Posted on 31 March 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Spotlight on Uzbekistan: Culture
Once a stop on the ancient Silk Road, now a jewel of Central Asia, Uzbekistan’s culture is rich, varied and unique. It is only in recent years, however, that the country has begun to garner a reputation as an off the beaten track travel highlight. Still relatively unexplored, Uzbekistan is the perfect place for those wanting a cultural getaway without the crowds.
Posted on 24 March 2017 by Martha Hales
Off The Beaten Track: Nicaragua
Nicaragua is fast emerging as an exciting alternative to other Central American destinations. It offers plenty of scope for wildlife enthusiasts, adventure seekers and culture fans alike, all under the warm Nicaraguan sun. There’s no shortage of things to do in Nicaragua although its growing popularity in recent years has made some sites quite crowded. With that in mind, you might want to pepper your itinerary with some of the lesser known corners of this fascinating country. There is still plenty of Nicaragua which is steeped in authenticity, untouched by development.
Posted on 17 March 2017 by Localgrapher
A Photographer's Guide to South America
There is no shortage of beautiful places in this world, but South America undoubtedly has some of the most vibrant and photogenic cities. Manizales, Cartagena, and Santiago are all thriving metropoles simply waiting to be explored (and photographed!) Whether you’re looking to fill your Instagram feed with colorful captures or wanting to hone your photography skills, each of these South American cities deserves a place on your list...
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 03 March 2017 by Kati Taylor
Local Spotlight: Q&A with Story of India, local experts on India
A sensory explosion, India is a vast and unforgettable country. Whether you’re weaving through the streets of Jaipur or spotting tigers in Madhya Pradesh, its sheer diversity is sure to surprise and inspire. Nested among incredible landscapes, India’s stunning temple complexes and vibrant food and festival scenes are just the beginning of what it has to offer. While the Golden Triangle may represent a well-trodden path, there are still plenty of undiscovered corners of India simply waiting to be explored. We caught up with Nutan, one of our local experts at Story of India, to talk tradition, travel and getting the best out of this sprawling country.
Posted on 15 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Off The Beaten Track: Georgia
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 13 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
In The Spotlight: Justin Marozzi
Getting to know the history and culture of a destination, and immersing yourself in its complexities, is one of the best parts of a travel experience. Following in the footsteps of bygone figures, meandering through ancient streets and imagining the world from different perspectives can take you far beyond the average tourist path. When tracing histories and culture, every destination becomes a journey; inviting the curious to join its winding path.
Posted on 08 February 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
A Taste of Indonesia
Jakarta hums in the midday sun. Cars crawl through crowded streets and its citizens hustle and bustle with all the usual hurry of a capital city. The air is dense with a chorus of roaring motorbikes, chatter, barking dogs, humidity and the intoxicating smells of Indonesian cuisine.
Posted on 06 February 2017 by Martha Hales
Galapagos Islands Wildlife Cruise
Almost 1000 kilometres from the nearest continental landmass lies a group of isolated islands which act as a magnet for wildlife and curious humans. This volcanic archipelago is geologically young at between 2 and 4 million years old. This is the key reason the wildlife here is so fascinating - adaptations to the harsh environment are extreme, unique, and still occurring in many species. These islands allow us to see evolution at close quarters.
Posted on 03 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
Local Spotlight: Q&A with Visit Georgia
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.
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