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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
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 23 January 2017 by Martha Hales
Back Roads of Burma: Off the Beaten Track
Burma
Bagan
Yangon
Mandalay
Bhamo
Mrauk U
Cultural
History
Off the beaten track
You’ve enjoyed the incredible spectacle of Bagan, been dazzled by the golden splendour of Shwedagon in Yangon, and witnessed the view from Mandalay Hill. So how can you get off the beaten track on your next Burma visit? If you’re short of ideas, here’s TravelLocal’s guide to getting to know the back roads of Burma; the lesser trodden corners just waiting to be discovered.

Posted on 23 December 2016 by Corinne Homer
Taking ‘Lion’ steps in India: Following the journey of Saroo Brierley
India
Cultural
Off the beaten track
Based on the book ‘Long Journey Home’, Garth Davis’ Lion has taken audiences on a journey of their own (and is tipped to become an Oscar favourite). The film depicts the life-changing events experienced by Saroo Brierley. He boarded a train as a poverty-stricken five year old and was subsequently taken clear across India; separated from his family and all he recognised as home. These tragic scenes are played by Sunny Pashwar. His moving portrayal of a child, displaced and distraught in bustling Calcutta, is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

Posted on 19 December 2016 by Polly Allen
Four Reasons to Visit India in 2017
India
Jaipur
Varanasi
Mumbai
Delhi
Udaipur
Jodhpur
Cultural
Festivals
Off the beaten track
If India isn’t at the top of your travel bucket list, it soon will be. From fashion to festivals and films, Indian culture will be everywhere in 2017, so it may be time to start planning your trip to India.

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 14 December 2016 by Martha Hales
Rejuvenate and feel great!
India
Jordan
Costa Rica
Namibia
Peru
Cultural
Off the beaten track
Feeling sluggish after festive overindulgence? Put the spring back in your step with a trip to a destination where you can refresh and relax (and make sure you return rejuvenated!)

Posted on 12 December 2016 by Corinne Homer
Off the beaten track in Kyrgyzstan - Live like a nomad and embrace the outdoors
Kyrgyzstan
Adventure
Cultural
Off the beaten track
Walking/hiking
Great journeys
From first looking out onto the endless plains of Kyrgyzstan, you’ll learn that it’s a country of quiet absorption. Pause, observe and reflect - it’s the only way to experience this virtually untouched terrain that surrounds the ancient Silk Road. With rolling hillsides, expansive green meadows, alpine forests and tremendous lakes, Kyrgyzstan will appeal to a trailblazing instinct within you that no urban playground ever could. To get ‘off the beaten track’ here is an understatement - allow yourself to become completely disconnected from the modern world and wrap up in the warm hospitality of the Kyrgyz nomadic shepherds.

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 05 December 2016 by Kati Taylor
Local Spotlight: Q&A with M Trek and Tour, local experts on Morocco
Morocco
Marrakech
Fez
Ait Bougamez
Cultural
Food and Drink
Off the beaten track
Morocco is vibrant in every sense of the word. With colourful markets in the cities contrasting with the serenity of the mountains and their rural communities, there is something to suit every kind of traveller. Since Morocco’s feature in The Times last month, things have been busier than ever for M Trek and Tour. We caught up with Angela to talk about food tours, favourite places and unmissable experiences…

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