How to beat the seats

As if going slightly insane trying to find the best flights, you sometimes have the same struggles when it comes to choosing your seats without going bankrupt.  It almost feels like there is a Cray supercomputer playing chess with you. Well, here are some tips, courtesy of Entrepreneur.com  that might lower your blood pressure. Finding the best flight is also…

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Nothing up my sleeve, presto!

Your flight tickets will be $550.  Your suitcase will be another $212. Give this man, Bruno, a medal. Overpacked and no room in my carry on, this is the outcome of that predicament – the travel coat: a couple meters of nylon from the Flea Market in two perfect tones of forest green, 29 carefully folded items of clothing, 6.8…

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Ciao, Alitalia

Who doesn’t love Italy?  We bet that only a few will raise their hands.  Italy, for tourists, seems to bring out all that’s good in traveling. But, sadly, Italy’s official airline, Alitalia has had its troubles in the past and up until now, and, as a result, will be shutting its doors for good. Happily, out of the ashes comes…

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Try not to drool

AirBnB, constant bad press notwithstanding, has created a wonderful new model on how to travel.  Almost everyone wins. VRBO, an Expedia company (and one of our valued affiliate friends,) have taken the model and successfully given AirBnB a run for their money:  in some recent months, they have marched past AirBnB in bookings. But, this post is about something similar,…

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Love triangles?

We have a quiz for you.  No prizes, sadly. In the world of love, we certainly know how and where triangles fit.  But how about in the world of travel? Triangles exist, but it has nothing to do with overexcited pilots and cabin crew.  And there is no connection to the Bermuda Triangle, either.  We’re talking about triangle routes. Triangle…

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Too little, too late?

Europeans – and we include the UK here – generally tend to be ahead of the curve when it comes to things like healthcare, social security, immigration  . . . and the environment. The UK has published its Transport Decarbonisation Plan.  The intent to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050. Is that too late, given what we’re hearing…

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You’re a space cadet

This sounds like fun, but, most importantly, has a very good intent at its heart. You can win two seats on one of the first Virgin Galactic flights to space.  Sir Richard Branson is putting his money and his spaceship where his mouth is. Here’s what’s you can look forward to: Make history as you both live out your astronaut…

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That’s not all, folks

Covid, BE GONE! Who doesn’t love Warner Bros entertainment?  Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Harry Potter? The Studio Tour is finally open again, and WB are excited to welcome you back. Get even closer to the entertainment you love in their new Storytelling Showcase highlighting nearly 100 years of Warner Bros. history. And, the new grand finale will delight fans of…

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Oh, we go …Ouigo

Oh, we go Ouigo! As if European rail wasn’t as appealing as it is now, they’ve made it even better. High-speed train travel between Spain’s most beautiful cities has no more reason to cost the earth, with Rail Europe opening ticket sales for OUIGO, Spain’s new affordable train network. Prices can be as low as €7.00.  That’s a bargain, no…

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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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Magic portal

There can never be enough opportunities to reach out:  to family, friends, initiatives.  It is critical to us, as humans.  But, sometimes it is difficult, if not impossible to do so.  But, a creative and enterprising group, the Benediktas Gylys Foundation bring new thinking to being together. For the first time in history, countries and their people have such a…

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Small is all you need

Air travel can be a frantic and fraught experience, at times.  Too many people, too many gates, not enough time, parking . .  the list goes on and on. But, have you ever noticed – or even thought of – some of the smaller airports near you?  If not, you might want to investigate the options that they present to…

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Crypt the flight fantastic

We’re sure that you, our erudite readers, are fully aware of the undercurrent of cryptocurrency that is commanding some attention in the news, lately.  It’s a big thing, then it goes away.  It causes all sorts of confusion in what it’s all about, but then people like Elon Musk put their endorsement on it.  And still, many of us don’t…

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Yes, you get the Holbox to yourself.

http://matouring.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Palm-Trees-Ocean-Breeze-Square-Video.mp4 Flamingos and pelicans and herons…oh my! Holbox Island is beloved by bird nerds for its population of exotic avian life. Perched near the Yucatan Peninsula, the island is also a hot spot for whale shark viewing, and kiteboarders love the shallow waters and wide beaches. The white sand streets are relatively unspoiled, as most tourists prefer to party it…

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Things could get Messi

Can you believe this?  On June 14, 2021, the Hard Rock venues turned 50 and that doesn’t happen every day. To mark this day, they want to share with you their new campaign. It is built on the principles that have guided Hard Rock since the beginning – providing a fresh approach and a call to their fans. Hard Rock…

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How to train Americans

As you will likely know if you visit our site often, we love trains.  In these days of global environmental anxiety, exploding world populations, and transport options getting squeezed, trains are the obvious solution. Trains are used every day by millions of people across the globe.  But many of our friends in the USA are still unable (or unwilling) for…

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¿desigual?

We’re very excited to welcome a new affiliate friend, one who has always been a favourite of not only much of Europe, but also of the smarter half of the Matouring.com team. We are, of course, talking about Desigual.  As they say themselves, “In reality, Desigual isn’t a brand. It’s a group of people who believe in the power of…

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Amazon transit

Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund has committed to provide below-market financing to support the transit-oriented development of affordable housing in Seattle and Washington DC, with the aim of ensuring that moderate to low-income families can afford to live in areas with easy access to employment, schools, healthcare and education. ‘Housing and transit are the first and second largest expenses for most…

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Could I interest you in a scam sandwich?

Some hotels offer rates that include breakfast. You need to figure out how likely to buy breakfast you are – and how much you’ll save. Sometimes the ‘breakfast included’ price is really just the room rate plus the cost of breakfast. And if you skip breakfast even one day, for instance you leave too early in the morning on the…

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Someone actually cooks for you, for once

Cooking is a pleasure and a chore at the same time, especially if you’re the designated chef – every night.  And that can get boring when you run out of ideas and steam. Well, our affiliate friends at EatWith have got some ideas for you.  And travel can be part of the menu. Eatwith is the world’s largest community for…

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