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Are We Nearly There Yet?

Keep the use of that dreaded phrase to a minimum with these road tested ruses...

Travels with my Father: a Reminiscent Road Trip through Yellowstone

Very soon after my father retired from a 30+ year career as a lawyer in New York, he embarked on a cross country bike trip from San Francisco to New York. The journey was over three thousand miles from start to finish and it took him just under three months. This was, to him, the best way to…

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Reboot Your Resolutions

'New year, new me'. Many of us have uttered those immortal words, certain that this year we really will start morning spinning classes and dedicate our evenings to learning Spanish. Almost inevitably, once the first week of best intentions wears off, those resolutions start to slip. In fact,…

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Top Six Things to do in the Deep South

They say all roads lead to Rome, but when it comes to music, they take a detour through America's Deep South. The land of big bands, the blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, gospel choirs and more is a fascinating melting pot of cultures, history and musical milestones, all combinable in one…

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Choc-tastic: Our Favourite Chocolate Based Experiences around the World

In the build-up to Easter we've been enjoying more than our fair share of Mini Eggs here at Original Travel HQ, which got us thinking a little bit more about chocolate and the origins of our favourite afternoon snack. So we've come up with a list of our best chocolate-based experiences…

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Just How Much Has Cuba Changed?

It was with some trepidation that I booked my first return to Cuba since my backpacking days of 1994 - I'd spent over a month there and it still ranks in the top five of the best ever holidays. Just how much would this once unique nation have changed and how would the experience differ from…

Destination Inspiration for Slow Travel

The frenetic pace of modern life is a common complaint, but since the world shows no signs of stopping so we can get off, we need a few less radical solutions. Enter: the concept of slow travel; an opportunity to take your foot off the gas and enjoy the world around you at a gentler pace...

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Avoiding Carguments

Apparently a quarter of all arguments occur in the car. Here's a road map to avoiding traffic-related tiffs...

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Mashatu: The Land of the Giants

Secreted away in a hidden corner of south-eastern Botswana lies the Tuli Block, a little known game reserve lying on the South African and Zimbabwean borders. Unbeknown to many, 'here be giants'...

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Get Organised for 2020

We may only be three months into 2019, and most of us are still probably writing the date wrong at least once a day, but alarmingly it is also time to start looking ahead to 2020. Certain destinations and experiences book up incredibly early, so now is the chance to get your organisational…

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Where to Spot: Orangutans in Southeast Asia

Found only on the rugged islands of Sumatra and Borneo, orangutans are one of the man's closest relatives, sharing 97% of our DNA. Unlike most other primate species, these endearing red-haired fellows are generally solitary beings, with males preferring their own company while females are…

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Top Three African Birding Experiences

The African savannah's big beasts have obvious appeal, but the continent is also a birder's paradise, home to avian species - resident, endemic, migratory - ranging from the rangy (the ostrich) to the downright bizarre (the shoebill stork) and every shape, size and colour in between. If you…

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Picture Perfect: Europe's Most Photogenic Views

Europe is a treasure trove of distinctive and diverse landscapes, cultural curiosities and world class architecture; all of which happen to be tremendously photogenic and Insta-worthy. From dramatic glacial rock formations to pristine pastel beaches, get your cameras at the ready to witness…

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Five Experiences Unique to Sri Lanka

For an island that's approximately four times smaller than the UK, Sri Lanka packs quite the punch with a huge diversity of landscapes; from Ceylon tea blanketing rolling hills and mountainsides to national parks which are home to the highest density of leopards on earth (with 40 believed to…

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The Conservation Conversation

At Original Travel we spend a lot of time discussing our part in the great sustainability and tourism debate. Here's a quick summary of our current thinking…

Trending Travel Destinations for 2019

The nights are drawing in and almost certainly some shop somewhere has put up the Christmas lights so naturally we've decided to bypass all that and start thinking about 2019 instead. We've looked deep into our crystal ball, studied the tea leaves and read the runes (whatever they are) and…

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Top Honeymoon Destinations for 2019

It's arguably the most important holiday of your life and yet, amid the craziness of planning a wedding, the honeymoon can get a little lost. But don't panic! This is where we step in as your honeymoon gurus; our team of experts will help you identify the perfect destination to fit your…

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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

Venue - check. Rings - check. Cake - check… What's missing? The honeymoon! Let's be honest (although we may be slightly biased), it's one of the most important parts of the whole wedding process. If you're seeking inspiration for that perfect post-wedding getaway, why not look a little…

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Europe for Youths

Elsewhere in our blog we've talked about Travelling with Teenagers, given Teen to Teen Advice as well as Parental Advice on family holidays all around the far flung corners of our glorious globe. Now that every hidden nook and secret cranny is now in play with teens in tow, let's not forget…

Family Summer Vacation: Europe

The summer vacations may feel like a world away now but come June they'll be a veritable beacon of hope amidst the (organised) chaos of early morning wake-ups, school runs and vain attempts to prevent toothpaste from finding its way onto every single item of school uniform. Frankly, it's…

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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Top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink

Falafel, mango juice and suprisingly tasty stuffed pigeon! Original Travel Egypt expert Amelia Stewart gives us the low down on her top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink...

