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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.

GhanaMexicoEcuador, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFood & Drink
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.

PhilippinesMoroccoMexico, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CoastBoat Journeys
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!

SenegalVietnamArgentina, +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
Sep 14, 2019

The off-season destinations you need to know about

Martha Hales

We've handpicked our top 5 countries, from Vietnam to Costa Rica, to visit out of season. With fewer tourists, cheaper flights and a better choice of activities and hotels, you'll be spoilt for choice.

MoroccoOmanCosta Rica, +2
Off the Beaten Path
Sep 7, 2019

Best books for travel lovers

Martha Hales

Providing an escape like no other, books about travel can transport you anywhere in the world and inspire your next adventure. We've rounded up some of our favourites including Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace', and 'Shantaram' by Gregory David Roberts.

RussiaBorneoMorocco, +6
Great Journeys
Aug 8, 2019

Best active holiday destinations

Martha Hales

We've gathered together our top destinations around the world for active holidays. From hiking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to skiing in Kyrgyzstan, there's a trip to suit all adventure lovers and thrill-seekers!

South AfricaMoroccoMyanmar (Burma), +32
Walking & HikingCoastCycling, +2
May 23, 2019

Our top 10 destinations for the summer holidays

Martha Hales

From the blissful beaches of Zanzibar, Cuba and Malaysia, to the epic sights of Russia and the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.... discover which destinations we think are perfect for the summer holidays!

TanzaniaMoroccoColombia, +7
JulyAugustJune, +1
FamilyAdventureCoast
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...

UzbekistanLaosMorocco, +8
Great JourneysCulturalAdventure, +8
Oct 12, 2018

A foodie exploration of Morocco

Martha Hales

A trip to Morocco is a treat for the tastebuds. The distinctive aromas and punchy flavours of Moroccan food reflect the riot of colour you will see everywhere in this enthralling country. Here’s our introduction to Moroccan cuisine, the major flavours and dishes you are likely to come across, and some specialities you might look out for.

Morocco
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & Drink
Jul 19, 2018

Our top 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites

Martha Hales

There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites found all over the globe. It is therefore rather difficult to decide which ones to prioritise visiting - whether that's the ever popular Taj Mahal or the lesser-known segments of the Great Wall of China. We've picked out some of our favourite UNESCO recognised sites to help narrow your search.

ArgentinaBrazilJapan, +15
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HighlightsHistoryClassic, +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
CulturalFestivalsWildlife
Apr 28, 2018

The wildlife of Morocco

Justine Cross

Little do tourists know that Morocco is home to some wonderful wildlife! Animals to be found within its borders range from Barbary macaques to sand cats and lizards... Justine Cross explores Morocco's wildlife hot spots, from Paradise Valley in the High Atlas to the Souss-Massa National Park.

Morocco
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Off the Beaten PathWildlife
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...

IndonesiaPanamaArmenia, +9
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HistoryCulturalFestivals, +8
Nov 23, 2017

November News from TravelLocal HQ

Huw Owen

Huw and Tom, TravelLocal's founders and MDs, give an update on what we have been up to in November, including awards for Ecuador at The Savoy and the launch of Japan.

JapanOmanCambodia, +8
CoastWildlifeUnique to TravelLocal, +1
Oct 16, 2017

Take the kids to... Morocco

Martha Hales

Morocco is a fantastic destination for families - children will be fascinated by snake charmers, thrilled by desert adventures, captivated by the ancient cities and delighted by the beaches.

Morocco
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
FamilyCulturalFood & Drink, +1
Sep 13, 2017

Where to go in October

Corinne Homer

Want to prolong the summer sun? Here are some of the best destinations for getting away this October, whether you want to view game in Africa or admire the Great Wall of China.

MoroccoChinaNepal, +1
October
Classic
Aug 25, 2017

Morocco: A Year Round Destination

Kati Taylor

Want to experience the highlights? Read on for our top recommendations and for details of our competition with Yeo Valley!

Morocco
Walking & HikingCulturalFood & Drink
Jul 19, 2017

Our top trips to do by bike

Corinne Homer

Check out our shortlist of the ultimate cycling trips around the world, suitable for all ages and abilities. From exploring rural Chinese villages to meandering through the Angkor Temple complex, these trails are simply unmissable…

CambodiaColombiaChina, +5
AdventureCyclingWalking & Hiking
Jul 4, 2017

Top 5 Rural Destinations

Kati Taylor

Fresher air, fewer people and swaths of flora and fauna - there are no end of reasons why global travellers move off the beaten path. Here are some of the world’s best rural retreats, by TravelLocal.

MoroccoColombiaKyrgyzstan, +1
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Jun 23, 2017

Five of the World's Best Gardens

Corinne Homer

From the neatly preened gardens of Japan to the untamed wilderness of Kirstenbosch National Park, there's no shortage of wonderful gardens around the world. Read on to find out our top 5 recommendations...

MoroccoSouth AfricaJapan, +1
Off the Beaten PathWalking & Hiking
Apr 26, 2017

Top 5 destinations for family fun

Martha Hales

Want to take the kids somewhere special? Our top 5 family holidays are sure to give you some inspiration...

PeruCosta RicaIndia, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Family
Apr 7, 2017

A Weekend in Morocco

Martha Hales

If you’re planning your next weekend break, look no further than Morocco’s Atlas Mountains! Our latest itinerary, featured in the Telegraph, could be the perfect fit for you…

Morocco
AprilMaySeptember, +1
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Mar 15, 2017

Marrakech with a Local

Martha Hales

Exotic and mysterious, Marrakech is a city which is sure to surprise and inspire its visitors. Read on for top tips from our local experts for getting the best from this intriguing city…

Morocco
MarchAprilOctober, +1
LuxuryFood & DrinkCultural
Mar 13, 2017

Top 5 Travel Experiences

Timothy Vivian-Shaw

Experiencing new foods, marveling at natural beauty and immersing yourself in new cultures are a few moments that make travelling so magical. Here is our recommendation on the top 5 travel experiences to look out for when exploring the world…

UgandaMoroccoIndia, +2
Off the Beaten PathCulturalWildlife
Feb 17, 2017

Street Food around the World

Yettio Travel Magazine

Yettio Travel Magazine give us their top tips on where to sample the best of the world street food scene...

ThailandVietnamMalaysia, +2
Food & Drink
Jan 13, 2017

In the Spotlight: Giles Milton

Kati Taylor

In this month’s spotlight, we chatted to bestselling historical writer Giles Milton about his new book, his favourite destinations and his most memorable travel experiences…

EthiopiaJapanMorocco
HistoryCultural
Dec 19, 2016

Top Travel Blogs: Cats and Backpacks and Hoff to Explore

Kati Taylor

TravelLocal loves the travel blogging community and is always excited to see new and diverse content. Read on to see our interviews with Seb and Hattie Jefferies and Jodie Bickhoff: our December favourites!

CambodiaChinaMorocco, +2
Food & Drink