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The Original Travel Guide to ‘Airtiquette’

News has reached us of a mid-air punch up aboard a United Airlines flight that resulted in the flight being diverted and both passengers being unceremoniously removed from the aircraft. The reason for the air rage? That particularly thorny issue of airtiquette - the seat recline.

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

The spectacular combination of clear waters, pure white sands, and a plethora of swanky luxury hotels has made the Maldives one of the most desirable destinations for those wanting to pamper themselves on holiday. Being home to some of the world's most impressive luxury hotels means the task…

Late Summer Sun

If you've not managed to get away this summer and you're tiring of sun-kissed colleagues and friends, September and October are perfect months to soak up some late summer sun. Whether you want to jet off to somewhere in Europe for a long weekend or fly and flop further afield, we can arrange…

A Moroccan Adventure: Experiencing Magical Marrakech

Africa experts Louise and Fiona have recently returned from Morocco, where they sought out the best places to go, things to see and hotels to stay in. In the first in a series of blogs, Louise shares her magical Marrakech experience.

Competition Time: Trickography is Back

Back by popular demand! We had so many amazing Trickography entrants last year that we thought it would be just plain wrong not to repeat it. 2014's Trickographer of the Year will walk away with one amazing Sharky and George-ified family holiday, courtesy of Original Travel, as well as some…

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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

Flora has recently returned from a spot of island hopping in Greece; tirelessly researching all the very best hotels, beaches, views and restaurants... poor her! This is the first in a three-part series in which Flora explores the beautiful Mykonos.

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

A Tiger Safari in India

Asia specialist Miranda is truly passionate about tigers. Here she shares her once in a lifetime tiger safari holiday in India - one of her most memorable travel experiences to date. Originally Published August 2013.

A Tiger Safari in India

A Long Weekend in Seville

Four twenty-somethings with wanderlust in search of sun, fun, culture and gastronomy. One long weekend... Seville was the perfect choice for a Bank Holiday city break.

A Long Weekend in Seville

A tour of South Africa

Our Throwback Thursday blog takes you on a tour of South Africa. Find out what happened when Africa Expert Ra took a sweeping, tailor-made tour of South Africa, from the city of Cape Town to a safari across the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Originally published November 2013.

A tour of South Africa

Batty About Botswana

Here at Original Travel, we're delighted to announce the arrival of Louise FitzGerald onto our amazing Africa team. Louise is a real specialist when it comes to Botswana and her first blog explores her unique insight into a safari holiday here.

Batty About Botswana

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…

Christmas Getaways: Time To Start Planning

Sharky & George-ified Original Travel Family Holidays

Some matches are made in heaven and that's certainly the way we feel about the relationship between Original Travel and children's party people Sharky & George. Both companies opened for business in 2003 and have since gone from strength to strength. Then in 2010 Rosie from Original…

Sharky & George-ified Original Travel Family Holidays

The World on Sale

So what's up? It's more a question of what's down, and particularly against the Pound, thanks to a resurgent British economy. The rest will inevitably catch up (we're good sports like that) so the exchange rate bonanza won't last, but in the meantime there are bargains to be had. The World's…

The World on Sale

A week in: Cambodia

Once merely a tourist thoroughfare for those keen to tick off the spectacle that is Angkor Wat, Cambodia is now home to a private island resort that's been likened to the Maldives pre-tourist boom and has made the country's coast a luxury holiday go-to. Discover how we'd spend a week* in…

A week in: Cambodia
African Animal Migration

Which African Safari Are You?

African safaris are not, in our humble opinion, marmite scenarios; rather something absolutely everyone should try and will, undoubtedly, love. Even if you're a seasoned safari-pro, there's still more to try and if you've never done it before, there's no time like the present. So, what type…

Which African Safari Are You?

24 hours in: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant and appealing cities in South America, combining chic European influences with a true Latin atmosphere. You'd want to spend a whole lot longer than 24 hours, but if you were really going for it...

