Life is in the Detail

Life is in the Detail

If there's one word to describe Alaska, it's staggering. It's the largest state in the USA, the largest protected wildlife area in the world and is home to an estimated 100,000 glaciers. And all for just $7.2 million... back in 1867.

Will - Original Traveller. Alaska

Life is in the Detail

Think Italian cities, think Rome, Venice and Florence, right? Well yes, but head off the beaten track to Lecce in Puglia and you'll find some of the finest Baroque architecture of anywhere in Italy.

Lucy - Original Traveller. Puglia

Life is in the Detail

Suffering from a case of the January blues? Head to Fiji and you'll find blues of an altogether different nature.

Katie - Original Traveller. Fiji

Life is in the Detail

Northern Sumatra in Indonesia is one of only two places on the planet where orangutans can be found in the wild (the other being Malaysian Borneo) and, as such, seeing them in their natural habitat is one of the world's great wildlife experiences.

Miranda - Original Traveller. Sumatra

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Stockholm and an Arctic Adventure

Stockholm and an Arctic Adventure

For those short on time but big on experience, Sweden provides an epic Big Short Break. With just a four night trip, split your time between the achingly trendy capital of Stockholm, and an arctic retreat, where husky sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer are all on the menu.

Eastern Sri Lanka

Highlights of Sri Lanka

A perfect combination of culture, wildlife, beaches and some fantastic food, Sri Lanka has no fewer than seven World Heritage Sites, including ancient cities, temples and nature reserves. Miles of palm fringed beaches also make the perfect conclusion to a fascinating cultural tour.

Highlights of Persia

Highlights of Persia

Something of a must for culture vultures, Iran – or Persia, as it was once known – is an eclectic feast for the senses, and this is the time to explore a country which is very much on the rise. Soak up the compelling history as you travel from one city of rare beauty to another across the striking landscapes, meeting locals eager to share their rich heritage.

Highlights of Oman

Highlights of Oman

One week beginning in Oman’s capital, Muscat, soaking up the city whilst lounging in luxury at The Chedi, before decamping to the desert for a combination of isolation and adventure. Finally, stay 2,000 metres above sea-level in the Al Hajar mountains, exploring Oman’s stunning landscape on foot, clambering over canyons and rocky outcrops, or visiting hidden cultural gems.

Sunset over Kerala

Introducing India

One of the most vibrant country's on Earth, India can conjure up a multitude of conflicting emotions during any stay. As a result it's not everybody's cup of chai, but those who fall for the subcontinent fall hard, and become lifelong devotees. This itinerary has been designed you give you a taster of both North and South India.

South Africa in Style

South Africa in Style

South Africa offers the chance to enjoy a huge variety of experiences without the need for too much internal travel. Minimise your time in airports and maximise it in destination as you combine city life, stunning vineyards, coastal retreats and safari in a two week trip.

A Family Road Trip on the West Coast

A Family Road Trip on the West Coast

Road tripping with the kids might seem like a slightly daunting task, but travelling down the West Coast of California is packed to the rafters with activities, and scenery to make little jaws drop.

Java, Kalimantan & Lombok: Relics, Rainforest and Relaxation

Java, Kalimantan & Lombok: Relics, Rainforest and Relaxation

This is one for the adventurers, who like their creatures, and their creature comforts. A combination of ancient temple sites, time to explore the rainforest of Borneo in search of orangutan, and stunning beaches, with great snorkelling and diving within reach.

Sunrise in the Tuscan countryside

The Treasures of Tuscany

Tuscany is known for its outstanding natural beauty, along with its architectural and artistic magnificence. To see the best of Tuscany, explore both the cities and the countryside for a culturally and historically rich adventure.

Reefs and Reserves of Tanzania

Reefs and Reserves of Tanzania

Explore the lesser visited Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, sandwiched between two coastal retreats: a hidden gem on the mainland, and one of our favourite island escapes.

Swimming Pool at the Amanzoe

Luxurious Peloponnese

The birthplace of Greek legends such as Hercules and Paris of Troy, the Peloponnese region retains a mythological charm. Separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal, the peninsula has been inhabited by a number of civilizations, and is scattered with Mycenean, Classical and Byzantine sites. Explore secluded coves, azure waters, vineyards, olive groves while relaxing in some of the countries best hotels.

Flowers in Oaxaca

Luxury Mexico: Cities, Civilisations and Caribbean Coast

A trip to savour the vibrant metropolis of Mexico City, the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and some relaxation on the Caribbean Coast offers one of the most culturally diverse experiences to be found in Mexico.

