Posted on 26 April 2017 by Martha Hales
Top 5 Destinations for Family Fun
Whether your children are preschoolers or preteens, whether they are just out of nappies or just starting uni, travel is a great way to broaden their understanding of the world. An exciting and varied trip will be memorable and character building, will stimulate a healthy curiosity, and can educate young minds about global issues.
Posted on 24 April 2017 by Huw Owen
April Update from our Founders
Seeing the mountain gorillas of Uganda is one of the handful of things I’ve done on my travels that I never stop talking about. It tops my own personal list of wildlife experiences (see our blog post on the subject). I saw these magnificent animals in Bwindi, a national park in the foothills of the Rwenzori, close to the border with the Congo. The way the experience is organised is an exemplar of how we might protect other threatened species - the Uganda Wildlife Authority charges an amount that, though it seems high ($600) sustains the entire conservation effort; access to Bwindi and its gorilla families is tightly controlled and monitored and the whole infrastructure and economy of the area is underpinned by local control. Mountain gorilla numbers in Uganda are increasing, and your visit directly contributes to that - food for thought if you’re planning a visit.
Posted on 21 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Follow in the Footsteps of David Livingstone
On the 19th of March 1813 in Blantyre, Scotland, David Livingstone was born into abject poverty. His childhood years were spent labouring in a cotton factory. Unbeknownst to him at the time, he would go on to be one of the most important explorers in history. His intrepid journeys across the African continent would mark a number of first and important discoveries for the West. This is the remarkable journey of Livingstone.
Posted on 19 April 2017 by Mel Butler
Five Helpful Hints for Tackling Mount Kilimanjaro
Climbing and reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most people and it is fair to say it should not to be taken likely. At an altitude of 5896meter or 19,340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and should not be underestimated. Preparing well will give you a better chance of having a successful trip. If you are like me, you can look back in years to come with a smile on your face and think, ‘Wow! I did that!’
Posted on 18 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
In The Spotlight: Hilary Bradt
A travel industry veteran, Hilary Bradt is best known for the guide book range that bears her name. Launched in 1973, Bradt Travel Guides have become synonymous with off the beaten track experiences. Offering local insight and advice, the books take travellers far beyond the average tourist itinerary and help them to immerse themselves in the culture of their destination. From remote villages of Madagascar to the soaring peaks of the Andes, Hilary’s travel experiences are enough to inspire anyone to hit the open road! We caught up with Hilary to chat about what inspires her, the importance of local knowledge and how Bradt Guides has evolved over the years…
Posted on 13 April 2017 by Kati Taylor
Top 5 Wildlife Wonders
Diverse, vibrant and wild; the many ecosystems of our planet have so much to offer the curious traveller. From the orangutans of Tanjung Puting to the tree climbing lions of the Ishasha Plains, the sheer variety of experiences is tough to get your head around! With that in mind, we have compiled our list of the top 5 wildlife wonders around the world. We have carefully selected one from each of the regions we offer, showing you where, when and how to see it for yourself…
Posted on 12 April 2017 by Martha Hales
Get to know Tashkent
As an ancient hub of the Silk Road, Tashkent has long been subject to outside influences and this is evident today. One of the defining moments in Tashkent’s modern history was the devastating earthquake of 1966, which struck right in the heart of the city with a magnitude of 5.1. Many of the ancient buildings of central Tashkent were levelled, several people died and around 300,000 were made homeless. When the rubble was cleared and rebuilding began in earnest, the new city was planned in the Soviet style, with many giant monumental buildings facing off across leafy public squares. The city today is the largest in Central Asia, and is by far the most appealing place in Uzbekistan for those in search of fine restaurants, breezy city parks and buzzing nightlife.
Posted on 10 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
A Taste of China
When thinking of the nations that boast the finest cuisines in the world, one might think of the sophisticated flavours of France and Italy; the aromatic and spicy dishes of India; or the vibrant flavours of Latin America. These nations all have signature cooking styles, ingredients and dishes that create a national identity through cuisine. There is, however, one nation that surpasses all in variety of cooking techniques and flavours, where it has not one food region, but eight. Guangdong, Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian, Sichuan and Hunan regions make China a bucket-list destination for any food lover.
Posted on 07 April 2017 by Martha Hales
A Weekend in Morocco
Pack a taste of the exotic into your long weekend with an energising break in Morocco. Just a short haul flight from Europe brings Africa within short-break territory, and what better way to enjoy your time out than with a 4 day snapshot of this enticing and colourful destination? Experience the sensory overload of Marrakech as well as the enchanting and peaceful High Atlas Mountains with their hidden valleys and intriguing Berber culture. Sample two contrasting facets of Morocco with this exciting itinerary from TravelLocal’s expert local partners, M Trek and Tour.
Posted on 05 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Local Spotlight: Interview with Expeditions Myanmar
Be it beholding a towering golden temple in Yangon, the rich red earth of the Bagan Plains, or the still blue waters of Lake Inle, you are certain to be blown away by the colour and variety of Myanmar. This month we caught up with our local experts, Expeditions Myanmar, to talk favourite memories, family values and holidays with princesses.
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