Life is in the detail
Iran, the country that came in from the cold, is about to get very, very hot, and no-one knows it better than Original Travel
Amelia - Original Traveller. Iran
Life is in the detail
The spotlight is on Central America at the moment, thanks to the region's beautiful beaches, fascinating wildlife and laid-back vibe. Our prediction? Nicaragua is going to be huge in 2016.
Will - Original Traveller. Central America & Cuba
Life is in the Detail
Luxury liveaboard yachts are the best way to explore the farther flung islands of Indonesia, and the extraordinary dive sites beneath the waves.
Amy - Original Traveller. Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht
Life is in the detail
Autumn in Amsterdam is perfect for a Big Short Break to enjoy chic boutique hotels, exceptional museums and the city's resurgent foodie scene.
Pip - Original Traveller. Amsterdam
Life is in the detail
South Africa's malaria-free game reserves are perfect for families, as is Cape Town, one of the world’s great cities.
Ra - Original Traveller. Family South Africa
Life is in the detail
While we'd all like an Indian summer, spending this winter in India itself isn't such a bad idea; particularly exploring less well know regions like beguiling Karnataka.
Fun for all the family.
Safari remains one of the most evocative words in the travel lexicon, and luxury African safari holidays remain some of our most popular trips.
Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country
Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.
Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.
Do you have a holiday bucket list? Thought so. We’re not immune to a bit of holiday-dreaming either, so while we wait to hear your ultimate holiday wishlist, the list below is our communal office bucket list of dream destinations.
Original Travel's portfolio of Big Short Breaks, launched in 2003, contains luxury breaks to suit all requirements from city breaks to skiing, adventures and escapes, all chosen with accessibility in mind... minimum time and maximum experience.
Dubrovnik is quite simply one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the Mediterranean.
Not recommended for anyone with vertigo, the Via Ferrata in the Dolomites, consisting of iron wrung ladders, footpaths and rope bridges, are an exhilarating series of routes that allow non-mountaineers to experience the higher peaks and most dramatic scenery of this most beautiful of mountain ranges.
Mozambique is the ultimate holiday destination thanks to mile upon mile of palm-fringed coastline, warm turquoise waters and now a national park that allows for the ultimate 'bush and beach' combination.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.
Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.
A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.
Quite possibly the most 'other' destination on Earth, and in our humble opinion a must for everyone's bucket list.
101 Hotel is a totally chic boutique in Reykjavik. As Iceland’s first design hotel it is nothing less than smart, funky and oozing with style.
July and August heralds the arrival of more than 3000 Beluga whales into Hudson Bay, heading for the mouth of the Hudson River where they summer in the estuary.
Oman may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of good family-friendly destinations, but it certainly deserves to.
Papua New Guinea is pretty much as close as you can get to frontier travel in this day and age.
The property is situated on Koggala Beach, one of the south coast's most expansive, sandy beaches.
Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Blue Hole is 60 miles off the mainland of Belize and is one of the greatest dive sites in the world.
The tropical idyll of Bali offers superb watersports, landscapes, hotels and culture for a varied luxury holiday.
This street food tasting tour is an entertaining and informative way to see Hoi An through its food. Visit a local market off the tourist map then sit down to sample a 36 local delicacies - from sweet to savoury, noodles, sticky rice, myriad spring rolls, tropical fruits and dishes only found in Hoi An.
Five hours west of the mainland, the island home of the giant moai statues is more Polynesian than Chilean.
Starting out from Imlil, the ascent of 13671-feet Jebel Toubkal is a non-technical climb that requires an overnight stay in a basic but comfortable refuge on route.
The perfect urban city break destination, with museums, galleries and a cutting edge contemporary art and music scene.
Donate your roll mats to the boy scouts, forget deflating air mattresses and expect a hot shower at the end of the day. When it comes to mobile camping, boy do they know how to do it on a Botswana camping safari.
With an extremely unusual ecosystem, this is one of Chile's top attractions, offering a plethora of excursions from the sedate to the most active, and excellent tourist infrastructure.
Following a year long renovation, D-Hotel Maris has re-opened its doors and is back with a vengeance.
Designed around landscaped tropical gardens and lotus ponds, many of The Legian's rooms have fine views of the Indian Ocean, and come with private balconies, BOSE hi-fi systems and two iPods loaded with music.
The Omani capital is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East.
Areias do Seixo is a great new addition to Portugal’s portfolio of boutique hotels. It's properly quirky, and less than an hour from Lisbon so works well in combo with the capital.
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The little known annual music festival of Fes in Morocco is a gem, not only because it is still relatively unknown (therefore retains its authenticity) but also because of the fantastically high standard of musicianship. In a sea of world music festivals to choose from, this one really…
What do the words 'boutique hotel' mean to you? Perhaps it's the independently owned and run element? Few rooms, bespoke interiors, secluded locations, impeccable and personal service? - They're all on the list. And it has to be said that the place you rest your head at night is a hugely…
In case you missed my last blog on Cambodia, I basically poured my heart out about this utterly enchanting country. Perhaps the most profound observation I have, though, is that Cambodians remain resolutely cheerful and strong in the face of such a harrowing history. In this article I'm…
Two days into my trip around Iceland I had a very panicked text from my Mother…. I'd left my enormous thermal duvet jacket at my parents' house and she was having visions of me freezing to death on some barren iceberg. Given that it took two full days for her maternal instincts to kick in,…
Having been lucky enough to travel the world extensively and develop a strong sense of wanderlust, Asia is where my passion really lies. Which is why, with excitement, I am now able to tell you about a country I have not had the chance to visit... until now - Cambodia.
India: A cacophony of moments all played in fast forward, with overlaying sounds; loud and jarring. Yes, the beauty lies in the impossible grandeur and elegance of the palaces and forts, but turn to the million rooftops they overlook, with a story beneath each one; each detail that gives…
Let's be honest - rugby is not for the faint hearted. It's a game of fervent patriotism, fierce rivalry and tough men running around hitting each other (a highly technical assessment, we think you'll agree). And with the Rugby World Cup gathering pace, it's hard not to get swept up in the…
Talk of Christmas already?! Well, it is just 91 short days away. That's a mere 2184 hours to go before we all start gleefully ripping open our presents, over-indulging on the turkey (and possibly the bubbly) and falling asleep in front of the telly, paper crown on head and drooling on our…
Confession alert: I wish I was Danish. Having just returned from the land of blondes, bicycles and salted liquorice (don't ask), it's fair to say I now harbour something akin to evangelist sentiment towards this Scandinavian wonder-country. Oh yes, a long weekend in the capital, Copenhagen,…
Niyama is a luxury wonderland that's perfect for guests who want to be washed up on a desert island castaway-style, but with all the trimmings of a modern and chic hotel. No creature comforts have been spared and there's a distinct cosmopolitan vibe. I spent just three days exploring the…
With all the recent news surrounding the détente between the west and Iran, and the downgrading of Foreign Office Advice, I am chomping at the bit to get back out there…And excited to be offering two small group tours to the country in Spring and Autumn 2016. These will be small groups - so…
It is hard to describe my experiences of Zanzibar in so many words. I remember returning to England and explaining to everyone that I had caught the 'Zanzibar bug'. Baffled, and alarmed that I had managed to catch some kind of horrendous stomach bug on my travels, my family and friends, as…
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