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Jun 1, 2020

June 2020 update from our founders

Tom Stapleton and Huw Owen

An update on TravelLocal's response to Covid-19, our new flexible bookings policy and upcoming destinations to look out for.

Unique to TravelLocal
Apr 2, 2020

Recipe | Feijão Tropeiro

Samantha Fergusson

Poly, one of our local experts in Brazil, is from Minas Gerais; a stunning, inland region with verdant rolling landscapes, picturesque colonial towns… and delicious food. We thought that we’d ask her what her favourite dish was so that you could try it and enjoy the flavours of her homeland too.

Brazil
Food & Drink
Mar 17, 2020

Amazing women in travel

Kaya Brown

In celebration of strong, intrepid women everywhere, today we are focusing on amazing female adventurers and travellers from around the world to mark International Women's Day and Women's History Month.

Unique to TravelLocal
Mar 13, 2020

Our fantastic female-led local partners

Kaya Brown

At TravelLocal we’re proud to support many fantastic female-led local travel companies around the world. In honour of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we thought we’d introduce you to a few of these inspirational women.

BrazilUzbekistanKenya, +7
Unique to TravelLocal
Mar 9, 2020

What to eat in Vientiane

Philip Moss

Laos cuisine is dynamic and varied. Different cities have different dishes, different seasonings and different ingredients. This introduction to dishes you can find in Vientiane from food enthusiast, Philip Moss, will encourage you to expand your culinary horizons...

Laos
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +7
Food & Drink
Feb 19, 2020

Botswana's cultural highlights

Martha Hales

The collective name for everyone who lives in Botswana is Batswana, which translates as ‘people of Botswana'. We spoke to our local experts there to learn more about the unique culture, music and traditions of their country.

Botswana
AprilMayJune, +4
HighlightsCultural
Jan 24, 2020

Local Spotlight: Q&A with our local expert in South Africa

Kaya Brown

We caught up with Nikki, our local partner in South Africa, to find out more about her favourite parts of the country, what she enjoys most about her job and what exactly is a bunny chow…?

South Africa
Unique to TravelLocal
Jan 21, 2020

Best things to do in Sudan

Martha Hales

For history, culture and nature Sudan is a fantastic off the beaten track destination perfect for an adventure holiday away from the masses. Let us introduce you to some of Sudan’s top attractions.

Sudan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +2
HighlightsCulturalHistory
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
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
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.

Cuba
NovemberDecemberJanuary, +4
Family
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.

Cuba
NovemberDecemberJanuary, +4
WildlifeWalking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Dec 10, 2019

Cuisine of Sudan

Martha Hales

Sudan's food dishes tend to be relatively simple to prepare but the complexity of flavours comes from deft use of a variety of spices and herbs. Let us educate you on Sudan's food staples, breakfast options, popular dishes, go to drinks and favourite sweet treats.

Sudan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +1
Food & Drink
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.

Morocco
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkWalking & HikingHighlights
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
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.

VietnamUgandaRussia, +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.

Sri LankaSenegalVietnam, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Great JourneysWildlifeTrain Journeys, +1
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
FestivalsCultural
Nov 19, 2019

The world’s most breathtaking landscapes

Martha Hales

We’ve picked out fifteen of our favourite breathtaking landscapes to brighten your day and get you dreaming of your next adventure. 

JapanChinaVietnam, +11
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeHighlightsClassic
Nov 15, 2019

Hiking in Peru

Martha Hales

From the famous Inca Trail to the slopes of Rainbow Mountain, we've gathered together our top routes for trekking in Peru.

Peru
MayJuneJuly, +4
Walking & Hiking
Nov 13, 2019

Mouthwatering Peruvian cuisine

Martha Hales

Discover the must-eat dishes of Peruvian cuisine, including ceviche, aji de gallina and pachamanca.

Peru
Food & Drink
Nov 8, 2019

Ultimate holiday destinations

Martha Hales

We have some inspiration for a selection of the best ‘trip of a lifetime’ destinations to help you narrow down your options. Our handpicked local partners are based in their destination, and if anyone can arrange that special bucket-list trip, they can.

BrazilChinaLaos, +13
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureWildlifeCultural, +3
Nov 6, 2019

The best places to go wild swimming

Martha Hales

Discover these wonderful wild swimming spots around the world. From lakes and rivers via beaches and waterfalls to natural pools and hot springs, there are some truly unforgettable wild swimming spots out there.

OmanArgentinaPhilippines, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CoastBoat Journeys
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
Oct 30, 2019

The National Parks of Costa Rica

Martha Hales

Here’s an introduction to seven of the most popular national parks in Costa Rica. With so many national parks, wildlife refuges and nature reserves to choose from, narrowing down the list can be challenging, so let our research guide you.

Costa Rica
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +7
AdventureOff the Beaten PathWalking & Hiking, +1
Oct 26, 2019

Where to go for winter sun

Martha Hales

If you are looking for a winter sun destination, be inspired by the following countries offering a great climate, as well as plenty of great activities to make your holiday extra special. All you need to do is decide where to go!

SenegalMoroccoPhilippines, +9
SeptemberOctoberNovember, +3
CulturalSafariCoast, +1
Oct 23, 2019

Morocco's cities

Martha Hales

Discover our favourite Moroccan cities and their myriad of highlights. Wander the souks in Marrakech, admire the country's largest mosque in Casablanca and head for the beach in Essaouira.

Morocco
CulturalHistoryFood & Drink, +1
Oct 21, 2019

Top things to do in Morocco

Martha Hales

Morocco is a captivating taste of the exotic with a huge amount to see and do - here's some ideas of the top things to do in Morocco! Exploring kasbahs, souks, mountain valleys and ancient medinas are all top of the list!

Morocco
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalHistory