The “civilized” wilderness of Europe

Europe is many things, but one thing that is consistent across almost all of the European countries is the general approach to tolerance.  Good, mature behaviour is recognised, and rewarded with few limitations or rules.  The  Europeans intrinsically get this. And one area where this all blends together for Europeans is camping.  This article talks about “wild” camping:  pitching your…

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From Alto Cedro I go to Marcané

If you’re a music fan, then you certainly must know of the Buena Vista Social Club, 1999 documentary film directed by Wim Wenders. The film follows renowned guitarist Ry Cooder and his son, Joachim, as they travel to Cuba and assemble a group of the country’s finest musicians to record an album. But, even if you know the film, you may…

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Happy July!

It’s always good to think ahead, when you can.  And while you’re enjoying the summer sun, there are probably a dozen or more items on your list that you’re ignoring / forgetting. Well, let us give you a little prod to recommend that you start looking into your winter holidays now.  Chances are good that resorts, hotels, cars and flights…

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They walk among us

Do you fully recognise that “they are among us?”  Do you fashion yourself as an extraterrestrial hunter?  Do you have the knowledge, desire and hardware to search for them? The US Pentagon says there’s no explanation for “unidentified aerial phenomenon” detected by pilots over the years. But scientists use tools such as the SETI Allen Telescope to research the possibility…

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Breaking news: Ireland has more than two cities

Ireland is one of the more hip, inclusive, free and charming places in Europe.  When you meet an Irish human, you will inevitably strike up a natural and amiable conversation, no matter the situation.  The Irish – the same as the Australians – are simply like that. Everyone tends to gravitate to Dublin and Belfast – naturally – but when…

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Try not to drool

AirBnB, constant bad press notwithstanding, has created a wonderful new model on how to travel.  Almost everyone wins. VRBO, an Expedia company (and one of our valued affiliate friends,) have taken the model and successfully given AirBnB a run for their money:  in some recent months, they have marched past AirBnB in bookings. But, this post is about something similar,…

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Hey, bungalow thrill

“If looks could thrill it would have been us instead of him”  All the children sing. These looks will thrill – at Reserva Alecrim EcoSuite & Glamping in Portugal. The properties, the views, the surroundings, the location – wow!  And the bungalows look more like dwellings on the moon. Set by a lake in the Alentejo countryside, Eco Suites Resort offers…

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The Sylvia Path

We’re not sure if Sylvia Plath ever stayed at Sylvia’s Restaurant and Lounge in Vancouver, but we’re sure she would have felt at home. The Sylvia Hotel is a designated heritage building – there aren’t too many of those in Vancouver  – ideally located on English Bay, beside Stanley Park and just 5 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Built in 1912,…

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Epcot thoughts

Whether we want to admit it or not, almost all of us feel a little tingle when we think of Disney parks.  The company knows how to push our buttons, and even lead us to new places. But, one of those places – Epcot – in Florida is a bit of an enigma to many.  Why is it there? What…

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When football is all

We suspect that there are some football fans in our audience:  in this instance we are talking about the football played around the world – you know, the round ball, black and white. Some football fans are beyond passionate:  they get tattoos of their team, name their children after star players, relocate to cities where their favourite teams are located…

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The centre of the earth

India is a wonderful place full of wonderful people and lots of surprises.  Here’s one. Jatayu Earth Center, also known as Jatayu Nature Park or Jatayu Rock, is a park and tourism centre at Chadayamangalam in Kollam district of Kerala. It stands at an altitude of 350m above the mean sea level. Jatayu Nature Park holds the distinction of having…

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Hot, hot … rot

Even if you’re a climate denier, you can’t deny that the earth is sending all sorts of messages to us.  Read the news – we don’t need to explain it here. The National Geographic has been following this for a long time.  They say that weather and climate patterns around the world are already shifting because of human-caused climate change. …

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Couch camping

The world is opening up again from the Covid 19 pandemic.  We are slowly tip-toeing out into the light, but still with our minds on safety. One great option is to rent a camper and travel where you want to go.  It will just be you, your family and maybe some friends, in your own safe cocoon,  as it were. …

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Tash Rabat. How about that?

Do you sometimes feel like you want to go away and stay away? Well, you’ll be glad to know that, as always, we here at Matouring have solutions for you.  Near or far, we have solutions at our fingertips and are eager to share them with you. May we present  the Tash Rabat Caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan?  If you’re not fully…

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Go where the air is free

The Covid pandemic has wreaked havoc almost everywhere in the world . . . and has taught us some important lessons along the way.  What we once took for granted has the possibility of slipping through our fingers – such as travel. But, with destinations slowly blossoming again for tourism , and travelers tentatively making plans, locations that feature the…

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Cruising Colombia

Politically, Colombia has its ups and downs, let’s face it.  But, during the calm times, this country will make your jaw drop. Featuring geuninely kind people, stunning  mountains, overwhelming lush forests and unspoiled coasts, Colombia should be a must-see on your list. And now, Ama Waterways are making it easy for you with luxury cruises through the Colombian waters. Starting…

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20,000 rental campers. 24 countries. 4 continents. Go!

We love camping, and we love campervans even more, especially when they’re the smart new models – good on petrol, good on space, good on the environment. We’re also really happy to welcome our new affiliate friends, CamperDays.com Their portfolio includes up to 20,000 rental vehicles that can be booked directly in 24 countries on four continents. Read more about…

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Welcome to giant pandas airways

China’s long-anticipated Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has officially opened for business, providing travelers with a new option to the home of giant pandas. The first flight, via Sichuan Airlines, took off at 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, 27 June, 2021 headed for Beijing. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is now the third city in the country to have two international airports, along…

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Can you even pronounce this?

We periodically write about Wales, in the UK.  Most tourists think of England or Scotland as destinations in the UK, but you should really also give Wales a try if you haven’t already. Why?  Well, first of all, the countryside itself is lush and untouched.  Wales has been able to avoid some of the creeping metropolitan-isms that effect bigger cities…

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Blow your top

Geysers. Hot springs. Wildlife. A few words probably come to mind when you think about Yellowstone National Park. But there’s one word that might come as a surprise: supervolcano. Because, if you didn’t know it already, the land that makes up Yellowstone National Park is actually one of the world’s largest active (yes, we said active) volcanoes. Read more courtesy…

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