Life is in the detail

Life is in the detail

Summer is technically the start of hurricane season, but Jamaica was last hit in 2004 so if you take the chance, prices are down and ice cold Red Stripe awaits.

Isabel - Original Traveller. Jamaica

Life is in the detail

Availability in sultry Sardinia this summer? Certainly, if you know where to look. (hint: we do)

Claudia - Original Traveller. Sardinia

Life is in the detail

Home to the best walking safaris, luxurious lodges, canoe trips on the Zambezi and whitewater rafting below the Victoria Falls, Zambia is the hottest destination in Africa right now.

Eleanor - Original Traveller. Zambia

Life is in the detail

At Original Travel, we need to understand what you like before we can truly say what you’ll love.

Nick, Al & Tom . About Us

Life is in the Detail

September sees the massed ranks of the wildebeest migration reach the northern Serengeti, where the Mara River - and attendant predators - wait.

Eleanor - Original Traveller. The Endless Serengeti Plains

Family Fun on Film

We've teamed up with much-loved children's party people Sharky & George to create family holidays jam-packed with fun, laughter and games to keep you little ones happy. If you take them to Oman this October 1/2 term they may even see turtles hatching.

Tom - Original Traveller. Family Holidays

Life is in the detail

Couples and country house hotels are a perfect combo, and Mallorca does a fine line in the latter. Head there in September for perfect temperatures, child-free hotels and the hip and happening city of Palma itself.

Flora - Original Traveller. Mallorca

Life is in the detail

Go gaucho in the Pampas, potter around Patagonia and take the air in Buenos Aires this Christmas holidays, when Argentina is at its loveliest.

Hero - Original Traveller. Argentina

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We are a creative luxury travel company who take a thoughtful approach to arranging tailor made holidays.

There is a world of possibilities out there

Here are just a few trip ideas to get you started

Honeymoons

Honeymoons

Post-wedding wonders

Honeymoons
Family Holidays

Family Holidays

Fun for all the family.

Family Holidays
African Safaris

African Safaris

Safari remains one of the most evocative words in the travel lexicon, and luxury African safari holidays remain some of our most popular trips.

African Safaris
Ecuador & the Galapagos

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Nobody comes back disappointed from the Galapagos, but don't neglect the rest of this fascinating country

Ecuador & the Galapagos
Hawaii

Hawaii

Aloha. Welcome to the 50th State of the U S of A and one that is completely unlike any of the other 49.

Hawaii
Portugal

Portugal

Portugal is a little place with a lot to do.

Portugal
The Great Ruaha River

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks

Tanzania boasts not one, but two, of Africa’s best kept secrets.

The Selous & Ruaha National Parks
Do Before You Die

Do Before You Die

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.

Do Before You Die
Big Short Breaks

Big Short Breaks

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.

Big Short Breaks
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is quite simply one of the most beautiful and historic towns in the Mediterranean.

Dubrovnik
Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy

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.

Via Ferrata, Dolomites: Walking Holidays in Italy
Best Beach Holidays

Best Beach Holidays

Best Beach Holidays
Mozambique

Mozambique

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.

Mozambique
The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta & Beyond

The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the world’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.

The Okavango Delta & Beyond
The Fjords

The Fjords

Pining for the fjords? You should be.

The Fjords
Anguilla

Anguilla

Possibly Original Travel’s favourite hangout in the whole Caribbean, Anguilla oozes laidback charm.

Anguilla
Yucatan Peninsula

Yucatan Peninsula

A holiday in its own right, Mexico's southern tip combines Mayan archaeological sites with Caribbean beaches.

Yucatan Peninsula
Japan

Japan

Quite possibly the most 'other' destination on Earth, and in our humble opinion a must for everyone's bucket list.

Japan
101 Hotel

101 Hotel

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.

101 Hotel
Snorkelling with Beluga whales

Snorkelling with Beluga whales

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.

Snorkelling with Beluga whales
Family Oman

Family Oman

Oman may not immediately spring to mind when thinking of good family-friendly destinations, but it certainly deserves to.

Family Oman
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is pretty much as close as you can get to frontier travel in this day and age.

Papua New Guinea
The Fortress

The Fortress

The property is situated on Koggala Beach, one of the south coast's most expansive, sandy beaches.

The Fortress
Dive the Blue Hole

Dive the Blue Hole

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.

Dive the Blue Hole
Bali

Bali

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

Bali
Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An Street Food Tour

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.

Hoi An Street Food Tour
Easter Island

Easter Island

Five hours west of the mainland, the island home of the giant moai statues is more Polynesian than Chilean.

Easter Island
Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal

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.

Ascent of Jebel Toubkal
Berlin

Berlin

The perfect urban city break destination, with museums, galleries and a cutting edge contemporary art and music scene.

Berlin
Mobile Tented Safaris

Mobile Tented Safaris

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.

Mobile Tented Safaris
Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

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.

Atacama Desert
D-Hotel Maris

D-Hotel Maris

Following a year long renovation, D-Hotel Maris has re-opened its doors and is back with a vengeance.

D-Hotel Maris
The Legian

The Legian

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 Legian
Muscat

Muscat

The Omani capital is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the Middle East.

