Life is in the Detail
On 25 August 2016 the US National Park Service will celebrate its Centenary. From the looming giant redwood trees of Yosemite to the red rock cliffs of Zion, the USA's National Parks play host to some of the world's most spectacular scenery.
Will - Original Traveller. USA
Life is in the Detail
If you look up the word 'quirky' in the dictionary you will probably find Areias do Seixo in there somewhere. This 14 bedroom hotel, located just outside Lisbon, is one of our all-time favourites for a Big Short Break.
Flora - Original Traveller. Areias do Seixo
Life is in the Detail
Food is just one of the many reasons to go to Vietnam but there are few more culturally-immersive experiences than heading to a food market with a chef and picking out that evening's fare.
Rosie - Original Traveller. Vietnam
Life is in the Detail
A safari to Namibia is as much about spectacular landscapes as it is about incredible game, from the blood-orange sand dunes of Sossusvlei to the giraffe of Etosha.
Kiah - Original Traveller. Namibia
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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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