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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12 Travel

Matouring is very happy to present our newest partner, 12 Travel.ch. 12 Travel.ch works with over 140 tour operators such as Neckermann Reisen, FTI Touristik Reisen, Alltours Reisen, Jahn Reisen, Dertour, Meiers Weltreisen, ITS, Thomas Cook. 12 Travel.ch / 12 Travel.de / 12 Travel.at searches and finds for you, from the confusing and seemingly endless holiday offers of the tour…

Genesis of the Docklands

A floating church has moored in East London. The work of locally-based architecture studio Denizen Works, this innovative project brings together architecture and boat building, religious, community spaces and practice, and contemporary design. The project was spearheaded by the Diocese of London for the St Columba East London community, and has been created in close collaboration with Turks Shipyard and…

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…

Adept at adab

In Persian, the word often translated into English as ‘manners’ or ‘etiquette’ is adab. However, adab is about far more than politeness or ethics even. It means proper social and aesthetic form and, across Persianate culture, form conveyed substance and, by extension, meaning. From the 13th to the mid-19th century, Persian was the language of learning, culture and power for hundreds of millions of…

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…

So goes Barbados

It was a historic throne speech. On Sept. 16, Her Excellency Gov. Gen. Dame Sandra Mason told the world Barbados was removing Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. “Having obtained independence half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance,” Mason said. The small island nation in the Caribbean was one of…

Airbus says “It’s a gas”

Airbus has debuted three new concepts for the world’s first “zero-emission” commercial aircraft — and one or some might enter service during or before 2035, according to a press release published on Airbus’ website. Airbus debuted three new concepts for the first-ever “zero-emission” commercial aircraft and aims to press the future aircraft into service during or before 2035. The new concepts represent…

Annie, Get Your Guide

Matouring is pleased to join up with travel experts GetYourGuide.  As the name implies, they specialise in finding ideal activities for you when travelling. Look for their offers and advertisements throughout the site. “We’re on a journey to transform ordinary trips into extraordinary ones. We are your guide, bringing you personal experiences. Wherever your travels take you, we’ll show you…

Stay positive.

An American working in Thailand, Wesley Barnes, was arrested at his job and jailed over a defamation lawsuit filed by the owner of the Sea View Resort & Spa, Kah Change in response to a negative TripAdvisor review. The man posted a one star review in July and two months later he was picked up by Thai police. It was…

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…

Kenya believe it?

It’s the snow-capped mountain almost on the equator and within sight of harsh deserts. It’s the lush, palm-fringed coastline of the Indian Ocean, it’s the Great Rift Valley that once threatened to tear the continent asunder, and it’s the dense forests reminiscent of the continent’s heart. In short, Kenya is a country of epic landforms that stir our deepest longings…

Do you know Citizen M?

We’re super-happy to have partnered with posh and vibrant hotel group citizenM.  With up-to-date hotels all across the globe, you’ll be mightily impressed with their stylish offering. citizenM hotels are built for today’s modern savvy travellers, who don’t want to pay for what they don’t need. Instead, they want to stay in easily accessible locations in the world’s most buzzing…

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…

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…

Consciousness is not a thing….

….but a process of inference. I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness. My biggest gripe is that the philosophers and cognitive scientists who tend to pose the questions often assume that the mind is a thing, whose existence can be identified by the attributes it has or the…

Spanish and Non-Lucrative

Living in abroad is a dream for many of us but the options are limited when it comes to residency permits. Luckily Spain has a great option for people who do not intend to work here but rather retire or even experience a year or two living in these sunny lands. A non-lucrative residence is a special type of long…

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,…

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