How to build a boat

At one time or another most of up wish for a languid, luxurious and romantic cruise.   We marvel at the sheer size, scale and magnificence of cruise ships. But did you ever wonder what goes into making these ships the dream vessels that they are?  Well wonder no more, as this short video tells the tale – by Adam Tihany,…

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Abu Dhabi do!

You see it in films, and it is the stuff of legends – the sands of the Middle East.  Camel rides are one-of-a-kind, but if you need something with a bit more adrenalin, how about this? Abu Dhabi’s impressive desert dunes offer off-road driving enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience, but never go out into the desert alone.  A trip to…

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Like a Virgin?

The crystal waters of the Caribbean are a treasure chest of emerald isles, adorned with unspoiled retreats that attract the world’s elite, year after year. Nestled between Puerto Rico and Anguilla are The British Virgin Islands, an archipelago home to some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Caribbean. With a private charter flight to The British Virgin Islands, you…

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Do you want Samoa?

Who better to ask about travel ideas than travel professionals? Our partner, Viator, asked its staff on where they would like to travel next.  There were lots of ideas, but Samoa struck us as a top idea.  Here’s what they said: Sāmoa “I’ve been dreaming of going to the Cook Islands since moving to New Zealand two years ago. It’s…

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Montego Bay – it’s all on the right side

Travel industry brains are predicting that July 2021 will be the time where travel, again, will be in bloom. Why not plan ahead?  Catch some rays on Ocean Eden Bay – Adults Only – All inclusive’s private white sand beach or spend the day relaxing at the full-service spa. Located in Falmouth, Ocean Eden Bay – Adults Only – All…

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Living with the locals

Throwing yourself into a new culture can be one of the most daunting yet rewarding parts of travel. Here are some things to consider if you’re about to check-in to a homestay and check out a place with a community-run operator. When traveling, it’s easy to just see the veneer of culture without really getting to the heart of a…

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Cruise control

Now, this is fun. If you can’t cruise for one reason or another, why not eavesdrop on all of the cruises that are at sea?  This website gives you that vicarious thrill. Explore MarineTraffic.com’s  information on the world’s ships is at your fingertips. This fun tool is from the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering, University of the Aegean,…

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Give the gift of relaxation

Doesn’t this look nice? It’s in the Somme-Leuze Ardennes, Namur, Durbuy-La Roche-Bastogne region of Belgium. And you can have it all to yourself. Our partner Belvilla has hundreds of accommodations for rent, of all styles and prices .And one of the best features is that you can have the whole place to yourself. With Covid-19 still a threat around the…

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Boxing Day Away

Christmas Day is a big day in many countries around the world.  But, in many the following day, known as Boxing Day, can be just as exciting. So, why not treat yourself and relax in a luxurious hotel Boxing Day savings with minimum 20% off! Schedule in a little self-care. These hotels provide the perfect setting for rest and relaxation…

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Avoya . .aaahhh

Matouring is very happy to welcome Avoya Travel to our family of partners. Here’s a little about them…. At Avoya, we believe the very best vacation experiences promise more than any online booking engine alone can deliver. Technology will take you part of the way, but there are limits only real human interaction can overcome. At Avoya Travel, we combine…

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Sleeping your way through Europe

The national railway companies of Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland have announced new overnight train routes linking some of Europe’s largest cities. The new routes are intended to offer a more sustainable option for travelers to enjoy the continent’s beautiful and historic metropolises.  Some stations are spectacular, in more ways that one. In a press conference on December 8 the…

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Vaccine better days

The World Health Organization (WHO) says this about relief from COVID-19. “We don’t yet know exactly when a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be ready for distribution, but we estimate that it could be in early to mid-2021.”   Already at least two companies have created viable vaccines – there is hope.  And where there is hope, there is travel! …

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20 for 2021

Expedia.com reveals the top travel trends and tips for U.S. travelers in 2021 Whether it was by necessity or design, it’s clear Americans spent 2020 exploring small towns, scenic drives, nearby lakes and beaches, or in some cases, their own backyards. Today, Expedia.com® released its 2021 Travel Trends Report, analyzing traveler data to uncover the biggest takeaways from an unprecedented…

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Blink!

Attention avid travelers and readers!  Matouring is pleased to announce our partnership with Blinkist. Blinkist, is a book-summarizing subscription service based in Berlin, Germany.  All about them:  “Almost none of us have the time to read everything we’d like to read. Yet we lose countless hours to activities that bring us little joy such as commuting, chores and staring at…

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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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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…

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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…

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