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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Border hopping

The modern-day relationship between Canada and the United States has always been a good one.  Nearly always peaceful, the two countries share many similarities:  language, laws, trade and more. Cross-border travel is another.  The width of Canada and the USA are immense, 7069 kilometres from the west to the east, to be exact.  Getting around can take some time. Both…

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Elon Musk is loopy

Well, that Elon Musk is always doing something.  Whether it’s the reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica at nine years old, selling his first company for $307 million, founding PayPal and creating Tesla automobiles and starting SpaceX to send humanity to infinity and beyond. One of his passions is transportation, and his Hyperloop system is well underway.  This ambitious program looks…

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You get what you pay for

Many of us approach dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant as almost a religious sabbatical.   Our best trousers and dresses, shoes shined, hair recently coiffed, we cross the hallowed threshold into a world of inconceivable bliss.  And, the next thing you know, the entire month’s paycheck is accounted for. Well, it’s time to wake up.  It turns that out modern Michelin…

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It’s 11:00 PM. Do you know where your pandemic flight credits are?

When the pandemic hit, Vanessa Mumford-Minshull of Campbell, CA scrambled to cancel a multi-leg, multi-airline European trip for four people. She asked for refunds. Airlines automatically issued vouchers. “I sent email saying, ‘I don’t want this,’ but got no answer,” says Mumford-Minshull, who spent days calling, writing, and documenting her efforts before finally getting refund help thanks to her credit…

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EasyJet – easy to get!

EasyJet – easy get!  New holidays to the Italian lakes We’re super happy to welcome EasyJet Holidays to our group of affiliate friends. If you know Europe (and if you know us) EasyJet is a travel brand that we not only feature, but have also used again and again in our travels.  And now they have stretched beyond jets ……

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EasyJet just got easier

A few months back, we published an article about some of Europe’s low-cost airlines, such as EasyJet and Ryanair.  They offer some super deals to jet your way across the continent and are worth checking out. It was somewhat cumbersome to book them if you were outside of the EU.  But, now it’s easy peasy using Expedia’s updated listings.  Here…

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Whose cruise?

Travel is slowly peeping its head outside the door – and what do we see?  Cruises are on the horizon!  And Royal Caribbean has a pretty nice online brochure to whet your appetite. The brochure will make it easy to view all of their cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska or Europe. Featuring videos and ship details, this is your first…

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Blast resort

As of this writing, the dark Covid clouds are starting to disappear and people are dreaming about traveling again.  And, many are looking forward to all-inclusive resorts. While some travelers look at all-inclusive resorts as an exciting opportunity to let all their normal rules and restrictions go hang, others may find the bounty overwhelming, even stressful. They worry about putting…

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Go back, in time

When you think about it – especially if you travel often – it feels like the process of boarding an airplane is rarely seamless and rarely enjoyable.  To be fair, it is a complex process when you consider the logistics that the airlines need to factor in.  And, of course, there is always the “performance variability” of we humans as…

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Hey, hepcats!

Our town, Vancouver, has many things:  many shops, many sights, many people and  . . . many restaurants, some of which come and go. But, one mainstay – and for good reason – is The Templeton.  Situated on Vancouver‘s slightly crazy Granville Street, The Templeton diner has been here for decades, serving absolutely delicious diner meals at all sorts of…

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Clean blue jeans

We like to feature our affiliate friends when we can, as we choose them for their broad range of offerings, as well as their often innovative approaches.  Some are small, and some are large, but we value them equally and are happy and proud to be associated with them. But, here we’d like to tell you more about our affiliate…

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Shot thought

As of the time of this writing, things are finally moving when it comes to the world having access to the Covid-19 vaccines.  The curve is reaching upwards, which brings not only hopefulness that we will all go back to a more normal normal, but part of that “normal” will include travel, again. But, one of the discussions that we…

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SALE: Sri Lanka for 10 nights

We don’t usually put promotions in our posts, but this is a good one. Our travel affiliate friends Titan Travel have a great deal for ten days in Sri Lanka.  A fully escorted Tour – 10 nights Accommodation + meals Included. Excursions include City Tours of Colombo and Galle and Buddhist Shrines at Anuradhapura – 12 Days from £1,999pp Read…

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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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They go the extra mile

Digital platforms provide a variety of technology-enabled tools that enhance market transparency, such as real-time monitoring, ratings of buyers and sellers, and low-cost complaint channels. How do these innovations affect moral hazard and service quality? We investigate this problem by comparing driver routing choices and efficiency on a large digital platform, Uber, with traditional taxis. The results may surprise you.…

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Road scholar

Traveling by car and staying in hotels and bed & breakfasts is a great way to go, but when you really want to get to know a place, renting a motorhome in Europe is tough to beat. These days, lots of travelers are foregoing staying in hotels for vacationing by motorhome, and there are plenty of great reasons that RV…

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