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Susie Thorne

Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 21st May, 2020

The Original Travel Quiz: Week 4

Family quiz, friends' quiz, work quiz... lockdown has really got us exercising those general knowledge muscles. The hardest part? Finding fresh questions each week. While you might be able to recycle a few questions here and there, if you find yourself in desperate need of new material, look…

Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 9th April, 2020

Beer, Chocolate, Boutiques and Moules Frites: What to do on a Weekend in Brussels

Brussels - the birthplace of the European Parliament, Jean-Claude van Damme and the Marmite of Christmas side dishes, the mighty sprout. Although this petite Belgian city is often overlooked as yet another boring administrative government centre, in reality Brussels is full to the brim with…

Flam Railway Norway Listing
Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 23rd March, 2020

Keep Track! Our Top Five Train Journeys That Are Better Than Plane Journeys

  • Ecuador & the Galapagos
  • Australia
  • The Canadian Rockies
  • Norway
  • South Africa

They say that the journey is as important as the destination, but let's face it: flying is pretty boring, not to mention environmentally suspect (although, if you haven't heard, we do off-set 100% of air and ground travel for all clients and staff), so we want to sing the praises of an…

Chichen Iza Listing
Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 28th February, 2020

Beyond the Beach: Our Favourite Beach Holidays with Culture

  • Crete
  • Mauritius
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Hoi An & Hue

Confession time. While we might sing the praises of wild destinations and final frontiers made for intrepid adventurers, we're also partial to the occasional indulgent beach holiday where you can spend your days worshipping that holy trinity of sun, sea and sand. However, some of favourite…

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Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 12th February, 2020

Off-The-Beaten-Track Holidays

  • The Indian Himalayas
  • Guyana
  • Lebanon
  • Romania
  • Sao Tome and Principe

They say three is the magic number but really we all know it's 57,268,900. It is, after all, the landed area of Earth in square miles - positively spacious, we think you'll agree. It would seem that there's a whole world of, well, world out there to explore. Which can be hard to believe when…

spring flowers in a basket
Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 23rd January, 2020

The Best Spring Holidays for 2020

  • Israel
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cultural Triangle
  • Galle & the Southern Beaches
  • Portugal
  • Mexico
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Oaxaca & Chiapas
  • Japan

Want to put the spring back in your step after the dark doldrums of winter? We've got just the ticket, and with Easter plus two May bank holidays, spring is one of the best times of year for an epic escape. Here's where to go in spring 2020…

Honeymoons 2020
Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 15th January, 2020

Top Honeymoon Destinations for 2020

There is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to honeymoons. Some want pure beachside R&R - and rightly so, we would always recommend some downtime as part of a honeymoon (never underestimate how tired you'll be after the months of preparation and wedmin) - while others want to start…

How to Travel Responsibly: Rainforest
Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 6th January, 2020

How to Travel Responsibly: Our Top Tips

Responsible travel, sustainable travel, eco-travel - call the concept what you will, but these buzzwords are making waves, and with good reason. We all want to safeguard our beloved planet, but we don't want to (and shouldn't) give up travel altogether, so how can we create the conditions…

Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 20th December, 2019

Slow Amazing - Our Favourite 'Slow Travel' Destinations for 2020

  • Zambia
  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Egypt

Here at Original Travel, we're big believers in the benefits of Slow Travel (which we define as travelling by modes of transport other than plane or car; such as train, horse, walking, biking, boating and more). As well as giving you the chance to appreciate and connect with your…

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Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 21st October, 2019

Our Top Tips for Travelling Together on Sabbatical

We've already talked about the potential for anxiety when leaving everyday life and - more importantly - friends and family behind during a sabbatical, but now it's time to get practical. Whether you want to counter those fears by taking family with you, or by having friends visit, or if you…