Cruise news

We’re really excited to announce our newest partner, Cruise118.com, the world’s largest cruise retailer offering cruises from all the major cruise lines. Cruise118.com has access to the best deals and discounts on a wide variety of cruises, and can tailor any package to meet your needs. Their expert Cruise Concierge team are on hand to help plan your holiday, so…

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Giant steps

Step into synaesthesia’s visual soundscape, built with the music of John Coltrane.  The Israeli animator and artist Michal Levy is among the roughly 3 per cent of people who experience synaesthesia – a neurological condition in which people have a recurring sensory overlap, such as ‘tasting’ words or envisioning letters and numbers each with their own inherent colour. Levy possesses…

Welcome, Titan!

Matouring.com is excited to announce our partnership with Titan Travel. Their award-winning collection of holidays covers all seven continents, with carefully planned itineraries ranging from rail journeys and river cruises, to small-group adventures and trips exclusively for solo travelers There are some great travel companies out there – so why Titan? Well, they’re one of the UK’s leading escorted holiday…

No stigma in Antigua, virtually

In keeping with the current trend of providing people remote-work visas, Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda has become the latest nation to open its doors for people looking for a change of scene. According to The Independent, the country is willing to welcome digital nomads amid the pandemic — which has made it clear that for many jobs, one does…

Ingmar would be pleased

My gosh, we’d really like to go off-grid right now. Somewhere isolated. Somewhere barren but still beautiful. Somewhere where you almost feel like you’ve reached the very edge of the planet. The island of Hamneskär, off Sweden’s western coast, is just that sort of place. For decades, this rocky island has been home to a lighthouse, a few random outbuildings and…

Get baked!

Are you already baked by just sitting inside?  Well, now is the time to start planning! Every week, we update our Deals pages.  From flights, to experiences, to fine dining, you can find rather attractive specials that may compel you to get off of the couch again.  

Do you know Citizen M?

We’re super-happy to have partnered with posh and vibrant hotel group citizenM.  With up-to-date hotels all across the globe, you’ll be mightily impressed with their stylish offering. citizenM hotels are built for today’s modern savvy travellers, who don’t want to pay for what they don’t need. Instead, they want to stay in easily accessible locations in the world’s most buzzing…

Sshhhh . . .you’ll wake the neighbours

LOVE the beach, but hate crowds? Seeking small-community life, but don’t want to have to pass up on hearing the waves crash outside your window, or wandering down to the sands to catch the rays in summer? Firstly, there’s a peculiarity about some of Spain’s best-loved coasts: Medium-sized and small towns which aren’t on the package resort trail (but would…

Consciousness is not a thing….

….but a process of inference. I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness. My biggest gripe is that the philosophers and cognitive scientists who tend to pose the questions often assume that the mind is a thing, whose existence can be identified by the attributes it has or the…

Breathwork

Few fitness and wellness trends have taken over my feeds as comprehensively as breathwork has in the last few months—it’s all guys calmly sitting cross-legged or plunging into ice baths while talking about the Wim Hof Method as far as the eye can see. Now, if you don’t know Wim Hof from Wim Wenders, I’ll refrain from criticizing your under-rock lifestyle. Created…

Get paid to digitally detox

While this catchphrase has been used widely to encourage and sometimes excuse incessant documentation of one’s everyday and extraordinary activities, in practice it’s led to being plugged in all the time.  The result is “Zoom fatigue” and less time being physically active, according to Satellite Internet, a company that sells — you guessed it — satellite internet, which is used…

Chiloé to go!

Chile is famous for its varied landscapes, from the cracked, dry sands of the Atacama Desert to the snow-capped peaks and turquoise lakes of Patagonia. But it’s off the lanky country’s southern coast (and just a short two-hour flight from Santiago) that you’ll find a true secret respite, charmingly quaint and ripe for exploration by intrepid travelers: Chiloé Island. The largest…

Jungle bubbles

In Chiang Rai, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort gives guests the chance to camp alongside elephants in transparent bubble suites.  Dah and her friend, Pum Pui, are not morning elephants. As the sun rises over my transparent, domed sleeping quarters mere feet away, the gentle giants are slow and still. Mae Noi, on the other hand, is having…

Utter joy with Oberoi

Are you looking for an idyllic beach on a faraway island? Shopping for rare treasures in an ancient city? A picnic in the Himalayas? A leisurely cruise on the Nile or a jungle adventure? If so, then Matouring is thrilled to announce our partnership with Oberoi Hotels, of India. Travel & Leisure Ranked Oberoi the Top 25 Hotel Brands in…

Have a nice trip

A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here’s how to avoid a bad trip. Humans have consumed substances with consciousness-altering properties for millennia. Traditional societies used them in healing rituals, initiation ceremonies and to make contact with the gods and the dead, among other practices. Today they are known as psychedelics, and include the naturally…

Overstaying your welcome!

In April, Israel Benyair, general manager of the Mayflower Inn, got a phone call from a man looking to make a reservation. Located two hours outside of New York City in Washington, Connecticut, the Mayflower has long been an idyllic weekend getaway. But this inquiring guest didn’t want to stay two days, or even two weeks. He wanted to stay two…

This may float your boat

One of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer is heading to the water—whether that means an ocean, lake, river, or canal. But why rent a house near the water when you can actually stay on the water? There are all sorts of floating accommodations across the United States. Some are permanently docked in marina neighborhoods, like those in…

Lie and sleep

There is an old trick of which I used to be a master: half waking up, then snoozing my alarm and pushing myself back down into sleep for another five, 10, 50 minutes. Suddenly, though, it has become a lot harder. I now need to sink back into the Land of Nod fast enough to avoid remembering the existence of…

Luxury in Cartagena

Colombia’s most famous writer, the inimitable Gabriel García Márquez, once said in a press interview that he could never have written his books if he had not been a journalist – because all of his material was extracted from reality. Wandering between the pastel-coloured colonial structures of Cartagena’s labyrinthine cobbled streets, one could be forgiven for thinking that they had…

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