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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Uncertain holidays

So, you think you’ve seen it before and you’ve done it before?  Good luck booking flights . . . but it can be done. Well, check out this Pathé footage compilation detailing a list of countries that ceased to exist as actual countries in the 20th century including:  Siam Yugoslavia Ceylon Soviet Union Tibet United Arab Republic Czechoslovakia East/West Germany.…

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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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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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Mind, blown

Some things are easier to comprehend.  But, when governments – especially those who may not agree with each other – make decisions, sometimes you just have to scratch your head and go back to bed. May we present two islands in two countries, two miles and twenty-one hours apart. Not much else to add here, but pay attention to the…

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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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Driving through space

You’re in the clouds! China has never shied away from big projects, and this is just one.  Visit Shimian County and drive this amazing feat of engineering yourself. Ganhaizi Bridge is located in Shimian County, Ya’an, Sichuan on the Ya (An) Lu (Gu) Expressway. It has a total length of 1811 meters, a bridge width of 24.5 meters, and a…

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2000 islands

You’d better get busy . . . Where more than half the country is forest, saunas have a 4,000-year history, and the world’s largest choral festival happens every five years… Welcome to Estonia. Often underestimated as being a small Baltic country sandwiched between Scandinavia and Russia, Estonia is undoubtedly so much more than that. Read more here courtesy of our affiliate…

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Misty mountain crop

Peruvians living in one of the world’s driest areas may have a solution to their water crisis – “fog catchers” that catch droplets through thick, swirling blankets of mist. It’s a beautiful, but tough environment to live in.  But, as always, humans will improvise and improve.  And, in this case it doesn’t involve complex technology.  Just a keen understanding of…

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Twin Peaks

David Lynch may have been here, but we can’t be sure. Many people visit the rather awesome Glacier National Park, but did you know that  Waterton Lakes is right across from Glacier National Park, and this is why you should visit: two for the price of one. Alberta is utterly stunning and the Canadian Rockies are second to none, (words…

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EXTREME GOLFING

Golfers are an intrepid bunch, prepared to play in all sorts of testing conditions.  It is sometimes to the story of legend, or the butt of endless jokes.  Here’s just one. “The average golfer walks about 150 km and drinks four litres of alcohol each year. Which means golfers get about 38 km to the litre.” —venkman62 on Reddit.com With that…

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Sin presión

There are records of tortilla production in the country going back as far as 500bc, so it’s fair to say that what the Mexicans don’t know about corn isn’t worth knowing. El Pastor restaurant co-founder Crispin Somerville shares his inside track on the tastiest snacks. Read more here courtesy of CNN.com Sin presión = no pressure. Southwest fly to Mexico. Click above…

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You want Mont Blanc?

It’s not all snow, you know . . . Thinking of lacing up your hiking boots to tackle this world-famous circuit? Much like the International Mountain Leader guiding your journey, we’re here to help lead the way and give you valuable insight. Quaint mountain refuges! Epic cable car rides! Massive alpine peaks! So many natural highs await on our Trekking…

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You’ve tried the liquor, now try the islands

We would imagine most of you have been to Europe at least once.  And, we’re confident that many of you have visited Portugal, likely Lisbon or Porto.  What a lovely, gentle country it is. But, out on Portugal’s Madeira Islands, the lush archipelago far from the mainland, the North Atlantic ocean has shaped every aspect of life for centuries. Read…

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Simply ask questions

Are you shy?  Maybe out of “the game”?  Have you recently moved to a new location and finding it hard to connect with others? These three strategies can help if you’re looking to make new and meaningful connections. If you check out your social media feeds, you’ll see that you’re probably connected to a lot of people. But how many…

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Are you out of your Vulcan mind?

On some days, you just want to say, “Beam me up, Scotty! There’s no intelligent life here.” And when those days arrive, Scotty’s transporter is waiting in Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, halfway between Calgary and Lethbridge. The Canadian Pacific originally named the town for the Roman god of fire, but the citizens had a better idea.  Read more here courtesy of…

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