Battleship holiday

Here’s another article for those who have seen it before and have done it before. You’ve seen it in James Bond’s Skyfall and all over the media. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Nagasaki Prefecture‘s abandoned Hashima Island, better known as Gunkanjima (or “Battleship Island”), has attracted attention for its post-apocalyptic appearance. Well,as you might expect, we…

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Falling …. with style

We here at Matouring.com like our adventure.  We’ve been to dozens of countries, hundreds of cities and have loved every minute of it.  But there are some things we just won’t do. But maybe you will – skydiving.  If your life is not thrilling enough, then perhaps this is your next big adventure.  Read more here about where to find…

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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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Aire o’ Mexico

Mexico City is an exciting, sprawling, tangled, vibrant, diverse, crazy, inspiring and unforgettable place.  If you’ve been, you know.  Maybe you’ve even been able to cover a lot of ground there.  With almost 10,000,000 inhabitants, there is a lot going on.  You’ve got to be tough, but, boy, is it worth it. If you haven’t been, or if you might…

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A slight Nordic edge

Many of us have learned, over the years, that Christopher Columbus (real name Cristoforo Colombo) discovered North America in 1492 –  way before McDonald’s was founded. But,  we now know that half a millennium before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, the Vikings reached the “New World”, as the remains of timber buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of…

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Mooooove

Very simply . . . Corsican cows won’t give up beach home to tourists, post lockdown.  Can you blame them? Or, is this a portend of things to come?  Have the non-human species finally had enough, and are collectively fighting back?  Between Covid, murder hornets and mother earth, herself, providing us with one disaster after another, should we, perhaps, start…

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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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Some builders would do anything

More than 1,600 years ago, close to the southeastern coast of the Korean Peninsula, laborers were hard at work building a palace for a fledgling kingdom. They finished the foundation layer of the massive western rampart and then paused before beginning the next construction phase, a stone wall. The foundation, made from packed shells and earth, was complete from an…

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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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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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The future of Play-viation

Our affiliate friends easyJet is launching an initiative to inspire younger generations to get thinking about sustainable air travel by designing a zero-emission passenger plane The airline is partnering with world-leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, zero-emission technology start-up Wright Electric, and world-renowned designer Frank Stephenson, known for his recent innovative work on designs for electric flying taxis, to launch the Aircraft…

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Packing hacks for adventurous women travelers

Oooh . .  I totally need this blender.  And I can’t leave without my stuffed muskrat collection. Responsible and ready for anything: it can be done, with our pick of the best products that help make traveling lighter on the planet – and your backpack. Take the essential items that will make your trip safer, more enjoyable, and won’t weigh…

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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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Views, glorious views

In this time of uncertainty and – sometimes – guilt about traveling, you can never go wrong if your destination is Europe’s Nordic countries – in this case, Denmark and our new affiliate friends, Dancenter. The people of the north have a long history of taking care of their health, and – in this day and age – the enviroment.…

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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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Chiribiquete

When people think of Colombia, it is usually of marvelous places such as Bogota, or Cartegena or Medellín – all genuinely wonderful destinations that you must put on your list. But, there is a relatively unknown part of Columbia that goes beyond into an almost magical realm:  Chiribiquete. Chiribiquete National Natural Park is the largest national park in Colombia and…

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Don’t worry, you can’t miss it

Location, location, location.  It’s all about the location and your neighbours.  It can make all the difference in the world. For example, this quaint home in the coastal village of Plougrescant in Brittany, France, dates all the way back to 1861 and was sandwiched – in an incroyable manner- betwixt two huge rocks to help protect it from the area’s…

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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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Boris & Chief Kamanawanalea

This is a different kind of cold war. Russian Fort Elizabeth is a National Historic Landmark and is administered as the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park just southeast of present-day Waimea on the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi. It is located at the site of the former Fort Elizabety, the last remaining Russian fort on the Hawaiian islands, built…

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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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