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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Mooooove

Very simply . . . Corsican cows won’t give up beach home to tourists, post lockdown.  Can you blame them? Or, is this a portend of things to come?  Have the non-human species finally had enough, and are collectively fighting back?  Between Covid, murder hornets and mother earth, herself, providing us with one disaster after another, should we, perhaps, start…

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The future of Play-viation

Our affiliate friends easyJet is launching an initiative to inspire younger generations to get thinking about sustainable air travel by designing a zero-emission passenger plane The airline is partnering with world-leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, zero-emission technology start-up Wright Electric, and world-renowned designer Frank Stephenson, known for his recent innovative work on designs for electric flying taxis, to launch the Aircraft…

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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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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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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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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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2000 islands

You’d better get busy . . . Where more than half the country is forest, saunas have a 4,000-year history, and the world’s largest choral festival happens every five years… Welcome to Estonia. Often underestimated as being a small Baltic country sandwiched between Scandinavia and Russia, Estonia is undoubtedly so much more than that. Read more here courtesy of our affiliate…

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Misty mountain crop

Peruvians living in one of the world’s driest areas may have a solution to their water crisis – “fog catchers” that catch droplets through thick, swirling blankets of mist. It’s a beautiful, but tough environment to live in.  But, as always, humans will improvise and improve.  And, in this case it doesn’t involve complex technology.  Just a keen understanding of…

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Win or loos

Loo design has barely changed in 150 years – until now. Will people trade their privacy for the chance to find out exactly what is in their waste? For the past 10 years, Sonia Grego has been thinking about toilets – and more specifically what we deposit into them. “We are laser-focused on the analysis of stool,” Read more here…

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Sleeping around Europe

Germany’s green party has proposed an ambitious network of night trains across Europe, which could connect the UK with destinations including Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen and Stockholm. The proposed network would see some 40 sleeper services operating across the continent, with routes extending as far as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham as well as London. Read more here courtesy of Independent.co.uk Vincci Bit hotel. And…

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Cables girdle the globe

Where would we be without connectivity?  Recent generations have come to accept that not only will the Internet work, but it will be fast and it will be cheap.  The earth is about 24,901 miles (40,075 km) in circumference with about 7.674 billion people (as of 2019.)  That’s a lot of bandwidth required. Unbeknownst to most, the world is awash…

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Cinque Terre choo choo

It will come as no surprise to anyone who frequents our site that we are HUGE proponents of rail travel, especially in countries where this mode of getting around is the norm.  Rail makes so much sense in so many ways. Climate change and the slow travel trend have rekindled people’s interest in train rides. The Europe by Train series…

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Moral coral

You can be a part of worldwide coral regeneration schemes – here’s how. Coral reefs are intricate ecosystems that quite literally breathe life into the world’s oceans, but they are under threat. Destruction of reefs – such as mass coral bleaching – is the result of a combination of factors including climate change and pollution. Scientists and communities are dedicated…

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Sit up straight

If you think a chair is simply a chair, you might be right.  But there are designers who think beyond the norm, in all walks of life.  It matters in this day of dwindling resources. Salone is the most important furniture event in the world, strongly connected to the city and the design culture. This year we are seeing a…

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FailItalia

Pity poor Alitalia.  For years, they’ve been the underdog, constantly chided and teetering on the brink of disappearing.  They’ve had their problems, but we’ve flown many times on the airline and had good experiences. (We even sat near Peter Gabriel on one flight.) But, it looks like the future is bleak. On September 10th, 2021 the European Commission publicly announced its disapproval…

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The green mosque

Gratifyingly, people are starting to understand that climate change is real.  Turn on the television every day and a new horrifying example of our changing world appears. On a very positive note, though, Dubai just got the world’s first ‘green’ mosque. As per the reports, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) inaugurated the world’s first green mosque, which also received…

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