Viking. More than just Norse ships and pillaging

If you’re a traveler, you’ve likely taken at least one cruise in your life.  And, chances are good that you may have boarded a Viking Cruise ship:  they are some of the best and most forward-thinking cruise lines in the world. But, Viking goes beyond by also informing and entertaining us with their ongoing Viking.tv online events. As well as…

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Women, go lightly

There is a new option for women travelers who want to feel worry-free when they travel. Golightly is a private travel club for women providing a safer space to list and book vacation rentals and home-shares within a vetted community. All properties are only listed and booked by a verified member, but she can travel with whomever she chooses. There’s…

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Even easier EasyJet

We here at Matouring love the depth and breadth of options that we have for flying in Europe.  There are so many convenient airports, no shortage of airlines and, due to the way it works in Europe, generally very low prices. With that in mind, we’re pleased to see that EasyJet, one of our favourite European carriers, may soon claim…

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My soul, that is in this stele

Some 2,700 years ago in the ancient city of Sam’al, in what is now modern Turkey, an elderly servant of the king sits in a corner of his house and contemplates the nature of his soul. His name is Katumuwa. He stares at a basalt stele made for him, featuring his own graven portrait together with an inscription in ancient…

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Pain is just a word for bread

This looks grueling. Put on your best pink tutu, peacock feathers or Viking hat and get ready to run – and drink! Held on 11 September in 2021– just in time for wine harvest – the annual Marathon du Médoc brings contestants to more than 30 vineyards in the wine region of Médoc in France, north of Bordeaux. They’ll stop…

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Can you Caño?

If you really want to get away, then we have the place for you. Those in the know realise that Colombia is now shining in the sun, again.  Most of its troubles are in the past and it is fast becoming a top destination.  Lovely, friendly people, an endless array of activities throughout the country, and world-class food, wine and,…

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Safe travels? You can Belize in it

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that Belize has achieved the Safe Travels Stamp, granted by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp, the first global safety and hygiene stamp, was awarded to Belize in late December 2020 in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. The stamp was developed in order…

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Ahead of the curve

As of 26 March, 2021, there are two pieces of welcome news for British people looking to buy an overseas property or prepare a home for rental. From March 29th the ‘reasonable excuses to travel’ abroad allows journeys from the UK ‘in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property’. This means travel to visit estate…

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Uruguay – here’s why

Montevideo – Uruguay’s capital welcomes visitors to its seaside city bounds. Explore Montevideo with us and start planning a trip here of your own. Uruguay is emerging as one of South America’s favorite destinations. Its capital Montevideo​ has a warm, temperate climate, pleasant sea breezes and miles of boulevards. Tour​ the city while on vacation​ here and #visit​ the towers,…

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Norwegian would . . .

Isn’t it good? Norway is known for its rugged and breathtakingly beautiful earth. The fjords in the west of the country are long narrow inlets, flanked on either side by tall mountains where the sea penetrates far inland. By far the major part of the land is a rocky wilderness, and thus Norway has large, completely unpopulated areas, many of…

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Nevis. Ssshh, you might want to keep it to yourself

Nevis is one of the most unspoilt and relaxing islands in the Caribbean.  It  is the smaller of the two islands that make up the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. A former British colony, the islands became independent in 1983.  One thing that makes Nevis so special is that it is not always the first name…

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The chain in Spain

It is no surprise that one of the most enjoyable and diverse ways of getting regular exercise is bicycling.  In addition to the benefits of stretching those muscles and filling those lungs, you also have the benefit of discovering new locales – maybe with a pub at the end of the journey. Europe has always been at the forefront of…

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Visa vice versa

What is the difference between a passport and a visa? While passports have been around since ancient times, visas granting authorization to travel emerged as important documents little more than a century ago. While your passport is your legal document to prove who you are, the visa is your ticket to enter a country as a foreigner under certain conditions.…

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Widebody Cotswolds

One of England’s most beautiful – and well-known – areas are The Cotswolds.  Picture-perfect stone houses, babbling rivers and mountains standing in the background, it’s no surprise that the villages are often overrun by tourists.  It is one of the most touristy locations in the UK. The Cotswolds, themselves, only have around 90,000 residents.  And they have an airport, as…

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On the road again

This post is targeted toward our US readers, but the message can be used by anyone who want to start travelling again, as it looks like Covid-19 is starting to turn the corner in many countries. The gist of the message is how to stay safe and clean as we rent cars, hotels, guest houses and more.  The information comes…

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Quick! Go see yeah, Nicosia

Sometimes, places that are not necessarily on your radar are often the ones that you might fall in love with.. Take Cyprus, for example.  In the distant past, there were problems between the country and Greek Cypriots.  But, those tensions have subsided and Cyprus has become an intoxicating and inexpensive destination to enjoy endless sun, sea and healthy surroundings. Regular…

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When Josie comes home

Spring, winter, summer or fall, British Columbia, Canada, is always a relaxing and sometimes awe-inspiring destination.  From the mountains to the oceans to the cities, BC will keep you busy with things to do.  While you’re there, try the Josie Hotel in Rossland. Located slopeside at RED Mountain Resort, The Josie Hotel unearths Rossland ’s most precious adventures while providing…

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Starry, starry night

Imagine a place where we feel covered by a majestic starry sky. Right in the middle of Alentejo, Portugal is the wonderful Alqueva sky is like dark velvet cloaked by a huge blanket of stars. It is a protected area and internationally certified as a Dark Sky Reserve, or “Starlight Tourism Destination”, which extends over an area of about 3000…

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RISONARE Nasu

Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Nasu is located in Nasu. Mt. Jeans Ski Resort is worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area’s popular attractions can visit Nasu Highland Park and Nasu Safari Park. Nasu Animal Kingdom and SL Land Museum are also worth visiting. Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architecture has designed PokoPoko as…

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Sharaan

In the past few decades, the world has seen so much technological change.  New ideas, new designs, new techniques and new materials.  If we can dream it, we can build it. But does that mean that we should? Vaunted French architect, Jean Nouvel, who has been responsible for some of the most innovative design in recent years, thinks that maybe…

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