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Dec 3, 2019

World's most marvellous markets

Martha Hales

Whether you are a browser, a people-watcher or a dedicated bargain hunter, markets are going to be a highlight of any trip. We’ve picked ten of our favourite markets to give you some inspiration for your next holiday.

GhanaMexicoEcuador, +7
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFood & Drink
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 2, 2019

Where to go for Winter Wonderlands

Martha Hales

We’ve picked out some of our favourite Winter Wonderlands to inspire you to pack those thermals and embrace the chill. Winter brings added sparkle and romance, and often the colder season brings fewer people and lower prices,

ChileGeorgiaChina, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +6
FestivalsAdventureWildlife, +1
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
Aug 1, 2019

Take the family to Japan

Martha Hales

Japan is the ultimate family destination, with plenty to see and do for children of all ages. From riding the bullet train to meeting the wild deer on Miyajima Island, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to family-friendly activities!

Japan
FamilyHighlights
Jul 12, 2019

Hiking in Japan

Martha Hales

Japan has a wealth of natural beauty just begging to be explored, and what better way to see it than on foot. Travelling through fairy-tale glades, dense forests and ancient villages you get to see Japan in detail, pausing to absorb the lovely views or the microcosms of local life along the way...

Japan
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Jun 1, 2019

Off the beaten track in Japan

Martha Hales

From the wild coastline of the Noko Peninsula to the breathtaking scenery of the Diamond Route, Japan has a lot more to see than just the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto. Leave the famous cities for now, and step foot off the beaten path to explore the lesser known areas of Japan.

Japan
Off the Beaten Path
Mar 8, 2019

Celebrated women of the world

Corinne Homer

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.

JapanIndiaUzbekistan, +4
Wonders of the WorldCulturalColonial Era, +1
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 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
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
Jul 3, 2018

Cycling in Japan

Martha Hales

If you are thinking about taking a cycling holiday in Japan, then look no further. We have gathered together a list of the best places to go in order to pedal through the country's most beautiful scenery, across the longest cable suspended bridges and along breathtakingly beautiful coastlines...

Japan
MarchAprilMay, +3
CyclingCoastAdventure
Jun 24, 2018

Following in the footsteps of Marianne North

Samantha Fergusson

One of the most extraordinary women of the Victorian era, Marianne North was a botanist and artist who travelled wherever she needed to in order to paint plants in their natural environment. Discover where her desire to document these incredible specimens took her...

BorneoIndonesiaJapan, +5
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Unique to TravelLocalHistoryOff the Beaten Path
May 2, 2018

The history of Gion Matsuri

Martha Hales

Japan’s most celebrated and impressive festival dominates the city of Kyoto for the month of July. Read on to find out more about the Gion Matsuri festival and its fascinating history.

Japan
July
CulturalFestivals
Mar 25, 2018

What to do in Kyoto

Martha Hales

Kyoto is Japan’s cultural heart, and the flow of history and traditions has continued uninterrupted here for well over 1,300 years. There’s so much to see on a visit to Kyoto, so here are some highlights to help you make the most of your time there.

Japan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFood & DrinkHistory
Mar 18, 2018

Japanese Festivals

Kati Taylor

When it comes to festivals, nowhere does it quite like Japan. Here, we've looked at some of the most intriguing festivals that this beautiful country has to offer.

Japan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalFood & DrinkFestivals
Mar 16, 2018

Japan's gorgeous gardens

Samantha Fergusson

Japan is known for having some of the world's most breath-taking gardens scattered across its islands. From the utter tranquillity of a UNESCO recognised moss garden in Kyoto, to the myriad paths of the most beautiful landscape gardens, discover what we think are the best gardens in Japan.

Japan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
ClassicCultural
Mar 16, 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to Japan

Martha Hales

Discover Japan’s venerable culture, with its celebrated sights and its off the beaten track gems. Hike through rustic villages and forested valleys or follow ancient pilgrimage routes to enchanting temples in the hills, with the help of our Ultimate Guide!

Japan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkOff the Beaten PathUnique to TravelLocal
Mar 15, 2018

An overview of Japanese cuisine

Samantha Fergusson

From ramen to gohei mochi, Japanese cuisine is as eclectic as it is delicious. Here we've looked at the key dishes that you are likely to come across in your travels - though there are likely to be many more to discover - as well as advice for those with specific dietary requirements.

Japan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkCulturalUnique to TravelLocal
Mar 14, 2018

Blooming beautiful: the cherry blossom of Japan

Corinne Homer

Discover the best spots to see the blooming of Japan's famous cherry blossom, a.k.a. sakura. From the parks of Tokyo, to the streets of Kyoto and the forest-clad slopes of Nara, Japan is bedecked in delicate pink flowers from March until April each year, and we can help you get there...

Japan
MarchAprilMay
FestivalsClassicHistory
Mar 11, 2018

Searching for symbols: Japan’s treasured animals

Corinne Homer

It is no secret that the Japanese have great respect for the creatures that share their islands. Shinto beliefs have much to do with this, and you can see evidence of this all over Japan. Find out which animals are held in highest esteem and where you can see them and their effigies...

Japan
JanuaryMarchFebruary, +9
Unique to TravelLocalWildlifeCultural
Jan 1, 2018

A January update from TravelLocal HQ

Huw Owen

TravelLocal founders and Managing Directors, Huw and Tom, give us an update on what we've been up to here in Bristol and what you can expect to see in future...

BrazilNamibiaJapan
Unique to TravelLocal
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 11, 2017

Japan: know before you go

Martha Hales

Japan's culture and way of life is as unlike modern western culture as you can find! We've put together a guide of what you need to know before you go...

Japan
CulturalClassicUnique to TravelLocal
Nov 23, 2017

November News from TravelLocal HQ

Huw Owen

Huw and Tom, TravelLocal's founders and MDs, give an update on what we have been up to in November, including awards for Ecuador at The Savoy and the launch of Japan.

JapanOmanCambodia, +8
CoastWildlifeUnique to TravelLocal, +1
Nov 22, 2017

Six fascinating temples in Asia

Heather Gursky - Ecophiles Magazine

Some of the world's most beautiful temples can be found in Asia. Here, discover which to visit from the mountains of Burma to the forests of Japan...

JapanMyanmar (Burma)India, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HistoryCulturalWonders of the World
Nov 10, 2017

Getting to know Tokyo

Claudia Posada

This bustling, fast-paced metropolis is bursting with history, culture, and Michelin-star restaurants. Read on to discover more about this unusual but exciting hub.

Japan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkHistoryCultural
Nov 6, 2017

Best things to do in Japan

Samantha Fergusson

From skiing in the mountains of Hokkaido, to wallowing in hot springs with a view of Mount Fiji, to wandering the temples of Kyoto and the gardens of Tokyo, Japan has masses to offer...

Japan
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HistoryWalking & HikingFamily, +8
Jul 19, 2017

Our top trips to do by bike

Corinne Homer

Check out our shortlist of the ultimate cycling trips around the world, suitable for all ages and abilities. From exploring rural Chinese villages to meandering through the Angkor Temple complex, these trails are simply unmissable…

CambodiaColombiaChina, +5
AdventureCyclingWalking & Hiking