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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 22 March 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Follow in the Footsteps of Sir David Attenborough
Galapagos Islands
There is no other person more synonymous with wildlife documentaries than Sir David Attenborough. His voice is familiar with millions, of all ages and walks of life, even former US president Barack Obama is a self-confessed fan of the broadcaster.  Spanning over 50 years, Attenborough’s career has taken him to all corners of the globe, documenting hundreds of species of plant, animal, and marine life. Join us, as we reflect on his life behind the lens and the extraordinary locations and animals in the camera’s focus. 

Posted on 07 December 2016 by Martha Hales
Top 5 Natural Wonders you Never Knew Existed
Off the beaten track
Wonders of the world
The most famous sites in the world are jaw-dropping and unmissable. From the Machu Picchu to the Taj Mahal, they have an other-worldly grandeur and allure. However, if you like some solitude with your scenery, seek out these five lesser known natural wonders. The best travel destinations for anyone who is bowled over by the beauty of our planet, these unique spots are still under the radar (and not yet bristling with selfie sticks and souvenir sellers.) Enjoy!

Posted on 26 October 2016 by Martha Hales
Islands and beaches of Madagascar
Undiscovered beaches
Madagascar is bursting with unique species and unusual landscapes. You could lose days investigating a single corner of this fascinating island and the welcome is perpetually warm and effusive. But did you know that Madagascar is also an amazing beach destination? The options for grabbing some time oceanside are many and varied - each one more heavenly than the last.  Here are seven TravelLocal favourites among the countless islands and beaches of Madagascar.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Martha Hales
The Whales Of Ile St. Marie
Off the beaten track
Ile Sainte Marie is blessed. Not only is it blessed with bone-white beaches and swaying coconut palms, but it is also blessed with whales. Schools of humpback whales leave their feeding grounds in the Antarctic and make the journey to the warm waters around Ile Sainte Marie, just off the northeast coast of Madagascar, to calve and rear their young. Every June to September they can be found in large groups within a relatively small area, making them easy to spot on a whale-watching trip.

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