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TravelLocal is all about bespoke travel - with a difference.

We help you to create tailor-made holidays your way, with carefully selected local experts based in nearly 50 destinations worldwide. Since 2012 we have scoured the globe to find these expert companies - entrepreneurs and innovators from Argentina to Zanzibar and many countries in between.

They know your destination better than anyone. They use that knowledge to craft unforgettable trips, unique to you, that combine your ideas with their local knowledge and contacts, to bring the world to life.

You get a better, more authentic holiday experience and they get a fairer deal. And for peace of mind, we are members of ABTA and your booking is 100% financially protected.

These are reviews of the TravelLocal website and booking process. For reviews of the trips our customers have taken, please go to the TravelLocal website.

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We have booked “tailor made” holidays before with other companies who use a local operator in the country being visited, but the costs of these were becoming beyond our budget (we were quoted £7,000 for a 9 day tour of Jordan on a b&b basis). We have found the whole booking experience really easy with messages responded to within 24 hours. We wanted to tweak the initial itinerary which was acted upon straight away. Had some qualms once we had paid the deposit and were told that everything needed to be confirmed. However needn’t have worried as all trips & hotels confirmed or upgraded at no extra cost. So far so good
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Hi Gail, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It's really great to hear that you've enjoyed the trip planning and booking experience with us thanks to our fantastic local expert's prompt replies and the good value for money which we offer. We hope you have a wonderful trip! All the best, the TravelLocal team.
We have just booked our trip to Sri Lanka through Sri Lankan Expeditions. Booking direct through a local company makes perfect sense, with their intimate knowledge of the area, rather than through a UK agent. The whole process has been a pleasure, with every question answered quickly and thoroughly by our agent Praveen. Of course, final judgement must be reserved to the trip itself, but if our experience so far is anything to go by, we will have a great time!
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Hi Penny, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review. We're really glad to hear that you've enjoyed the trip planning process with our excellent local partners, and we look forward to hearing all about your trip when you travel. All the best, the TravelLocal team.
I looked at organised tours with other tour operators, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. Travel local has been fantastic, building a trip tailored for me, and the ability to be able to amend the trip as much as I like until I am totally satisfied. The website and messaging service is easy to use and responses have been prompt. I would recommend this to anyone planning a trip who doesn't want the hassle of researching and booking everything individually. It makes sense to use the knowledge of local experts.
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Hi Caroline, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us this review. We're so pleased to hear that you see the benefits of our unique approach. It's also great to hear that you've enjoyed the flexibility of having a trip tailored to your wants and needs by our excellent local partners. We hope you have an equally wonderful trip when you go! Do let us know all about it. All the best, the TravelLocal team.
Travel Local is a great platform to organize our personalized trip directly with a local travel agent in some countries where it's not easy to do it yourself. We are very happy with our first usage so far, good reactivity, good communication, friendly contact. This platform is a great idea and was definitely needed.
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Hi Carole, thank you for leaving us this lovely review! It's great to hear that you've had a good experience of our services so far and that you're on board with our unique way of doing things. All the best, the TravelLocal team
We enjoyed a wonderful trip to Oman booked via TravelLocal. The booking process was very easy, the local Omani company was very responsive and proactive in their communication, and the trip went seamlessly. We really felt booking directly with a local Omani company made a big difference, not only in terms of value for money but also in terms of how authentic our trip was. Thank you TravelLocal, we'll be coming back!
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Hi Samantha, thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review! We're so pleased to hear that you had a great holiday with us, and that you felt that our way of doing things resulted in a better value and more authentic trip. We look forward to hearing from you for any future travels! All the best, the TravelLocal team
Great Planning.excellant facilities,food ,lodges.Massai lodge was a great experience.wonderful
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Many thanks again for your reviews Shaku. It makes our job worthwhile knowing that our valued clients have such special travel experiences around the world. Do stay in touch for any future travels! All the best, the TravelLocal team
We were a group of 8 family members to travel to Tanzania.Amanda worked with me to plan this trip to my satisfaction.She gave suggestions where I needed and we planned a wonderful trip.All of us were very happy with accomodations,food,jeeps,knoledgable drivers,price of tour. I highly recommend Travel Local for trips to Africa.Very promptly, Amanda or Shellye ,both answered any questions I had . Thank you very much to all at Travel Local
