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Jan 7, 2020

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.

ArmeniaGeorgiaKazakhstan, +2
FestivalsFood & Drink
Nov 8, 2019

Ultimate holiday destinations

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.

Galapagos IslandsArgentinaSri Lanka, +13
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureClassicCultural, +3

Marvellous experience in a great country

"We spent two weeks in Kazakhstan in September 2019"

Michael from London
Aug 8, 2019

Best active holiday destinations

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!

MozambiqueColombiaEcuador, +32
AdventureCoastCycling, +2
Mar 8, 2019

Celebrated women of the world

Learn about the celebrated women of the world on International Women's Day! From tyrannical queens to brave revolutionaries, each one fought against the traditions and gender biases of their time to become legendary figures in their own right.

KazakhstanColombiaGhana, +4
CulturalHistoryWonders of the World, +1
Dec 24, 2018

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.

KyrgyzstanGeorgiaRussia, +2
JanuaryFebruaryNovember, +1
AdventureWonders of the World
6 days
from £990 pp

Skiing in Kazakhstan

NovemberDecemberJanuary, +1
AdventureOff the Beaten Path
Nov 26, 2018

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.

JuneJulyAugust, +3
AdventureOff the Beaten PathWalking & Hiking
Oct 1, 2018

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...

Myanmar (Burma)OmanKenya, +12
WildlifeOff the Beaten PathUnique to TravelLocal
Aug 15, 2018

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.

KazakhstanUzbekistanTajikistan, +1
MarchAprilMay, +5
CulturalCross BorderHistory, +4
Jul 19, 2018

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.

ChileUzbekistanIndia, +15
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
ClassicHistoryHighlights, +1
Jun 4, 2018

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.

MayJuneSeptember, +7
CulturalAdventureHistory, +2
11 days
from £2,140 pp

Two 'Stans' Tour: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +5
CulturalCross BorderHistory, +2
10 days
from £2,720 pp

Ten days in Central Asia: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

MayJuneJuly, +3
CulturalHistoryAdventure, +2
Mar 1, 2018

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...

UzbekistanIndiaChina, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalHistoryWonders of the World
28 days
from £5,250 pp

Ultimate Central Asia

KazakhstanUzbekistanKyrgyzstan, +1
MayJuneJuly, +3
Cross BorderCulturalHistory, +3
Jul 4, 2016

Get to know Almaty

Almaty is on the up - chic hotels and restaurants are opening, and people are beginning to discover it as more than a gateway to the mountains...

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Off the Beaten PathCulturalFood & Drink
Jul 4, 2016

You Call This Winter? 5 Places to Get Really Cold

Here we present some places where you can truly embrace the cold and aspire to a proper winter with beautiful snowy landscapes and crisp winter days.

Jun 14, 2016

The Road Less Travelled: Kyrgyzstan's Inylchek Glacier

TravelLocal Co-Founder Huw recounts his trip to the South Inylchek Base Camp on the Inylchek Glacier itself. Inylchek is one of the world's largest non-polar glaciers, visible from space.

Off the Beaten PathAdventure
Jun 14, 2016

One Perfect Day In Almaty

Almaty, Kazakhstan's former capital, is most visitor's entry point to this vast Central Asian country. Chances are you're not just going to be passing through, but sticking around for a few days to enjoy the city's varied sights. Here's how we'd spend a day!

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkHistory
May 31, 2016

10 Things You Didn't Know About Central Asia

It's fair to say that Central Asia is a weird and wonderful place. We thought we would summarise below some of the many curiosities that have come to our attention over the years.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9