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Sapporo Japan 2020

"Very good trip overall"

Frankie from New Zealand
Dec 27, 2019

Unique New Year traditions around the world

Martha Hales

Here’s a quick look at some of the quirkiest and most unusual New Year's eve rituals out there, from wearing colourful undies to taking your suitcase for a walk around the block at midnight. The TravelLocal team wishes you all a happy New Year wherever you celebrate!

JapanPeruColombia, +5
Food & DrinkFestivals
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
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

Amazing trip to Japan

"We sent a bucket list of places to the local company via travel local who came up with an itinerary which managed to incorporate nearly all our list - or gave alternatives which we could manage within the time frame we had"

Helen from London
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
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!

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...

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.

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

Superb organisation, wonderful country.

"The local partner did a fantastic job of organising our holiday exactly as we wanted it - a mix of city sightseeing and self-guided hiking"

Tony from London
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
16 days
from £4,930 pp

Experience Winter in Japan: the Sapporo Snow Festival

Train JourneysWildlifeCultural, +3
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...

MarchAprilMay, +3
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

Japan - Intense, Delightful, Delicious

"We LOVE traveling with TravelLocal. With this, our 4th trip with them, we had a long list of requests for an intense, 8 day trip to Japan. "

Jenny from USA
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.

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.

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.

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.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
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!

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.

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...

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...

JanuaryMarchFebruary, +9
Unique to TravelLocalWildlifeCultural
7 days
from £1,990 pp

Biking the Noto Peninsula

AprilMayJune, +6
CyclingCoastOff the Beaten Path
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...

Unique to TravelLocal