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Helen M - Original Traveller

Helen Mulhern

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My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Rio Carnival - who doesn't?
  • Gallop through the Kenyan bush on horseback
  • Contribute to Bhutan's Gross National Happiness
  • Get to really know Berlin
  • Sleep under the stars at The Tree House Hotel, Sweden

Best Moments

  • The Adriatic Sea is a piercing blue and my favourite place for a quick dip. (I'm usually a reluctant water baby so this really highlights its appeal!)
  • Speaking of coastlines, we were driving through the rolling fog on Route 1 to Los Angeles when the mist broke into blazing sunshine as we hit Big Sur. The drive has hairpin turns and the Pacific Coastline can be seriously dramatic with its pounding surf
  • If I had to choose one place on my travels to go back to, it would be Lavender House in Sri Lanka (experienced.telephoto.discrepancy, for all you What3Word fans) - looking out across its infinity pool as the sun rises over the tea hills in the distance is pretty special.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • With no taxis in sight and going against all reasonable logic I hitched a ride with a Beijing local. An hour later, and exasperated with my poor Mandarin skills, I finally arrived at my destination.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Las Vegas, all of it. Utterly bizarre and eccentric. Speechless.

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9 Reasons to visit Niyama in the Maldives

Niyama is a luxury wonderland that's perfect for guests who want to be washed up on a desert island castaway-style, but with all the trimmings of a modern and chic hotel. No creature comforts have been spared and there's a distinct cosmopolitan vibe. I spent just three days exploring the…

Eco-Luxury in the Maldives

Think that eco-living and luxury travel are poles apart? Think again! Environmental concerns are hugely important to the residents of the Maldives, and this tiny island is going all out to preserve its beautiful but fragile marine resources. Off to the Maldives on your honeymoon? Why not…

Family Adventure Holidays

Thrilling adventures don't have to stop as soon as the kids arrive. At Original Travel we pride ourselves on being able to make even the most action packed holiday totally family friendly. After all, sometimes it's not only the children who can't sit still for five minutes.

Africa's Next 'Big Three' Safari Lodges

With three pioneering new safari lodges opening this summer, wildlife and adventure is very much on the Original Travel agenda this season. So here is a round up the newest safari hot-spots for the 2015 season.

Polo Around the World

The first weekend of June will see London's most fashionable summer garden party: Polo in the Park. This year, we just couldn't miss out on the fun and will be hosting a kids club alongside party gurus, Sharky & George and Eddie Catz. As well as the giant obstacle course, pitch invasion…

Santorini Honeymoons

'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'

Our Top Ten Family Hotels

Choosing where to stay is almost as important as choosing where to go, if not more so. A good place to stay can be the difference between securing the holy grail of luxury family travel, and being in the dog house for booking a hotel which calls a square foot of grass a kid's club. Perhaps…

24 Hours in: Berlin

If you only have 24 hours to explore Berlin I highly recommend imagining yourself as a Dr. Who-style time lord (police box, optional) and beginning your day circa. 1939 before finishing in laidback Kreuzberg: a neighbourhood that typifies what it's like to be a modern day Berliner. Exploring…

Trickography Party: Back by Popular Demand

Back by popular demand, this year's trickography competition culminated in a party hosted by ourselves and the Yodas of the party world, Sharky & George. From the live trick photos and frame decorating, to tablet doodling and party food - we had a blast. The Sharky & George team were…

Private Island Holidays: Robinson Crusoe Meets Modern-Day Billionaire

What does a wanderlusting 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…

Our Little Black Book of Travel

Percy Shelley once wrote "Soul meets soul on lovers' lips." However, at Original Travel we like to think that soul meets soul on a far flung holiday... Spring is in the air and we've cast our favourite romantic holidays as characters in our very own Little Black Book. Don Juan, this one's…

24 hours in... Brooklyn, New York

The trendification of New York's Brooklyn suburb has been well publicised over the past few years and it's become synonymous with the word 'hipster'. Jay-Z's childhood play ground now has streets laden with artisan coffee shops, quirky boutiques and trendy beards. Not forgetting it's a…

beach in SAFA

Our Top 3 Non-Safari African Adventures

We say Africa, you think safari right? Wrong! A safari holiday may be the first thing to spring to mind when imagining Africa but it's not all there is to this fabulously diverse continent. As such, we've picked our top 3 places to visit for a non-safari adventure in Africa...

Luxury Honeymoons from Original Travel

Top 10 Tips for Planning a Luxury Honeymoon

We all have that one best friend who's always at the end of the phone armed with words of wisdom. When it comes to luxury honeymoons we like to think we're 34 friends rolled into one! Over the past ten years Original Travel have helped hundreds of happy couples. In honour, our top ten tips…

Boutique Bridal Evening with OKA

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

Where to go in June?

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Shaky & George Family Offer

Exciting times! As a friend of Sharky & George, we have an exclusive offer for when you book your next holiday with Original Travel. One of the awesome Sharky & George team will come to your house to keep your children busy with an hour of classic games for free. This should give you…

Original Travel's Honeymoon Gift List

How do you make your honeymoon the trip of a lifetime? The answer could be simpler than you first thought. Original Travel create luxury tailor-made holidays and now offer a Honeymoon Gift List service. Once you've discussed your travel ideas and requirements with one of our travel…

Marrakech Market

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…

Lion in Botswana

Your 2016 Travel Calendar - Terms and Conditions

Holiday must be booked between 1 February and 7 March 2016 inclusive Applies to new bookings only Can be used in conjunction with any other eligible offer All bookings are subject to availability and our standard Booking Conditions apply Offer may be withdrawn, amended or extended without…

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