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Mariana, a local expert - Costa Rica
The town of Ubud on the Indonesian island of Bali

Our Story

TravelLocal started life in 2008 as an idea shared by our founders, Tom and Huw. At the time, both were fully immersed in other areas of the travel industry and couldn’t help but feel that something was missing. Big tour operators were dominating the market and the local experts that planned the trips were treated as a “trade secret”. They started TravelLocal to change that.

Since 2012 we have scoured the globe to find travel experts from Argentina to Zanzibar and anywhere in between, enabling travellers to plan their holidays direct with the people who know their destination best. You get a better, more authentic holiday experience and our local experts get a fairer deal. For peace of mind, we are members of ABTA, ASTA and ATOL and your booking is 100% financially protected.

Huw Owen and Tom Stapleton - Joint Managing Directors & Co-Founders

How it works

Choose your perfect destination

Choose the part of the world you would like to experience and fill out a simple online form.

Tailor your itinerary just for you

One of our trusted local experts will put together a suggested itinerary personalised to your needs, hopes and budget.

Book with confidence

Book your holiday with complete confidence that you are in safe hands from start to finish and with ABTA and ATOL protection.

These are some of the people who make up our team at Travellocal HQ

Meet our friendly team

Since our founding in 2012, TravelLocal has gone from strength to strength. What started as a conversation between Tom and Huw has grown into an exciting team of talented individuals all focusing on making it possible for travellers to have the best holidays by being put in touch with local experts.

Meet the team

Our local experts

We have taken great care in choosing each and every one of our local experts. We conduct a thorough vetting process on any local company that we feel looks promising before they are put on our site. All of them adhere to our ethos, being locally owned and committed to providing the best, most immersive holidays.

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Person on a river in a boat
Group of TravelLocal experts waving
"I love introducing travellers to my home country"Poly in Brazil
A group of people celebrating Holi, a popular ancient Hindu festival

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