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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 10 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Top 5 Unexpected Sunshine Spots
Uganda
Peru
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 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 07 December 2016 by Martha Hales
Top 5 Natural Wonders you Never Knew Existed
Chile
Madagascar
Guatemala
Oman
India
Adventure
Off the beaten track
Walking/hiking
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 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 25 November 2016 by Kati Taylor
Travel Industry Insiders: Ethical Hedonist and Sonja Holverson
Guatemala
Kenya
This month we thought we’d take our interview questions to the wider travel community! We managed to grab some time with Alison Reid and Sonja Holverson. Alison is a leading feature writer, sustainability expert and founder of The Ethical Hedonist.  With her emphasis on sustainable travel, without the doom and gloom, she’s a trailblazer for the ecotourism community. Sonja has worked in the travel industry for many years and, having written for specialist websites and journals, she’s a veteran of online blogging. She is the co-founder of Outbounding: an online platform which promotes informative, high-quality travel content. We caught up with them to chat about their experiences in the travel industry, favourite destinations and the advice they would give to an aspiring traveller…

Posted on 17 October 2016 by Martha Hales
Guatemalan Culture: The Day of the Dead
Guatemala
Cultural
Family
Festivals
From early morning on November 1st, the cemeteries of Santiago Sacatepéquez and Sumpango in Guatemala are hives of activity. Families are busy cleaning and tidying the graves of their departed loved ones and setting up areas for the annual ‘Day of the Dead’ grave-side picnic. A testament to the sheer variety and vibrancy of Guatemalan culture, it’s an unforgettable experience. While it may sound a bit macabre, the atmosphere is buoyant yet respectful. Everybody takes advantage of this opportunity to remember those that have passed away in a positive, uplifting way.

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