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Posted on 03 March 2017 by Kati Taylor
LTO Interview - Story of India
India
Hampi
History
Cultural
Adventure
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 27 February 2017 by Kati Taylor
Peru's Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley
Peru
History
Cultural
Home to towering mountains and ancient cities, Peru is both mysterious and charming in equal measures. One place that ought to feature in any itinerary is the charming Rio Urubamba Valley, widely known as the Sacred Valley. With its rolling foothills and formidable mountain peaks, it’s a slice of authentic Andean life. The valley is an ideal precursor to Machu Picchu, boasting charming colonial towns and countless archaeological sites.

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
Myanmar (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
Myanmar (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
Myanmar (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.

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