24 hours in: Buenos Aires

Bespoke holidays to Rajasthan: Udaipur

Udaipur - known as the 'Venice of the East' - is a cultural haven considered to be one of India's most beautiful cities.

Bespoke holidays to Rajasthan: Udaipur

Fourteen destinations for 2014

14 for '14? Sounds like a set of Mitchell Johnson's bowling figures from the recent Ashes debacle (one for the chaps there) but on this occasion referring to our predictions for the 14 destinations that are going to be big news in 2014.

Fourteen destinations for 2014

What is Luxury Travel?

What does luxury travel actually mean?

What is Luxury Travel?

Island hopping in Indonesia

Asia expert Rachel Bailey went island hopping in Indonesia to uncover the best bits the country has to offer, and discovered that the 18,000-island-strong archipelago really does have something for everyone. Read on to find out what makes Indonesia an ideal luxury holiday destination...

Island hopping in Indonesia

Recipe for Swahili Prawns with Coconut Rice

This recipe for Swahili prawns with coconut rice comes from Original Travels Millie, after her travels along the Kenya coast in Africa...

Recipe for Swahili Prawns with Coconut Rice

Luxury holidays in Uruguay: challenging its underdog status!

A question our Latin American expert Sas gets asked time and time again: 'Why go on holiday in Uruguay; doesn't Argentina have it all?'

Luxury holidays in Uruguay: challenging its underdog status!

The Maldives: Exceeding my Expectations

After many years of travelling, I had yet to set foot in what is, for many people, the ultimate island paradise - so I approached the fabled Maldives with high levels of anticipation and expectation.

The Maldives: Exceeding my Expectations

Best Family Holidays in Africa

Can you imagine anything that could be possibly more exciting when you were a little one than the thought of heading out to Africa on safari?

Best Family Holidays in Africa

Things to do in Stockholm in Winter

Most popular during the summer (and quite rightly so), city breaks to the Swedish capital of Stockholm are the perfect mix of culture, restaurants, nightlife, and the beautiful surrounding nature. But the city is just as charming in winter.

Things to do in Stockholm in Winter

Caribbean Island Hopping: Nine Islands in One Trip!

Dreaming of a luxury getaway to the Caribbean? Consultant Issy is just back from a research trip: a mere nine islands visited, 18 flights taken, 19 luxury hotels seen and stayed in, and an unquantifiable list of reasons why you should make it your next holiday destination...

Caribbean Island Hopping: Nine Islands in One Trip!

Up in Lights: Where to See the Northern Lights in Europe

As their name suggests, the Northern Lights are best spotted in the North, and in many cases, the farther north, the better. Whilst Canada and other longer-haul destinations do regularly provide sightings of this most extraordinary of natural wonders, many of the best locations to catch a…

Up in Lights: Where to See the Northern Lights in Europe

Discovering Istria

Been considering jetting off on a luxury holiday to Croatia? Well, half of me wants to keep this secret to myself - while the other half is so chuffed to have made the discovery that it wants to show off.

Discovering Istria

Georgia: Discovering Tbilisi (Part 1)

Q: The ultimate in unusual holiday destinations? A: Georgia. In the first instalment of our five part blog series about the undiscovered nation, Amelia finds herself falling under the spell of the captivating city of Tbilisi.

Georgia: Discovering Tbilisi (Part 1)

Winter Ski Holidays

Four fab new trips for the winter of 2011-2012...The Indian Summer enjoyed by many in the UK of late is well and truly over, and we can now look forward to months of news bulletins featuring cars skidding around on icy roads and the BAA making up excuses for their usual shoddy…

Winter Ski Holidays

A Client View... A Honeymoon in Italy and Greece

Italy and Greece are two of our favourite honeymoon destinations and our clients Oli and Marie tell us why they love it too...

A Client View... A Honeymoon in Italy and Greece

Where to go in Mexico

It's hard to believe quite how different each trip to Mexico can be, the astounding diversity which makes Mexico the ultimate holiday destination to suit almost any criteria. Here is my advice on where to go in Mexico...