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Exploring Namibia - The Skeleton Coast

It's the skies I miss most when I'm out of Africa- I always thought the vast dusty blue skies of my Botswana homeland could never be beaten. But then I finally visited Namibia- my god the skies! Truly mind blowing. Even the most devoted city lover needs to escape for open horizons to let…

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Exploring Dubrovnik's Old Town

Just a couple of steps in and already you feel like you stepped back in time! A UNESCO world heritage site filled with steep alley stairways and marching guards; just a handful of things which make Dubrovnik's Old Town so special.

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Our Top Seven Destinations for 2017

Christmas is over, 2017 is here and so far January is (unfortunately) living up to its reputation as less than a favourite: New Year blues and distinctly British weather. In fact one of the only things it is good for is planning your getaways for the year ahead, and that's where we come in.…

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Exploring Finnish Lapland

Few things peak at the grand old age of 99, I certainly will not. Even fewer things pack a punch at 99. Finnish Lapland however is looking pretty marvellous and with temperatures of -20 over the winter it is only for the punchy.

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Where You've Been in 2016

At the end every year we love to take a look back at some of the amazing trips we've planned for our clients, and this year there have been some absolute stonkers. We're talking intrepid honeymoons, adventurous sabbaticals, secret beach breaks, fun-filled family getaways, cultural escapades…

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Borneo's Best Bits

Borneo is a wild island, home to the infamous Headhunter Tribe and an ancient dense rainforest full of wildlife including the beautiful orang-utans and even the rarely spotted Clouded Leopard. Many people want to head here to explore this remote destination where the last headhunting took…

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Our Exciting New Partnership with IGO Adventures

Unless you've been living in a cave these past couple of years you'll be aware of the rise of the MAMIL, or Middle Aged Man in Lycra, and his lady wife, MAWIL. The desire to get fit is, of course, entirely admirable, but sartorially speaking no-one has yet managed to style out the lycra…

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Variety is the Spice of Life

Sri Lanka has long been a favourite destination of ours here at Original Travel. It's a country that really does have it all; culture, stunning scenery, wildlife, beaches, boutique hotels, sumptuous food and perfect weather. I've just returned from my fifth trip (it's a hard life) and each…

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The Colours of Guatemala and El Salvador

My first trip to Central America was so colorful that I have been living in monochrome ever since. I urge anyone with a penchant for pastels, a fetish for fluorescents or a bias for bolds to visit. Here are my most colourful moments from Guatemala and El Salvador.

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Eight Reasons To Go To India Right Now

India has long been a favourite amongst Original Travel staff and clients alike. It's the kind of country that inspires a lifelong affinity and, once people catch the India bug, they tend to go back again and again - there is always more to discover. With that in mind, here are eight reasons…

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Hit The Slopes

Imagine this: you're sitting on a sofa 30 feet above the ground with two planks tied to your feet as you casually get hoiked up the side of a snowy mountain. What is this madness? Well, when put like that, skiing does sound a bit… odd. But who can deny the glory of fresh mountain air rushing…

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The Best Honeymoon Destinations in South America

Ah the honeymoon, the perfect break to escape the drama of bringing two families together and to postpone the writing of very vague thank you notes (who did gift that nutri-2000 pasta machine?). Whilst minds automatically race to visions of white sand beaches and swaying palms, we like to…

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our very own Louise recently went to Namibia and she talks about exploring the Skeleton Coast https://t.co/9k2CFNwzZz

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Today's #HoteloftheDay is the luxurious and sleek Anabezi River Lodge in Zambia where kids can stay free with two adults between April and July and October and November this year.

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The Andaman Islands, found off the coast of Burma, are home to pristine desert island beaches, great diving, untouched jungles and India's only live volcano.

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Although the snow in London has been disappointing and (almost) non-existent, California have had lots instead. South Lake Tahoe has had over 2 metres of snow in the last 72 hours, great news for skiers! http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/north-america/usa/california

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From beach to safari to city breaks we have lots of special offers on a range of hotels right now with lots of them ending at the end of the month! http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/offers

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Our very own Nat recently visited #Dubrovnik and she tells us about the Old Town and why you should take some time to explore what the city walls have to offer.

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Song Saa in Cambodia is dreamy and they have a great offer; stay for four nights and only pay for two. This is valid on bookings until the end of January so think fast!

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Sölden, Austria is Europe's most hi-tech ski resort and is home to automatic snow, the fastest gondola in the world and the Ice Q restaurant which sits 3,048 metres above sea level on Gaislachkogl, one of Sölden’s tallest mountains (via The Independent).

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#FridayFact The first tea bush was planted in Ceylon 150 years ago today, by James Taylor at Loolecondera tea estate. You can still see the original tea plantation and then stay at Taylors Hill hotel which is right next door and one of our favourites in Sri Lanka.

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January is known to be the most depressing month of the year but it is perfect for getting organised and planning your holidays for the year. Here's a selection of our top picks for 2017 for some inspiration.

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