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 20 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Follow in the Footsteps of Marco Polo
Marco Polo, one of the most celebrated sons of Venice, was still in his teens when he set off in 1271 to deliver valuable gifts and letters from the Pope to the Great Khan of China.
Posted on 09 January 2017 by Martha Hales
Valentine’s Day: Romantic Getaway Inspiration
With Valentine’s Day a month away, and cold weather making us daydream of faraway places, there’s never been a better time to choose your next romantic getaway! If you’re in need of a little inspiration, check out these itinerary ideas put together by our local experts…
Posted on 21 December 2016 by Martha Hales
Tips for Tipples - the most enticing destinations for discerning drinkers
One of the most reliable ways to get under the skin of a destination is to eat and drink the local specialities. We’ve rounded up some enticing destinations for the discerning drinker - if you enjoy sampling your way through your holiday, here are some ideas for what to look out for. Cheers!
Posted on 19 December 2016 by Kati Taylor
Top Travel Blogs: Cats and Backpacks and Hoff to Explore
At TravelLocal, we love getting to know the wider travel community (and the talented writers who make it so vibrant and engaging!) This month, we caught up with Hattie, Seb and Jodie - all relatively new bloggers who are producing incredible content. We chatted to them about their travel experiences, their advice for budding nomads and unmissable destinations.
Posted on 23 November 2016 by Martha Hales
Thanksgiving around the World
Giving thanks for a successful harvest is an ancient ritual - many of the world’s most prominent festivals have their roots in some form of thanksgiving for the bounty of nature.
Posted on 31 October 2016 by Martha Hales
Halloween around the World: Culture and Customs
A truly global phenomenon, the varying customs of Halloween around the world offer a unique insight into the cultures that celebrate it. However, way before the arrival of pumpkin-shaped earrings and spider-web spray, Halloween began as a Celtic festival known as Samhain. This simple pagan celebration marked the start of preparations for winter after harvest, and was thought to be an auspicious time to commune with the dead.
Posted on 29 September 2016 by Corinne Homer
Coffee Culture: from Bean to Brew
If our culture has a love affair with any of Earth’s goodies, it’s the aromatic elixir that comes from the roasted, brewed coffee bean. Popular legend says that in the 9th century, an Ethiopian shepherd noticed his goats became particularly exuberant after chewing on the green berries of the Coffea tree; and ran straight to his local pastor. News of these magical, energy-inducing beans soon spread across Africa, to the Arab world and the rest of Asia; then on to Europe and the Americas. That’s a long journey to get to your first morning brew.
Posted on 21 September 2016 by Martha Hales
The Great Global Bake-Off
While the UK is gripped by Bake-Off fever, here at TravelLocal we’re getting inspired by these sweet and treats from across our destination range. Which one is your favourite?
Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Planning A Trip To China
China is a great destination. Few places in the world feel quite as ‘other-worldly’; few places have a history and culture so different from our own. Yet planning a trip to this part of the world can be a little daunting - China is such a vast country, with countless cities and places you’ve not heard of. Here the TravelLocal team present their top tips for planning a trip to the Middle Kingdom.
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