Happy birthday, electric interwebs!

This year (2021) the Internet turns thirty years of age.  Is that even possible for those of us who were 30+ when it started?  Kids today have no idea what an adventure it was to even successfully login to AOL. Things seem to have happened so quickly and – in some ways alarmingly dystopian ways  – but where would we…

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Take a “trip” to Hong Hong

No, this is not about drugs.  But it is about sensory experiences that you can enjoy no matter your mood. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is featuring a collection of four autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos that show off the acoustic ambience from the all parts of the city. Custom-made to arouse the viewer’s perceptions and arouse a…

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Oscar de la Rental

We’re excited to announce that we’ve become affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World group, a marketing organization, representing more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries. And a key attribute is that they feature some of the most luxurious and exclusive properties around the world.  In addition to booking through our existing affiliates, such as Booking.com, Matouring can…

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Wake the snakes

As if Covid-19 wasn’t bad enough, bringing the world back into its original position presents all kinds a challenges to humans.  Mask, or no mask?  Moderna or Pfizer?  Eat in or take-away?  Concerts or Netflix? But here’s a conundrum that most of us probably never think of:  snakes in planes.  And, yes, it’s a thing. Qantas airlines, based in Australia,…

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Jane, stop this crazy thing!

Plastics.  Carbon fibre. Airloys. Atomic layer deposition. Nano putty. Aerogel. Memory foam.  Metalized polyethylene terephthalate. Your travel future relies on the space-age materials listed above.  They play their part in making planes, trains and automobiles better, lighter, stronger and faster. Why  does this matter to you?  Both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic recently signed deals with Vertical Aerospace to acquire…

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Bored at the airport? Here are five questions for you.

Flight delayed?  Visited every store on the concourse – three times?  No signal on your phone?  Stuck in a specific terminal?  Eaten and drank to the point of explosion?  Or just perennially curious?  Well, here are a few questions that may keep you occupied. How come flight attendants have to pick up the cups they serve drinks in prior to…

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Fly the friendly skies

GEEK ALERT!!! This post is, simply put, a loving tribute to a group of people who have created an application that has numerous business-relations functions, but is also for dorks (like our Editor) who love everything about planes and flying.  And since many of us have not been able to fly for a year or more due to Covid-19, the…

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You can’t get there from here

Ask a few Texans, and chances are you won’t find a strict consensus about what counts as the region of West Texas. Some draw a line from Wichita Falls down to Abilene and then Del Rio to mark the west-east boundary of the state. Others go by a map of where oak tree growth stops to find where West Texas…

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Radio Garden

Here’s a great idea – world radio through your browser.  Radio Garden invites you to tune into thousands of live radio stations across the globe. The site’s interface is delightfully simple.  Zoom in or out to an area on the globe and click on a green dot.  Hey presto, the radio station will start to play, and its details will appear…

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Isle de Granville

Granville Island is a de rigueur activity when you visit Vancouver.  There are dozens of boutique shops, selling things like bespoke art, vodka and … brooms. The main draw – and in many ways you will draw deep breaths – is the Market.  There are dozens of food stalls, but the main attraction is the gob-smacking fresh fruit and vegetable…

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Tombs in your living rooms

At one time, sitting on the couch and watching television was considered a luxury:  we were so busy in our daily lives that being able to collapse on the sofa and stare at the screen . . or at the ceiling. Well, Covid-19 has flipped that scenario on its head, and most people are gagging to get out and travel,…

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Purple Noon

Our pals at OMIO sure know Europe.  Planes, trains or automobiles, they can do it. But, like the rest of us, they’re stuck at home, too.  So they have – just in time – published their latest version of The Window Seat, their travelogue. Travel (or romance for that matter) might be tricky at the moment, but that doesn’t mean…

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Technology

Please welcome our new contributor, Beyond Adventures.  With an incredibly diverse past, she has lots of topics to choose from.  Today, it’s all about technology.  “My day starts with coffee or tea, a slice of toast with jam, and fruit while catching up with the world via social media. My gotos? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and occasionally Reddit. This tends to…

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Hello? Are you there?

Travel might be temporarily off the table, but the world’s natural wonders, museum masterpieces, and attractions are still right at your fingertips. Visit Versailles, summit Everest, or browse the Met without leaving your couch, using virtual tours and VR technology to get even closer to the action. Push the boundaries of travel by walking through UNESCO sites, exploring the world’s…

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Don’t suffer for your art

If you can’t come to the arts, let the arts come to you with our selection of free virtual museum collections. With the promising news of a COVID vaccine, we need to take care of our mental health more than ever, especially if we want to prepare for our collective comeback to post-pandemic life.  Experts agree that keeping the mind…

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Yes you cam!

Can’t go out anymore?  Itching to  travel?  Check in on life outside your front door with these livestreams from across the globe. Our social lives may have come to a screeching halt, but the world keeps on turning. Tune into one of these live video feeds: from African wildlife to one of America’s great national parks, they’re some of our…

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Toto, I don’t think we’re in the USA anymore

Fifteen places in the US that feel like a completely different country. In the 1960s, the people of Leavenworth transformed their city into a Bavarian-style village to promote tourism. Almost 60 years later, that vision is still alive and well. With Alpine architecture, a mountain backdrop, and plenty of sauerkraut and bratwurst, it’s surprisingly easy to imagine you’re in Germany.…

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How our brain sculpts experience in line with our expectations

The Book of Days (1864) by the Scottish author Robert Chambers reports a curious legal case: in 1457 in the town of Lavegny, a sow and her piglets were charged and tried for the murder of a partially eaten small child. After much deliberation, the court condemned the sow to death for her part in the act, but acquitted the…

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Go back in time – plague-free

Six students from De Montfort University have created a stellar 3D representation of 17th century London, as it existed before The Great Fire of 1666. The three-minute video provides a realistic animation of Tudor London, and particularly a section called Pudding Lane where the fire started. As Londonist notes, “Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a…

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You’re virtually in your place in the sun

Those of you that know us here at Matouring know that we have a fondness for the UK’s “Place in the Sun” magazine and television show.   Focusing on Europe, their television offering, live events and magazine give smart ways to find your ideal location. Well, they’ve recently placed many of their webinars online now, if you’re in the market a…

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