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Mar 13, 2020

Our fantastic female-led local partners

Kaya Brown

At TravelLocal we’re proud to support many fantastic female-led local travel companies around the world. In honour of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we thought we’d introduce you to a few of these inspirational women.

BrazilVietnamMyanmar (Burma), +7
Unique to TravelLocal
Nov 27, 2019

Best of both worlds

Martha Hales

Many of our itinerary ideas offer a range of activities designed to make your trip into a memorable adventure, and some of them include remarkable contrasts offering you the best of both worlds on your holiday - think urban and rural, nature and culture, mountains and coastlines.

RussiaEcuadorVietnam, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeSafariWalking & Hiking, +1
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
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
Oct 26, 2019

Where to go for winter sun

Martha Hales

If you are looking for a winter sun destination, be inspired by the following countries offering a great climate, as well as plenty of great activities to make your holiday extra special. All you need to do is decide where to go!

SenegalVietnamArgentina, +9
SeptemberOctoberNovember, +3
CulturalSafariCoast, +1
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
Aug 3, 2019

Indigenous people of the world

Martha Hales

In celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we've gathered together our top itineraries which grant travellers the privilege of spending time with, and meeting, native communities.

GuatemalaBorneoVietnam, +9
Off the Beaten Path
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
Dec 4, 2018

The best things to do in Vietnam

Kati Taylor

From exploring the forests and sampling the cuisine of the Mekong Delta to cycling round Ha Noi and taking boat trips round Lan Ha Bay, we have worked with our local experts to pick out the very best experiences to be had in Vietnam. Read on for more inspiration...

FebruaryMarchApril, +3
Food & DrinkBoat JourneysHighlights, +6
Oct 10, 2018

Off the Beaten Track in Vietnam

Martha Hales

A trip to Vietnam wouldn’t be complete without including the popular honeypots of Hoi An, Hanoi and Phu Quoc, but should you want to find some quieter corners, this blog post offers some of TravelLocal’s favourite places to get off the beaten track in Vietnam.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Undiscovered BeachesOff the Beaten PathCoast
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
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
Oct 6, 2017

Getting to know Ho Chi Minh City

Samantha Fergusson

Once known as Saigon, and still going by that name to the locals, Ho Chi Minh city is a buzzing metropolis full of busy markets, historic sites and great views.

JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Colonial EraHistoryFood & Drink
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
Jul 12, 2017

Highlights of the Mekong River

Martha Hales

Stretching over 4000km, the Mekong is a diverse and sprawling river which has become an iconic feature of Southeast Asia. It also makes an ideal starting point for building your dream travel itinerary, read on for our top tips...

Great JourneysCoast
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
Mar 27, 2017

Why choose a local travel company over a big brand tour operator?

Jodie Hoff

Buying local is good for everyone - better value for the customer and a fairer deal for the people on the ground. Read on to find out more about the benefits of choosing a local operator…

Feb 17, 2017

Street Food around the World

Yettio Travel Magazine

Yettio Travel Magazine give us their top tips on where to sample the best of the world street food scene...

ThailandVietnamMalaysia, +2
Food & Drink
Jan 20, 2017

Top Travel Blogs: TravelDudes

Timothy Vivian-Shaw

TravelLocal loves the travel blogging community and the advice it offers. Read on to see our interview with Melvin, founder of TravelDudes…

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 23, 2016

Thanksgiving around the world

Martha Hales

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look at other prominent food-centric festivals around the world. Read on to find out more…

ArgentinaGeorgiaChina, +2
CulturalFestivalsFood & Drink
Nov 4, 2016

Vietnamese Street Food: from Pho to Bun Cha

Martha Hales

Vietnam is a real foodie destination and the sheer variety of dishes on offer is enough to give anyone ordering anxiety! We examine the best of street food, where to get it and why it’s worth sampling...

FebruaryMarchApril, +3
Food & Drink
Sep 29, 2016

Coffee Culture: from Bean to Brew

Corinne Homer

Love of coffee extends beyond continental lines and the question of how to take it is a loaded one. Read on to find out about some of the most intriguing coffee customs around the world...

BrazilSenegalEthiopia, +3
Food & Drink
Jul 18, 2016

Top 5 Vietnam Destinations For Scenery

Martha Hales

Want to capture some incredible photos while you travel? Look no further than the stunning surrounds of Vietnam. Here are our top 5 Vietnamese locations with scenery to die for.

Jul 4, 2016

Get Away This Christmas And New Year

Huw Owen

Looking for somewhere to escape to this Christmas and New Year? Visit China and see the Great Wall blanketed in snow, or relax on Kerala's beaches in India...

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
Jul 4, 2016 Vespa?

Huw Owen

If you're looking for something to do in Ho Chi Minh (aka Saigon) then having a tour by motorbike is highly recommended, as Huw Owen, TravelLocal founder, discovered...