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For a different (and crowd free) take on a classic view – cross the Yamuna River at dusk to see the Taj Mahal glowing pink and reflected in the river.
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Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die
- Sudan. More pyramids than northerly neighbour Egypt and a miniscule fraction of the visitor numbers.
- California for sheer diversity of special things to see and do.
- Sao Tome & Principe, because it just sounds magical and unspoilt.
- Diving Neptune's Arm off the coast of Mozambique and generally considered the best dive in the world. It didn't disappoint and we were surrounded by white tip reef sharks and groupers the size of Minis.
Weirdest Travel Moment
- Chicken hearts in Brazil. Bleeurch.
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There are a few holiday types that deserve 'classic' status: the family ski week in the Alps, the road trip, the African safari and the sexy city break to name but four, but I'd like to add another one in to the mix - a week long gulet cruise in Turkey.
It's a staple storyline from hundreds of Hollywood movies: our hero(ine) leaves their small hometown and has many adventures and romantic trysts in the wider world before the epiphany that the boy/girl next door back home was the love of their life all along. That's a rather convoluted…
We talk a lot about our additional services. After all, they are one of the key things that sets us apart from the competition, and even more important in the new normal. But our regional playlists are one of the services we don't often bang the drum (excuse the pun) about.
Yes, you read that right; this is actually a travel company suggesting we might travel less. Let me explain. As we gradually emerge, blinking, into the post-lockdown light, it's only natural that we'll be wary of travel for a while. Airports are likely to be more difficult places to…
The situation surrounding 'air bridges' and quarantine* remains pretty unclear at the moment, meaning short-term travel is still very much up in the air (excuse the pun). Suffice to say, when the rules do change we've got some clever itinerary ideas up our sleeves. Looking further ahead, we…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
Don't worry. This isn't a blog about the dry as dust subject of European equivalence that was a hot topic during the first round of Brexit negotiations. We're talking about something far, FAR more interesting: namely the fact that you don't need to fly to the ends of the Earth to appreciate…
From the pyramids in Cairo to the underwater wonders of the Red Sea, Egypt is a short haul shoo-in.
Here's the bottom line: we work hard, we're busy, and we want to spend our free time doing something meaningful. Long and leisurely holidays exploring a destination are all well and good, but there's a lot to be said about a bite-sized trip that's chock full of experiences from start to…
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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,…
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