To the Moon and Back

Horseback ride through the lunar-like landscape of the aptly named Valle de la Luna in Chile's Atacama Desert to get a sense of its full, awe-inspiring, scale.

Namibia is one of the most popular safari destinations during Summer - start planning now for 2019.

There has been a lighthouse at the Old Head of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland since the 17th Century but there are references to a lighted beacon here in pre-Christian times.

Spring sees the advent of Japanese sakura (cherry blossom) season. In ancient times the arrival of cherry blossom was celebrated as a signal of the impending rice-planting season and to cast good luck over the year's harvest.

Luxury tailor-made holidays from Original Travel

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Swedish Lapland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, the extraordinary natural light show that occurs in the depths of winter.

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Amalfi Coast, Capri & Rome

Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country on the planet, the food is mouth wateringly good, and the landscapes are varied...

Colourful Balconies

Porto & the Douro Valley

The Brits have long had a penchant for port, but the vineyards where the fortified wine is created and the eponymous city of Porto are, in themselves, a delight.



The scenery is striking in its diversity, from plunging canyons to soaring mountains, lush rainforests to arid Altiplano.

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Family South Africa

Malaria free, easy to get to and home to some of Africa's best family-friendly hotels. It doesn't get much better for a family safari.



The youngest country on earth, and one of the most fun.

Sunset over market in Marrakesh


Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.

Geirangerfjord in the Sunshine


Who needs Canada when you've got big country and polar bears on your European doorstep?

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Ultimate Tanzania

Tanzania is a country so full of diverse and fantastical scenery that it can be almost impossible to select just one or two destinations to visit....

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Travel advice, information and inspiration from the Original Travel team.

Why I Fell in Love with Sri Lanka

As a real foodie I was extremely excited at the opportunity of travelling to Sri Lanka on my recent research trip to sample first hand some of their culinary delights such as hoppers and curries, and I was not disappointed. Having spent the last fortnight in Sri Lanka I have realised that it…

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Meet the Locals - our Specialist Guides in Australia

When it comes to friendly locals, Australian's are well known for being some of the friendliest out there. People do actually say g'day and you won't be hard pushed to find a gang of surfers barbequing at the beach. Plus, with a population of 24 million people, there are plenty of mates to make.

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My Top Five Thailand Experiences: Phuket and Bangkok

Having previously been to Thailand twice before, I presumed that I had already experienced most of what the country has to offer. However, on my recent trip to the self-claimed 'nation of smiles', my presumptions were proved highly incorrect (as most often they are).

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Are you a Master? Our Top Five Learning Holidays

Sometimes, travel isn't only about taking home memories of a lifetime, but also taking home a new and valuable skill that also happens to have a local connection to your holiday destination. Whether that's learning to cook traditional dishes with local chefs, or learning how to play a local…

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Going off Grid in Australia

Are you in desperate need of some time away from screens, social media and emails? Then Australia might just be the answer. Heading to the other side of the world will give you the chance to be in a completely different time zone to everyone on the other end of those emails and calls, and,…

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Skylodge Via Ferrata and Zip Line

Scary? Yes - absolutely. Incredible? Definitely. Set 380m on the side of a vertical limestone cliff in Peru's Sacred Valley cling four pods - three bedrooms and a restaurant. And how do you get there? You climb!

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Mobile Camping (not Glamping) in Botswana

Cast aside any visions of fancy lodges and manicured camps, sometimes the best experiences come in more basic packages, which is exactly what I got when mobile camping in Botswana; just me, my tent, a long drop and a camp fire...

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Secret Scenes

We all know that slightly smug feeling of having discovered something new, be it an experience or a place. We also all know the struggle that follows - do you let the cat out of the bag? Or do you keep schtum and save it for yourself? Well, our inner blabber-mouth just can't keep it together…

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Travelling with Tweens

The world is their oyster... just don't try making them eat one. Follow these few simple ground rules and these could just be the happiest holidays you ever have...

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Top Five Best Experiences: Sweden

Sweden brings far more to the table than just the delights of Ikea and Abba, with its culture, nature and cuisine all providing some unforgettable experiences, be it during winter in Lapland or summer in Stockholm. So, start working your way through our top five experiences in Sweden as an…

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Bologna like a Local

Take it from a (rather biased) former local, there's truly nowhere better to live la dolce vita than Emilia-Romagna's capital city of Bologna...

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(Super)Market Sweep: the Best Markets in the World

Sometimes the best way to really get to the heart of a place is by heading to a local market for a spot of shopping. Witnessing the various ways that locals try and bag themselves the best deals, with frantic arm waving and price haggling, is often something quite extraordinary. So, here are…

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Fun fact - giraffes are the world's tallest living land animal and can guzzle up a whopping 45kg of leaves and twig…

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Founder of @Aureejewellery, Amelia, reveals to @OriginalTravel her top five holiday destinations and what jewellery…

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Amelia, the Founder of Auree Jewellery reveals her top five destinations and what jewellery to take in our Original Travel blog...

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From learning the art of meditation with Buddhist monks in Cambodia to being taught about local sustainability efforts in Costa Rica, take more than memories of a lifetime back home with our collection of inspiring Masters of the Universe holidays...

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Victoria in our Europe team travelled to Italy to research the very best places to eat, drink, visit and stay around Bologna, Florence, Rome, Umbria and Venice... it's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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This August sees Argentina's largest Tango Festival commence in Buenos Aires - full of world-class performances to enjoy. And if you want to learn how to tango yourself, we can arrange private or group lessons with the help of Buenos Aires' best known dance tutors...

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Italian food is some of the best in the world. Why not impress your friends and family by mastering the art of pasta making and traditional Italian cooking in Italy's culinary heartland of Emilia-Romagna?

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Kate in our Europe team recently visited the rugged and wild country of Norway, exploring the unique country via boat, train and car.

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Want to get more our of your next trip to Australia? Meet the locals. Here's just a few of our specialist guides who can impart their local knowledge on you during your Original Travel holiday in Australia...

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We are hiring! We are currently looking for someone with a passion for travel in the UK and Ireland to join our Original Travel UK Sales team. This position is a very hands-on role and the successful candidate will be highly organised, driven, an excellent communicator and a team player. Applicants should send in their CV and covering letter to For more information:

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Find out Clare's top five Thailand experiences from her recent trip to Phuket and Bangkok...

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