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Nov 22, 2019

Top 10 scenic journeys

Martha Hales

Our trips include some of the world’s most epic journeys, with all the details and reservations taken care of so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Let our top ten inspire you.

Sri LankaVietnamBorneo, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Great JourneysWildlifeTrain Journeys, +1
Nov 19, 2019

The world’s most breathtaking landscapes

Martha Hales

We’ve picked out fifteen of our favourite breathtaking landscapes to brighten your day and get you dreaming of your next adventure. 

JapanChinaSouth Africa, +11
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeHighlightsClassic
Nov 8, 2019

Ultimate holiday destinations

Martha Hales

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.

LaosPeruIndia, +13
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureWildlifeCultural, +3
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.

CambodiaRussiaGuatemala, +8
CulturalHistory
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
Apr 26, 2019

Our favourite tailor-made honeymoon ideas

Martha Hales

A honeymoon has got to be a holiday to remember, and how better to make that happen than to have one personalised to you? We've gathered together our favourite tailor-made honeymoon ideas to inspire you, whether you fancy stargazing and safari in Namibia or exploring the highlights of South America.

KyrgyzstanChilePeru, +5
HighlightsLuxurySafari, +2
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
Dec 19, 2018

Where to go skiing in Kyrgyzstan

Martha Hales

For powder hounds, freeriders and backcountry skiers there are few places left where you can experience a ride that hasn’t already been conquered many times over. The Tien Shan mountains are one of the last remaining regions where every suitable peak, slope and valley has not yet been developed for winter sports. So if you are seeking to ski virgin territory, Kyrgyzstan can deliver. Perfect for everyone whether they are beginners or experts, make Kyrgyzstan your next ski destination.

Kyrgyzstan
NovemberDecemberJanuary, +2
Off the Beaten PathAdventure
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
Sep 6, 2018

Perfect winter getaways: from golden sands to frozen wonderlands

Martha Hales

If you are looking for somewhere to escape to for sun soaked sands, or a place where you can feel the magic of winter in earnest, then look no further. We've selected our favourite destinations that are perfect for winter breaks from November through to February.

CambodiaArgentinaPhilippines, +5
JanuaryFebruaryNovember, +1
Train JourneysCulturalCoast, +2
Aug 15, 2018

Travelling in Central Asia

Kati Taylor

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.

KyrgyzstanKazakhstanUzbekistan, +1
MarchAprilMay, +5
Off the Beaten PathHistoryWalking & Hiking, +4
Aug 13, 2018

The cultural highlights of Kyrgyzstan

Samantha Fergusson

From Bronze Age petroglyphs showing hunts with tame snow leopards to ancient towers that were once part of the famed Silk Route, Kyrgyzstan has some wonderful sights to be seen by any traveller but particularly those with a love of history. Discover our favourite cultural highlights of Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan
AprilMayJune, +4
Food & DrinkHistoryCultural, +3
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
Mar 27, 2018

Kyrgyzstan: World Nomad Games

Martha Hales

Wondering whether to book a trip to Kyrgyzstan to see the 2018 World Nomad Games? This thrilling event with all its excitement, adventure and cultural insight is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness proud local traditions in action against a spectacular backdrop.

Kyrgyzstan
September
CulturalFestivalsHighlights
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
Jan 8, 2018

Top 5 destinations for history lovers in 2018

Polly Allen

From the Silk Route's path through Kyrgyzstan to the pirate defences of Panama and the winding streets of Chile's Valparaiso... read on to discover the most exciting destinations for history lovers.

KyrgyzstanChileJordan, +2
CulturalClassicHistory
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
Dec 22, 2017

The best alternative skiing destinations

Samantha Fergusson

Here are some of our favourite lesser-known skiing and snowboarding hotspots! From the off-piste mecca of Argentina to the 3 metres deep snow blankets of Georgia...

GeorgiaArgentinaKyrgyzstan
NovemberDecemberJanuary, +3
FamilyAdventureOff the Beaten Path
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 12, 2017

June update from our Founders

Huw Owen

Do you love getting out into the great outdoors and experiencing new places? That's our focus at TravelLocal this month and we have plenty of ideas to share with you...

ArgentinaNamibiaLaos, +3
Feb 20, 2017

Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo

Martha Hales

Follow in the footsteps of one of history’s greatest adventurers - who traversed Europe and Central Asia in order to reach China - and get to know the mysteries of the Silk Road...

KyrgyzstanArmeniaChina, +2
MayJune
Great JourneysOff the Beaten PathHistory
Dec 12, 2016

Off the beaten track in Kyrgyzstan

Corinne Homer

Kyrgyzstan has lots to offer the curious traveller. Embrace the great outdoors or immerse yourself in rural culture; there’s an experience for everyone.

Kyrgyzstan
JulyAugust
Walking & HikingAdventureOff the Beaten Path
Jun 14, 2016

The Road Less Travelled: Tajikistan

Huw Owen

While Tajikistan may be the poorest and most remote of the former republics of the Soviet Union, the scenery is the most incredible scenery on Earth that you've never heard of or seen.

UzbekistanKyrgyzstan
Off the Beaten Path
Jun 14, 2016

A Journey Through The Pamirs

Huw Owen

Last year Malachy O'Neill and his girlfriend Helen spent five unforgettable weeks travelling through Central Asia in search of adventure and music. Here they tell us more.

UzbekistanKyrgyzstan
AdventureOff the Beaten Path
Jun 14, 2016

The Road Less Travelled: Kyrgyzstan's Inylchek Glacier

Huw Owen

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.

KazakhstanKyrgyzstan
AdventureOff the Beaten Path
May 31, 2016

10 Things You Didn't Know About Central Asia

Huw Owen

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.

KazakhstanKyrgyzstanUzbekistan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HistoryCultural