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Sep 14, 2019

The off-season destinations you need to know about

Martha Hales

We've handpicked our top 5 countries, from Vietnam to Costa Rica, to visit out of season. With fewer tourists, cheaper flights and a better choice of activities and hotels, you'll be spoilt for choice.

MoroccoOmanCosta Rica, +2
Off the Beaten Path
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
Jun 7, 2019

The wonders of Costa Rica's wildlife

Martha Hales

You are truly in for a treat when you visit the natural paradise of Costa Rica. Discover the wonderful wildlife to be found within its borders, from fluffy anteaters to sedate sloths and colourful birds to thousands of fluttering butterflies.

Costa Rica
May 23, 2019

Our top 10 destinations for the summer holidays

Martha Hales

From the blissful beaches of Zanzibar, Cuba and Malaysia, to the epic sights of Russia and the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.... discover which destinations we think are perfect for the summer holidays!

TanzaniaMoroccoColombia, +7
JulyAugustJune, +1
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
Feb 8, 2019

Our top five eco-conscious destinations

Martha Hales

Eco-conscious tourism can be defined in many ways, but essentially it is tourism which has a low environmental impact and a positive impact on the local community - something of fundamental importance to TravelLocal. From Bhutan to Rwanda, discover our top eco-conscious holiday destinations.

RwandaBelizeBhutan, +2
Off the Beaten PathCultural
Feb 7, 2019

Family fun in Costa Rica

Martha Hales

Costa Rica is the ultimate destination for a family holiday - zipline through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, spot some of the country's amazing wildlife and take part in educational ecotourism projects. Our blog post outlines the myriad of family activities on offer in the Central American nation.

Costa Rica
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +4
WildlifeFamilyWalking & Hiking, +2
Jan 4, 2019

Our best beach destinations

Kaya Brown

There are few things more relaxing than a trip to a tropical coastline. We’ve rounded up five of the best beaches in the world, from the balmy seas of Costa Rica to the secluded coves of Southern India, for all those looking to escape to warmer climates.

Costa RicaTanzaniaIndia, +2
Boat JourneysLuxuryUndiscovered Beaches, +2
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
Nov 29, 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica

Martha Hales

The perfect guide for discovering this magical country: pristine beaches, coral reefs with darting, jewel-like fish, mountains blanketed with tropical forests…

Costa Rica
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Walking & HikingLuxuryHoneymoon, +12
Oct 8, 2018

Where to see whales

Martha Hales

There is little more exciting than to see the Earth's largest creature breaking the ocean's surface before crashing back into the water... Here we've looked at the best countries in which to go whale watching, from the warm waters of Costa Rica to the stunning seascapes of Iceland.

MadagascarArgentinaSouth Africa, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeUnique to TravelLocal
Sep 10, 2018

Our top birding destinations

Corinne Homer

From the musical depths of Brazil's Pantanal, to the wild shores of the Falkland Islands and the unique habitat of the Galapagos, here are our favourite destinations with birds to be ticked from your bucket list! Discover where to spot everything from Gentoo penguins to blue-footed boobies...

Falkland IslandsBrazilGalapagos Islands, +5
JanuaryFebruaryApril, +9
WildlifeOff the Beaten PathSafari
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 22, 2018

Where to spot jaguars

Martha Hales

Many nature-lovers dream of seeing the dappled bulk of a jaguar slinking through the forests of its natural habitat... We've had a look into where the best places are to spot these stunning big cats, whether that's the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil or the reserves of Belize.

Costa RicaBrazilBelize
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Jan 2, 2018

A sun-seeker's guide to 2018

Martha Hales

We've gathered together some of our favourite, sun-bathed destinations from Laos to South Africa - they are perfect escapes from the dreary winter days of Northern Europe.

South AfricaLaosSri Lanka, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +2
CoastFamilyBoat Journeys, +3
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
Nov 27, 2017

An interview with César Barrantes

Kati Taylor

We sat down with César Barrantes from non-profit newspaper, The Voice of Guanacaste, which empowers Costa Rica's locals with knowledge, and found out more about what inspired him.

Costa Rica
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalUnique to TravelLocal
Sep 4, 2017

An interview with our local experts in Costa Rica

Samantha Fergusson

Read our interview to discover what our local experts have to say about Costa Rica; thick rainforests, fantastic wildlife and stunning tropical coastline…

Costa Rica
Aug 18, 2017

August Update from our Founders

Huw Owen

Catch up with the latest news from TravelLocal HQ and find out which musical destinations are on our travel list...

CambodiaUgandaSouth Africa, +1
Aug 14, 2017

Where to go in: September

Martha Hales

Planning a trip? Here are our top recommendations for your dose of sunshine...

JordanCosta RicaIndia, +1
Jul 31, 2017

Take the kids to... Central America

Martha Hales

With incredible biodiversity and stunning coastlines, Central America is the ideal location for a family holiday. Here we choose our top kid-friendly travel experiences from across the region - read on to find out more...

PanamaCosta RicaGuatemala, +1
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 23, 2017

Five of the World's Best Gardens

Corinne Homer

From the neatly preened gardens of Japan to the untamed wilderness of Kirstenbosch National Park, there's no shortage of wonderful gardens around the world. Read on to find out our top 5 recommendations...

MoroccoSouth AfricaJapan, +1
Off the Beaten PathWalking & Hiking
May 15, 2017

Top 5 Books for your Travels

Martha Hales

The written word is a wonderful way to lose yourself in a world that's not your own. To enrich your knowledge of a destination, or to immerse yourself in its history and culture, these 5 books should be your first port of call.

ArgentinaCosta RicaIndia, +1
Apr 26, 2017

Top 5 destinations for family fun

Martha Hales

Want to take the kids somewhere special? Our top 5 family holidays are sure to give you some inspiration...

PeruCosta RicaIndia, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Mar 8, 2017

The Sound of Latin America

Timothy Vivian-Shaw

Be it exploring verdant forest or thriving cities, you will find Latin America is alive with music. Here are our recommendations for what to listen out for when visiting this wonderful region…

GuatemalaNicaraguaCosta Rica
Undiscovered BeachesWildlifeCultural
Mar 1, 2017

San Jose with a Local

Timothy Vivian-Shaw

Costa Rica’s capital is a hidden gem, offering far more than an airport stopover. Read on for an insight into its vibrant culture, active art scene and foodie favourites…

Costa Rica
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +1
Food & DrinkCulturalHistory
Feb 1, 2017

Industry Insiders: James Brunker Interview

Kati Taylor

We chatted to professional photographer James Brunker to get his advice on capturing the ultimate travel shot…

ChileCosta Rica
Jan 9, 2017

Valentine’s Day: Romantic Getaway Inspiration

Martha Hales

Need some inspiration for a Valentine's Day to remember? Check out our unconventional favourites...

ChinaIndiaCosta Rica, +4
Undiscovered BeachesAdventureFood & Drink, +1
Jan 6, 2017

Costa Rica: A treasure trove of nature

Martha Hales

Get to know the wildlife highlights of gorgeous Costa Rica

Costa Rica
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +1
AdventureWalking & HikingWildlife