The “civilized” wilderness of Europe

Europe is many things, but one thing that is consistent across almost all of the European countries is the general approach to tolerance.  Good, mature behaviour is recognised, and rewarded with few limitations or rules.  The  Europeans intrinsically get this. And one area where this all blends together for Europeans is camping.  This article talks about “wild” camping:  pitching your…

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Happy July!

It’s always good to think ahead, when you can.  And while you’re enjoying the summer sun, there are probably a dozen or more items on your list that you’re ignoring / forgetting. Well, let us give you a little prod to recommend that you start looking into your winter holidays now.  Chances are good that resorts, hotels, cars and flights…

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They walk among us

Do you fully recognise that “they are among us?”  Do you fashion yourself as an extraterrestrial hunter?  Do you have the knowledge, desire and hardware to search for them? The US Pentagon says there’s no explanation for “unidentified aerial phenomenon” detected by pilots over the years. But scientists use tools such as the SETI Allen Telescope to research the possibility…

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First viewer will buy! Don’t wait!

The electric interwebs are full of articles and videos about failed attempts on a grand scale.  We know that there was thought and planning put into these – there had to be.  But, in the cases here, the dreams crumbled in a number of different ways.  Rather than ridcule, let’s be glad that we’re able to learn from these examples.…

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Hey, bungalow thrill

“If looks could thrill it would have been us instead of him”  All the children sing. These looks will thrill – at Reserva Alecrim EcoSuite & Glamping in Portugal. The properties, the views, the surroundings, the location – wow!  And the bungalows look more like dwellings on the moon. Set by a lake in the Alentejo countryside, Eco Suites Resort offers…

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Couch camping

The world is opening up again from the Covid 19 pandemic.  We are slowly tip-toeing out into the light, but still with our minds on safety. One great option is to rent a camper and travel where you want to go.  It will just be you, your family and maybe some friends, in your own safe cocoon,  as it were. …

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Tash Rabat. How about that?

Do you sometimes feel like you want to go away and stay away? Well, you’ll be glad to know that, as always, we here at Matouring have solutions for you.  Near or far, we have solutions at our fingertips and are eager to share them with you. May we present  the Tash Rabat Caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan?  If you’re not fully…

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The campings

Europeans love to camp.  There are literally thousands of them dotted around the continent.  Not only are they plentiful, they are usually in beautiful, if not stunning, locations and are a very cost effective way to holiday. You can enjoy all of the traditional ways of camping, including tents and resorts, but hiring a fuel-efficient European camper is really the…

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Not for beginners

If you have trouble standing on a chair to clean the curtains, then look away now. There is a “stairway to heaven” made of steel cables and it is the highlight of a climbing tour of the Donnerkogel, in Austria’s Salzkammergut resort area. The 43-meter long sky high ladder is stretched over an abyss some 700 meters below. Climbers who’ve…

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20,000 rental campers. 24 countries. 4 continents. Go!

We love camping, and we love campervans even more, especially when they’re the smart new models – good on petrol, good on space, good on the environment. We’re also really happy to welcome our new affiliate friends, CamperDays.com Their portfolio includes up to 20,000 rental vehicles that can be booked directly in 24 countries on four continents. Read more about…

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Blow your top

Geysers. Hot springs. Wildlife. A few words probably come to mind when you think about Yellowstone National Park. But there’s one word that might come as a surprise: supervolcano. Because, if you didn’t know it already, the land that makes up Yellowstone National Park is actually one of the world’s largest active (yes, we said active) volcanoes. Read more courtesy…

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Paintings on the ceilings

…and pink champagne on ice?  We are all just prisoners here . . . oh wait, wrong references. Being one of the oldest civilisations on Earth, Europeans have a lot to show for it.  Even beyond the splendors of Rome or Athens, there were generations and generations of forbearers who walked – and as it happens – marked the land,…

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Take the last train to Wales

This is astounding.  It almost defies belief, but the Chinese are behind it, so it could very well happen.  Their abilities are legend. China wants to build a $200 billion underwater train to the United States. The China-Russia-Canada-America line would be the most expensive megaproject in history and take years to complete. The biggest engineering challenge would be building an…

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‘scuse me while I kiss the sky

Free as a bird.  The sky’s the limit.  ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky. It’s a mackerel sky.  Reach for the sky.  Out of a clear blue sky.   Sky high. Sky dive. Lucy in the sky.  Sky rocket.  Vanilla sky.  Make a beeline for the treeline.  You can see the forest for the trees.  Shade trees.  Gum trees. Plum…

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Pueblo crews

The USA is not a place normally associated with ancient dwellings.  Most of its history ostensibly started around 1776, and it has always fashioned itself around its “newness.” But, like anywhere else, the country has its surprises, one of which is the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mesa Verde national park in Colorado.  The park protects some of the…

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Your waiter will now carry you to your room

To be sure, this article is not suggesting that you drink yourself into unconsciousness.   Nor is it proposing that you rely on someone else to save you, if you do:  that’s  your problem, Jack. No, instead, we’re telling you about a fabulous place to stay, where you have genuinely scrumptious food and drink, personable servers and – rooms above the…

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No more talk. Walk the walk.

The time has come for no more excuses.  We all know it has.  Netflix and Amazon have served us well, but it’s time to put down the remote and . . . . walk. Let’s face it, “power walking” doesn’t sound all that fun. But, fortunately, you don’t need to wear ankle weights and pump your arms to benefit from…

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Get away from it all – literally

When people say “get away from it all“, that often means driving to the local Holiday Inn.  That is fine, of course, but where can you really go with that phrase? We have a suggestion for you –  a gasp-worthy one.  The Mashpi Lodge in Equador.  Deep in the forest, this sumptuous complex will bring your pulse down within minutes…

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King of the road

We are writing this post when – it appears – the the Covid-19 pandemic is starting to abate, and that many of us can, once more, open our doors, step outside and begin to enjoy life again. And what can be more life-affirming than getting out into nature, and breathing in the air?  That is where camping comes into the…

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You wear what you eat

Archaeologists and other scientists are beginning to unravel the story of our most intimate technology: clothing. They’re learning when and why our ancestors first started to wear clothes, and how their adoption was crucial to the evolutionary success of our ancestors when they faced climate change on a massive scale during the Pleistocene ice ages. These investigations have revealed a…

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