Muscat
Areias do Seixo

Areias do Seixo

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.

Areias do Seixo
Mexico

Mexico

Forget Cancun, Mexico is a truly diverse country, with a vast array of attractions for travellers of all tastes.

Mexico

Meet our original travellers

We are seasoned travellers who combine our personal insights and exceptional knowledge to create memorable trips and experiences.

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The number of years of combined experience we have in creating tailored holidays

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The number of countries we have helped our clients discover so far

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The number of countries that we have lived and worked in

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The number of languages we speak fluently (and daily)

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Travel advice, information and inspiration from the Original Travel team.

Where You've Been in 2015

As your travel guardian angels we often write about and share our experiences of the destinations we've been lucky enough to visit, but enough about us, let's talk about you. Let's talk about the amazing places and experiences we've organised for our lovely clients this year. We're talking…

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Vietnam - Top 5 Rooms With a View

I set up my 'Eddie Harrop' travel bag brand whilst living out in Saigon inspired by the diverse tropical prints I saw in daily life out there. They are all hand luggage size which makes it easy to jet set around places and are now stocked by the likes of Net-a-Porter.

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The Road, River and Runway to Mandalay

They say we're often so focused on the destination that we forget about the all-important journey. And let's face it, when you're travelling to Asia in particular, not only is it a long old haul to get there, but the modes of transport when you're there are generally more interesting than…

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Let's Talk "Deep Cuts"

Nope, we're not making a political commentary on the state of the economy and we've not been listening to too much Cat Stevens (obviously that's not possible). We're talking about the Urban Dictionary definition (which technically pertains to music… but let's not dwell on that): true gems…

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Mozambique, the Escapist’s Dream

Mozambique is something of an underrated gem. While it may not be the first African destination to spring to mind due to its lack of safari options at present, the coast offers some of the best beaches on the continent and is something of an escapist's dream. So why not close your eyes and…

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Find your Inner Adventurer

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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Eco-Luxury in the Maldives

Think that eco-living and luxury travel are poles apart? Think again! Environmental concerns are hugely important to the residents of the Maldives, and this tiny island is going all out to preserve its beautiful but fragile marine resources. Off to the Maldives on your honeymoon? Why not…

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Our Top 10 New Year Holidays and Getaways

Between Aunt Marg's stuffy New Year's Eve party and getting stuck in hours of traffic, New Year's Eve is normally a painful ordeal. As a result, all those classic 'Bridget Jones' resolutions seem to go out the window in the early hours of the 1st January. We, at Original Travel, think that…

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Family Adventure Holidays

Thrilling adventures don't have to stop as soon as the kids arrive. At Original Travel we pride ourselves on being able to make even the most action packed holiday totally family friendly. After all, sometimes it's not only the children who can't sit still for five minutes.

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Slovenia: a Hidden Holiday Gem

The prospect of travelling to Slovenia was no small feat for a 4ft 11 solo traveller such as myself… what could I eat there (the most important question in any given scenario)? Do they even have proper shops? Will they understand me? Will I be safe? My dad isn't Liam Neeson, after all. What…

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Christmas Getaways: Time To Start Planning

Talk of Christmas already?!? Before you think we've gone all Argos on you, the majority of great festive season holiday spots do get booked up well in advance and as travel guardian angels we naturally only want the best for you. So, if the thought of doing one of Nigella's coke soaked hams…

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Fill Your Holiday Bucket List

The holiday bucket list. Everyone's got one. And making sure you get every last destination and experience ticked off before kicking said bucket is undoubtedly (understatement alert) a challenge. But that's what your travel guardian angels are here for (hint: that's us) and we're going to…

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Still at #work? Have a look at the @TelegraphTravel guide of things to do this #weekend! https://t.co/HSX4MQcZTq

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'Choose between a rock villa set right on the seafront and a hillside villa where you'll feel like you're up in the canopies of the trees...' Eddie Harrop brings us the top 5 rooms with a view in #Vietnam here:

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The ultimate digital detox. Thank you Mail Online for this great piece. After a busy weekend, Romania is where we want to go: http://ow.ly/RDVh4

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Incredible photo taken by one of our team, Hero, last week in #Hawaii. View of Waikiki bay from up top! http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/north-america/usa/hawaii

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#PlaceoftheDay: Jack's camp in Botswana. Perfect for an African adventure ... Why not try a riding safari? #TravelTuesday #ttot http://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/botswana/jacks-camp

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Monday morning coffee fix! This has come straight from the #Maldives, where one of our team, Helen, is currently sunning herself! Incredible service PER AQUUM Niyama! Life is ultimately in the detail.

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#October Half- Term is just around the corner.. why not get planning a family holiday?

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One of our team, Pip, has just got back from #Sweden! - Have a look at our info on Sweden - http://ow.ly/R8dBX Or have a look at her instagram here -- https://instagram.com/pippa_rose_11/

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Attention!!! We are currently looking for a Sales Consultant to join our dynamic European team!! If you have sales experience in Europe and would like further information, or to apply please email: jobs@originaltravel.co.uk

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#Blog Alert! One of our team, Carrie has written this great blog on #Burma - http://ow.ly/R64i3 #travelblogger

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