Harvey, get serious!

For those of you who are vaguely aware of Harvey Nichols (Harvey Nick’s) in London, you might recall them as being targeted toward a more upper-crust audience.  Perhaps a bit dry. But, if you haven’t had a look lately, you’re in for a treat, especially if you’re the playful type, no matter what your age. And the store has also…

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Falling in Louvre again

It’s just around the corner, but soon we will see the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.  A spectacular – and complex design –  makes this one of the most stunning designs in the world. Located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It runs under an agreement between the UAE and France, signed in March 2007, that allows…

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Because, because, because, because, be Oz

Let’s get straight to the point.  Most of us work hard in order to be able to squeeze just a little bit a pleasure into our lives.  So, may we present the proverbial carrot to you now… The Luxury Lodges of Australia, a collection of 19 lodges and camps located throughout Australia, represent Australia’s diverse landscapes of outback, rainforest, reef,…

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JetBlue’s cruise news ensues

Some of you may or may not be aware that JetBlue Airlines also have vacations.  (They’re affiliate friends of ours, by the way.) Well, being the ambitious company that they are, they also sell cruises.  But, the new news is that JetBlue Vacations’ Flight + Cruise packages, making JetBlue the first domestic U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to…

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Dominican-do!

Like other locales hard-hit by the events of the past 18 months, the Dominican Republic is focusing on rebuilding and recovering. But that doesn’t mean travel has to slow down. In fact, destinations in the Caribbean are very attractive all year round due to their warm weather and turquoise blue beaches. Click here to learn more about why now is…

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Go 2 Africa

Please join us in welcoming our new affiliate friends, Go2Africa.com Since 1998 they have been planning trips the length and breadth of the continent. The secret to their success?  Their commitment to first-hand knowledge of every destination, lodge, and activity that they recommend. Collectively, they spend more than 365 days a year on safari to ensure you get the best,…

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Don’t fence me in

If you live in a housing complex with dozens of units, take heart. An apartment building in St. Petersburg, Russia, (population five million) houses 18,000 people. We’re all for efficiency, but we have to wonder about the logistics of managing a place like this.  Parking?  Elevators? As some people have noted, how would the wifi not melt-down? “Hi, neighbour!” KLM…

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Yangshuo, Dr. No?

Just look at that. Landscapes don’t get more dramatic than the towering rock formations of Guilin, southern China’s most astonishing natural phenomena. And in the shadows of those giant alien mountains you’ll find something much smaller but almost as dazzling – a hotel. And not just any old hotel: a true design marvel loaded with fascinating history. Read more here…

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Beach blanket bingo

Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse. As explored in a recent article, most of the world’s airport runways are paved with concrete or asphalt. However, there are certain exceptions to this trend. We have previously explored gravel and ice runways, but what about beaches? Let’s take a look at where passengers should be wary of sand in their…

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Aqaba job

“I last found myself here, inadvertently, in March 2020. My planned journey from the Saudi tourism hub of Al Ula to the Yemeni island of Socotra collapsed when the flight to Cairo was cancelled as frontiers slammed shut. Rather than taking that as an early sign of an impending travel shutdown and seeking the fastest route home, I stubbornly caught…

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Volando sobre las vegas

Volando sobre las vegas (flying over Las Vegas) We would expect that many of our readers have been to Las Vegas, and maybe more than once.  You  might think that you’ve seen pretty much everything there. Well, here’s a smooth video that might just prove you wrong.  Unless, of course, you’re able to fly with the birdies.  If that’s the…

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The reasons four the seasons

As the seasons pass, so does control of them.  In this case, we’re talking about The Four Seasons hotel chain. Bill Gates (you, um,  know him from Windows and stuff) will take control of the Four Seasons hotel chain after his investment firm agreed to acquire a stake from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Co., in a bet…

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Emotion in motion

The first time I saw Pixar’s movie Inside Out (2015), I was too entranced by its craftsmanship to realise that there was something odd, almost eerie, about its human characters. I was charmed by little Riley, the protagonist, with the chattering critters prancing around in her head. Were it mere make-believe, I wouldn’t quibble with the movie. But its fantastical…

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SOM thing to behold

New York is, of course, a marvel.  Like so many other super-cities around the world, you never really run out of things to do, even if you live there.  And, as always, there is constant change. But, what is equally as interesting is the “hidden” places that can fascinate.  One such “hidden” place is actually contained in one of New…

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Got Aeroflot?

To many, Russia is an alluring, slightly foreboding dream destination.  Perhaps too many films make the wrong impression of the country, but the pull to visit there is strong, and for good reason. One romantic option for travel in Russia is possibility of riding the historic and pricey Trans-Siberian Express from Venice to Moscow – surely something to save up…

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Red sky at night, traveler’s delight

China is set to enter the space tourism business. This should come as no surprise to anyone who is awake in this day and age.  We wonder why we haven’t seen this kind of offering sooner than this:  the Chinese know how to get things moving. ANU astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker says it is “not surprising” China is…

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Elizabethan manner

We here at Matouring love the UK.  One aspect of the land is the sheer amount and breadth of its history.  (We have plenty of articles here on our site which you can peruse and enjoy. But, just because its history stretches back thousands of years doesn’t mean that it’s mired in the past.  Hardly.  It has been a constant…

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Wouldn’t you like to ride?

It seems like everyone (except us) is getting into space.  Between, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, the pure and unadulterated great beyond will be host to all sorts of space cowboys. One company, World View is expanding its services to include the launch of the first-of-its-kind, edge-of-space experience. The World View space tourism experience will be affordable, of…

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Don’t throw stones

Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but they should throw caution to the wind — especially in this shiny glass palace that you’ll find just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. Known as the Invisible House, the elongated 22-story “horizontal skyscraper” is like a shiny, dreamy mirage in the sand. This once-in-a-lifetime stay is one of the most rented properties in…

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Luxury for cheapskates

Do you cry when you look at the price of flights, and are forced to take the 2:00am option?  Do you find yourself with a black cloud over your head when you are compelled to stay at a 2-star hotel?  And is sitting on a park bench eating out of a bag enough to make you give up? Well, here…

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