Where to go in Mexico

My Seychelles Honeymoon

My version of the Royal honeymoon...

My Seychelles Honeymoon

Ethiopia: Lalibela, 11 churches built in a day?

Ethiopia's north is like a country of its own...

Ethiopia: Lalibela, 11 churches built in a day?

Romantic Escapes: Love is in the air…

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better way to spoil your partner rotten than with one of our luxury romantic escapes? Whether it's a hot-balloon ride through the Atlas Mountains or a luxury ski retreat at the wilderness Whitepods, we can tailor make a holiday perfect for…

Romantic Escapes: Love is in the air…

Luxury Holidays To Thailand: Living the Thai Life

I would wholeheartedly recommend Thailand to anyone...

Luxury Holidays To Thailand: Living the Thai Life

Staff favourites

Defining Luxury Travel: Part 1

In the first blog of our series on defining luxury travel, Lisa Corcoran of Travel Notebook and Passage To Luxury fame shares her views on luxury travel.

Defining Luxury Travel: Part 1

In Defence of Ryanair (Sort of)

It's been a decade since I set foot on a Ryanair plane... the question is, would I live to regret using them again?

In Defence of Ryanair (Sort of)
The Zambezi River, Zambia

Safari Holidays Through Expert Eyes: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

The first in a series of blogs where we get the inside track on African safari holidays from the guides and experts on the ground. Through a Q&A with Original Travel, Grant Cumings from Chiawa Camp in Zambia shares his experience and knowledge...

Safari Holidays Through Expert Eyes: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Discovering Magnificent Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and a mere 250 miles off the coast of mainland Africa but it still remains a largely undiscovered corner of the continent. I've just returned and can really only describe it as the most fascinating and beautiful country I've ever been to.…

Discovering Magnificent Madagascar

The Monastero Santa Rosa in Italy

For this week's Throwback Thursday we've picked an oldie but a goodie in Italy. Jules stayed at The Monastero Santa Rosa in 2013 - read the review.

The Monastero Santa Rosa in Italy

Discovering Dubai

After having my reservations about the place - I was pleasantly impressed with what Dubai has to offer.

Discovering Dubai

Boutique Bridal Evening with OKA

Tired of big, brash bridal events? We are too, and we're feeling rebellious!

Boutique Bridal Evening with OKA

Bespoke holidays to Rajasthan: Jaipur

Jaipur, known as the "pink city", is a land of vivid colour and a kind of glorious chaos. Guest blogger Tony Herbert visited the city with the roseate glow as part of his bespoke holiday touring around Rajasthan...

Bespoke holidays to Rajasthan: Jaipur

How China celebrates New Year

To the 80% of the planet's population that aren't Chinese, the celebration practices of Chinese New Year are still shrouded in relative mystery, save for abstract flashes of association: the colour red! Dancing dragons! Paper lanterns!

How China celebrates New Year

My First Holiday in Morocco...

From colourful souqs to beautiful riads, Africa Expert Fiona's recollections of her first ever bespoke holiday in Morocco paint a vivid picture of a unique country...

My First Holiday in Morocco...

A Visit to the Spice Islands in Tanzania

The northern coast of Tanzania and the neighbouring Spice Islands are home to some divine beaches that should be destinations in their own right (as opposed to safari trip add-ons). Africa expert Ellie divulges her tips after a recent trip...

A Visit to the Spice Islands in Tanzania

My Amazing Zimbabwe Safari

Having heard so much about how wonderful a Zimbabwe safari was in the good old days, and how they are soon to become the holiday of a lifetime destination once again, I was intrigued at long last to experience one for myself - and it didn't disappoint!

My Amazing Zimbabwe Safari

Aloha! Welcome to the Islands of Hawaii

Hawaii is undoubtedly a holiday-of-a-lifetime kind of destination - but each of the six inhabited islands has its own character, soul, and a nickname. So how should you choose which to visit? Read on...

