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By Ella
On: 14th May, 2020

The Original Travel Quiz: Week 3

If you're feeling a little (or a lot) stir crazy and the travel bug is really starting to bite, we know how you feel. There's nothing like a dollop of healthy distraction to keep us dreaming about the future adventures we'll go on once the lockdown is lifted and that's where our weekly…

garden path england

By Ella
On: 7th May, 2020

Our Favourite Gardens From Around the World

  • South Africa
  • Morocco
  • Jamaica
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • USA
  • The South of England

At the risk of sounding terribly middle-aged, we love a good garden. But where can you find the best (apart from at Monty Don's house, obviously)? Lucky for you, we've dug up (sorry) a list of some of our very favourites gardens from around the world…

hiker mountains patagonia

By Ella
On: 30th April, 2020

Epic Ways to Come out of Lockdown

  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Yukon
  • Northern Patagonia
  • Southern Patagonia
  • Namibia
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Australia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Maldives
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Guyana

In a time of travel restrictions and lockdowns, face masks and flight cancellations, it can be difficult to imagine what our future travel plans will look like. At Original Travel, we like to think of ourselves as forward thinkers, and that's why we're already daydreaming about future…

family beach

By Ella
On: 28th April, 2020

Best Places for a Multi-Gen Holiday - Reconnect With the Wider Family After the Lockdown

  • Mallorca
  • Peloponnese
  • Sri Lanka
  • Maldives
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Kenya

With the world on lockdown and fun family get-togethers a thing of the past, we're willing to bet that the moment the restrictions are lifted, families far and wide will be desperate for a foreign holiday, bringing together the whole clan for a sunny escape. While we may not be able to go…

By Ella
On: 24th April, 2020

Tips to Avoid Overtourism

Overtourism: too many of us going to the same places at the same times to see the same sights. With harrowing images of long queues to get to the summit of Mount Everest, swarms of holidaymakers descending on the world's most famous (and Instagrammable) spots, and islands and beaches having…

undertourism man walking on hill alone

By Ella
On: 20th April, 2020

Eight of the Best Alternative Destinations to Escape the Crowds

  • Greece
  • Tanzania
  • Guatemala
  • USA
  • Peru
  • Istria
  • Iceland
  • Botswana

If your idea of holiday hell is visiting a famous tourist hotspot with crowds jostling for the perfect shot and you'd much rather spend your precious time exploring under-the-radar hidden gems that are away from the masses, then may we introduce Undertourism. Aspiring Undertourist and…

By Ella
On: 17th April, 2020

Babymoon Destinations for Every Season

  • Portugal
  • Lisbon
  • Morocco
  • Italy
  • The Amalfi Coast
  • Tuscany
  • Greece
  • Santorini
  • Crete
  • Naxos
  • Paros
  • Spain
  • Croatia
  • Istria
  • Maldives
  • Oman

A little one on the way means big change is on the horizon, and your sights may be set on heading off on one last holiday hurrah before you swap cocktails for cots and happy hour for afternoon naps. Enter, the babymoon. For parents-to-be this is the perfect time for a blissful beach break, a…

Nnhavn Harbour Listing

By Ella
On: 11th March, 2020

Getting Hygge in Copenhagen

  • Copenhagen

Cosy cafes, snug pubs and candle-lit restaurants combine to make the Danish capital of Copenhagen one of the top destinations for a hit of hygge. The Danish word that sums up feelings of cosiness and contentment, hygge encapsulates everything from a good old-fashioned games night with…

cyclades houses flowers

By Ella
On: 7th February, 2020

Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

  • Greece
  • Italy
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Spain
  • Portugal

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…

tapas restaurant menu

By Ella
On: 2nd February, 2020

Valencia's Fabulous Foodie Culture

  • Valencia and Eastern Spain

For a bitesize break bursting with fabulous food and heaps of culture, Valencia is hard to top. This pocket-sized port city on Spain's south-eastern coast is overflowing with cool cafes, lovely local restaurants, buzzing tapas bars and a pulsing nightlife. Read on to discover why Valencia…