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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Want to work in a theme park?

Maybe not exactly what you were hoping for . . .  The chaos of COVID-19 was sure to forge new ways of working, but here’s one you probably wouldn’t think of: a work-from-home theme park. Last week Yomiuriland, a Tokyo amusement park, began offering a “workcation” package that allows people who work from a laptop to do so by a…

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…

Smile, you’re on hidden camera

Privacy is perceived differently across the world. For example, in Germany, very few offices have open doors, while in America, this is quite common. However, nobody would be okay with secretly being watched, especially during private activities. People might think you’re being paranoid, but you can’t help it. You’ve probably seen one too many movies about guests having to deal…

The tunnel of Bourbon

There is something evocatively beautiful about an old, rusted car. In your mind’s eye, you can see the majesty they once were. And perhaps in some cases, with a few patches to cover where holes now gape, they could return to their original glory. For others, the dilapidation becomes part of the tableau, tall weeds defying usual patterns by growing…

Cabin / fever

Cabin fever: tickets for meal onboard Singapore parked plane sell out.  Diners paid up to £360 to eat onboard in latest sign of public appetite for aircraft experience. Diners have rushed to pay up to £360 per head to eat a meal on a stationary plane, in the latest sign of public appetite to recreate the onboard experience without travelling.…

Drone prone

Drone Awards is the most important worldwide competition about aerial photography and video. It’ a project of Siena Awards, dedicated to a different photographic genre deliberately separated from being compared to traditional photography. The competition is opened to the aerial photography and videos whose platforms also include fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles, balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites, and…

Ode to nowhere

A trend has popped up for those missing travel amid the coronavirus pandemic—flights to nowhere—and one AFAR editor has some feelings about it. “Why would anyone want to do that?” That was my first thought when I heard that flights to nowhere were popping up in different locations around the world. A flight to nowhere is exactly what it sounds…

So goes Barbados

It was a historic throne speech. On Sept. 16, Her Excellency Gov. Gen. Dame Sandra Mason told the world Barbados was removing Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. “Having obtained independence half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance,” Mason said. The small island nation in the Caribbean was one of…

Space is the place

By this point in 2020, I’m sure we’re all ready to just blast off this planet — or at least I am. Not to mention, after recent news broke that potential life has been detected on Venus, I wouldn’t mind poking around up there. I guess the main dilemma is that I wouldn’t really have anywhere to stay. Fortunately, travel booking…

Kenya believe it?

It’s the snow-capped mountain almost on the equator and within sight of harsh deserts. It’s the lush, palm-fringed coastline of the Indian Ocean, it’s the Great Rift Valley that once threatened to tear the continent asunder, and it’s the dense forests reminiscent of the continent’s heart. In short, Kenya is a country of epic landforms that stir our deepest longings…

Overhead juggling

You think you’re busy? Spaniard Michael Ferreri gained the record for the most consecutive overhead juggling catches with seven objects. He managed 71 juggling catches after spending four months perfecting the speed. With that dizzying task in mind, here are the 2021 Guinness Book of World Records winners. Read more courtesy of inews.co.uk

The train to King’s Landing

Game of Thrones took the world by storm. If you’re a fan of the show and planning a trip to Europe, you’ll already know that the many of the Seven Kingdoms are actually influenced by real destinations over there. Here’s how to get to some of the most famous Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia, Spain and Ireland –…

Never forget

On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed when 642 of its inhabitants, including non-combatant women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but President Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. But, there is so much more of France to explore.  Our Destination guide gives you everything you…

Paper trails

Ted Florence is ready for his family trip to Botswana. He has looked up his hotel on Google Maps and downloaded a digital map of the country to his phone. He has also packed a large paper map. “I travel all over the world,” says Florence, the president of the international board of the International Map Industry Association and Avenza…

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…

Is this the real life?

Is this just fantasy? Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter? Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate human experience, in all…

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…

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