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Posted on 20 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Follow in the Footsteps of Marco Polo
Georgia
Armenia
China
Iran
Yazd
Kerman
Kashgar
Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek
Tashkent
Samarkand
Great journeys
History
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 17 February 2017 by Huw Owen
February Update from our Founders
Guatemala
Indonesia
Iran
Ethiopia
Georgia
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
Sri Lanka
Yala
Nicaragua
Iran
Ethiopia
Simien Mountains
Bale Mountains
Argentina
Esteros de Iberá
Wildlife
Adventure
Safari
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
Iran
Morocco
Japan
Ethiopia
Cultural
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 16 December 2016 by Martha Hales
Christmas traditions around the world
Armenia
Argentina
Iran
Guatemala
Ethiopia
Cultural
Festivals
Off the beaten track
Food and Drink
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 30 November 2016 by Martha Hales
The Jetsetter’s guide to Christmas shopping
Morocco
Guatemala
Oman
Iran
Ghana
Laos
Ecuador
Cultural
Off the beaten track
In need of a few unusual gifts for your nearest and dearest? Stuck for ideas? Plan a trip to one of these atmospheric markets for some world class shopping. Inspiration is guaranteed among the mind-blowing array of goods on offer. So, arm yourself with an empty suitcase and get set for some serious retail therapy.

Posted on 23 November 2016 by Martha Hales
Thanksgiving around the World
Georgia
Argentina
China
Vietnam
Iran
Ghana
Cultural
Food and Drink
Festivals
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 21 October 2016 by Oliver Horne
Following in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Egypt
Iran
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Great journeys
History
Cultural
In the 4th century CE, a young king of the small state of Macedon set off at the age of 22 on a grand expedition to Asia where, within a decade, he had destroyed and conquered the largest empire the world had ever seen. It stretched across three continents, from Greece and Albania in the west to Egypt in the south and India to the east, covering around two million square miles of territory. The scale of this unpredictable historical turn is hard to imagine. However, with Iran currently becoming increasingly accessible to visitors (major European airlines resumed flights for the first time in years this summer), there has never been a better time to gain perspective on this scale by following in the footsteps of Alexander along his vast and cataclysmic campaign.

Posted on 13 June 2016 by Huw Owen
One Perfect Day In Dubai
Thailand
Singapore
Vietnam
Myanmar (Burma)
India
Iran
Uganda
Ethiopia
Zambia
South Africa
Indonesia
China
Sitting almost halfway between Europe and Asia, Dubai is the perfect stopover destination. It is serviced by some of the best airlines in the world, is almost certain to be sunny and warm, and offers visitors a wonderful contrast to their final destination - wherever that may be. We have put together a few ideas for 24 hours in this unique city so you can make the most out of any stay.

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