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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…

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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 Jacqui
On: 2nd March, 2020

Top Honeymoon Destinations in Asia

  • Sri Lanka
  • Cambodia
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand

Your honeymoon is the most memorable trip of your lifetime, a holiday you'll reminisce on in years to come with fondness and happy memories. So understandably you'll want to pick the perfect destination. But in a world with so many beautiful countries, which one to choose? We've searched far…

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By Claire
On: 13th February, 2020

Romantically Unromantic - Our Favourite Unusual Getaways for Couples

  • Las Vegas & the Grand Canyon
  • Peru
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Paris

We love any excuse to celebrate, but as our name 'Original' Travel suggests, we aren't much into clichés - especially when it comes to Valentine's Day. Over the years, we've compiled a list of our favourite unusual experiences that are perfect for couples who want a romantic getaway with a…

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By Jess
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…

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By Tom
On: 18th January, 2020

World Religion Day - Our Top Religious Sites and Festivals

  • Ladakh
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malta
  • Seville
  • Mexico
  • Cusco
  • Brazil
  • Botswana
  • Israel

World Religion Day is on Sunday 19th January this year, with the organisers keen to stress the importance of religion and spirituality in unifying humans around the world. They've got a point, because despite a few very obvious on-going (and seemingly implacable) religious rivalries around…

By Claire
On: 1st October, 2019

What Lies Beneath the Surface...

  • New Zealand
  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • Japan
  • Botswana
  • Iceland

Underground (noun): a group or movement organised secretly to work against an existing regime, who consider themselves different from the mainstream of society and culture. Or, simply finding yourself in a subterranean situation... And we Brits are good at doing things underground - whether…

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Holly in the mountains

By Holly
On: 25th July, 2019

On Set in Asia - Film Locations in Cambodia and Japan

  • Cambodia
  • Japan

How often have you been watching a film and been awestruck by the location? 'Where did they shoot that?', you wonder, and start plotting your own visit. Memorable locations for me included The Grand Canyon in Thelma & Louise (the final scene was actually shot in Utah!), the mountain…

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Frances

By Frances
On: 10th July, 2019

What it's Like To Stay in a Japanese Ryokan

  • Japan

On my recent trip to Japan, I had the opportunity to experience five different ryokans - traditional Japanese inns - and I can highly recommend the experience. It is completely different to staying in a hotel and you can get a great feel for the original style of Japanese home life.

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Emily

By Emily
On: 12th March, 2019

Get Organised for 2020

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Egypt
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Antarctica
  • Finland
  • Japan

We may only be three months into 2019, and most of us are still probably writing the date wrong at least once a day, but alarmingly it is also time to start looking ahead to 2020. Certain destinations and experiences book up incredibly early, so now is the chance to get your organisational…