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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 15 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Off The Beaten Track: Georgia
Georgia
Gori
Batumi
Tbilisi
Adventure
Off the beaten track
Walking/hiking
There is no denying the beauty and mystery of Georgia. As a bridge between east and west, this is a country that bears the imprint of many cultures and peoples, including Turks, Persians, Arabs, Cossacks and Crusaders. Scattered with ancient religious monuments and historic towns, you always feel connected to bygone eras while travelling in Georgia. The Silk Road, Jason and the Argonauts and Imperial Russia all make their influence felt here. Yet, despite these varied themes, there is a fierce sense of coherent national identity and pride. 

Posted on 10 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Top 5 Unexpected Sunshine Spots
Uganda
Peru
Myanmar (Burma)
Georgia
Guatemala
Inle Lake
Off the beaten track
Undiscovered beaches
Luxury
Short days and long nights often leave us craving the warmth of the summer. What better time to plan for some sunshine in your very own patch of paradise? You don’t have to follow the crowds to the usual beachside haunts, there are plenty of unexpected sunshine destinations to tick off your bucket list. These five exciting destinations are sure to surprise and inspire even the most seasoned traveller...

Posted on 03 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
Local Spotlight: Q&A with Visit Georgia
Georgia
Ushguli
Batumi
Adventure
Cultural
Walking/hiking
With snow-capped mountains and sprawling, verdant valleys; Georgia is one of the most awe-inspiring countries on earth. Its landscapes will enthrall you, the hospitality and kindness of its people will make you feel immediately at home and the vibrant stories of long-ago legends are sure to capture your imagination. Still far from the average tourist itinerary, Georgia is a real treat for any traveller who loves a sense of adventure.

Posted on 11 January 2017 by Kati Taylor
More for your Money
Sri Lanka
Chile
Argentina
Cambodia
Georgia
Vietnam
Uzbekistan
Travelling in a responsible and cost-effective way is something we can all get behind. Whether you’re exploring the mountains of Patagonia or snorkelling off the Sri Lankan coast, travelling for less always makes your trip a little sweeter. However, it can be tough to reconcile good value with incredible experience - and it’s a shame to sacrifice on either! With this in mind, we asked our local experts for their top tips on getting value for money on the road. Their on the ground knowledge, and local recommendations, can take your itinerary up to the next level…

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 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
The World's First Wine - Vintage Georgia
Georgia
Food and Drink
Cultural
Walking/hiking
So you thought you knew all about wine, right? Tried everything? You've ticked off all the classics, and you've occasionally been daring and gone for a Portuguese rosé, a Greek red, indeed an English "sparkling white". You know your way around the wine section of the supermarket, you know more or less what wine goes with what food. You've even done a wine-tasting before - though you can't remember much about it. But I bet you didn't know that wine is from Georgia (not the US state, but the diminutive ex-Soviet republic).

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Half Term Getaways
Georgia
Cultural
Food and Drink
Classic
In many ways the October half term is a great time to plan a trip - the weather here in the UK is starting to get chilly, summer is a distant memory, but Christmas is still months away. Trouble is, where outside of Europe can you go in eight or nine days? Here we present a collection of itineraries that you can fit into the half term break, and which make the trouble of flying long haul worthwhile.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Svaneti - Time Travel In The Caucasus Mountains
Georgia
Adventure
History
Off the beaten track
Of all the countries that feature currently on TravelLocal, Georgia is one of the least known and yet most fascinating. When we see Georgia in the news we think of the American state of the same name, or perhaps the Russian invasion of 2008, but beyond that the history, culture and people are a mystery to us.

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