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Alastair - Original Traveller

Alastair Poulain

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Europe, North America and Middle East.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • To explore Madagascar
  • Armenia. Looks and sounds intriguing
  • I want to sail the Atlantic
  • Take the trans Siberian express
  • To dive Komodo
  • To campervan around New Zealand
  • To dig deeper into India and to head to Tibet

Best Moments

  • A frantic and very business like 5 days in a Fiat Tipo driving endlessly through Morocco with my wife Hayley was somehow incredible
  • Getting to the bottom of Grand Teton in pitch black having no rope or climbing equipment left, or torches.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • The five hours getting down the Grand Teton mountains in the US, in virtual pitch darkness at the end, and with little rope.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • I went on a French exchange to a nudist colony, aged 13.

Explore my blog posts

camels at sun down in the desert

Dubai: Why Go?

I have been to lots of places in my life, and have a list ten times that of places I want to go. The more I work in travel, the more places get added to that list. But never Dubai. For some, Dubai is the cognoscenti's James Blunt. The place you feel clever not to like. Shallow, fake, geared…

Four horses cantering

Safari Holidays Through Expert Eyes: Horse Safaris in Botswana's Okavango Delta

The second in our series of blogs where we get under the skin of African safari holidays. This week we talk to Gareth Peake from Okavango Horse Safaris as he shares some of the thrills and spills he's experienced while riding through the Okavango Delta.

The Many Sights of New York

Whilst exploring the sights of New York I find myself eating too much at the wrong times, revelling in the bustle and soaking up an intense slice of city living.

Hotel Exterior

The Dolomites : The San Lorenzo Lodge

When Original Travel heard about the new luxury San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge in the Dolomites, founder Al made a beeline for it - and, in the name of research, discovered that it was the gem the region had been waiting for.

Travelling With a Baby Across the Deep South - Good Idea?

Find out what I think...A 3,000 mile trip around the Southern US in 12 days travelling with a baby (9 months old). A good idea? On paper, no. It was a stupid idea. One intensified when my wife declared she had 'misplaced' her driving licence as we boarded the plane, meaning I would be the…

We’ve scooped a Guardian Observer Travel Award for the fourth year on the trot!

Since its inaugural ceremony in 1986, The Guardian Observer Travel Awards have become one of the most sought after accolades in the British travel industry.

Fun Family Holidays To Egypt

Read all about my family holidays in Egypt - ten days of heat, sleep and excellent food

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