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For a truly authentic flamenco experience in Seville, head to Casa Anselma in the gypsy quarter. Enjoy watching traditional flamenco performed by locals to live music, safe in the knowledge that you'll be the only tourists there.

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Jessica Higgs

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My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • See the Northern Lights - the first thing I ever put on my bucket list
  • Take a road trip through Europe in a vintage car - eating and drinking my way around
  • See the Mayan, Incan and Aztec ruins in Mexico and Peru - I'm a bit of a history geek
  • Go on a riding safari in the Okavango Delta - a combination of so many of my favourite things

Best Moments

  • Summiting Kilimanjaro. Having spent most of the summit night stumbling onwards (remaining upright while stationary became particularly challenging) and thinking I was surrounded by little gremlins (altitude sickness is weird), reaching the top in time for sunrise was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
  • Bungee jumping in New Zealand. I resolutely did not want to do this but pitifully succumbed to peer pressure... and I'm so glad I did!
  • My favourite place: the beach at Refugio De Vida Silvestre La Flor (rehash.lowdown.kooks - for all you What3Words fans) on the west coast of Nicaragua where I watched turtles lay their eggs in the small hours of the morning. Having schlepped through the jungle to reach the remote coastline as night fell, we spent most of the night gazing up at the stars and listening to the ocean roll in onto the shore, before the turtles rocked up and did their thing... absolutely amazing.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Having to make the decision to send my friend back down Kilimanjaro half way through our climb because she wasn't well enough to continue

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Sharing a bag of deep-fried insects with a local guy on a bus in Laos while he rested his head on my shoulder and we watched a movie on my iPod.

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Six of the Best: Hotel Bars

The satisfying pop of a cork, the glorious glug of a bottle, the reassuring rattle of a cocktail shaker - whether it's a Virgin Mary, a classic G&T or a Bubble Bath Martini (lychee, poppy-seed, lavender, rose air and a rubber duck, obvs), a good drink at the end of a day spent by the…

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Cool Combos

Dynamic duos: think gin and tonic, French and Saunders, pineapple and pizza… okay, maybe not that last one, but the fact remains that some things are just better together - greater than the sum of their parts and thus elevated to legendary status (definitely not that last one, then). The…

Authentic African Adventures

Authenticity: a perennially peddled promise which is rarely truly fulfilled. Yet authenticity is increasingly what we look for in our holiday experiences; the desire to feel like we've seen the real destination; that we've got beneath its skin and seen into its soul. Well, authenticity just…

Summer Lovin': Leaving it to the Last Minute?

Whoever said failure to prepare is preparation for failure clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous or, for that matter, the chaos of trying to juggle (delete as appropriate) family/work/home/pets/social life. While it's all very commendable to book things months and years…

Secret Scenes

We all know that slightly smug feeling of having discovered something new, be it an experience or a place. We also all know the struggle that follows - do you let the cat out of the bag? Or do you keep schtum and save it for yourself? Well, our inner blabber-mouth just can't keep it together…

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Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

Venue - check. Rings - check. Cake - check… What's missing? The honeymoon! Let's be honest (although we may be slightly biased), it's one of the most important parts of the whole wedding process. If you're seeking inspiration for that perfect post-wedding getaway, why not look a little…

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Arrive in Style

What do Bond girls, the Pope and Boris Johnson have in common? They all know how to make an entrance (who can forget Boris swinging from that zip wire?). And while we don't necessarily recommend 'doing a Boris', the slightly smug feeling of having really arrived in style is something we can…

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Don't Miss the Boat: Planning for 2019

Life often feels like a whirlwind of work, social commitments and life admin: frankly it's exhausting. Well, that's where your travel guardian angels come in (that's us). We're here to show you the light and point you towards the giant beacon of hope that is a holiday. And when it comes to…

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Glamping in Asia: Five of the Best

Travel trends come and go, and for every fad that eventually gets committed to the tourism equivalent of Room 101 (extreme heat holidays, anyone? - have a google) there is one that becomes entrenched in the collective travel psyche. Having burst onto the scene in the mid noughties, glamping…

