About Us

Life is in the detail

Original Travel is a creative luxury travel company which takes a thoughtful approach to creating tailor-made vacations.

When it comes to our approach we’re proud to say we’re different to your average tour operator or travel agent. We offer something a little more special.

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We start by understanding you

Tom Barber, Co Founder

Taking the time to understand what you want from your holiday allows us to provide the truly transformative details that turn time away into a memory that will last a lifetime.

  • Give us a call or drop us an email to find out more
  • Drop by our offices for a chat
  • Or we can come to you, armed with maps and plenty of ideas
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We do the hard work for you

Nick Newbury, Co Founder

We take great pride in creating an itinerary tailored around you. We can finesse every detail so your holiday is not only special but hassle-free too, with every detail taken care of.

  • You'll receive a lovingly crafted itinerary pack
  • Every detail will be fine tuned for you
  • All your travel documents will be collated so the only thing you need to remember is your passport
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We’re there for you while you’re away

Neill Ghosh, Director

We want you to be on holiday while you're on holiday. Your Original Travel expert is here for last minute tips and our 24hr helpline is always available in the unlikely event something should go wrong.

  • Your expert will happily send you any last minute advice you need while away
  • If something should go wrong our 24hr help line has you covered

Our Story

Fourteen years old and counting. Find out how we got where we are today.


The three founders leave the City, the Army and Fleet Street and the Big Short Break is born.

We scoop our first award, for Best Brochure, at the prestigious Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.


One client goes on seven Big Short Breaks and our team now numbers nine.


Our second brochure picks up the Best Brochure gong again at the Guardian Observer Travel Awards


The team (now 14) head to Iceland, and in our quest for world domination we launch our long haul portfolio.


We turn publishers, launching our Big Short Break coffee table book.

The big one. We win Best Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards in only our 5th year.

(and we also sweep the board at the inaugural Matrix Skeleton Challenge, hurtling down the Olympic bobsleigh track in Lillehammer.)


Alastair beats an opponent from one of our competitors at the Boodles Boxing Ball, raising money for the Starlight Charity.

The winning habit continues with a Best Short Break Tour Operator nod at the Guardian/Observer Awards, and the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Award to boot.

Bot Snorkelling

The Original Travel baby boom begins with Tom's twins and, not entirely coincidentally, we launch our new family holiday portfolio.


We acquire well respected Africa, Latin America and India specialists Tim Best Travel, and pick up the Best Short Break Tour Operator award again.


We launch Original Diving with Tim Simond, author of the best selling Dive in Style books, and Dive Master and former Mr Universe, Neill Ghosh.

The hardier members of the team compete in the Blenheim Triathlon to raise money for one of our key charities, the admirable TUSK

We bag the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards Best Short Break Tour Operator award for a fourth straight year. Huw Edwards seems less than impressed.


We go from strength to strength organising wonderful trips - some more high profile than others - to far flung corners of the globe.


With the acquisition of Simoon Travel, founder Amelia Stewart brings the finest Middle Eastern and desert culture specialists on board.

A clean sweep of both Best Tour Operator and Best Short Break Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Awards. Trophy cabinet now officially groaning.

We move to our lovely new office, the former home of Victoria Beckham's fashion label.


Original Travel turns ten!


A sparkly new Original Travel website launches with over 3,000 pages and 20,000 photos of holiday inspiration. Share your holiday plans with friends using My Ideas and find your Travel Tribe.


We move into a shiny new office in Putney to accommodate the ever bigger and better team, which now numbers 50.


Two of Europe's best tailor-made travel companies join forces as French tour operator Voyageurs du Monde takes a strategic stake in Original Travel. Expect even better service and destination expertise.

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Who we are

We're seasoned travellers who combine our personal insights and exceptional knowledge to create memorable trips and experiences.

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Nick Newbury

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Tom Barber

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Neill Ghosh

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Discover what makes us different

Our thoughtful team of knowledgeable experts are here to take care of every need, from the second you contact us to when you return

  • Efficient and friendly service
  • Flexible and hassle free
  • Passionate, honest experts
  • Value and prices
  • Unparalleled support
  • Don’t just take our word for it

What makes us different?