Posted on 06 March 2017 by Martha Hales
Waterside locations offer some of the most attractive scenery in the world. For adventurous and laid-back travellers alike, the pools and lakes of the world are sure to have something to offer. Take your pick from this selection of the loveliest and most beguiling lakes around the globe, handpicked by our local experts.
Posted on 17 February 2017 by Huw Owen
February Update from our Founders
Some countries just don’t get enough credit. You can read all the “must see” lists you like and you will seldom see a fabulous destination like Georgia mentioned. It has everything you could want though - scenery to make you gasp, an illuminating history, a cuisine to tell the world about, and that wonderful feeling of discovering somewhere that your friends have barely heard of. You can get a sense of just how under-visited it is from our interview with our local partner there, Visit Georgia. By the way, if you’re looking for the next big thing in wine, then the Georgian variety is hotly tipped - and rightly so.
Posted on 30 January 2017 by Martha Hales
Top 5 Unexpected Wildlife Destinations
Look beyond the classic safari destinations to these alluring countries where wildlife may not be the headline act, but deserves to be. From leopards in Iran to wolves in Ethiopia, there’s a whole world of unexpected wildlife out there to discover.
Posted on 13 January 2017 by Kati Taylor
In the Spotlight: Giles Milton
Every destination has stories to tell. Whether you’re in a teahouse in Iran or a bustling Moroccan souk, there are always local experiences just waiting to be shared. These stories belong to the rich and varied cultures that produce them and, in turn, to the individuals who choose to share them.
Posted on 13 January 2017 by Huw Owen
January Update from Our Founders
Firstly - happy new year to all of our customers and friends around the world! We hope 2017 is the year you realise your travel dream - for us that would be Argentina (Huw) and Tanzania (Tom). Other wishlist destinations mentioned in the office have been Botswana, Nicaragua, Ethiopia and Uzbekistan - we’re an intrepid lot, and especially so when the temperature drops and the British rain descends.
Posted on 16 December 2016 by Martha Hales
Christmas traditions around the world
Christmas traditions vary from family to family so it's no surprise to learn that, while Christmas is celebrated around the world, the way it is celebrated differs widely. From sprouting seeds in Armenia to fireworks in Argentina, Christmas traditions are as diverse and wonderful as the countries that host them. Here’s five TravelLocal favourites.
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 22 August 2016 by Martha Hales
How to spot the Ethiopian wolf
The Ethiopian wolf is rare. Incredibly rare. In fact it is the world’s rarest canid, and the most endangered carnivore in Africa. The population is in a state of flux, but even the most optimistic estimates reckon less than 500 individuals remain. These are split between six highland pockets in Ethiopia, including the Bale and Simien mountain ranges. If you hope to see this majestic wolf in the wild, make it soon.
Posted on 12 August 2016 by Martha Hales
The Rock Churches of Lalibela
When he was a baby, the future king Lalibela was visited by a swarm of bees, which his mother took as an omen of his greatness. His legacy - eleven monolithic churches chipped from the bedrock - is one of the most astounding achievements of the medieval age, so it looks like Mum had a point.
Posted on 27 July 2016 by Martha Hales
Wildlife of the Simien mountains
Saw-tooth crags rising sheer from bucolic afroalpine grassland cut through with deep gullies - the Simien Mountains National Park has raw beauty in spades. This remote 220 square kilometre area of the Ethiopian Highlands is UNESCO listed and enjoys National Park status, yet it is easily accessible for trekkers, naturalists and wildlife-spotters. There are spectacular trails for all abilities and plenty of summits to bag, including the iconic Ras Bwahit (4430m). The unique combination of altitude and isolation in this corner of East Africa have ensured that many of the species within the Simien Mountains National Park are endemic. Here is a list of some of the exotic wildlife you are likely to encounter on a trek in the park.
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