We’re going to be late!

Do you “take your time”?  Are you ultra-relaxed?  Do you have time-management problems?  Are you often “a day late and a dollar short”? Being on-time is rather important when it comes to flying.  Missing a flight and then discovering that the ticket was unrefundable is not one of life’s joys. Well, if this is you, we may have some respite…

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Duty now for the future

It’s October, 2021 and we’re still writing about Covid-19.  We won’t weigh in on how some of our fellow humans are approaching the pandemic, but there is no shortage of information to prove that it’s still here and it’s still a threat. But, as humans, we must press on.  And, organisations are trying to help us fashion something that resembles…

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Go 2 Africa

Please join us in welcoming our new affiliate friends, Go2Africa.com Since 1998 they have been planning trips the length and breadth of the continent. The secret to their success?  Their commitment to first-hand knowledge of every destination, lodge, and activity that they recommend. Collectively, they spend more than 365 days a year on safari to ensure you get the best,…

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Packing hacks for adventurous women travelers

Oooh . .  I totally need this blender.  And I can’t leave without my stuffed muskrat collection. Responsible and ready for anything: it can be done, with our pick of the best products that help make traveling lighter on the planet – and your backpack. Take the essential items that will make your trip safer, more enjoyable, and won’t weigh…

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Views, glorious views

In this time of uncertainty and – sometimes – guilt about traveling, you can never go wrong if your destination is Europe’s Nordic countries – in this case, Denmark and our new affiliate friends, Dancenter. The people of the north have a long history of taking care of their health, and – in this day and age – the enviroment.…

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Chiribiquete

When people think of Colombia, it is usually of marvelous places such as Bogota, or Cartegena or Medellín – all genuinely wonderful destinations that you must put on your list. But, there is a relatively unknown part of Columbia that goes beyond into an almost magical realm:  Chiribiquete. Chiribiquete National Natural Park is the largest national park in Colombia and…

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The reasons four the seasons

As the seasons pass, so does control of them.  In this case, we’re talking about The Four Seasons hotel chain. Bill Gates (you, um,  know him from Windows and stuff) will take control of the Four Seasons hotel chain after his investment firm agreed to acquire a stake from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Co., in a bet…

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Got Aeroflot?

To many, Russia is an alluring, slightly foreboding dream destination.  Perhaps too many films make the wrong impression of the country, but the pull to visit there is strong, and for good reason. One romantic option for travel in Russia is possibility of riding the historic and pricey Trans-Siberian Express from Venice to Moscow – surely something to save up…

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Bloom where you’re planted.

To many of us, this may come as a surprise, especially in this day and age of corporate efficiency. For decades, KLM Airlines have been creating miniature ceramic collectibles of Amsterdam canal houses, and they share them with loyal customers.  Each house is a miniature replica of an existing house, almost all of them in the Netherlands. Every year, in…

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Let’s eat here

After the world has been decimated by Covid-19, now that the fog is clearing somewhat, it’s time to focus our thoughts on those businesses and their employees who have been so profoundly impacted.  In other words, when you can, buy local. Eating locally produced food on your travels may seem like small potatoes, but the benefits are far-reaching. Read more…

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Elizabethan manner

We here at Matouring love the UK.  One aspect of the land is the sheer amount and breadth of its history.  (We have plenty of articles here on our site which you can peruse and enjoy. But, just because its history stretches back thousands of years doesn’t mean that it’s mired in the past.  Hardly.  It has been a constant…

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Traveling while skint

Skint is a British word meaning broke:  not rich, no cash, empty bankbook, credit card maxed. Of course, we here at Matouring believe that our readers are smart and are equally as smart with their money.  But, there are times when things are a little tight, still you want – or perhaps even need –  to travel. Well, to the…

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We thank-a Sri Lanka

At one point it seemed like the whole world was backpacking and trekking this tropical paradise in South Asia. Never one to miss out, we went to see for ourselves to bring you this guide to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is roughly the same size as Ireland and sits to the south-east of India. The island boasts impressive safaris, the…

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I don’t care

Everyone wants their chance to fly, but no-one wants to die doing it. Both United and American Airlines sell basic economy tickets which are non-changeable. If you get sick and do not fly you lose all value of your ticket. That’s a huge incentive to fly sick. (Delta makes basic economy tickets changeable through December 31, 2021.)   As of this…

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Hotels Combined

One of the more fun activities we have managing this site is being able to present travel (and other) news and offers to you, our readers.  We spend a lot of time looking for content that we hope you will enjoy. As you might expect, there are costs in operating a site such as this.  One way that we are able…

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Don’t throw stones

Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but they should throw caution to the wind — especially in this shiny glass palace that you’ll find just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. Known as the Invisible House, the elongated 22-story “horizontal skyscraper” is like a shiny, dreamy mirage in the sand. This once-in-a-lifetime stay is one of the most rented properties in…

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Ninety days is not enough

If you like Europe (we sure do) you may often find that when you visit for a long time, even ninety days (the current limit) might not be enough.  There’s just too much to do. Of course, you can maximise the rules by staying within the ninety day limit, take a rest for a short while, and then enter the…

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Don’t save it for a rainy day

It must be evident now that our planet’s climate is changing, and not for the better. Are we culpable for this?  Likely yes, in many ways.  Can we do something about it?  Yes, but it appears that our governments (most of them) are in no hurry to address the problem – with lack of money often being a “reason.” This…

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Make an impact

With almost no exceptions, many of us are able to help others – and so many of us do.  And, there are so many ways to do it. One organisation that we here at Matouring like is Novica.  Ostensibly supported by The National Geographic, Novica started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world…

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Red sea speed

Egypt’s High Speed Railway Project Takes-off As we often talk about here (until we’re blue in the face,) rail travel is the future.  In a world of diminishing resources and rising populations, the solutions that modern rail travel can bring for us all are too good to ignore.  That’s why we’re happy to see governments taking it seriously – in…

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