Welcome, Titan!

Matouring.com is excited to announce our partnership with Titan Travel. Their award-winning collection of holidays covers all seven continents, with carefully planned itineraries ranging from rail journeys and river cruises, to small-group adventures and trips exclusively for solo travelers There are some great travel companies out there – so why Titan? Well, they’re one of the UK’s leading escorted holiday…

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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…

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…

And, like magic . . .

How do you explain a food allergy in a language you can’t speak, read, or write? Google’s big news this week is the rollout of Interpreter Mode, a feature that lets you use the Google Assistant to translate everything you say in real time. It’s activated with the phrase “Hey Google, be my French translator,” or whatever language you need.…

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…

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,…

Vroom for rent

Car-sharing services in Japan, apparently, are witnessing an increasingly common trend: Many of their customers return rental cars with zero miles driven. Mind you, the cars are used during the rental period—they just don’t go anywhere. “I rented a car to eat a boxed meal because I could not find anywhere else to eat lunch.” Read more courtesy of AutomobileMagazine.com Japan is…

You’ll never talk alone

Now, this is good news! With a large touchscreen, noise-cancelling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, Pocketalk is able to create connections across 74 different languages. The sleek design is equipped with high-quality, noise-cancelling microphones and two powerful speakers so it’s easy to have full conversations, even in noisy environments. The camera instantly recognizes and translates text, the written word, and…

Unencumbered Umbria

The gentler, less gilded neighbour of Tuscany, Umbria enjoys a lower profile and seems less troubled by tourism. The “green heart of Italy” doesn’t have an endless stream of visitors plying between their checklist of big-drawer Tuscan Renaissance cities, just miles of undulating hills carpeted in sunflowers, tobacco or untamed bosco (woodland). Read more courtesy of APlaceInTheSun.com

Parking in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is a slice of paradise with snow-capped coastal mountains, old-growth rainforest, and sandy beaches along its shore. It is no surprise that this city, with all its natural beauty, has plenty of parks for all to enjoy. Read more courtesy of TravelAwaits.com Booking.com

Five passports for you

When you’re traveling, if you like what you see and want to remain abroad for a little longer than a couple of weeks, you typically only have a few months. Failure to leave when you’re supposed to could result in deportation or an indefinite ban from the country. However, there are a few ways around the limit — you could…

Flights – 50% off

An island in Italy is offering to pay for half of your plane ticket, as well as a night at a hotel and your attraction entry fees in a bid to encourage tourists to return. Sicily, located off the south of Italy, is attempting to lure foreign visitors back to the island after the lockdown ends on May 4. Read…

Le Petite Venice de Colmar

Do you know about the Little Venice of Colmar? It’s the name of a district located in the pretty city of Colmar in Alsace, France.  I know, I know… you are gonna say that it is just one more “Little Venice”: each time there is a canal somewhere, the place is given the name of the Italian city. You are not wrong, but trust…

Journeywomen

In 1984 when I first started traveling solo I had no one to mentor me. If there were other women around my age doing what I was doing I had no way of finding them. After all, we hadn’t yet gotten to a point in cyber history where most people had computers in their homes. The terms ‘blog’ and ‘bloggers’…

Not the straight and narrow

At first glance, Bob Damron’s Address Book reads like any other travel guide. Bars, restaurants, hotels and businesses are grouped by city and state, their names and addresses listed in alphabetical order. An introductory note reassures readers that the information contained within the volume is up-to-date, while classifications written in abbreviated parentheticals offer travelers additional details on specific establishments: An asterisk, for example, indicates a…

No fixed address

Morton Jablin lives a simple life. He wakes early, showers, dresses, has breakfast and begins his day. He enjoys tea in the afternoon and fish for his evening meal. He’s not much different than you and me, with one exception: Morton Jablin lives on a cruise ship. Read more courtesy of GoNomad.com

Rain forest jazz

Lush, unspoiled St. Lucia has a growing fan base. Some of its vacationers are music lovers, letting loose at the springtime St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, or adrenaline junkies, testing their limits climbing The Pitons or zip lining through the Chassin region’s rain forest. Others are honeymooners, unwinding on one of the island’s chalky beaches or holing up in one of…

Mujer-BnB

(Say it out loud) If you’ve ever felt unsafe while traveling, you’re not alone. According to a recent SAP Concur survey, over 50% of women polled said they’ve changed their travel arrangements because they felt unsafe. But now there’s a rental platform aiming to change the status quo for women seeking to travel without fear of risky accommodations. Read more courtesy of refinery29.com…

Happy trails, city slicker

If you’re one of the roughly 80% of Americans who lives in an urban area, you know how important it is to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Thankfully, the 25 most populous U.S. cities are each home to beautiful, well-maintained trails that can easily connect city-dwellers to the great outdoors. Check out these well-loved walking routes, which…

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