Get to the points!

Rewards!  Who’s a good boy? There’s nothing better than getting something back when you spend your hard-earned money. That’s why we’re glad to be able to now feature Frequent Flyer programs on Matouring.com.  Here, you can buy and sell your points in one convenient place. Right now, our new partners are Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Etihad and Southwest Airlines. Check…

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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…

How far will your money go? Literally.

When you’re itching to travel, sometimes the most difficult decision is simply settling on a destination that fits your budget. United Airlines has launched a new search tool to help customers peruse all their flight options in map form. The new Map Search feature takes into consideration departure city, budget, and what type of destination you’re considering (national park, ski resort, cultural…

Look. ebookers!

Matouring.com is especially pleased to announce the addition of a new partner, ebookers.com We have a long history with ebookers.  A part of the Expedia Group, ebookers has offices throughout Europe, with intimate knowledge of their locales.   “At ebookers we’re passionate about travel. We believe in more surprising, more extraordinary, more rewarding travel experiences. From the awe-inspiring Northern Lights…

Flee travel fees!

Travel fees can ruin your vacation. That’s never been more true than now, when vacation time is in short supply and resources are limited. All it takes is a “gotcha” surcharge to screw everything up. But how do you avoid travel fees? As someone who listens to people complain about their vacations every day, I used to be skeptical when…

Remain in Spain

We often feature Spain here at Matouring, because it has so many things to offer. One of which is that it is an ideal place to retire:  sun, sea, mountains, excellent healthcare, incredible food and really good €3.00 bottles of red wine –  we are not joking. This article out lines how to gain your residency in Spain – and…

Sshhhh . . .you’ll wake the neighbours

LOVE the beach, but hate crowds? Seeking small-community life, but don’t want to have to pass up on hearing the waves crash outside your window, or wandering down to the sands to catch the rays in summer? Firstly, there’s a peculiarity about some of Spain’s best-loved coasts: Medium-sized and small towns which aren’t on the package resort trail (but would…

Don’t forget your wallet

Did you know that all the loose change left behind at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints actually gets collected and deposited into a special fund that will benefit “critical aviation security programs?” What’s more: we’re not talking about a few hundred dollars—but nearly a million, at least according to new information released by the TSA itself. According to the agency,…

Car, a van

Campervans all booked up, too expensive or too unwieldy? Then why not try this summer’s DIY roadtrip alternative: campercars. Who needs to drive around in a pricey, thirsty converted van when it’s quite possible to sleep in your normal car using the latest accessories and digital apps? It’s a chance for many of us to relive pre-health-and-safety childhood memories of…

Claim unclaimed baggage

When checked baggage gets lost and can’t be reunited with its owner – or someone just doesn’t pick up their luggage – airlines sell the bags after 90 days to the Unclaimed Baggage Center which has built a monopoly in the niche business of selling used items out of luggage. The store is in Scottsboro, Alabama. They buy bags sight…

Know before you go

If seeing is believing, then planning your next vacation is about to get a little easier. New virtual tour technology now being deployed by the major vacation rental sites promises a more immersive view of a property before you push the “buy” button. A virtual tour is a simulation made up of a sequence of videos or still images. And…

How low can you go?

Want to find the cheapest places to travel in 2020? You’re in the right spot. Welcome to ClubThrifty’s annual report on the world’s most affordable travel destinations! We’ve completely updated our rankings for this year, and for the first time ever, we have a new number one…but we’ll get to that in a bit! As you know, finding cheap vacation…

You’re in the driver’s seat

When it comes to the future of auto rentals, big ideas may be taking a back seat to incremental, practical changes in 2020. And this car rental upgrade is good news for consumers, who could have a more seamless and customized experience as a result. We’re not talking about flying cars and autonomous vehicles today,” says Paul Reh, the VP…

Overstaying your welcome!

In April, Israel Benyair, general manager of the Mayflower Inn, got a phone call from a man looking to make a reservation. Located two hours outside of New York City in Washington, Connecticut, the Mayflower has long been an idyllic weekend getaway. But this inquiring guest didn’t want to stay two days, or even two weeks. He wanted to stay two…

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