Discovering Magnificent Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and a mere 250 miles off the coast of mainland Africa but it still remains a largely undiscovered corner of the continent. I've just returned and can really only describe it as the most fascinating and beautiful country I've ever been to.…

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Our Top 3 Non-Safari African Adventures

We say Africa, you think safari right? Wrong! A safari holiday may be the first thing to spring to mind when imagining Africa but it's not all there is to this fabulously diverse continent. As such, we've picked our top 3 places to visit for a non-safari adventure in Africa...

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The Ultimate Adventure in Antarctica

They always say that you shouldn't meet your idols. In travel terms, Antarctica has been that idol for me; ever-present at the top of my bucket list. The question was - could it live up to my extremely high expectations?

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A Tuscan Treat: Castello del Nero Hotel & Spa

This October, I took a two hour flight from London to Pisa, the city with the infamous 12th century Leaning Tower. I then travelled forward to Chianti, a winemaking region in Tuscany one hour away, where I spent three blissful days eating the most divine local produce and drinking…

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Cruising The Nile: The Steam Ship Sudan

Recently I joined the ranks of famous Orientalists, nobles, novelists and a sprinkling of modern-day celebrities who have all had the immense privilege of traversing the Eternal River onboard the historic Steam Ship Sudan, all of whom have impeccable taste in travel...

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A Day in the Life at Danai Beach Resort

Having recently returned from Greece's Danai Beach Resort, I can comfortably state that a day here can only be described as heaven on earth…

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Navigating Norway: Oslo to Bergen

Travelling around Norway from Oslo to Bergen is no mean feat; a landmass so speckled with mountains and fjords that everywhere you turn it's impossible not to be awed by the staggering and dramatic landscapes that surround you. And there are several modes of exploration available, from boats…

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…

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).

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!

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...

Why I Love: Self-Driving in Namibia

Vast deserts, towering mountains, infinite salt pans and endless game, who wouldn't want to drive around the world's second least populated country? Our resident ex-safari guide, Matt, explains why he thinks Namibia is the world's best destination for a self-drive safari.

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A Deep South Road Trip in Numbers

I've just returned from an epic road trip through the USA's Deep South, a place of charming cities, sweeping mountains and musical marvels. Rather than try and put it into words, the best way to describe this region is actually in numbers…

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Exploring the Nile by Steam Ship

Many people consider a cruise boat when contemplating a trip to Egypt… I can honestly say I've found the boat to do this: the one and only steam ship to ply the Nile, the SS Sudan is beyond compare and stands head and shoulders above the rest.

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Our Top Three Italian Road Trips

The beauty of an Italian road trip is that the relatively small size of the country means journey times are kept to manageable lengths (meaning the risk of map-related arguments is, critically, also kept to a minimum). The other beauty is, well, the beauty. Few countries offer such stunning…

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The Nine Big Hotel No-Nos

When we're putting together your trip, choosing the perfect hotel is one of the key conversations. The hotels, camps and lodges we work with are - naturally - beyond reproach, but the team here at Original Travel have had to kiss a whole host of hotel frogs to come up with our portfolio of…

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Five Reasons You Should Go to Turkey Right Now

Turkey may have had a tough time of it recently but it is very much open for business and remains one of our favourite European destinations with its beguiling mix of culture, history, scenery and incredible hospitality. In need of convincing? Here are five reasons why Turkey should be your…

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Argentina vs. Brazil: Battle of the Latin American Heavyweights

They may have a long standing rivalry in football, but they also happen to be two of our favourite Latin American vacation destinations, so how do Argentina and Brazil measure up alongside each other off the football pitch?

Capital Idea - the Best Capital Cities Around the World

Does your ideal holiday involve spending your days weaving through winding streets, coiffing coffee and local eats at hidden restaurants and immersing yourself in a completely new city? Then you've come to the right place. Here is our definitive list, which took much refining, of our…

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.

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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(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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Off the Beaten Track Adventures

In musical terms (stay with us), the phrase "deep cuts" refers to the true gems that are found later in an album; these tracks offer the same musical style of a given artist but don't ever make their way into the public consciousness. The music of true music lovers, if you will. Well, the…

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Top Five Best Experiences: Greece

Greece has long been a favourite destination of ours, equally brilliant both for honeymooners looking for a tranquil escape, and for families looking for a summer vacation. So, we have put together a list of our top five best experiences in Greece, ranging from monasteries on the mainland to…

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Our Top Five Eco-Destinations

Re-use, reduce, recycle. We all know the huge importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful planet, and we all try to do our bit to help the environment and to reduce both our energy use and waste (Kenya and Rwanda are away ahead of us by the way, banning the use of plastic bags…