Norse ships and pillaging

If you’re a traveler, you’ve likely taken at least one cruise in your life.  And, chances are good that you may have boarded a Viking Cruise ship:  they are some of the best and most forward-thinking cruise lines in the world. But, Viking goes beyond by also informing and entertaining us with their ongoing Viking.tv online events. As well as…

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Do you know Value Alliance?

If you don’t travel much to the APAC (Asia Pacific) regions, you may not know that they have an airline alliance much like the rest of the world.  And you may not know their carriers.  But, here they are!  Value Alliance is the world’s first pan-regional low-cost carrier alliance comprising six Asia Pacific market champions. Its members — Cebu Pacific,…

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Air / space

Sometimes, traveling on aircraft for long periods of time makes you give up hope.  Aircraft can be so uncomfortable, and the seats unforgiving. Those in business or first-class often never encounter the same aches and pains of us hoi poloi,  but the struggle is real. Now, Airbus comes to the rescue with their new Airspace interior designs, and what a…

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Even easier EasyJet

We here at Matouring love the depth and breadth of options that we have for flying in Europe.  There are so many convenient airports, no shortage of airlines and, due to the way it works in Europe, generally very low prices. With that in mind, we’re pleased to see that EasyJet, one of our favourite European carriers, may soon claim…

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Border hopping

The modern-day relationship between Canada and the United States has always been a good one.  Nearly always peaceful, the two countries share many similarities:  language, laws, trade and more. Cross-border travel is another.  The width of Canada and the USA are immense, 7069 kilometres from the west to the east, to be exact.  Getting around can take some time. Both…

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Check, mate?

Like so many worthy things, the game of chess continuously phases in and out of our collective consciousness.  It certainly has its allure, and once you’re couched in the skills that you need, it is always there for you.  And, in many ways, it’s an international language. But did you know that there is a chess hall of fame?  It’s…

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Bed down with a clown

There’s something about being in the western United States that brings out the crazy in people.  Between Area 51, Las Vegas, Nevada you will never fail to be amazed at what some business models look like.  And yet, they prevail.  And now, may we introduce The Clown Motel.  It all started in 1985 when Leona and Leroy David built this motel…

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Pain is just a word for bread

This looks grueling. Put on your best pink tutu, peacock feathers or Viking hat and get ready to run – and drink! Held on 11 September in 2021– just in time for wine harvest – the annual Marathon du Médoc brings contestants to more than 30 vineyards in the wine region of Médoc in France, north of Bordeaux. They’ll stop…

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Can you Caño?

If you really want to get away, then we have the place for you. Those in the know realise that Colombia is now shining in the sun, again.  Most of its troubles are in the past and it is fast becoming a top destination.  Lovely, friendly people, an endless array of activities throughout the country, and world-class food, wine and,…

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U need a UNESCO

Twenty-twenty will forever be remembered as the year of COVID. No matter your background, the stresses of the last year far outweighed its joys. Our physical and mental wellbeing were put to the test in ways we could never have imagined. While the pandemic is still raging, a new vaccine and the easing of some restrictions have made all of…

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It’s 11:00 PM. Do you know where your pandemic flight credits are?

When the pandemic hit, Vanessa Mumford-Minshull of Campbell, CA scrambled to cancel a multi-leg, multi-airline European trip for four people. She asked for refunds. Airlines automatically issued vouchers. “I sent email saying, ‘I don’t want this,’ but got no answer,” says Mumford-Minshull, who spent days calling, writing, and documenting her efforts before finally getting refund help thanks to her credit…

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Katarina – you must have seen her

Everyone loves a cruise.  Romance, food, the water and dreamy locations.  It pulls us with little or no effort. But how about something even more special?  How about a cruise of your own – just you and your friends and / or family – in some of the most picturesque locations on earth. Our affiliate friends, Katarina Line cruises, have…

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Safe travels? You can Belize in it

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that Belize has achieved the Safe Travels Stamp, granted by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp, the first global safety and hygiene stamp, was awarded to Belize in late December 2020 in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. The stamp was developed in order…

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A sixth sense, a weapon…

Like other artists, the actor is a kind of shaman. If the audience is lucky, we go with this emotional magician to other worlds and other versions of ourselves. Our enchantment or immersion into another world is not just theoretical, but sensory and emotional. How do actor and audience achieve this shared mysterious transportation? This shared ritual draws upon a…

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“Be” adventures

At the time of this writing, the world is starting to look forward to a Covid-free future.  Governments are – mostly –  doing their jobs and protecting their citizens. It will come as no surprise that many of those citizens want to travel, once more.  The pent-up demand will help to save not only cash-strapped airlines and hotels, but entire…

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Go back, in time

When you think about it – especially if you travel often – it feels like the process of boarding an airplane is rarely seamless and rarely enjoyable.  To be fair, it is a complex process when you consider the logistics that the airlines need to factor in.  And, of course, there is always the “performance variability” of we humans as…

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Gone to Taiwan

Tainan – Venture here and explore Taiwan’s oldest city. Follow us through history’s favorite spots in Tainan and start putting an itinerary together of your own! When ready, browse vacation packages to Tainan: Known as “The Birthplace of Taiwan,” #Tainan invites you to gain an appreciation for the local history. Visit the historic quarter of Anping, then check out Chihkan…

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Highly caffeinated things to do at airports

There are few things worse than a four-hour layover at the airport while you’re salivating to get to your destination.  How many times can you walk past the magazine stand? In some countries, such as the UK, there are people known as “anoraks” who pace up and down the long – and usually crowded – aisles diligently taking notes of…

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Sick of your country? Well, read this.

It happens to all of us:  we just get sick and tired of it.  We see no escape.  We feel boxed in, with no hope.  And it feels like there are no options. Is all of the world like this?  Cities are all the same, are they not?  Dirty, gritty, chaotic and grim.  Maybe yes, maybe no. Are there no…

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