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Jan 15, 2020

2020 Update from our Founders

Tom Stapleton and Huw Owen

From upcoming destinations to look out for, to how we and our local experts are doing our bit to look after our world and the people in it... Here's what our founders, Tom and Huw, have to say on 2020.

Unique to TravelLocal

Fantastic Trip - perfect mix of exercise, culture, relaxion and luxury. Perfect.

"This trip was brilliantly organised by Jose"

Harry from London
Jan 7, 2020

Countries that celebrate Christmas in January

Martha Hales

The seventh of January might not seem like a date that brings joy, but for Orthodox Christians, this is the peak of festivities as they follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7th. Experience double the fun by visiting one of these destinations with our trusted local experts.

GeorgiaKazakhstanRussia, +2
Food & DrinkFestivals

Second trip to Sri Lanka, first time with Travel Local - a revelation!

"I’d never used an agent before, always doing the planning myself"

Angela from Oxford
Sri Lanka

India - Rajasthan Tour

"Hi, we would like to thank the team in Travel Local for the amazing holiday we have just had in India"

Jim from Ireland

Great Trip, perfectly organised

"Travel Local did an extremely efficient job"

Paul from Ireland
Costa Rica

Fascinating cultural and sightseeing trip to Oman!

"Our family trip to Oman over Christmas 2019 included two daughters in their 20s who also loved the experience"

Michael from London
14 days
from £1,570 pp

Wine, Beach and Wildlife - the Best of the Cape

South Africa
CulturalCoastFood & Drink, +4

Sri Lanka Private Tour

"It was our first time in Sri Lanka and we did not know what to expect"

Laeticia from Australia
Sri Lanka
Dec 27, 2019

Unique New Year traditions around the world

Martha Hales

Here’s a quick look at some of the quirkiest and most unusual New Year's eve rituals out there, from wearing colourful undies to taking your suitcase for a walk around the block at midnight. The TravelLocal team wishes you all a happy New Year wherever you celebrate!

JapanEcuadorColombia, +5
Food & DrinkFestivals

Wonderful well organised trip in Mexico

"TravelLocal put me in touch with a really lovely agency in Mexico"

Eloise from London

Unforgettable week in Rwanda

"The gorillas were a highlight, but meeting the people was probably the greatest pleasure."

Sheila from Dorset, UK

Great to see Oman

"Trip was good"

Reham from US

Enjoyed Costa Rica Immensely

"Only a couple of observations"

Deborah from England
Costa Rica

Fantastic trip.

"Our driver was welcoming, kind and knowledgeable and made a lot of effort to ensure everything ran to plan"

Elizabeth from Scotland
Sri Lanka

Multiple stays and connections in the Falkland Islands went like clockwork

"Easily managed from day one"

Ian from Powys, Wales
Falkland Islands

Great holiday, well organised itinerary

"Travel Local put us in touch with their local partner in Sri Lanka, Shernela, organized our 12 day trip and was happy to make numerous amendments to our itinerary even when we were in Sri Lanka and we decided to go to our next destination a day earlier than planned, we spoke to Shernela on the phone and she organized everything last minute"

Laura from Australia/ Britain
Sri Lanka

Amazing Sri Lanka

"We booked a 14 day travelling tour around Sri Lanka for the first time ! It was our first time to Sri Lanka and we had heard some good things about the country but never expected it to be so beautiful, exciting and have some much to do"

Robert from UK
Sri Lanka
Dec 14, 2019

Take the family to Cuba

Martha Hales

With a bit of planning, Cuba can be an excellent family holiday destination. Take a look at our guide to exploring the Caribbean country with kids in tow.

NovemberDecemberJanuary, +4
Dec 12, 2019

Cuba's National Parks

Martha Hales

Some of Cuba's most impressive natural sites are protected as national parks, from the unique karst outcrops of the Viñales Valley to the tranquil waterfalls of the Topes de Collantes National Park.

NovemberDecemberJanuary, +4
WildlifeWalking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Dec 6, 2019

Taroudant: an alternative to Marrakech

Martha Hales

Taroudant is often called the ‘mini Marrakech’ - and it certainly has the same enticing atmosphere, but it is a far more ‘off the beaten track’ destination so you can enjoy a more authentic version of Morocco. Here are our suggestions of things to do in Taroudant.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkWalking & HikingHighlights

Colombia Tour

"Myself and two other friends have just returned from spending 10 days touring various parts of Colombia"

Carol from Canada
Dec 3, 2019

World's most marvellous markets

Martha Hales

Whether you are a browser, a people-watcher or a dedicated bargain hunter, markets are going to be a highlight of any trip. We’ve picked ten of our favourite markets to give you some inspiration for your next holiday.

IndiaGhanaMexico, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFood & Drink

All Accommodations were very good

"The accommodations all had very helpful friendly Reception staff which really helped us"

Jo from UK
Costa Rica

Caucus holiday

"Excellent holiday Well organized Great guides"

Paul from Uk

Lovely holiday in Laos

"This was a personal, informative and well organised holiday, which was thoroughly enjoyed by my wife and myself"

John from Colchester, United Kingdom
Nov 27, 2019

Best of both worlds

Martha Hales

Many of our itinerary ideas offer a range of activities designed to make your trip into a memorable adventure, and some of them include remarkable contrasts offering you the best of both worlds on your holiday - think urban and rural, nature and culture, mountains and coastlines.

VietnamEcuadorUganda, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeSafariWalking & Hiking, +1
Nov 22, 2019

Top 10 scenic journeys

Martha Hales

Our trips include some of the world’s most epic journeys, with all the details and reservations taken care of so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Let our top ten inspire you.

IndiaRussiaSri Lanka, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Great JourneysWildlifeTrain Journeys, +1

Perfect trip, great planning with friendly & knowledgeable guides

"Laura helped us put together our perfect trip around Argentina including all of our internal flights, transfers & excursions"

Sarah from UK

Wonderful trip and a superb driver/guide

"This was the best holiday we have ever had"

Lynda from London