Smile, you’re on hidden camera

Privacy is perceived differently across the world. For example, in Germany, very few offices have open doors, while in America, this is quite common. However, nobody would be okay with secretly being watched, especially during private activities. People might think you’re being paranoid, but you can’t help it. You’ve probably seen one too many movies about guests having to deal…

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Annie, Get Your Guide

Matouring is pleased to join up with travel experts GetYourGuide.  As the name implies, they specialise in finding ideal activities for you when travelling. Look for their offers and advertisements throughout the site. “We’re on a journey to transform ordinary trips into extraordinary ones. We are your guide, bringing you personal experiences. Wherever your travels take you, we’ll show you…

Sshhhh . . .you’ll wake the neighbours

LOVE the beach, but hate crowds? Seeking small-community life, but don’t want to have to pass up on hearing the waves crash outside your window, or wandering down to the sands to catch the rays in summer? Firstly, there’s a peculiarity about some of Spain’s best-loved coasts: Medium-sized and small towns which aren’t on the package resort trail (but would…

What’s a gut decision?

My partner of two years and I broke up recently. It was an extremely painful process that has led to extremely painful days, which I can only hope gets easier with time—that’s what people say, right? Some of that pain came from how unsure we both were that it was the right thing to do. The thing was, I waffled…

Can you bare it?

I stumbled upon Daphne on the rooftop of a dusky riad in Marrakech. This six-foot Canadienne with man-sized feet was the only other guest there, and she was naked. Or mostly naked, which is startling for me at the best of times, but particularly in Morocco – a conservative north-African Muslim country. “Oh, er, hello!” “Hi,” she said, blowing a…

Unencumbered Umbria

The gentler, less gilded neighbour of Tuscany, Umbria enjoys a lower profile and seems less troubled by tourism. The “green heart of Italy” doesn’t have an endless stream of visitors plying between their checklist of big-drawer Tuscan Renaissance cities, just miles of undulating hills carpeted in sunflowers, tobacco or untamed bosco (woodland). Read more courtesy of APlaceInTheSun.com

Dieting is not a piece of cake

Diet culture lurks everywhere—from J.Lo and her no-carb, no-sugar diet on the Today Show to friends on Facebook selling supplements and diet plans. Diets, and especially chronic dieting, can be physically and mentally exhausting, not to mention expensive (the U.S. diet industry is currently worth $66 billion). Most diets don’t work. If they did, the diet industry would cease to…

Calling all professionals!

Spin a globe, point your finger, and see where it lands—if only planning a trip were that easy. For those who prefer to take a more rational approach when arranging travel, look to your Myers-Briggs personality type. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a behavioral assessment that calculates how people perceive the world and make decisions. Based on the theories…

Le Petite Venice de Colmar

Do you know about the Little Venice of Colmar? It’s the name of a district located in the pretty city of Colmar in Alsace, France.  I know, I know… you are gonna say that it is just one more “Little Venice”: each time there is a canal somewhere, the place is given the name of the Italian city. You are not wrong, but trust…

Journeywomen

In 1984 when I first started traveling solo I had no one to mentor me. If there were other women around my age doing what I was doing I had no way of finding them. After all, we hadn’t yet gotten to a point in cyber history where most people had computers in their homes. The terms ‘blog’ and ‘bloggers’…

Not the straight and narrow

At first glance, Bob Damron’s Address Book reads like any other travel guide. Bars, restaurants, hotels and businesses are grouped by city and state, their names and addresses listed in alphabetical order. An introductory note reassures readers that the information contained within the volume is up-to-date, while classifications written in abbreviated parentheticals offer travelers additional details on specific establishments: An asterisk, for example, indicates a…

Get going!

This may seem obvious, but . . . Everyone wants the key to eternal youth. Until scientists can find that proverbial key, we do know that physical activity can improve longevity in older adults. Studies show that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in older adults may reduce risk of death from all causes. There are numerous studies to reaffirm the incredible…

Mexico-go-go!

Mexico is as vast as it is diverse. Its 761,600 square miles of land range from arid coastal regions in the west to verdant Rousseau-esque jungles in the south. Long known for its cultural roots in plant medicines and healing temazcal (or sweat lodge) ceremonies, Mexico has always been a wellness haven—a place of ritualized healing on sacred lands. Whatever…

Circulate this

The blood flow in our bodies is the main criteria by which we can assess health. The regular circulation of blood is responsible for delivering oxygen to different parts of the body and for the elimination of waste. Inadequate blood supply or circulation results in dull skin, cold toes and fingers, low energy and tired legs. Exercise is an easy…

Mom’s “ommmm”

Between managing motherly duties, the mental load of being the household CEO and handling pressures of the workforce, mothers work an average of 90 hours per week – roughly the same as working two full-time jobs! That’s why some “me time” in Newport Beach, California is the perfect destination for a true recharge. Located on the breathtaking Californian west coast…

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