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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 19 September 2016 by Kati Taylor
Rio de Janeiro: an Olympic City
Brazil
Colonial era
Cultural
Wonders of the world
As the first ever South American Olympic host and winning more golds for their country than ever before, Brazil made history recently - and it’s finding its way onto the TravelLocal platform. With its vivacious culture and infectious carnival spirit, this unforgettable country is sure to bring a smile to even the most seasoned traveller’s face. As the Paralympics draw to a close, and we create itineraries ready for launch, we examine what makes Rio de Janeiro so special and why you should visit this vibrant, colourful city.

Posted on 06 September 2016 by Corinne Homer
Where to go on holiday in early 2017
India
Laos
Costa Rica
Adventure
Coast
Cultural
Great journeys
Wildlife
Wonders of the world
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 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!
Jordan
Coast
Cultural
Great journeys
Wonders of the world
History
Classic
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 12 August 2016 by Martha Hales
The Rock Churches of Lalibela
Ethiopia
Cultural
History
Wonders of the world
When he was a baby, the future king Lalibela was visited by a swarm of bees, which his mother took as an omen of his greatness. His legacy - eleven monolithic churches chipped from the bedrock - is one of the most astounding achievements of the medieval age, so it looks like Mum had a point.

Posted on 11 July 2016 by Martha Hales
Sunset At Bagan, Burma (Myanmar) - How, When and Where To See It
Burma
Wonders of the world
Type ‘Bagan’ into an image search to instantly understand that this is a destination worthy of superlatives. More than 2000 temples lie scattered across 26 square miles of verdant plain, their stupas tapering skywards above the trees giving the whole area an otherworldly, almost magical feel.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
China's Forbidden City - Our Favourite Intrigues
China
Classic
Wonders of the world
This week China's Party Congress will announce who will lead China for the next ten years. Occurring every five years, it is the greatest gathering of the political great and good of China. The Congress is held in the Great Hall of the People, sitting at one end of Tiananmen Square. At the other end of the square sits the Forbidden City, the former centre of political power in Imperial China, and home to a succession of 24 emperors, constructed by a million workers between 1406 and 1420.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Trip Tips - Where To See China's Great Wall
China
Wonders of the world
The Great Wall is a must see for anyone on a first time visit to China. For many, it's the highlight of their trip - but you need to choose which section you visit wisely. As you might imagine, certain sections are more visited than others; at some points the wall has been well preserved and maintained, while in other places little more than a pile of rubble can be seen.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
The Perfect Beijing Day
China
Classic
Wonders of the world
Beijing - city of emperors and concubines, comrades and capitalists - 20 million of them. The spiritual and cultural capital of the Middle Kingdom, there's a lot to get to grips with here.

Posted on 04 July 2016 by Huw Owen
Overrun? Maybe, Maybe Not...
Cambodia
Wonders of the world
Everybody wants to know the secret places, locations about which the majority of camera-toting tourists remain totally ignorant, and where you can feel yourself to be on a totally private journey of discovery. What's quite amusing sometimes is that even the most famous places in the world - we're looking at you Angkor Wat - can be enjoyed without any fellow tourists at all. We're not kidding! Below is the first in a series that we will post on this subject - places that you thought would be really busy, but which are not. Maybe one day we will do an opposite list - places you thought were great but are over-run? OK, maybe not...

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