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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 13 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
In The Spotlight: Justin Marozzi
Philippines
Burma
History
Adventure
Cultural
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 27 January 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Follow in the Footsteps of Darwin
Chile
Argentina
Galapagos Islands
Adventure
Boat journeys
Wildlife
History
“There are several other sources of enjoyment on a long voyage... The map of the world ceases to be blank; it becomes a picture full of the most varied and animated figures” 

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 09 December 2016 by Kati Taylor
Ugandan Coffee Culture: Endiro Coffee
Uganda
Cultural
Food and Drink
History
As the days get colder, we’re needing our morning cup of coffee more than ever! Although some destinations are famous for their coffee culture (step forward Vietnam and Colombia), others are still hidden gems waiting to be discovered. While Uganda has been a key coffee exporter for many years, it’s only recently started to develop its own scene. Ugandan coffee is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with as local and international interest grows.

Posted on 11 November 2016 by Kati Taylor
Winter Sun: Morocco and Jordan
Morocco
Jordan
Adventure
Food and Drink
History
Following our feature in The Times, and with the January slump awaiting us all, where to get good value travel breaks is the question on everyone’s lips. It’s tough to find trips that won’t break the bank while not sacrificing on quality and sustainability. With that in mind, we are putting the spotlight on Morocco and Jordan; great winter sun destinations with price tags which may surprise you....

Posted on 09 November 2016 by Kati Taylor
Local Spotlight: Q&A with Sri Lankan Expeditions, local experts on Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Cultural
Food and Drink
History
Safari
With eight UNESCO sites, lush green mountains and beaches straight from a brochure; Sri Lanka is a small island that packs a real punch. Our operator, Sri Lankan Expeditions, have been running tours since 2009 and know the island like the back of their hand. Keen to move away from mainstream tourism, they pride themselves on providing authentic, immersive experiences and are keen to showcase their beautiful island. We caught up with Viraj to chat about life in Sri Lanka and his advice for potential visitors.

Posted on 24 October 2016 by Kati Taylor
George Orwell’s Myanmar: Burmese Days
Burma
Colonial era
Cultural
History
Off the beaten track
Ninety years ago, George Orwell served in the Indian Imperial Police in Katha, Myanmar. His experience left him utterly disillusioned and he quit the imperial service in 1927, returning to England to write full time. The injustices and hardships he witnessed in Katha inspired his 1934 novel Burmese Days which offers a scathing critique of imperial society. Orwell’s Myanmar is a sprawling mass of rivers and winding roads: “forests, villages, monasteries, pagodas” as far as the eye can see. Adopting the fictional name of Kyauktada, imperial Katha is portrayed as a hotbed of intolerance; clashing societies against a rural backdrop of South East Asia.

Posted on 21 October 2016 by Oliver Horne
Following in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Egypt
Iran
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Great journeys
History
Cultural
In the 4th century CE, a young king of the small state of Macedon set off at the age of 22 on a grand expedition to Asia where, within a decade, he had destroyed and conquered the largest empire the world had ever seen. It stretched across three continents, from Greece and Albania in the west to Egypt in the south and India to the east, covering around two million square miles of territory. The scale of this unpredictable historical turn is hard to imagine. However, with Iran currently becoming increasingly accessible to visitors (major European airlines resumed flights for the first time in years this summer), there has never been a better time to gain perspective on this scale by following in the footsteps of Alexander along his vast and cataclysmic campaign.

Posted on 12 September 2016 by Kati Taylor
Where to go in Bhutan
Bhutan
Classic
Cultural
History
Bhutan seems as old as time itself. Distant Himalayan peaks glower over clustered villages and valleys checkered with pastures. A spiritual calm pervades all aspects of life with tradition and worship taking priority over the inconveniences of the modern world. Development is minimal and its gentle pace bestows the landscape with an ancient, everlasting appeal. This is a mystical land of legends and mountains, virgin forests and jaw-dropping views.

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