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Holly in the mountains

By Holly
On: 16th April, 2020

Getting Off The Beaten Track – is it Really Worth The Effort?

  • Cambodia
  • Luang Prabang
  • China

Getting off the beaten track when travelling is routinely touted as a good and worthy thing, but it almost always requires extra effort and sometimes a little discomfort. Many would argue that any country or region's most popular tourist targets (think Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, the Taj…

Trending Destination: Kyrgyzstan
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By Tom
On: 6th January, 2020

Trending Destinations: What's Hot for 2020

  • Kyrgyzstan
  • China
  • Israel
  • Nicaragua
  • Egypt
  • Corsica
  • The Azores

Taking the planet's pulse is a particularly pleasurable part of our job, and each year we predict which destinations will hit the heights. So, without further delay, we introduce Original Travel's magnificent seven trending destinations for 2020. Some are entirely new destinations for us,…

Polar Bear On Ice

By Ella
On: 23rd December, 2019

'His Dark Materials' Animals and Where to See Them

  • China
  • Canada
  • Romania
  • South Africa

Imagine a reality in which your soul existed outside of your body in animal form. This is the world created by Phillip Pullman in his best-selling trilogy, His Dark Materials, which was recently adapted into a hit BBC drama starring the likes of Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson and James McAvoy. From…

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By Miranda
On: 1st February, 2017

Six Reasons Why We Should All Go to China Right Now

  • China
  • Beijing & the Great Wall
  • Shanghai & Hangzhou

China is a fascinating country in which to travel. However, I am not going to lie and say it will ever be my favourite destination; it is a tough country to travel in. There were times that I absolutely loved it and others when I was wondering what on earth I was doing there. However, I do…

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By Jess
On: 8th February, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

  • India
  • Japan
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Western Tanzania
  • Borneo

Clever, lively, flexible - no, we're not trying to simply flatter you into booking a holiday (do let us know if that would work, though), these are in fact three central traits attributed to those born in the Chinese calendar's Year of the Monkey. Ironic really, given the cerebral…

Hong Kong lanterns
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 28th January, 2014

Happy Chinese New Year

  • China

To the worldly among us, the 31st of January is an important date in the diary - and not because it heralds the end of Dry January (though congratulations, if you made it to the end of the month).

Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 1st January, 2014

How China Celebrates New Year

  • China

To the 80% of the planet's population that aren't Chinese, the celebration practices of Chinese New Year are still shrouded in relative mystery, save for abstract flashes of association: the colour red! Dancing dragons! Paper lanterns!

red panda in Bhutan Asia
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 29th July, 2013

Family Wildlife Holidays

  • India
  • China
  • Borneo
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Maldives

Kids love different types of animals, here in the US we have to go to the zoo to get up close to the weird and wonderful species around the world (don't get me wrong, a zoo always goes down very well) but what's better than choosing a destination for your family holiday where your kids can…

Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 10th November, 2011

80 Senses: #8 - Beijing Attractions, Tiantan Park

  • China
  • Beijing & the Great Wall

The massed ranks of humanity that inhabit China's cities now number a staggering 622 million people. Venture on to the streets of Beijing at rush hour and it can feel like the vast majority of them are out and about at the same time.

Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 6th June, 2011

Everything you Need to Know about Chinese Culture

  • China

It's the most populous country on earth, so it's no surprise that before visiting China for the first time, our resident expert Rachel felt a little daunted and overwhelmed.