Let’s face it - November and December are hardly the months in which the British Isles cover themselves in climatic glory.

You'd think that would be the perfect stimulus for people to get away for a cheeky city break or a dose of winter sun. And yet. And yet us Brits are some of the worst in the world at taking our full holiday allowance. Of the 28 days annual leave (29 in Scotland, lucky blighters) we're entitled to, the average Brit fails to take a whopping 6.5 days every year. You don't have to be a maniacal Marxist to think it's appalling that across the working population that equates to a serious number of free man hours we work for businesses.

There are apparently several reasons why we Brits don't always take our full holiday allowance, with fear of falling behind at work and disorganisation being two. Both understandable, granted, but when we hear that another key reason for not travelling is not knowing where to go, that's disappointing. As a result, it's time to rekindle 'Use it or Lose it' - Original Travel's annual campaign to help Brits make the most of those (already measly) holiday allowances. As the creators of the Big Short Break, designed around the concept of minimum time and maximum experience, we know where to go and what to do in November and December to use up those pesky few (hopefully) remaining days off.

Keep coming back to the Use it or Lose it page to see what enticing last minute offers we've added to make the most of those remaining days off. Your boss will thank you for it. Possibly.

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Looking for a dose of long weekend winter sun? We can help. Want to know the best cities for Christmas shopping? Got a few of them up our sleeves too.

Tom, Original Traveller


A Luxury City Break to Rome

A Luxury City Break to Rome

Such is the breadth and depth of history, art and culture in Rome that you could easily dedicate a Big Short Break to one of many themes – Ancient Rome, Religious Rome, Architectural and Artistic Rome, Foodie Rome (the list goes on) – but scratching the surface of all of the above on a luxury city break to Rome is still highly recommended.

Beautiful Florida Keys Beach

Miami & Little Palm Island Escape

Heading West, with just five days leave from work you can take on a compact road trip from cool South Beach Miami, to the tropical Florida Keys.

Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap

Cities and Civilizations: Bangkok and the Temples of Angkor

Taking an evening flight from the UK, fall asleep on the plane over Europe and wake up in bustling Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant capitals. Taking just five days leave from work, you’ll have time to explore this bustling metropolis (and fit in some shopping, of course), before hopping over the border to tick the majestic Temples of Angkor in Cambodia off of your bucket list.

A Short Break in the Winelands & Cape

A Short Break in the Winelands & Cape

South Africa's Winelands and Cape combine wonderfully for those looking for stunning landscapes, adventure, delicious food and wine, and culture. All within easy reach of the UK.

The Treasury at Petra

Highlights of Jordan

My client said 'I want to ride with my friends through the desert of Wadi Rum a la Lawrence of Arabia' and I think I was more excited than them. I actually ended up taking them myself! We were a party of 10 and only had a week in Jordan, but it was perfect for a hefty dose of adventure. A week also fits neatly into a half term in either Spring or Autumn, when the days are warm and the nights cool and clear.

Highlights of Oman

Highlights of Oman

One week beginning in Oman’s capital, Muscat, soaking up the city whilst lounging in luxury at The Chedi, before decamping to the desert for a combination of isolation and adventure. Finally, stay 2,000 metres above sea-level in the Al Hajar mountains, exploring Oman’s stunning landscape on foot, clambering over canyons and rocky outcrops, or visiting hidden cultural gems.

A City Break in Seville

A City Break in Seville

Escape the British weather and head for milder climes in the form of Seville. This beautiful medieval city makes for a perfect long weekend - minimum time off work needed, maximum experience gained.

A City Break to Amsterdam

A City Break to Amsterdam

Think vibrant cosmopolitan culture, quaint waterways and beautiful architecture.

Inside a glacier in Iceland

An Action Packed Winter Weekend in Iceland

Iceland remains relatively unexplored but with dramatic natural landscapes and striking architecture, now is the time to discover it. It is one of the emptiest countries in the world – with fewer than 300,000 people in an area roughly the size of Ireland – and one of the least polluted, ensuring that Iceland’s stunning landscapes remain pristine. The journey begins in the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik, home to a plethora of colourful houses, impressive buildings and the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon. Beyond the city the wonders of Southern Iceland await - a spectacular montage of glaciers and geysers, moss-covered lava fields, volcanoes and mountain peaks.

We felt like we were Original Travel's only clients - the service was completely personalised and all questions were answered instantly. They actively listened to our priorities and created a package that completely suited our needs. Throughout the process they will surprise you with their attentiveness and most importantly, they will not forget about you once you come back from holiday.

Mitja and Katarina Brus

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