Posted on 03 April 2017 by Timothy Vivian-Shaw
Africa's Creative Hub: Get to know Dakar
Senegal is undoubtedly one of the cultural highlights of Africa. Despite being one of the poorest countries on the continent, it remains one of the most stable and democratic. Its people are famously friendly, which the Senegalese call ‘Teranga’. Visiting its capital, Dakar, the most westerly capital of the old world, you are certain to be enamoured by the unwavering positive and hospitable atmosphere of Dakar.
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 19 December 2016 by Polly Allen
Four Reasons to Visit India in 2017
If India isn’t at the top of your travel bucket list, it soon will be. From fashion to festivals and films, Indian culture will be everywhere in 2017, so it may be time to start planning your trip to India.
Posted on 16 December 2016 by Martha Hales
Christmas traditions around the world
Christmas traditions vary from family to family so it's no surprise to learn that, while Christmas is celebrated around the world, the way it is celebrated differs widely. From sprouting seeds in Armenia to fireworks in Argentina, Christmas traditions are as diverse and wonderful as the countries that host them. Here’s five TravelLocal favourites.
Posted on 23 November 2016 by Martha Hales
Thanksgiving around the World
Giving thanks for a successful harvest is an ancient ritual - many of the world’s most prominent festivals have their roots in some form of thanksgiving for the bounty of nature.
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 31 October 2016 by Martha Hales
Halloween around the World: Culture and Customs
A truly global phenomenon, the varying customs of Halloween around the world offer a unique insight into the cultures that celebrate it. However, way before the arrival of pumpkin-shaped earrings and spider-web spray, Halloween began as a Celtic festival known as Samhain. This simple pagan celebration marked the start of preparations for winter after harvest, and was thought to be an auspicious time to commune with the dead.
Posted on 17 October 2016 by Martha Hales
Guatemalan Culture: The Day of the Dead
From early morning on November 1st, the cemeteries of Santiago Sacatepéquez and Sumpango in Guatemala are hives of activity. Families are busy cleaning and tidying the graves of their departed loved ones and setting up areas for the annual ‘Day of the Dead’ grave-side picnic. A testament to the sheer variety and vibrancy of Guatemalan culture, it’s an unforgettable experience. While it may sound a bit macabre, the atmosphere is buoyant yet respectful. Everybody takes advantage of this opportunity to remember those that have passed away in a positive, uplifting way.
Posted on 07 October 2016 by Kati Taylor
Safaris and Street Parties: Welcome to 2017...
New Year’s Eve: a night of seemingly infinite overcrowding and overpricing. As Christmas passes and January beckons, it’s an ideal time to get away and experience something new. Alive with colour and wildlife, Namibia and Senegal are a real departure from the New Year’s norm. These African gems are sure to inspire and excite even the most seasoned traveller with their diversity and flair. From safaris to street parties; it’s time to welcome 2017 from a new perspective.
Posted on 28 September 2016 by Corinne Homer
Turn up the heat in Colombia this January
The turn of the year brings festival season in Colombia; perhaps South America’s most positively transformed travel destination. As it shrugs off its unstable history and revels in its fresh reputation, the city streets of Cali and Bogota are alive with stomping Salsa, Latin pop and the vibrant beats of carnival. Their events are so great, they even brag UNESCO-protected status. We look towards turning up the heat with three of Colombia’s best parties...
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