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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
FestivalsFood & Drink
Sep 4, 2019

Our historical hotlist

Martha Hales

From Beijing's Forbidden City to the ancient mosques and minarets of Samarkand, we've gathered together our top 10 historical places to visit around the world.

IndiaGuatemalaArmenia, +8
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!

PanamaJapanNepal, +32
AdventureCoastCycling, +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.

ChinaGuatemalaEthiopia, +9
Off the Beaten Path
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.

IndonesiaMalaysiaEthiopia, +2
Food & Drink
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...

GeorgiaJapanPeru, +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...

ChileMalaysiaMyanmar (Burma), +12
WildlifeOff the Beaten PathUnique to TravelLocal
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.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFood & Drink
May 9, 2018

Hiking in Ethiopia

Martha Hales

Ethiopia offers some of the planet’s most epic landscapes, many of which are crisscrossed with hiking trails just waiting to be explored. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite areas in this incredible hiking destination.

NovemberDecemberJanuary, +4
Walking & HikingWildlifeCultural
Dec 8, 2017

Follow in the footsteps of Dervla Murphy

Martha Hales

From Ireland to India by bike, through the Ethiopian highlands with a mule called Jock, and across the war-torn expanses of Laos, discover more about explorer Dervla Murphy's many destinations.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureCulturalCycling, +6
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.

ColombiaUgandaIndonesia, +2
Food & Drink
Apr 28, 2017

Culture Spotlight: Ethiopia

Martha Hales

The origins of modern Ethiopian culture can be traced back millennia; indeed some scholars are convinced that this East African land is where the earliest humans evolved, then spread to other parts of the world. Today it is a vibrant country heavy with tradition and beauty, and a rich cultural legacy that merits exploration.

Mar 6, 2017

Loveliest Lakes

Martha Hales

Check out our guide to the most scenic and charming lakes around the world

Myanmar (Burma)UgandaNicaragua, +4
Off the Beaten Path
Feb 17, 2017

February Update from our Founders

Huw Owen

With February drawing to a close, we could all use a little warming up! Check out the latest update from our founders and get some travel inspiration for the colder months...

GeorgiaIndonesiaGuatemala, +1
Jan 30, 2017

Top 5 Unexpected Wildlife Destinations

Martha Hales

Go beyond the classic safari itinerary and check out some of these unexpected wildlife destinations...

ArgentinaEthiopiaNicaragua, +1
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…

Jan 13, 2017

January Update from Our Founders

Huw Owen

With January marching on, and falling temperatures making us daydream of warmer shores, here is the latest news from HQ...

South AfricaEthiopiaArgentina, +5
Unique to TravelLocal
Dec 16, 2016

Christmas traditions around the world

Martha Hales

With the festive season upon us, we thought we’d take a look at Christmas traditions from around the world! Read on to find out more…

ArmeniaEthiopiaGuatemala, +1
Food & DrinkFestivals
Sep 29, 2016

Coffee Culture: from Bean to Brew

Corinne Homer

Love of coffee extends beyond continental lines and the question of how to take it is a loaded one. Read on to find out about some of the most intriguing coffee customs around the world...

BrazilSenegalChina, +3
Food & Drink
Aug 22, 2016

How to spot the Ethiopian wolf

Martha Hales

Ethiopian wolves are extremely rare, the most endangered carnivore in Africa, split between six highland pockets in Ethiopia. Find out more about how to spot these beautiful creatures in the wild.

Aug 12, 2016

The Rock Churches of Lalibela

Martha Hales

Discover Ethiopia's Rock Churches in Lalibela, where many locals still worship to this day. Hewn from the stone, these magnificent buildings are quite the spectacle.

Wonders of the WorldHistoryCultural
Jul 27, 2016

Wildlife of the Simien mountains

Martha Hales

From the Ethiopian Wolf to the Walia Ibex, Ethiopia's jaw-dropping mountain scenery is home to some incredible wildlife. We've picked out some of the most significant inhabitants.

WildlifeOff the Beaten Path
Jun 13, 2016

Stopping over in Dubai

Huw Owen

Dubai is the perfect stopover destination, serviced by some of the best airlines in the world, and is almost certain to be sunny. We've put together a few ideas for 24 hours in this unique city so you can make the most out of any stay.

ChinaUgandaThailand, +8
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9