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On: 30th June, 2020

Why a Gulet Cruise in Turkey Might Be The Most Fun Holiday You Ever Have

  • Turkey

There are a few holiday types that deserve 'classic' status: the family ski week in the Alps, the road trip, the African safari and the sexy city break to name but four, but I'd like to add another one in to the mix - a week long gulet cruise in Turkey.

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By Tom
On: 26th June, 2020

A Love Letter to Europe: The Best Places to Visit in Europe

  • Austria
  • Zermatt
  • The Three Valleys
  • The Dolomites
  • Sweden
  • Greece
  • Sardinia
  • Corsica
  • Rome
  • Paris
  • Istanbul
  • Stockholm
  • Copenhagen
  • Spain
  • Transylvania
  • Norway
  • Croatia
  • Svalbard
  • Gozo
  • The Azores

It's a staple storyline from hundreds of Hollywood movies: our hero(ine) leaves their small hometown and has many adventures and romantic trysts in the wider world before the epiphany that the boy/girl next door back home was the love of their life all along. That's a rather convoluted…

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By Tom
On: 18th June, 2020

Music to Move You

We talk a lot about our additional services. After all, they are one of the key things that sets us apart from the competition, and even more important in the new normal. But our regional playlists are one of the services we don't often bang the drum (excuse the pun) about.

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By Tom
On: 15th June, 2020

Travel Less, Travel Better

Yes, you read that right; this is actually a travel company suggesting we might travel less. Let me explain. As we gradually emerge, blinking, into the post-lockdown light, it's only natural that we'll be wary of travel for a while. Airports are likely to be more difficult places to…

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By Tom
On: 9th June, 2020

Hello There, 2021...

The situation surrounding 'air bridges' and quarantine* remains pretty unclear at the moment, meaning short-term travel is still very much up in the air (excuse the pun). Suffice to say, when the rules do change we've got some clever itinerary ideas up our sleeves. Looking further ahead, we…

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By Tom
On: 28th May, 2020

The Future of Travel

What seems like a lifetime ago (also known as: January) we published our annual brochure, 2020 Vision, filled with the travel trends we believed would emerge in the next 12 months. Given what's happened since, it's fair to say that some of those predictions (China as a hot destination for…

Virtual tourism
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By Tom
On: 26th May, 2020

The Virtues of Virtual Tourism

Some in the travel industry fear the emergence of virtual tourism; we're not in that camp. We know that seeing somewhere on a screen - even if you are able to turn your head or move your mouse to see more - is no substitute for the real thing. That said, virtual tours are a great teaser for…

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By Tom
On: 20th May, 2020

The Two-Metre Rule

Second guessing the new parameters for life post-lockdown has become something of a national obsession here in the UK. But whatever the next changes will be, there's one regulation that we just know will stay in place - the two-metre social distancing rule. Now, depending on your height you…

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By Tom
On: 18th May, 2020

Lockdown Learning

As the rules around the lockdown begin to loosen in the UK, this is an apt moment to revisit all the things you determined to learn during your time at homeā€¦ and never quite got around to. No more excuses, people! In the near future we'll all be back at work, and then, one day soon, we'll be…

Travel quiz
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By Tom
On: 8th May, 2020

The Original Travel Quiz: Week 2

With no-one able to travel for the time being, the Original Travel team are like world class athletes stuck at home unable to compete - all our hard-won travel expertise is going to seed. As we see it, there are two solutions. First: the slow but steadily rising number of enquiries we're…