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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
Aug 3, 2019

Indigenous people of the world

Martha Hales

In celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we've gathered together our top itineraries which grant travellers the privilege of spending time with, and meeting, native communities.

GuatemalaBorneoVietnam, +9
Off the Beaten Path
Jul 5, 2019

China's historical highlights

Martha Hales

Chinese culture and society is intrinsically tied to the history and legacy of the ancient empire. Discover more about their fascinating historic attractions, from the UNESCO recognised water village of Hongcun to the sprawling monastery of Labrang in Tibet.

China
CulturalHistory
May 17, 2019

Take the family to China

Martha Hales

China is a vast nation, filled with exciting things for all generations! Here we've gathered some of the top things to do with a family here, from visiting the giant pandas in Chengdu to cycling through the fairytale surroundings of Yangshuo - ‘finest landscape under heaven’.

China
MayAprilSeptember, +3
Family
Apr 24, 2019

Where to see the world's most endangered species

Martha Hales

The Earth and its animals are precious and some of the most endangered species are teetering of the edge of extinction - only we can help. Here we've looked at the reasons for why so many species' populations are in decline, and where you can ethically go to see these incredible animals in the wild.

LaosMozambiqueMyanmar (Burma), +22
SafariOff the Beaten PathWildlife
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
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 24, 2018

Our top 5 beautiful winter landscapes

Samantha Fergusson

From the soaring Tien Shan mountains to Russia's sparkling cities and the northern lights above Iceland, there are a whole realm of beautiful wintry landscapes waiting to be witnessed. Here, we've picked out our five favourites to tantalise you with promises of snow and stunning views.

GeorgiaChinaKazakhstan, +2
JanuaryFebruaryNovember, +1
AdventureWonders of the World
Nov 12, 2018

Where to go hiking

Samantha Fergusson

We've picked out the best destinations for your next hiking holiday, from Japan where you can follow the ancient Nakasendo Trail, to Kyrgyzstan or Namibia, where the breathtaking landscapes are best discovered on foot...

JapanEthiopiaKyrgyzstan, +7
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten PathAdventure
Oct 1, 2018

Strange beasts and where to find them

Corinne Homer

The world is home to some weird and wonderful creatures, and here at TravelLocal we often come across them as we research destinations with our local experts. From the rarely seen pink fairy armadillo to the alien appearance of the snub nosed monkey, find out our favourite strange beasts and where to find them...

ChinaTanzaniaMalaysia, +12
WildlifeUnique to TravelLocalOff the Beaten Path
Aug 14, 2018

Animal symbolism in China

Corinne Homer

As the most ancient civilisation on the planet, it’s no surprise that China’s epic history is ribboned with legend and folklore. Many of China’s traditional beliefs are built on mythological tales rife with magical beasts and speaking animals. Find out which animals hold the most significance in the Chinese culture and where you can see them and their emblems.

China
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalHistoryWalking & Hiking, +1
Aug 8, 2018

Trip tips for travelling the Silk Route

Huw Owen

Travelling along the Silk Route can seem a daunting prospect. Here, TravelLocal co-founder Huw has put together some top tips that will help you get started. From book recommendations to which markets to not miss, read on to see what he has to say as a Silk Road traveller himself...

ChinaUzbekistanKyrgyzstan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalOff the Beaten PathClassic, +2
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
Jul 11, 2018

Where to go hiking in China

Kati Taylor

China is a vast country filled with magical landscapes, many of which are best seen on foot. With the help of our local experts, we've pulled together a few of the best places to go hiking in China, from the beautiful rice terraces of Longji to the dramatic slopes of Tiger Leaping Gorge.

China
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Off the Beaten PathAdventureWalking & Hiking
Jul 5, 2018

China's most beautiful landscapes

Samantha Fergusson

China is a land for photographers and dreamers. It holds some of the world's most fantastic landscapes within its borders, with mountains that pierce through the Sea of Clouds, placid winding rivers, rainbow rocks and fairytale forests. Discover our favourite Chinese landscapes here...

China
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Off the Beaten PathWonders of the WorldClassic, +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
Mar 1, 2018

A Brief History of the Silk Route

Martha Hales

Learn about the silk route, from its origins in an Empress's cup of tea to it's fruition throughout Asia and much of the eastern countries of Europe. Great characters such as Marco Polo and Tamerlane had roles to play, and you can follow in their footsteps...

KazakhstanIndiaChina, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalWonders of the WorldHistory
Feb 16, 2018

All you need to know about Chinese New Year

Martha Hales

All you need to know about Chinese New Year: it's origins, history, the traditions and the superstitions. Read on to find out more...

China
JanuaryFebruary
ClassicCulturalHistory, +1
Nov 22, 2017

Six fascinating temples in Asia

Heather Gursky - Ecophiles Magazine

Some of the world's most beautiful temples can be found in Asia. Here, discover which to visit from the mountains of Burma to the forests of Japan...

JapanMyanmar (Burma)India, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HistoryCulturalWonders of the World
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.

ArgentinaGeorgiaSouth Africa, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkLuxuryUnique to TravelLocal
Nov 1, 2017

Where to see the best autumn colours

Martha Hales

Autumn is the favourite season of many, heralding roaring fires, family gatherings and comfort food. It is also accompanied by some spectacular colours...

ArgentinaChinaGeorgia
SeptemberOctoberNovember
Off the Beaten PathUnique to TravelLocalWonders of the World
Oct 30, 2017

Halloween around the World: Culture and Customs

Martha Hales

With Halloween on the horizon, we wanted to explore how this unique holiday is celebrated and perceived around the world. Read on to find out more...

PhilippinesChinaColombia
October
CulturalFestivals
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.

ChileGeorgiaChina, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & Drink
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 23, 2017

Follow in the footsteps of Zheng He

Martha Hales

Heralded figure of China, Zheng He lived an adventurous life, leading huge fleets across the globe to open China's trade routes. Follow in his footsteps with these destinations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

MalaysiaIndiaIndonesia, +4
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalGreat JourneysAdventure, +2
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 7, 2017

Local Spotlight: Interview with our local partner in China

Kati Taylor

This month we caught up with our local China experts, to talk favourite places and unforgettable experiences.

China
ClassicCulturalUnique to TravelLocal
Jul 3, 2017

The Best Wildflower Destinations

Martha Hales

From clouds of pink blossom to carpets of hillside blooms, there's little more beautiful than flowers growing in the wild. TravelLocal looks at the best places around the world to see wildflowers.

BorneoNepalSouth Africa, +3
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Jun 29, 2017

Why go to Yunnan, China?

Martha Hales

For countryside living, shimmering rice terraces and a myriad of cultural experiences outside of China's big cities, there is no better place than the Yunnan province. TravelLocal looks at what makes this region so irresistible...

China
Off the Beaten Path
Jun 28, 2017

Get to know Beijing

Corinne Homer

Get insider advice on China's sprawling capital, Beijing. Read on to find out what not to miss during your trip.

China
SeptemberOctoberNovember
ClassicHistoryFood & Drink