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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
Mar 21, 2019

The best time to go to Sri Lanka

Martha Hales

Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise of golden beaches, lush hill country, intriguing culture and impressive wildlife such as elephants, leopards, whales and exotic birds. But when is the best time to go to this magical island? With the help of our local experts, we've gathered all you need to know.

Sri Lanka
WildlifeWalking & HikingTrain Journeys, +2
Feb 18, 2019

Hiking in Sri Lanka

Kati Taylor

We've picked out some of the best trails for a hiking trip to Sri Lanka, from the spectacular (and popular) Adam's Peak to the lesser known Duwili Ella trek in the Knuckles Mountains. If any of these inspire you to lace on your hiking boots, then our local experts can help plan your perfect trip.

Sri Lanka
AdventureWalking & Hiking
Feb 13, 2019

Sri Lanka's cities

Kaya Brown

From Jaffna in the north to Galle in the south, we've rounded up the best cities in Sri Lanka to add to your list of must-visit destinations. Explore the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya or the sacred fig tree of Anuradhapura.

Sri Lanka
CoastFood & DrinkCultural
Feb 1, 2019

Sri Lanka's Wildlife

Martha Hales

Discover all of the amazing species which Sri Lanka has to offer - see leopards on safari in Yala National Park, go whale watching off the coast of Mirissa or Trincomalee and spot Sri Lankan Elephants in Udawalawe.

Sri Lanka
Walking & HikingCoastWildlife, +2
Jan 18, 2019

Why you should go to Sri Lanka

Martha Hales

Paradise beaches, abundant wildlife, rich cultural history and delicious food - Sri Lanka is a travellers dream. We've compiled our top reasons to visit the fascinating and diverse island.

Sri Lanka
CoastWalking & HikingWildlife, +5
Jan 14, 2019

Where to go on safari in 2019

Martha Hales

Close encounters with the world's wildlife are experiences to be treasured. We've picked out our favourite safari destinations from all over the world to tantalise our fellow wildlife lovers. From traditional Kenyan game drives to spotting leopards in the Sri Lankan tree tops, find out where you should be going this year.

UgandaTanzaniaNamibia, +7
WildlifeAdventureSafari
Dec 21, 2018

Countries with a Coastline

Kaya Brown

From the peaceful shores of Madagascar to the epic waves of Sri Lanka, we've rounded up our top 5 coastal destinations to inspire your next beach holiday.

PhilippinesSouth AfricaPanama, +2
HoneymoonLuxuryWalking & Hiking, +4
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 1, 2018

Off the beaten track in Sri Lanka

Martha Hales

From UNESCO recognised ancient cities deep in the jungle, to fantastic wildlife safaris away from the hordes of tourists, discover where to go in Sri Lanka a little off the beaten track.

Sri Lanka
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
FamilyOff the Beaten PathWildlife, +4
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
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
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
Nov 24, 2017

In search of Leopards

Martha Hales

Here, we tell you the best places to seek out wild leopards, whether that's in the lush surrounds of Sri Lanka or the acacia trees of South Africa.

IndiaSri LankaNamibia, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeAdventureSafari
Oct 23, 2017

October News from TravelLocal HQ

Tom Stapleton

Our founders, Tom and Huw, update us on the news from HQ, discussing our off the beaten track theme and announcing the imminent launch of new TravelLocal destination, Japan

South AfricaSri LankaPanama, +1
October
Off the Beaten PathUnique to TravelLocal
Aug 23, 2017

Follow in the footsteps of Zheng He

Martha Hales

Heralded figure of China, Zheng He lived an adventurous life, leading huge fleets across the globe to open China's trade routes. Follow in his footsteps with these destinations across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

MalaysiaIndiaIndonesia, +4
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalGreat JourneysAdventure, +2
Aug 10, 2017

Take the kids to... Asia

Corinne Homer

Prepare in advance and Asia makes for a magical destination to bring your curious, adventurous kids. Read on to learn about countries to choose and tips to consider when planning a memorable family trip to Asia.

Myanmar (Burma)IndonesiaVietnam, +1
CoastFamilyAdventure, +1
Jan 30, 2017

Top 5 Unexpected Wildlife Destinations

Martha Hales

Go beyond the classic safari itinerary and check out some of these unexpected wildlife destinations...

ArgentinaNicaraguaSri Lanka, +1
Wildlife
Jan 11, 2017

More for your Money

Kati Taylor

It can be easy to overspend when travelling but there are plenty of ways to save money and still have an incredible experience! Read on for our top tips…

Sri LankaArgentinaUzbekistan, +4
Food & DrinkUnique to TravelLocal
Nov 18, 2016

Sri Lankan Culture: Rural life

Martha Hales

Sri Lanka is a vibrant destination with a thriving culture. Personal friends of our Sri Lankan operator, Kolitha and Ruki Fernando are welcoming visitors into their home. An artist and a writer, they can take you beyond the usual tourist trail and immerse you in the Sri Lankan creative scene...

Sri Lanka
FebruaryJanuaryApril, +2
Off the Beaten Path
Nov 9, 2016

An interview with our local experts in Sri Lanka

Kati Taylor

Viraj, our Sri Lankan operator, shares his tips for an authentic and engaging experience. With diverse wildlife, secluded beaches and fantastic food: Sri Lanka is sure to wow even the most seasoned traveller! Read on to find out more...

Sri Lanka
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & DrinkHistoryCultural
Oct 14, 2016

Where the Wild Things are: A Sri Lankan Adventure

Kati Taylor

Sri Lanka is a wildlife hotspot and Wilpattu takes you away from the tourist crowds. Find out more about safari experiences..

Sri Lanka
OctoberNovemberFebruary, +2
SafariWildlifeWalking & Hiking
Jul 4, 2016

Three Trips To Go On Next Week

Huw Owen

Find yourself with a few weeks spare? Spotted some flight bargains? Consider one of these destinations, all of which can be visited at the drop of a hat.

Sri LankaThailandVietnam
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Classic
Jul 4, 2016

Tea And Trains In Sri Lanka

Huw Owen

Tea and Trains. Two of Huw Owen's favourite things in one of his favourite countries. Find out how you could follow in his footsteps, whistling through the tea plantations in a locomotive.

Sri Lanka
Food & Drink
Jul 4, 2016

Galle and the Dutch legacy in Sri Lanka

Huw Owen

In the southwest tip of Sri Lanka, Galle is a beautiful fortified town blooming with history. Visit the Maritime Museum and wander the crooked streets under the sun.

Sri Lanka
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
History
Jul 4, 2016

The World Of Tea - 4 Places You Can Watch It Grow

Huw Owen

Tea is drunk all over the world, but where should you go if you want to see it being grown? Admire the glossy green leaves all over Asia, from Sri Lanka, to India, to China...

ChinaSri LankaIndia
Food & Drink
Jun 6, 2016

Sri Lanka's Best Beaches

Huw Owen

Sri Lanka's coastline is one of the most beautiful to be found. Turtles frequent the beaches, the waters are jewel-blue and the food is served fresh from the sea.

Sri Lanka
Coast