Some of our favourites

A selection of our favourite suggestions

Menjangan coral, Bali

Bali

The tropical idyll of Bali offers superb watersports, landscapes, hotels and culture for a varied luxury holiday.

Small Flower and Leaf

The Pantanal

In the centre of South America lies the largest inland delta in the world, the Pantanal, or flooded outback, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.

View over Kalaharis

The Kalahari & Makgadikgadi Pans

Botswana's Kalahari is a semi-arid desert and the most species rich in the world.

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Puglia

Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, is a destination apart, both culturally and geographically.

A River Winding Alongside the Vineyards of Rioja

Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

The Basque Country and Rioja offer world class wine, award-winning gastronomy, outstanding contemporary art and architecture, culture, surfing, beaches and charming cities. Not a bad little combination.

Balloons and Pagodas in Myanmar

Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar (Burma) is a country of history, culture, and incredibly beautiful landscapes, and we are delighted to be offering holidays there

Red Fish, Mozambique

Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago

The remote Quirimbas Archipelago is one of the last untouched wilderness areas on Africa’s Indian Ocean coast.

Sigiriya rock

Cultural Triangle

The heartland of Sri Lanka contains several World Heritage listed sites, and because they are close together, these can easily be combined in one superb cultural tour.

Sunrise over Halong Bay

Hanoi & Halong Bay

A holiday to Hanoi, exploring the culture of Vietnam's capital, combines well with a meandering boat tour around the beautiful Halong Bay.

A Hammock On A Maldivian Beach

Maldives

Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

A beautiful Monastery in Ladakh

Ladakh

Ladakh contains one of the most intact Tantric Buddhist societies left on earth.

Blue Grotto Cave

Bahia

The State of Bahia is known as ‘the land of the drum’. It is one of the most historic regions of Brazil, with a number of important cultural attractions, as well as endless miles of beautiful coastline.

The Stockholm Waterfront at Dusk

Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the most appealing cities in Europe.

Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park

A 45-minute flight from Guatemala City to Flores in the steamy Petén region of northern Guatemala, Tikal’s 3,000 temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms, ball courts and plazas lie in the heart of the jungle.

Aegean Sea fishing boats

The Aegean Coast

Turquoise sea, beautiful bays and pretty little villages line Turkey's south western coast - a holiday in its own right or great in combination with Istanbul.

The Azure Window in Gozo

Gozo

Malta's shy little sister, Gozo is a real favourite of ours because of its laid-back atmosphere, great beaches, and relative anonymity.

Roaring Lion in the Endless Plains

The Endless Serengeti Plains

Tanzania's spectacular equivalent of the Masai Mara, packed with wildlife and often with tourists; but we know how to avoid them.

Waterfall in Iceland

Iceland

The youngest country on earth, and one of the most fun.

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From our blog

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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…

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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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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…

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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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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…

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The Original Travel Quiz: Week 3

If you're feeling a little (or a lot) stir crazy and the travel bug is really starting to bite, we know how you feel. There's nothing like a dollop of healthy distraction to keep us dreaming about the future adventures we'll go on once the lockdown is lifted and that's where our weekly…

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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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Our Favourite Gardens From Around the World

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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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,…

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Alternative European City Breaks

With most European countries just a stone's throw away, it can feel like us Brits already know our neighbours like the back of our hand. Well, we are here to tell you otherwise. If you're in the mood to shake up your travel plans, read on for a round up of our alternative European city…

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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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Epic Ways to Come out of Lockdown

In a time of travel restrictions and lockdowns, face masks and flight cancellations, it can be difficult to imagine what our future travel plans will look like. At Original Travel, we like to think of ourselves as forward thinkers, and that's why we're already daydreaming about future…

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