Aloha! Welcome to the Islands of Hawaii

Trancoso, My Favourite Place in Brazil

Brazil is a destination that brings the heat, in every respect of the word. The destination on every cool hunter's radar at the moment? Trancoso. Our Latin America expert Saskia has just returned from a trip to beach idyll and reckons it's the dream luxury break destination...

Trancoso, My Favourite Place in Brazil

Affordable Luxury Holidays

Didn't think it was possible to do a luxury holiday in an affordable price bracket? Think again. These are our favourite exclusive holidays that don't come at eyewateringly exclusive prices...

Affordable Luxury Holidays

Relaxing Holidays: Fly and Flop

If day-to-day life is a whirlwind of chaos, long hours at work and too little sleep, you'd be forgiven for wanting to do absolutely nothing when on holiday.

Relaxing Holidays: Fly and Flop

The Best Places to Get Lost and Try Something Different

From remote wildernesses to hectic metropolises, often one of the greatest experiences to have whilst travelling is to lose all sense of time and direction and get thoroughly caught up in your new surroundings. Enter one of our areas of expertise - unique holidays - and some of our absolute…

The Best Places to Get Lost and Try Something Different

Holidays for Couples in Africa

Luxury holidays in Africa aren't hard to come by - and the continent has many idyllic places to offer for those couples searching for an ultimate bespoke romantic holiday. These are Africa consultant Millie's favourite tailor made trips best suited to couples...

Holidays for Couples in Africa

10 Best Big Short Breaks

Way back in the mists of time, or on January 17th 2003 to be exact, Original Travel launched on an unsuspecting world with its natty new concept, the Big Short Break. The portfolio of trips were designed to provide what A A Gill called an 'espresso break' - a short, sharp hit of travel that…

10 Best Big Short Breaks

Beautiful Anguilla: An Unknown Paradise

Having recently returned from a trip island hopping in the Caribbean, Original Travel expert Issy revisited the delightful island of Anguilla. She was no less impressed by the exclusive holiday island the second time round...

Beautiful Anguilla: An Unknown Paradise

Botswana Safari: What to expect

Ever wondered what it's like going on a luxury Botswana safari? One of our devoted customers, Ian Scott-Gall, has been kind enough to share his beautiful photos from his tailor made safari holdiay, giving us a taster of what he got up to...

Botswana Safari: What to expect

Tips for Travelling with Children

People keep asking me if life is very different now that I have two boys, and my answer is 'not at home'.

Tips for Travelling with Children

Affordable Holidays to Europe

Letting go of the summer is never easy. While we're still left guessing whether or not an Indian Summer will make an appearance, there's a sure-fire way to guarantee a few more outings for strappy sandals and bright maxi dresses: a luxury holiday in Europe.

Affordable Holidays to Europe

My Favourite Hotel in the World: The Soneva Fushi Maldives

Just back from a deliciously relaxing week in the Maldives, escaping from the maelstrom of three children under the age of three. My wife and I stayed at Soneva Fushi for a thoroughly spoiling second time and while one probably shouldn't have favourites in my line of business, I would say…

My Favourite Hotel in the World: The Soneva Fushi Maldives

Whistlestop weekend in Oman

I had the perfect Big Short Break in Oman...

Whistlestop weekend in Oman

Everybody loves a list

Best Places to Watch the Sunrise

Seize the day! The early bird catches the worm!.. you get the picture, and if you can drag yourself from peaceful slumber, here's our top 5 places around the world to watch the sunrise.

Best Places to Watch the Sunrise

Private Island Holidays: Robinson Crusoe Meets Modern-Day Billionaire

What does an Australian billionaire have in common with Robinson Crusoe? A penchant for desert islands, of course! Private Islands have become the ultimate statement of wealth and opulence in the past few decades. Little did Crusoe know that his life of primitive solitude would be so coveted…

Private Island Holidays: Robinson Crusoe Meets Modern-Day Billionaire

Challenge Accepted!

