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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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

The vast majority of Airbnb rentals go smoothly, but do you know what to do when they don’t? What happens if your host cancels your booking two days before you arrive, or the spacious bedroom shown in a listing turns out to be the size of a closet? Read more courtesy of SmarterTravel.com. As you might guess, we have other…

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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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To walk all night in Moscow

There are few cities that are as appealing (and to some, daunting) as Moscow.  It’s history and “reputation” precede the city itself.  But it would be a big mistake to miss it.  Moscow is bound to be a special one. From the multicolored spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral to the sturdy red walls of the Kremlin, there is much to…

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The Darbhanga gang

For us, we’re always happy to see countries, cities and even individuals find their place in the sun to shine.  And it happens more and more every day. We love India, and so we’re pleased to see that the city of Darbhanga is now officially hosting flights to Kolkata and Hyderabad. And the airline who are hosting these flights is…

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Georgia on my . . . mined

Europe is a well-known and well-traversed part of the world.  We love it and can’t get enough of it.  But, there are some places that are still bubbling under, just waiting for (or hiding from) the crowds.  One such place is Georgia –  in particular, Vardzia. Vardzia-Khertvisi, comprising a vast territory in the upper reaches of the river Mtkvari basin,…

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Think pink, don’t drink pink

It’s almost like a fairytale.  But don’t get tipsy and mistake it for a piña colada.  Lake Retba is a true natural phenomenon located only 30 miles from Dakar.  The highly saline Pink Lake lives up to its name.   It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas. Lake…

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PAYG Airways

Now here’s a good idea . . . pay-as-you-go travel. The Indian aviation world is all set to be disrupted by Prince Air – the first subscription-based airline in the country which allows its subscribers limitless travel within its matrix. Travelers subscribing to this new model will be able to enjoy an advantaged experience, far different from the usual check-ins…

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(Not the Republic of) Dominica

Have you heard of Dominica?  Officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Caribbean. The capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island. It is geographically situated as part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is located near Guadeloupe to the northwest and Martinique…

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You CAN get there from here

If you’re an inquisitive pathfinder, likely your dreams and your aspirations take you all over the map.   But the world is a rather big place.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend time being there rather than online, planning? Well, have we got news for you.  We’d especially like to feature our affiliate friends 12go.  They are a…

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Irony Curtain

At its heart, Russia is a fabulous place.  With so much history, expansive terrain and the sheer diversity of its population, its lure as a place to visit is often obscured by politics and other kinds of maneuvering. When we talk about history, we must remember that the Soviet era is now history, too.  And, not surprisingly, there are modern…

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You see Phou Si

Asia has so many wonders, and so much rich and deep history. One that is well-known, but not always on at the top of everyone’s list is Mount Phou Si in Laos.  It is a 100 m high hill in the centre of the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It lies in the heart of the old town…

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Namibia

A traveler’s dream is to find an honest, unspoiled and inexpensive place to go.  As the world gets smaller, this remit gets harder to fill.  But, read below about Namibia.  You might be delighted. “Arguably Namibia’s main attraction is nature—it’s a country of spectacular scenery and plentiful wildlife, from camping amidst the stunning orange dunes of the Namib Desert to…

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Novica: make an impact

Chances are good that you’ve heard of the National Geographic Society.  It is an American pay television network and flagship channel owned by National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society. The operational management is handled by Walt Disney Television.  Their programs are known around the world. They also manage NOVICA, a…

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No falter Malta

The country of Malta has been very successful in its efforts to manage Covid-19.  It is one of the safest places to be right now, and it is cautiously opening up its borders to responsible travelers. But, Malta is still a mystery to many.  And here’s your chance to discover all of its wonders.  The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at…

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Tombs in your living rooms

At one time, sitting on the couch and watching television was considered a luxury:  we were so busy in our daily lives that being able to collapse on the sofa and stare at the screen . . or at the ceiling. Well, Covid-19 has flipped that scenario on its head, and most people are gagging to get out and travel,…

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Free travel to India!

If you haven’t been to India, do yourself a favour.  Indescribable sights, unforgettable food, and lovely, lovely people.  So how about this, as an incentive? The Indian government is giving travellers the chance to explore India without costs for the next two years. Too good to be true, right? Well, there is one condition: you have to visit fifteen destinations…

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Have a night in – at a Hyatt

Take a break from the routine, keep it local, and enjoy a truly unique stay with Hyatt Night In. Perfect for a weeknight escape or a weekend staycation. Book and stay at a participating hotel by September 12, 2021 and you’ll enjoy: Signature culinary– or wellbeing-themed experience unique to each hotel Early check-in (as early as 8am) Late checkout (as…

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India, you’re my lovesong

If ever we were challenged to name a country more diverse than India, we’d have a tough time. Few places, if any, rival the sheer amount of traditions, cuisines, landscapes, and religions found within India’s borders, from the high Himalayas in the north to the desert sands of the west to the palm tree-fringed rivers and islands of the south.…

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12 Travel

Matouring is very happy to present our newest partner, 12 Travel.ch. 12 Travel.ch works with over 140 tour operators such as Neckermann Reisen, FTI Touristik Reisen, Alltours Reisen, Jahn Reisen, Dertour, Meiers Weltreisen, ITS, Thomas Cook. 12 Travel.ch / 12 Travel.de / 12 Travel.at searches and finds for you, from the confusing and seemingly endless holiday offers of the tour…

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