Posted on 14 November 2016 by Oliver Horne
Discover the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombia
Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia’s former Nobel Laureate, and one of the world’s most beloved authors, forever changed the way we view his country. Fondly referred to by his admirers simply as ‘Gabo’, he is credited as the forefather of ‘magical realism’, a literary genre characterised by otherworldly and supernatural events occurring in complete nonchalance and banality. This is perhaps best articulated in his seminal novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, where mundane village life is casually interrupted by characters ascending to heaven in mid conversation, among other incidents.
Posted on 02 November 2016 by Martha Hales
Visit Kenya: Top 9 Experiences
The Kenyans have a saying: ‘Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is loaned to you by your children.’
Posted on 26 October 2016 by Martha Hales
Islands and beaches of Madagascar
Madagascar is bursting with unique species and unusual landscapes. You could lose days investigating a single corner of this fascinating island and the welcome is perpetually warm and effusive. But did you know that Madagascar is also an amazing beach destination? The options for grabbing some time oceanside are many and varied - each one more heavenly than the last. Here are seven TravelLocal favourites among the countless islands and beaches of Madagascar.
Posted on 06 September 2016 by Corinne Homer
Where to go on holiday in early 2017
January usually calls for big jumpers, a permanent umbrella-shaped sidekick and a post-Christmas slump - but it needn’t be so! Elsewhere in the world there are pleasing temperatures and beaming, blue skies between December and April, so now is the time to get organising. Read on for our top picks for the coming year.
Posted on 02 September 2016 by Kati Taylor
Travel to Costa Rica and Experience the ‘Pura Vida’
While we seem to be lost in a culture that prescribes meditating and mindfulness as an antidote to the stresses of modern life, Costa Rica has had the cure all along. ‘Pura Vida’ - the pure life - means appreciating the beauty of life in the present moment. It’s an eternal optimism and a local greeting which is entirely ingrained in local culture. In fact, it’s almost impossible to leave the country without feeling revived, refreshed and entirely renewed. In this emerald land of cascading waterfalls, tropical jungles and isolated beaches anything is possible. Whether you’re looking to shoot the rapids, hike some craters, enjoy peaceful walks through sun-dappled forest or relax on the beach - there’s an amazing experience for everyone.
Posted on 01 September 2016 by Martha Hales
Jordan's tourist attractions - how many can you fit into a week's itinerary? Make your next week off into something amazing!
Small though it is, the list of attractions in Jordan is a long one. Biblical landscapes compete with convivial towns and historic jewels for your time, yet everything is relatively close by, allowing you to fit a lot into seven days. Embellish your time in this petite country with culinary delights and enriching interactions with Jordanians - hugely welcoming and open hosts. Jordan is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling destinations in the Middle East and only a short haul flight from Europe, making it an ideal target for shorter trips. If you’re happy to spend some time on the road, you should be able to squeeze all of the following into a whistlestop week; if you prefer a more leisurely pace, pick out your favourites from the list. Whatever your priority, fill out our online form and our local experts will do the rest.
Posted on 03 August 2016 by Martha Hales
Our Favourite India Destinations for food, beaches and culture.
India is complicated, multilayered, fascinating... and don’t forget huge. There are a multitude of destinations to explore so if you have a theme in mind that you wish to build your trip around, more than likely India can oblige.
Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
The Arabia Of Your Imagination - Introducing Oman
Think of Arabia and you think of Arabian nights, rolling sand dunes, flowing white robes and faultless hospitality. Visit some parts of the Arab world - Dubai in particular - and it often doesn't match the Arabia of your imagination. However, that's not the case with Oman, and in many ways the country is the best place to experience Arabian culture.
Posted on 14 June 2016 by Huw Owen
A Tale Of Two Beaches
Enjoying Thailand's stunning beaches on a budget can be difficult… difficult if you don't fancy the full moon parties, banana pancakes and bucket cocktails, that is. For anyone looking for peace and tranquillity without spending too much, Thailand can be a tricky place. So we asked our expert local partners, Andaman Discoveries, where they would go. Our criteria: beautiful, peaceful, low-key, great value. Here's what they suggested:
Posted on 06 June 2016 by Huw Owen
Sri Lanka's Best Beaches
Sri Lanka is a great destination offering a huge variety of experiences within a relatively compact area. Wildlife, tea history, walking, Sinhalese culture, colonial architecture... whatever draws you to Sri Lanka, most people want to spend at least a few days on the beach at some point. We often get asked where the best beach areas on Sri Lanka are so here's a quick round up of the best beach locations, with their pros and cons.
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