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May 28, 2021

Twelve of the world's best foodie destinations

Martha Hales

We've gathered together our top 12 foodie destinations, and it's up to you whether you choose show-stopping sushi in Japan, fresh tacos in Mexico, the delicately spiced dishes of the Middle East or the fiery flavours of India and southeast Asia... A whole world of flavour is yours to discover.

MexicoMalaysiaSri Lanka, +9
Food & Drink
5 days
from £690 pp

Modern Moscow

Russia
MayJuneJuly, +3
CulturalHistoryFood & Drink, +2
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.

ArmeniaGeorgiaKazakhstan, +2
January
FestivalsFood & Drink
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!

PhilippinesArmeniaEcuador, +5
JanuaryDecember
Food & DrinkFestivals
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.

MexicoIndiaGhana, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkCultural
Nov 2, 2019

Where to go for Winter Wonderlands

Martha Hales

We’ve picked out some of our favourite Winter Wonderlands to inspire you to pack those thermals and embrace the chill. Winter brings added sparkle and romance, and often the colder season brings fewer people and lower prices,

GeorgiaArgentinaChina, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +6
CulturalWildlifeAdventure, +1
Jul 17, 2019

Five of the best destinations for veggies and vegans

Martha Hales

There are lots of wonderful destinations that can offer great food to vegans and vegetarians! Whether they are simply understanding being part of a fasting culture themselves, or they just happen to have embraced vegetarian cuisine over time, these are our top 5 destinations for veggies and vegans.

EthiopiaJordanIndia, +2
Food & Drink
Saint Gregory’s gate, Echmiadzin
8 days
from £750 pp

Harissa Festival in Armenia

Armenia
September
FestivalsFood & DrinkCultural
10 days
from £1,470 pp

Honeymoon in Georgia

Georgia
MayJuneSeptember
CulturalHighlightsWalking & Hiking, +2
Mar 19, 2019

Why go to the Caucasus

Martha Hales

Discover the lesser-known beauty of the Caucasus, including the ancient monasteries of Georgia and Armenia, the wide open skies of the Svaneti region and the picturesque capitals of Yerevan and Tbilisi.

ArmeniaGeorgia
AprilMayJune, +4
HistoryCulturalOff the Beaten Path, +5
Jan 2, 2019

Where to go in 2019... and why!

Samantha Fergusson

Here at TravelLocal HQ, we are dreaming of the wonders that the world holds in store for 2019. And we aren’t simply thinking of destinations we’ve not been to before, but also the unique events happening there that make them an even more exciting prospect! Discover which countries are hosting exciting festivals, featuring wonderful seasonal events or simply celebrating an anniversary, from Armenia to Tanzania...

RussiaChileLaos, +8
Walking & HikingFood & DrinkAdventure, +8
Dec 31, 2018

The best places to spend New Year's Eve

Martha Hales

New Year is celebrated all over the world in all sorts of ways. The Spaniards eat 12 grapes, the Danish smash plates, but what about the more spectacular festivities? We've picked out our favourite destinations from all over the world where the New Year celebrations will blow you away...

RussiaBrazilSouth Africa, +2
December
Festivals
10 days
from £1,730 pp

Christmas in Russia

Russia
JanuaryDecember
FestivalsHistoryHighlights, +2
Oct 31, 2018

Best things to do in St Petersburg

Martha Hales

Russia's second largest city is a cultural and historical hot-spot, full of beautiful buildings, immense palaces and splendid gardens. We've rounded up the top things to do whilst you're in St Petersburg, so you don't miss out on any of the sites.

Russia
Boat JourneysFestivalsCultural, +1
5 days
from £540 pp

City break in Yerevan

Armenia
MayJuneJuly, +2
CulturalClassicHistory, +1
7 days
from £960 pp

Around Yerevan

Armenia
MayJuneSeptember, +1
Food & DrinkCulturalHistory
Sep 24, 2018

Ethiopia's delicious cuisine

Martha Hales

Discover the surprising array of delicious dishes that make up the Ethiopian cuisine. Coffee is integral in the culture, and the strict Christian fasting has lead to a fantastic menu of vegan and vegetarian meals... Read on to find out more.

