Know before you go

If seeing is believing, then planning your next vacation is about to get a little easier. New virtual tour technology now being deployed by the major vacation rental sites promises a more immersive view of a property before you push the “buy” button.

A virtual tour is a simulation made up of a sequence of videos or still images. And while the technology isn’t new, the application is.

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Historic defensive tower in the Peloponnese

Nestled in a stone, 19-century tower, Tainaron Blue Retreat in Mani, Greece, features an outdoor pool with hydrotherapy and offers rooms with unobstructed sea or mountain views. Free WiFi access is available. Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a flat-screen, satellite TV, Nespresso coffee maker and a minibar. Cocomat mattresses, linens, bathrobes, slippers, pool and beach towels are

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Why we should book now and travel later

Wildlife travel provides crucial funding for conservation and wildlife protection programs, even if your departure date is uncertain. As COVID-19 brought tourism to a screeching halt, conservation programs to protect some of the globe’s most delicate ecosystems began to face a funding crisis. From the open plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya to the grassy riverbanks of Chitwan in

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Erbil, you will

Erbil, also spelled Arbil, locally called Hewlêr by the Kurds, is the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan and the most populated city in the Kurdish inhabited areas of Iraq. It is located approximately in the center of the Iraqi Kurdistan region and north of Iraq. The Erbil Citadel, also known as Hawler Castle, is an artificial mound and the historical

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British Bareways

A London Heathrow-based flight attendant for British Airways has deleted most of her social media accounts as an airline investigation is underway to uncover her identity, after the U.K.’s Sun newspaper revealed that she offered illicit onboard entertainment to passengers for a fee as well as selling worn items of clothing online to fetishists. The attendant, who also sells her knickers online, lures in

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The distinctive tombstone of Kemmons Wilson

He founded Holiday Inns, and he made sure everyone knew that when they visited his gravesite. In 1996, Memphis businessman Kemmons Wilson published his autobiography, called Half Luck and Half Brains. But he was just being modest. It took an awful lot of brainpower to accomplish all that he did. He got his start in the world of business by delivering

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Train yourself

If you have spent any time on the Matouring site, you will know that we are not shy about selling the wonders and benefits of rail travel.  We have many articles, designed to tempt you into using rail whenever you can, especially if this mode of transport is new. And, as you explore the world more and more, you will

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