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Hi Shaku, thank you so much for this lovely review. We're thrilled to hear that you and your family had a wonderful time in Tanzania thanks to our excellent local partners out there! All the best, the TravelLocal team
Have used Travelocal twice and everyone connected has always been helpful, responsive and knowledgeable. Its great to be able to build a holiday that suits us while using people local to where we are traveling.
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Hello, thank you very much for leaving us such a lovely review! We really value your repeat custom with us and hope to be able to help you put together many more exciting travels in the future! All the best, the TravelLocal team
Rapid response from Craig in Borneo with great understanding of what we wanted for our trip from the outset. No problem to change our itinerary slightly and add an extra activity we discovered after our initial request and good price! Have every confidence the trip will be as great as the service we have received so far! Thank you
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Hi Jane, thank you for this lovely review. We are so pleased that Craig just got exactly what you were looking for and that you were able to benefit from the flexibility of our tailor-made service. You can expect Craig to be as supportive and helpful during your trip as he has been throughout the planning. We wish you a fabulous time and hope to hear how you get on. All the best, the TravelLocal team
We used Travellocal to book a family vacation to Costa Rica. Mariana, in the Costa Rican office was very knowledgeable and willing to work with us until the plans were perfect. Everything was taken care of and our vacation went off without a hitch. We had a wonderful experience. In fact, we were so pleased that we have booked another trip for this fall through Travellocal.
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Hi Dottie, thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that after an amazing first trip to Costa Rica, as arranged by Mariana, you’re ready to experience the delights of Costa Rica again! Mariana’s knowledge is invaluable and I don’t doubt that with her diligent planning you will have a wonderful experience during your upcoming trip. We would love to hear how you get on! All the best, the TravelLocal team.
Rather than write a separate review i thought i would share an email sent to the Travel local team that sums up my views: I just wanted to express how impressed I was with Ecole travel in Costa Rica and their representative Maria. I have just paid a deposit for a 19 night tour and she has been patient and knowledgeable throughout. To put this into context we normally use high operators such as Audley, Cox and Kings, Reef and Rainforest and Scott Dunn and have stayed in some of the most iconic and famous hotels in the world. But we now want to change it down a notch and go for simpler, off the beaten track and ecological locally owned properties. We are also monumentally antisocial towards other tourist and want an immersive and totally local feel to our trips. Maria just “got us” from the outset and didn’t try and up-sell at all and stuck 100% to our budget (bar a couple of quid). The advantage of liaising with someone who lives in county compared to someone who may have backpacked once or twice and completed a free “familiarisation visit” AKA ... "free holiday" ... is honestly like night and day. Very refreshing indeed. If the trip goes well then we will be back to Travel Local and ditch the high end operators who demand at least 2-3 times the cost. Thank you, the idea behind Travel Local is amazing, fingers crossed it surges this competitive market!
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Hi Gary, thank you immensely for your supportive review! Maria does an exceptional job in Costa Rica and we are sure you will feel the same way during and after your holiday. Do get back to us with your stories from your travels. All the best, the TravelLocal team.
Have you ever stared at the television, or out the window of a car or train and just wished you could go on holiday. Not one where lie on the beach all day and drink all night only to return to the beach or pool the following day. An action holiday where every day is different but just the way you want it. Where you travel as far as you want through a country with a local guide. Where you get to try the various local foods in different regions of that country. Travel Local does not have all the answers as no single company could. They couldn’t know all the best and places to eat in all the cities in the world. They realise you need local input in order to get the best holiday. What they do have, are links or connections with specialist holiday organisers in many countries around the world. It’s that local knowledge that makes all the difference. They don’t rely on what was popular last year and hope for the best for your holiday. They ask what you are interested in, where you want to go, and then fill in the details. I can strongly recommend Travel Local to organise your holiday.
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Hi Tom, thank you for the lovely review! It's great to hear that you benefited from our local experts knowledge of their destination - we really do believe this makes all the difference to a trip! All the best, the TravelLocal team
Just returned from a wonderful trip to Jordan all organised by Travel Local. Speed & ease of booking were sensational from both UK & Jordan before i arrived in Amman; then it just got better!! The tour was organised on the basis of one on one which really did happen with a dedicated driver 24/7 plus expert guides at all the locations visited. I can only highly recommend this group for any trips you are contemplating.