Ethiopia
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFood & Drink
Aug 15, 2018

Travelling in Central Asia

Kati Taylor

Central Asia is in many ways the land that time forgot. Remnants of the Silk Road demand exploration, caravans of nomadic people still wind their way across the empty landscape, the blue domes of ancient cities could have been lifted from the times of Marco Polo, and as you lay your head down in a traditional yurt by the shores of a tranquil lake, you will wonder if you truly have gone back in time.

KazakhstanUzbekistanTajikistan, +1
MarchAprilMay, +5
HighlightsCross BorderWalking & Hiking, +4
28 days
from £4,850 pp

Ultimate Central Asia

KazakhstanUzbekistanKyrgyzstan, +1
MayJuneJuly, +3
Food & DrinkCross BorderCultural, +3
The mountains of Armenia
10 days
from £2,240 pp

Luxury Armenia

Armenia
AprilMayJune, +2
Food & DrinkCulturalHistory
Dec 24, 2017

Where to go in 2018... and why!

Martha Hales

We've selected 12 destinations from across the globe to inspire your 2018 travel plans - each have something special happening in the month they are paired with...

Costa RicaIndonesiaBrazil, +9
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CoastWalking & HikingWildlife, +8
Dec 15, 2017

An interview with Olia Hercules on the writing of 'Kaukasis'

Samantha Fergusson

Discover the delights of Caucasus cuisine with Olia Hercules - she has written a gorgeous cookbook with some of her favourite recipes inspired by the region.

ArmeniaGeorgia
Unique to TravelLocalCulturalFood & Drink
Nov 20, 2017

An interview with Mark Savage

Huw Owen

We sat down with Mark Savage of Savage Selection to discover more about his passion for wine. Read on to discover where his love of finding fine wines began.

South AfricaGeorgiaChina, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkLuxuryUnique to TravelLocal
Oct 27, 2017

Get to know Yerevan

Martha Hales

This Armenian city is a hub of culture, history and fantastic food, all resting in the shadow of a mountain. Discover more about what to do when you visit.

Armenia
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HistoryFood & DrinkCultural, +1
Oct 4, 2017

Top 5 Wine Destinations

Martha Hales

There is something rather special about drinking wine in the country that it was produced, surveying the vines that grew the grapes... Here are our top 5 destinations to travel to if you have a deep-rooted love of viticulture.

ArgentinaChinaSouth Africa, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & Drink
Sep 22, 2017

Top 5 Coffee Destinations

Samantha Fergusson

Travel to the wonderful, exotic locations around the globe where coffee is raised from shrub to bean to brew. From volcanic foothills to thick, mountainside jungle, discover the best coffee destinations in the world.

UgandaIndonesiaNicaragua, +2
Food & Drink
Aug 2, 2017

Top 5 Music Cities

Corinne Homer

In honour of the BBC Proms, we've drawn up a shortlist of the best cities for live music around the world. Read on to find out more...

ArmeniaSenegalArgentina, +2
FestivalsCultural
Jul 17, 2017

Get to know Tbilisi

Kati Taylor

With its popularity on the rise, there's never been a better time to plan a trip to Tbilisi. From its incredible food scene to its long and intricate history, we asked our local experts for their top recommendations for a trip to the Georgian capital...

Georgia
MayJuneSeptember
Food & DrinkHistory
7 days
from £2,590 pp

Classic Caucasus

Armenia
AprilMaySeptember, +1
Food & DrinkHistoryCultural
10 days
from £1,200 pp

Highlights of Georgia

Georgia
MayJuneAugust, +3
Food & DrinkCulturalHistory, +1