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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…

Painting
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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 home… 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…

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By Tom
On: 5th May, 2020

The Home Holiday Challenge

As we enter the final furlong of this grand national experiment in homeschooling, there's a dawning realisation among parents that another set of key workers are due our intense gratitude - teachers. Part psychologists, part mentors, part crowd control, part inspirators and all heroes,…

Quiz
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By Tom
On: 1st May, 2020

The Inaugural Original Travel Quiz

Picture the scene. It's the Original Travel office Christmas party, and several members of the team break into an impromptu round of the 'Guess the Three-Letter Airport Code' game. One of the interns is overheard to say: 'Wow, you lot really are travel nerds.' Thank you, Fenella - there is…

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By Tom
On: 22nd April, 2020

Our Top Ten Reconnect Experiences

  • Romania
  • Tanzania
  • Norway
  • Jordan
  • Mongolia
  • New Zealand
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Northern Patagonia

Baking bread, whittling wood, fermenting vegetables, sewing our own clothes, growing a herb garden… in our modern and convenience-focussed lives, there is something infinitely satisfying about getting back to basics and learning the skills that our ancestors used in their everyday lives.…

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By Tom
On: 16th April, 2020

Best Travel Writing: An Original Traveller's Top Picks

So here we all are, literally and metaphorically grounded. One day soon, we'll be off exploring our wonderful world again, but for now it seems like an opportune moment to indulge in the next best thing to travel - reading the finest works by the best travel writers. As both a journalist and…

Thank You Listing
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By Tom
On: 25th March, 2020

Thank You, Merci, Danke, Gracias...

Travel isn't just about places; it's about people. Our amazing staff, our Concierges, our longstanding suppliers and partners in destinations around the world and, of course, our loyal clients. In this newsletter we want to focus on our clients particularly. We always knew they were a classy…

Director's Message
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By Tom
On: 16th March, 2020

A Note from the Directors

We, the Directors of Original Travel, want to update clients on our thinking during the coronavirus situation. It's a tough time for everyone, and as you can imagine it's particularly challenging for the travel industry. That said, we and our network of partners around the world are a pretty…