About Us

Life is in the detail

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

When it comes to our approach we’re proud to say we’re different to your average tour operator or travel agent. We offer something a little more special.

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We start by understanding you

Tom Barber, Co Founder

Taking the time to understand what you want from your holiday allows us to provide the truly transformative details that turn time away into a memory that will last a lifetime.

  • Give us a call or drop us an email to find out more
  • Drop by our offices for a chat
  • Or we can come to you, armed with maps and plenty of ideas
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We do the hard work for you

Nick Newbury, Co Founder

We take great pride in creating an itinerary tailored around you. We can finesse every detail so your holiday is not only special but hassle-free too, with every detail taken care of.

  • You'll receive a lovingly crafted itinerary pack
  • Every detail will be fine tuned for you
  • All your travel documents will be collated so the only thing you need to remember is your passport
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We’re there for you while you’re away

Neill Ghosh, Director

We want you to be on holiday while you're on holiday. Your Original Travel expert is here for last minute tips and our 24hr helpline is always available in the unlikely event something should go wrong.

  • Your expert will happily send you any last minute advice you need while away
  • If something should go wrong our 24hr help line has you covered

Keeping our clients happy

  • 100%

  • of our clients give our holidays a positive rating

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Our Story

Fourteen years old and counting. Find out how we got where we are today.

2003

The three founders leave the City, the Army and Fleet Street and the Big Short Break is born.

We scoop our first award, for Best Brochure, at the prestigious Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.

2004

One client goes on seven Big Short Breaks and our team now numbers nine.

2005

Our second brochure picks up the Best Brochure gong again at the Guardian Observer Travel Awards

2006

The team (now 14) head to Iceland, and in our quest for world domination we launch our long haul portfolio.

2007

We turn publishers, launching our Big Short Break coffee table book.

The big one. We win Best Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards in only our 5th year.

(and we also sweep the board at the inaugural Matrix Skeleton Challenge, hurtling down the Olympic bobsleigh track in Lillehammer.)

2008

Alastair beats an opponent from one of our competitors at the Boodles Boxing Ball, raising money for the Starlight Charity.

The winning habit continues with a Best Short Break Tour Operator nod at the Guardian/Observer Awards, and the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Award to boot.

The Original Travel baby boom begins with Tom's twins, and - not entirely coincidentally - we launch our new family holiday portfolio.

2009

We acquire well respected Africa, Latin America and India specialists Tim Best Travel, and pick up the Best Short Break Tour Operator award again.

2010

We launch Original Diving with Tim Simond, author of the best selling Dive in Style books, and Dive Master and former Mr Universe, Neill Ghosh.

The hardier members of the team compete in the Blenheim Triathlon to raise money for one of our key charities, the admirable TUSK

We bag the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards Best Short Break Tour Operator award for a fourth straight year. Huw Edwards seems less than impressed.

2011

We go from strength to strength organising wonderful trips - some more high profile than others - to far flung corners of the globe.

2012

With the acquisition of Simoon Travel, founder Amelia Stewart brings the finest Middle Eastern and desert culture specialists on board.

A clean sweep of both Best Tour Operator and Best Short Break Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Awards. Trophy cabinet now officially groaning.

We move to our lovely new office, the former home of Victoria Beckham's fashion label.

2013

Original Travel turns ten!

We join forces with much-loved children's party people Sharky & George to enhance our family holidays. Meanwhile the Original Travel baby count hits 23.

2014

A sparkly new Original Travel website launches with over 3,000 pages and 20,000 photos of holiday inspiration. Share your holiday plans with friends using My Ideas and find your Travel Tribe.

2016

We move into a shiny new office in Putney to accommodate the ever bigger and better team, which now numbers 50.

2017

Two of Europe's best tailor-made travel companies join forces as French tour operator Voyageurs du Monde takes a strategic stake In Original Travel. Expect even better service and destination expertise.

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  • 2012
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  • 2016
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Who we are

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

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Nick Newbury

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Tom Barber

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Neill Ghosh

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Amelia Stewart

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Dave Lorch

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Louisa Fisher

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Saskia Wilson

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Will Boocock

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Jacqui Brooks

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Eleanor Orr

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Kate Little

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Susie Little

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Leonie Wright

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Abby Dingle

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India Tyndall

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Charlotte Cox

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Natalie Kennedy

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Sue Wheatley

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Interested in working with us?

A Different Kind of Workplace: Our dynamic team now numbers 44 in a lovely office in Putney, London. We take enormous pride in our team, and go to great lengths to engender their pride in the business. We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Asia Sales Consultant | Fixed Term Contract (up to one year): We are excited to be recruiting for an experienced Asia sales expert to join the largest sales team in the business. The department focuses on selling South and South East Asia, Australasia and the South Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to jobs@originaltravel.co.uk
  • Service Consultant | Permanent: The Service team is one of the fastest growing at Original Travel. The main aim is to work together with the Sales team, clients and suppliers to deliver an exceptional standard of client service at all times. We are looking for somebody who has experience in a Service position, or similar, in the travel industry. The successful candidate will primarily work with our Americas team so experience of travel in both North and South America would be a benefit. Experience of flight ticketing through Amadeus is also desirable. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to jobs@originaltravel.co.uk
  • We are on the lookout for talented work experience candidates to join our team. We have opportunities across all divisions in the business and these placements are a great way to gain valuable experience of working in the travel industry. If you are interested, please send your CV and covering letter to interns@originaltravel.co.uk

Discover what makes us different

Our thoughtful team of knowledgeable experts are here to take care of every need, from the second you contact us to when you return

  • Efficient and friendly service
  • Flexible and hassle free
  • Passionate, honest experts
  • Value and prices
  • Unparalleled support
  • Don’t just take our word for it

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