Who watched the London marathon at the weekend? I went along to cheer on a friend and as I stood there, chocolate bar and fizzy drink in hand, enthusiastically cheering (and consequently spilling most of said fizzy drink all over the poor man in front of me) as hundreds of super-fit (and…

Challenge Accepted!

Best Places to Propose: Ladies, it's your turn

Men, beware. Have you been leaving that lovely lady hanging? With a flutter of an eyelash the tables could be turned...

Best Places to Propose: Ladies, it's your turn

Top 3 Snow Adventures

For those of you looking for a completely different snow experience altogether, try one of our non-ski adventures for a truly original holiday.

Top 3 Snow Adventures

Our Top 5 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations

As the weather gets colder, it's only natural to think about jetting off to somewhere warmer. Here are some of Original Travel's picks for well-earned and completely unique 'winter sun' holiday...

Our Top 5 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

In need of some inspiration for your honeymoon? We are here to help! Want to know where in the world is best at a particular time of year? Or where you can dine alone on the beach at sunset? Or even where you can be pampered at a spa under the sea? We are here to help you create a completely…

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

Top 5 Hotels in Europe

Planning a holiday to Europe but not sure where to stay? To help with your decision, I have created this list of what I believe are the top 5 hotels in Europe... Having lived in Spain I have always been passionate about Europe and the wonders it has to offer.

Top 5 Hotels in Europe

Top Honeymoon Destinations

Original Travel's honeymoons, be it a pampering mini-break or a far-flung exotic escape, will provide a welcome respite from wedding stresses and prove the most happy of starts to life as man and wife. Here are just some of our top honeymoon destinations …

Top Honeymoon Destinations

The Best Family Holidays

From adventurous safaris and relaxing in the sun to fun in the snow and exciting city breaks, here are, in our opinion, the best family holidays.

The Best Family Holidays

10 Best Explore Holidays

If fly-and-flop holidays just aren't your thing, consider one of our best explore holidays. Not only do they give more structure to your time away, but new skills can be learnt and developed along the way, making them truly unique holiday experiences. Many of the active trips we offer are…

10 Best Explore Holidays

Top 5 Safari Parks in Africa

Africa. The name alone conjures up images of vast horizons, seemingly endless plains, and herds of wild animals. It's of no great surprise, then, that safari holidays and national parks are some of the greatest appeals to people visiting the many countries of Africa.

Top 5 Safari Parks in Africa

10 Reasons to Love Africa Holidays

Aside from being the second largest continent on earth, Africa is also one of the most diverse and beautiful. Here, we show you our 10 Original reasons to love bespoke Africa holidays, and prove that there is so much more to this amazing region than an archetypal safari...

10 Reasons to Love Africa Holidays

Top 5 New African Safari Camps

2012 has seen lots of exciting new developments for safaris and camps around Africa. After a turbulent time for Kenya, things are definitely on the up. So promising, in fact, that two of our absolute favourite new African safari camps are in Kenya. Read on to learn more about our luxury…

Top 5 New African Safari Camps

Top 5 Toddler Holidays For Your Little Terrors!

Lydia Gard is a freelance writer specialising in luxury family travel, since having two boys she is determined to find truly luxurious places that celebrate rather than simply tolerate young families. In her first of 6 blogs Lydia talks us through the her top 5 toddler holidays...

Top 5 Toddler Holidays For Your Little Terrors!

The Best Cities in the World

As well as great loves, scandals and tragedies, the cities that set the scene in literature often tell their own story. They also make amazing starting points for the holiday of a lifetime. From the romance of St. Petersburg to the magic of Uttar Pradesh, here are our best cities in the world…

The Best Cities in the World

The Best Exotic Hotels in Rajasthan

An 'absolutely definitely' must see...The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel currently out in the cinema is a heart warming story of a group of Brits from all different walks of life, heading out to India for retirement. Arriving at the hotel, it is not quite as it has been described in the…

The Best Exotic Hotels in Rajasthan

The Best Places to see the Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights is, for many, the holiday of a lifetime. These are our favourite spots to witness them - expect the unexpected...

The Best Places to see the Northern Lights

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