Sleepless in Seattle

The Pacific Northwest in the United States is rather beautiful, especially if you don’t have a problem with rain.  It rains a lot here.  Spring, summer and parts of autumn are lovely, as well, but rain is a defining term for this part of the world. And, as we know, rain fills the land and sometimes turns into gorgeous lakes,…

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Sonic / boom

The setting could be any small village in France: winding lanes filled with teal shuttered cottages, a charming main square with a small school, café and boulangerie, and a church whose bells have beckoned the villagers to Mass for over seven hundred years. The only thing missing are people. We’re standing in the middle of what was once a bustling,…

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Vaccine screen

As of this post, the Covid-19 situation appears to be brightening, albeit in a hesitant manner.  Just when it seems like cases are dropping and humans are paying attention, massive spikes in cases happen and the resultant outcomes are often not good at all. Needless to say, there are still piles of questions that need to be answered.  In this…

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So, who says “don’t wait until the lastminute”?

We’re really happy to welcome Lastminute.com to our family of travel providers. One of the earliest travel “warehouses,”  Lastminute.com established the template for how self-serve holiday shopping can be.  And they still have a broad offering, with accompanying great prices. Lastminute are a publicly traded multinational Group and operate a portfolio of well-known brands such as lastminute.com, Volagratis, Rumbo, Weg.de,…

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You can be sure, it’s Kuala Lumpur

Literally meaning “muddy river confluence” in Malay, Kuala Lumpur has grown from a small sleepy Chinese tin-mining village to a bustling metropolis of 7 million (city-proper population- 1.8 million) in just 150 years. A cultural melting pot with some of the world’s cheapest 5-star hotels, great shopping, even better food and some of nature’s wonders in just an hour away,…

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Go back, in time

When you think about it – especially if you travel often – it feels like the process of boarding an airplane is rarely seamless and rarely enjoyable.  To be fair, it is a complex process when you consider the logistics that the airlines need to factor in.  And, of course, there is always the “performance variability” of we humans as…

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If you can’t live longer, live deeper

The planet has been through some difficult times recently. And, so it have its inhabitants. But, as is always the case, we will pull through and we will continue. Today may or may not be the time to plan ahead, but it never hurts. One thing you can think about of course is travel. We will be able to travel…

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If you can’t live longer, live deeper

The planet has been through some difficult times recently. And, so it have its inhabitants. But, as is always the case, we will pull through and we will continue. Today may or may not be the time to plan ahead, but it never hurts. One thing you can think about of course is travel. We will be able to travel…

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Chateau bravo!

With their lofty towers, glittering ballrooms, geometric gardens and all that gilded finery, no one does castles better than France. From the Dordogne’s renaissance piles flanked by dusty olive groves and pretty hilltop villages to the turret-studded landscape of the Loire Valley, French châteaux are a brilliant display of the country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, often with wonderful stories…

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SpaceX Odyssey

SpaceX is planning to send three tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) next year. The trip is part of a partnership with the Houston-based start-up Axiom Space. Private citizens have flown to the ISS before, but they have all launched in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. This trip, which will use a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule,…

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So long, Frank Lloyd Wright

One man’s quest to photograph every Frank Lloyd Wright structure ever built. There are 532 Frank Lloyd Wright structures standing in the world. Phoenix-based photographer Andrew Pielage is on a mission to shoot every one of them. The 39-year-old is the unofficial photographer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. So far, he has shot about 50 Wright structures. His quest to shoot…

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These floating cities will leave you feeling buoyant

The majesty of Venice’s grand canals is truly astonishing and it makes for a unique travel destination. Did you know there are other equally charming floating cities? Water is the center of these city destinations and they grant the same ethereal feeling as Venice does (or even better!) Check out these 7 floating cities to plan your next travel destination.…

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Day trips from Los Cabos

We wonder why you would even want to, but here are six top day trips from Los Cabos, Mexico. Los Cabos is a multi-faceted destination with beautiful beaches, fantastic dining, boisterous nightlife, and an abundance of shopping opportunities. But when you’re ready to explore the area beyond the two Cabos and the Tourist Corridor, you’ll find many fun and interesting…

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California

California is the largest state of the United States by population, and the third largest by area, located on its coast to the Pacific Ocean. California has natural attractions as well as theme-parks and bustling city life: Southern California is home to such popular attractions as Disneyland, Hollywood and the beaches in Malibu that inspired the television show Baywatch, while…

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Germany

Germany, (officially: the Federal Republic of Germany; German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland) is the largest country in Central Europe. It is bordered to the north by Denmark, to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, and to the west by France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Germany is a federation of 16 states, roughly…

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Poland is an overlooked European gem

Having lived in Europe for a number of years, some of us here at Matouring have been fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the pleasures not only visiting the large and well-known locations such as Rome and Paris, but also some of the so-called second-tier places such as Poland, Finland and Hungary. Of course, it is a disservice calling…

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Julia Child’s house in France is calling you for dinner

As the world gets ever smaller, and the choices become larger and more available, travel now takes on entirely new vistas of excitement and selection. With the Advent of companies such as Airbnb, you cannot only find the exact place that you want in the exact city that you want, but you may be able to even go several steps…

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Navarre. Not heard of it? You should….

When people think of Spain, they typically think of places like Barcelona and Madrid. Of course, those are excellent choices and should be revisited again and again. But one place you may have never heard of is Navarre. Situated not too far from Bilbao, this little-known area of Spain features a huge variety of interesting activities and sites. Originally a…

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