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Hi Roy, thank you so much for this lovely review. Again, we're so pleased to hear that you had a great trip thanks to our wonderful partners in Jordan. Please do get in touch again for any future travels - we'd love to hear from you! All the best, the TravelLocal team
We have just booked a trip to Costa Rica next February. We have had AMAZING service from TravelLocal via their local agent in Costa Rica. Mariana was able to accommodate our requests and make recommendations to add value to our trip. We were able to email back and forth despite the time differences and she responded immediately the next day. We were very particular about some aspects of our trip and she was able to arrange these. We stumbled across TravelLocal on the internet and I love the idea of supporting local agents and communities in their own countries. But its a win:win because the local agents know their country far better than an anonymous agent sitting in an office in the UK so we learnt of things to do and places to go that we hadn't even thought of. I would definitely (in fact I already have) recommend TravelLocal to others.
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Hi Fiona, wow what a lovely review - thank you! Mariana is a real superstar, and as you’ve discovered, is very well placed to accommodate your ideas and requests. We love your passion for supporting our amazing local agents and are so pleased that you have benefited from Mariana’s local knowledge to discover exciting places for your trip! Thank you for spreading the word on our new approach to travel! We wish you a fantastic time in Costa Rica. All the best, the TravelLocal team.
Love the ethics of this company...Have just booked to go to Costa Rica and having read quite widely about possible internal travel have been delighted to have help to plan exactly what we want to do. The concept of local people and local knowledge makes perfect sense.
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Hi Ros, we love that you love our ethics and what we do! It is wonderful that with your ideas and Maria’s expert local knowledge she could craft the perfect trip for you. We wish you a truly memorable experience, do let us know how you get on. All the best, the TravelLocal team.
I found the site through google when looking for a tailor made holiday in Indonesia. I completed the form and very quickly got a reply from their travel agent in Indonesia. The itinerary was close to what I was looking for but it was happily tweaked to make it just right. I look forward to the holiday. I prefer to use agents on the ground rather than UK companies so that more money goes into local pockets but in this case I was happy that travellocal is ATOL/ABTA so there is less risk than booking direct.
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Hello Jill, thank you for your encouraging review! We are glad that the TravelLocal model suits you and was a smooth ride for you. Do get back to us with stories of your travels in Indonesia. All the best, the TravelLocal team.
VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE SPEED AND EFFICIENCY OF MY ENQUIRIES .I WAS GOING TO USE A BIG NAME AGENT TO BOOK MY TRIP ,BUT THIS COMPANY SEEMED TO KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS AND HAVE BOOKED AN IMPRESSIVE 14 DAY BESPOKE TOUR
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Hi Jonathan, many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We're really pleased to hear that you've enjoyed our service so far. We do believe that local knowledge makes a world of difference in comparison to the more traditional travel companies, glad you agree! Have a great trip when you go. All the best, the TravelLocal team
Laura & Vicky have helped us put together our perfect itinerary for our trip to Argentina. Quick to respond to any questions and had plenty of suggestions for what to include. The price was also competitive. I have no hesitation in using them again or recommending them to others.
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Hi Sarah, thank you for your review! Laura and Vicky are exceptional and are very helpful whilst you are online and on the ground as we are sure you will experience on your trip. All the best, the TravelLocal team.
Hi Sarah, thank you for your review! We are so pleased that Laura was helpful in crafting your perfect itinerary. She will be more than happy to continue to share her amazing suggestions with you, don’t hesitate to ask if you would like any local tips on must try food, hidden restaurants etc… We wish you a very memorable trip, please do let us know how you get on. All the best, the TravelLocal Team.
Our itinerary has been planned with our involvement and we've got exactly what we would like. They adapted it to suit our needs & budget.
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Hi Susan, thank you for your review. It's great to hear that you really felt our local experts in Rwanda listened to and matched your requirements when putting together your itinerary. We hope you have the most amazing time when you do travel with us. All the best, the TravelLocal team
So Far So Good. Booked our adventure to Jordan through travel local and Enjoy Jordan. The itinerary looks good, the process was easy and changes made with ease and patience on their part. We do not travel until 2020 so the final result is not known but every confidence that all will go well.
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Hi Robert, many thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad to hear that you've enjoyed the trip planning and booking process with our wonderful local experts out in Jordan. We hope you have a great trip when you go next year - do stay in touch! All the best, the TravelLocal team.
travellocal.com is rated 4.91 based on 324 reviews