Fancy a Cuppa?

Fancy a Cuppa?

There's nothing quite like a refreshing cup of masala chai after a day of exploring in Mumbai. Lucky for you, our expert guides know all the best street sellers, making sure you get to really live like a local.

Miranda - Original Traveller. India

Summer Lovin'

As we head for the chilly days of winter, our friends in the southern hemisphere are looking forward to summer. In New Zealand the rather beautiful Lupin flower pops up across the countryside in November and December.

Katie - Original Traveller. New Zealand

Sensational Safaris

Safari is one of the most emotive words in the travel lexicon and South Africa has it all - Big Five game, epic scenery and some of the best luxury lodges and camps in the world.

Isabel - Original Traveller. South Africa

Picture Perfect

The picture perfect countryside and villages of the Cotswolds are quintessentially English - enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in a quaint tea shop after a morning of antiquing.

Dominique - Original Traveller. The Cotswolds

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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.

amalfi positano

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.



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?

mahale chimps

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.

The Year of the Dog: Where to Spot the Wild Kind

This year Chinese New Year falls on the 16th February and marks the year of the dog. An excuse (as if we needed one) to talk about some of our favourite furry friends, the African wild dog.

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Our Top Five 3G* (*Three Generational) Vacations

There are few foreign forays as fun as taking a beautiful private property or taking over a great boutique hotel and filling it with family of different generations, experiencing unforgettable activities together. Our US friends may call it 'togethering', but we've christened this…

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My First... Cultural Adventure: Rome

Rome might just be our favourite city in Europe so it's doubly delicious that it also works so well for families. We have access to superb guides who are experts in their fields - be that archaeology or history of art - but also in another key art; that of teaching children without them…

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A Sicilian Road Trip

I recently went on a road trip around the beautiful island of Sicily in Southern Italy (which also happens to be the largest island in the Mediterranean). Sicily may not be somewhere that immediately springs to mind as a road trip destination in comparison to California's Route 66 or the…

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Summer Lovin': Where To Go This Sunny Season

January is finally over and, boy, was it a long one. But winter ain't over yet, people. We still have to survive February. Lucky for you the Original Travel Department for Life Enhancement (sounds dangerous) has come up with a few key tactics for seeing out a seemingly endless winter.…

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Our Top Five Family Destinations for 2018

Family holidays in 2018 are an entirely different ball game to what they once were 'back in my day'. For starters, you've got everything from kids clubs offering football training from Chelsea FC and the opportunity to zip-line through the trees in the tropical paradise that is the…

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The Best of Verbier

The focal point of the huge Four Valleys ski area in Switzerland, Verbier might just be the perfect all-round Alpine ski resort. Sure, St Anton wins - just - in the après-ski stakes, Zermatt might be (even) prettier and Chamonix has the ultimate gnarly off-piste action, but Verbier delivers…

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Travelling with Teenagers: Teen There, Done That

Time to take a deep breath, bite your tongue and get ready for battle. Or - just as likely- get ready to enjoy some really quality time with your pubescent progent and discuss things in a mature manner. Ha, who are we trying to kid? Joking aside, these years can deliver some genuinely…

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Our Monthly Travel Calendar: Your 2018 Agenda

Between Storm No Name threatening to blow Britain away and Trump's assertions of his 'stable genius' credentials, January isn't exactly turning out to be a classic is it? There's only one thing for it: ignore January entirely and look determinedly ahead. And in particular look ahead to all…

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How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don’t Samba?

The late Sir Roger Moore asked of a companion in the 1979 classic, Moonraker "How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don't Samba?", followed by suggestive pause and arching of eyebrow, naturally.

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Four Reasons to go to Namibia This Year

Namibia - home to the world's oldest desert, highest sand dunes, largest underground lake and the largest population of free roaming cheetahs and black rhinos. Namibia is also the second least densely populated country on earth (after Mongolia), with a population of 2.2 million and a size…

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Our Official Resolution Guide to 2018

The advent of a new year often brings with it dreams of transforming oneself into a fitter, healthier, more cultured, better organised and generally super-charged version of the previous year's self: new year, new you and all that jazz. But now that the New Year hangover has worn off and the…

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Looking for family holiday inspiration? Here are our top five family destinations for 2018:…

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While Italy may be famous for fabulous sports cars, why not take in some of Italy's most glamorous and beautiful spots by train...

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Join our very own Amelia Stewart on our Small Group Tour to Georgia: Culture in the High Caucasus 28th May - 8th June 2018.

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Nothing beats taking the whole family (yes, everyone!) away on a special holiday together, whether it's for a special occasion or simply to make some lifelong memories. Our friends across the pond may call it "togethering" (each to their own), but we've christened this fast growing trend "3G* (*Three Generational) holidays. Here's our top five favourite 3G holiday destinations...

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Inside the Travel Lab's Abi King visited Greece's hugely underrated historic region of the Peloponnese with Original Travel - here's her ravishing review of the family-run boutique Villa Vager hotel...

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