Countries that celebrate Christmas in January
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.
Our top 5 beautiful winter landscapes
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.
Hiking in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is a wild and wonderful place of mountains, deserts, lakes and steppes... One of the best ways to get to grips with the country is to walk through its varied landscapes, stopping to admire the wild tulips as they bloom, and passing just the occasional nomad as they monitor their grazing herds. Here are our favourite places to hike in Kazakhstan.
Strange beasts and where to find them
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...
Travelling in Central Asia
Central Asia is in many ways the land that time forgot. Remnants of the Silk Road demand exploration, caravans of nomadic people still wind their way across the empty landscape, the blue domes of ancient cities could have been lifted from the times of Marco Polo, and as you lay your head down in a traditional yurt by the shores of a tranquil lake, you will wonder if you truly have gone back in time.
Our top 25 UNESCO World Heritage sites
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.
What to do in Kazakhstan
Whether you are drawn to the vast landscapes, the culture or the history, Kazakhstan has plenty to offer the intrepid traveller. Find out what we think are the top things you should consider doing when you visit, from sliding down singing sand dunes to exploring ancient remnants of the Silk Route.
A Brief History of the Silk Route
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...