Life is in the detail

Take the first lift the day after a big dump of snow and ski down to Tortin in Verbier’s 4 vallées. The best way to get rid of any Après-induced hangover.

Dave - Original Traveller

Dave Lorch

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Europe.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Ride the Silk Road on a motorbike
  • Explore West Africa properly
  • See Antarctica before it becomes overrun with Eco tourism
  • Ski the Chugach range in Alaska

Best Moments

  • A road trip along the Atlantic coast of France as far as San Sebástian in Spain with my best mate. The food in San Sebástian is unreal
  • The eye-wateringly stunning Dall Lake in Kashmir with its floating dawn market
  • My favourite place: the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, or dumplings.iterative.muted in other words.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Easy. 5am in pitch black walking through Jammu trying to hitch a ride to Srinagar, ducking into alleyways to avoid military convoys and drunk, armed police wandering about looking for action

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Varanasi. Seeing dead bodies being carried about town on top of moto rickshaws and then set onto funeral pyres whilst everyone goes about their daily business.

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Bull Ring Spain

The death of “Death in the Afternoon”?

Whether you fall into the "adore it" or the "loathe it" camp - and there are none that fall into the gap in-between - bullfighting has always intrigued. Still practiced in many southern Spanish towns, as well as in France, Portugal and in some South American nations, tauromachy, to give the…

Stroopwafel and Poffertjes

There's a certain sheepishness that accompanied me telling friends that I was off to Amsterdam for a few days this year.


Top Honeymoon Destinations in Europe

Venue - check. Rings - check. Cake - check… What's missing? The honeymoon! Let's be honest (although we may be slightly biased), it's one of the most important parts of the whole wedding process. If you're seeking inspiration for that perfect post-wedding getaway, why not look a little…

The Mum Diaries: Luxury Malaysia

The Original Travel baby boom shows no chance of slowing down and we are currently blessed with 18 babies amongst the team. Executing the perfect luxury family holiday is now second nature to us. So, we thought it only wise to glean some outsider-opinion. Knightsbridge super-Mum, Nana Coles,…

Ski Trips: Best for…

It is at this time of year as the skies darken, that we long for the slopes. Here's our guide to our favourite resorts in Europe for ski trips this winter.

Gluhwein Recipe

Gluhwein, (or glow-wine) is popular in German-speaking countries and is named from the hot irons once used for mulling. It is a traditional beverage that is offered during the Christmasholidays, so if you're already feeling festive, why not try our very own Gluhwein recipe...

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.

Polar Bear on Glacier

Svalbard Holidays - Originality at its Best

'A place like no other on Earth' sums up Dave's thoughts on his recent trip to Svalbard in Norway. Find out why unique holidays to this remote destination are a must...

Date and Kalamata Olive Tapenade Recipe

Tapenade is a type of dip or spread used in Italian cuisine, and is usually served as an appetizer. Here is a Tapenade recipe from our European expert Dave Lorch...

Last Minute Escapes

Don't Panic! If you know where to look, there's still availability in some of the hottest (in all senses of the word) spots in Europe and around the Mediterranean. Here are just a few ideas for luxury last minute holidays…

City Breaks to Venice: Dave's View

The sound of clicking heels on pavements in Venice was used to great unsettling effect in the 1973 horror/ghost story Don't Look Now starring Donald Sutherland and the delectable Julie Christie. Despite the efforts of that film, Venice is, for me, still an impossibly romantic place. That…

Holidays to Svalbard - More Polar Bears Than People!

Svalbard is Norway's most northerly archipelago, and is home to one of the world's most fearsome predators. But don't let that put you off a unique holiday to this exhilarating land - it's remote, wild and completely beautiful.

Courchevel Hotels: The Wow Factor

Beyond impressive and unforgettable.

80 Senses: #80 - Meeting Father Christmas in Lapland

Deep inside the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Father Christmas spends the year listening to the wishes of children from all over the world and preparing to grant their Christmas wishes - if they've been good, mind you.

80 Senses: #63 - Hotels in Courchevel: Le K2

The best new hotel in the Alps.

80 Senses: #33 - St Anton Austria

The ultimate in off piste. St. Anton, Austria's flagship resort, ranks among the very best ski resorts in the world. Better suited to intermediate or advanced skiers rather than beginners, the resort is known for its legendary off-piste and even more legendary après-ski scene.

Dried Fish

Northern Norway at it's Best

It's the best time to go to Northern Norway in 25 years, or so says our expert Europe team. Here, we reveal just what makes the chilly region so cool (get it?)...

Dolomites Skiing

Dolomites Holidays: A Safari with a Difference

It's safe to say that a bespoke ski safari holiday in the Dolomites is not your traditional safari...

Valencia City Breaks: One of our Favourite Spanish Cities

I am blown away with my charming discoveries...

Le Portetta, Courchevel

I discovered the brand new Le Portetta hotel

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