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Off the Beaten Track Adventures

In musical terms (stay with us), the phrase "deep cuts" refers to the true gems that are found later in an album; these tracks offer the same musical style of a given artist but don't ever make their way into the public consciousness. The music of true music lovers, if you will. Well, the…

Family Summer Vacation: Europe

The summer vacations may feel like a world away now but come June they'll be a veritable beacon of hope amidst the (organised) chaos of early morning wake-ups, school runs and vain attempts to prevent toothpaste from finding its way onto every single item of school uniform. Frankly, it's…

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Christmas and New Year 2018

Don't panic, but Christmas is just 305 short days away **alarm bells start ringing**.While that might sound rather dramatic, Christmas and New Year are two of the most popular dates in the travel calendar and if you'd rather swap Brussels sprouts for beach scenes or awkward gatherings with…

Summer Lovin': Where To Go This Sunny Season

January is finally over and, boy, was it a long one. But winter ain't over yet, people. We still have to survive February. Lucky for you the Original Travel Department for Life Enhancement (sounds dangerous) has come up with a few key tactics for seeing out a seemingly endless winter.…

Our Monthly Travel Calendar: Your 2018 Agenda

Between Storm No Name threatening to blow Britain away and Trump's assertions of his 'stable genius' credentials, January isn't exactly turning out to be a classic is it? There's only one thing for it: ignore January entirely and look determinedly ahead. And in particular look ahead to all…

Our Top 10 Hotels for a Luxury Safari Holiday

Anyone with an interest in wildlife, habitats and adventure will have a safari on their bucket list. Whether you're in search of the big five in Africa, evoking memories of the jungle book in India or seeking exotic wildlife in Latin America, we know the very best luxury hotels, camps and…

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Our Official Resolution Guide to 2018

The advent of a new year often brings with it dreams of transforming oneself into a fitter, healthier, more cultured, better organised and generally super-charged version of the previous year's self: new year, new you and all that jazz. But now that the New Year hangover has worn off and the…

Spring Break 2018: Destination Inspiration

Winter is here. The woolly hats are on, layering to Michelin-man proportions is back in fashion and we've all begun to ponder when it's legitimate to start scoffing mince pies. It's a magical time, we can all agree. So naturally we've decided to by-pass all that and look ahead to spring -…

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Our Ultimate Foodie Destination Bucket List

Bucket lists: we all have them. Climb a mountain, learn a new language, run a marathon - all excellent achievements before kicking said bucket but also all rather, how to put this, saintly. Here at Original Travel we've been cooking up a bucket list of an altogether more indulgent nature:…

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Five Reasons You Should Go to Uganda Right Now

Poised at the crossroads between the East African savannah and the Central African rainforest, Uganda has gone from being the 'pearl of Africa' (or so said a certain Winston Churchill), to something of a diamond in the rough (so said… us) as a result of a politically turbulent few decades…

Simply Starstruck: Our Super Stargazing Spots

We're no Professor Brian Cox, and we're not about to start banging on about antimatter, circumstellar discs and magellanic clouds (although they all sound marvellous), but there are few greater feelings than the sense of wonderment that comes with tipping your head back and gazing up at the…

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Winter Sun-spiration

True 'Britishness' is surely defined by our love of discussing the weather and, in particular, why the sun isn't shining. It's no surprise then that studies continue to show that we Brits are increasingly suffering from a lack of Vitamin D. The answer? Escape to sunnier climes, of course.…

Sensational Cities: Our Ultimate City Adventures

The word holiday often conjures up images of white sandy beaches, delicious fruity cocktails and a good holiday-read. However, here at Original Travel, we also pine for something a little more…dynamic. That is to say that we absolutely love a great city. Think culture, history and…

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Hit The Road: Our Favourite Road Trips

"It's not the destination, it's the journey" - said every cheesy, road to redemption reality show presenter ever. But they might just be on to something, you know. When the journey involves switch-back turns through epic mountains, cruising along sweeping coastlines or trundling through…

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