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Month
Theme
Type
8 days
from £640 pp

Festival of the Roses

Morocco
May
CulturalFestivalsUnique to TravelLocal
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
January
Food & DrinkFestivals
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!

ColombiaBrazilPhilippines, +5
JanuaryDecember
Food & DrinkFestivals
Nov 20, 2019

Sudan's cultural highlights

Martha Hales

A Sudan trip will involve daily exposure to the Sudanese people, their national dress, their attitudes and their music, but to gain a deeper understanding of how this fits into a wider cultural landscape, consider including some of these cultural highlights on your Sudan holiday.

Sudan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +2
CulturalFestivals
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,

GeorgiaChileChina, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +6
FestivalsAdventureWildlife, +1
Nov 2, 2019

How to experience Mexico's famous Day of the Dead

Martha Hales

Mexico's Day of the Dead is a huge cultural highlight in Mexico attracting a lot of visitors. The festivities take different forms throughout the country, so here are our suggestions for where you can find the most vivid and authentic celebrations.

Mexico
November
CulturalFestivals
Saint Gregory’s gate, Echmiadzin
8 days
from £840 pp

Harissa Festival in Armenia

Armenia
September
FestivalsCulturalFood & Drink
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...

South AfricaUzbekistanChile, +8
Great JourneysHighlightsFestivals, +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...

RussiaChinaSouth Africa, +2
December
Festivals
Dec 27, 2018

Get to know Rio de Janeiro

Martha Hales

Vibrant beaches, delicious streetfood and the world's best parties can all be found in Rio de Janeiro. We've rounded up our top suggestions of what to do in the 'Marvellous City', from what to eat to which sights to visit.

Brazil
Walking & HikingFood & DrinkCoast, +5
10 days
from £1,940 pp

Christmas in Russia

Russia
JanuaryDecember
CulturalFestivalsClassic, +2
Nov 23, 2018

Travelling in West Africa: Ghana, Togo and Benin

Kaya Brown

Ghana, Togo and Benin offer the perfect opportunity for an exciting African getaway at the fraction of the usual price, and without the hordes of tourists you find at better well-known destinations. We've rounded up our top tips and insider knowledge to bear in mind whilst travelling the West African coast.

BeninGhanaTogo
NovemberDecemberJanuary, +2
WildlifeHistoryFestivals, +10
Nov 21, 2018

Brazil's best carnivals

Martha Hales

No one parties quite like the Brazilians and there are plenty of festivals to get involved with whilst you're in the country. Whether it's New Year's Eve on Copacabana Beach or Oktoberfest in Blumenau, our blog post outlines all the best festivals to check out whilst you're in the South American nation.

Brazil
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +3
CulturalFood & DrinkLuxury, +1
Nov 14, 2018

Why you should go to Ghana

Kati Taylor

The West African jewel of Ghana is bursting with things to do, see and experience. We've rounded up all the top reasons why you should head to this destination, including amazing wildlife, exciting festivals and tranquil beaches.

Ghana
NovemberDecemberJanuary, +3
FestivalsFood & DrinkCultural, +9
Nov 14, 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to India

Samantha Fergusson

A kaleidoscope of colour and a riot of smells, sounds and flavours... India is a country that has tantalised travellers for generations. Whether you are drawn there by the lure of the temples, the incredible people, the fabulous cuisine or the endangered wildlife, we've put together the downloadable Ultimate Guide to India to help you plan your trip.

India
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Undiscovered BeachesAdventureFood & Drink, +16
6 days
from £620 pp

Magical Benin (Group Tour)

Benin
January
FestivalsClassicCultural
Oct 31, 2018

Holi: Festival of Colour

Martha Hales

The festival of colour is probably one of India's most famous religious festivals, and is celebrated all over the world. Here's all you need to know about it's origins, where to celebrate it and what to expect...

India
March
FestivalsHistoryCultural
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
CulturalFestivalsHistory, +1
Oct 8, 2018

Top five festivals in Kenya

Martha Hales

With a patchwork of ethnicities and tribal heritage within its borders, the Kenyan festival calendar is packed with events and celebrations, each showcasing a particular aspect of Kenyan life. We’ve picked five of our favourite festivals to inspire you to get that trip to Kenya booked.

Kenya
NovemberMayJune, +1
CoastFestivalsCultural
16 days
from £4,930 pp

Experience Winter in Japan: the Sapporo Snow Festival

Japan
FebruaryJanuary
Train JourneysCulturalHistory, +3
Sep 28, 2018

Highlights of Brazil

Martha Hales

Brazil’s enormous territory is only outdone by the range of adventures it offers. From cruising the mighty Amazon or looking for jaguars in the Pantanal to basking on the beaches of Bahia or exploring ancient cobbled lanes, there’s a huge variety of attractions to pack into your Brazil trip... Read on for inspiration.

Brazil
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Wonders of the WorldHistoryWildlife, +4
14 days
from £2,780 pp

Chinese New Year in Guizhou

China
February
Food & DrinkFestivalsCultural
Jul 9, 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to Brazil

Samantha Fergusson

With the help of our local experts, we have put together the ultimate digestible travel guide to Brazil. Learn about the customs, the cuisine and where you should have on your list to explore, be that the Pantanal, the winding streets of Salvador or the crystal clear pools of Lençóis Maranhenses...

Brazil
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
LuxuryWonders of the WorldFestivals, +12
Jun 1, 2018

Medellín’s wonderful Flower Festival

Claudia Posada-Fawcett

From fantastic live music to the iconic "silletero" parade, this Colombian festival litters the streets of Medellin with colour, flowers and tradition. Read on to find out more about this annual event, which celebrates the cultural identity of this flourishing destination.

Colombia
August
FestivalsCultural
10 days
from £1,570 pp

Imilchil Wedding Festival

Morocco
AugustSeptember
Off the Beaten PathCulturalFestivals, +1
May 11, 2018

Festivals in China

Charlotte Binns

China has an abundance of colourful and cultural celebrations, as varied as its culture. Here we explore just a few of these traditions and delve into their ancient roots.

China
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkHistoryFestivals, +1
May 7, 2018

Festival of Roses

Martha Hales

Here we explore Morocco's springtime Festival of Roses, based in the town of El Kelaâ M’Gouna in the Dades Valley. This sensory delight has been held annually since 1962 as a celebration of the harvest of rose petals.

Morocco
May
FestivalsCulturalWildlife
16 days
from £3,010 pp

Luxury Ghana

Ghana
JulyAugustDecember, +3
FestivalsLuxuryCultural, +5
May 2, 2018

The history of Gion Matsuri

Martha Hales

Japan’s most celebrated and impressive festival dominates the city of Kyoto for the month of July. Read on to find out more about the Gion Matsuri festival and its fascinating history.

Japan
July
FestivalsCultural
Apr 2, 2018

Celebrating Cusco's sacred Sun Festival

Claudia Posada-Fawcett

Cusco's Inti Raymi festival fills its streets with flowers, dancing, life and colourful costumes. Here we have gathered together some fascinating details about its history and current festivities. Read on to discover more.

Peru
CulturalHistoryFood & Drink, +1