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Nick - Original Traveller

Nick Newbury

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Europe, South America and Africa.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Dive with a whale shark
  • Heli-ski the Harris Mountains in New Zealand
  • Explore the Aleutian Islands by seaplane
  • See wild dog working their magic in East Africa
  • Beat my wife in a ski race
  • But above all I'd like to do as many family holidays with my children as I can; or at least until they can't face it any more

Best Moments

  • My wife and I went to the Fitzroy National Park in southern Chile and walked for five days without seeing another soul. Lying at the base of the 3,000m, sheer granite face of Cerro Torre with the Patagonian winds lifting our tent off the ground, was about as close to the power of nature as I have ever been.
  • My favourite places (it's hard to pin down just one) would have to be at the start of the Cresta Run (reserves.recipients.superhero - rather fitting, I think), the place I've been going on holiday to since I was seven - Corfu (curious.aprons.unifier) and where I got married, in Portofino (awoken.giggle.astronomer).

Toughest Travel Moment

  • I crossed the border into Peru a few days before the leader of the Shining Path terrorist group was caught. Within 100 metres of the border, we were pulled over by a group of gun-touting bandidos, bandanas across their faces. Coming out of that experience with all vital organs intact despite being relieved of most of our possessions turned one of my worst moments into one of the best.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Celebrating a friend's 30th birthday in black tie on the top of a mountain in Jordan. We lugged duck à l'orange, claret and tablecloths up the sheer sandstone face of Jebel Rum.

Explore my blog posts

Brexit: A Word of Reassurance

As CEO of Original Travel I wanted to give our existing and potential clients some peace of mind in these unsettled times.

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Montenegro: a Destination to Watch for 2015

Quickly becoming the next big location that the super-rich are talking about, Montenegro is right at the top of Original Travel's must visit destinations for 2015 with new hotels cropping up left, right and centre. At long last the beautiful country of Montenegro (which has been rather…

The perils of playing the exchange rate game… and other excellent reasons to use a tour operator!

There are so many things to consider throughout the holiday booking process (destination, time of year, hotel, the list is endless), but one thing you might not have thought about is exchange rate fluctuation. It may seem like a dry topic but you could save yourself a small fortune by…

Safari Holidays Through Expert Eyes: Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands, South Africa

The third in a series of blogs where we get the inside track on safaris from the perspective of the guides on the ground. Ross Couper from Singita safari lodges shares his experiences in South Africa's Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands.

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Discovering Dubai

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

Pupusa, El Salvador

Recipe for Cheese and Chilli Pupusas

This recipe for cheese and chilli pupusas was picked up by Hero from our Lat Am team whilst travelling in El Salvador in South America!

Thai Salmon

Thai Salmon Recipe

Check out this Thai salmon recipe, the perfect meal for a cosy night in whilst planning your next trip to Asia...

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Luxury Roast Pork Recipe from New Zealand

For some cooking inspiration, try this luxury roast pork recipe picked up by Pip in New Zealand...

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New York Oreo Cupcake Recipe

A simple Oreo cupcake recipe with a twist that Original Travels' Pip picked up in New York City!

Carved Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween in the UK: The Ultimate (Trick or) Treat

There are so many fantastic attractions and events happening in the UK this Halloween. From spooky caves to gruesome tales, our favourite spots are guaranteed to provide your family with a BOO-tastic Halloween experience...

Travel Advice: Those Vital Travel Apps

For the technophobe or technophile, smartphone apps can make the complicated easier, and the simple more fun. There is a vast and ever increasing number of travel related apps available today, so take our travel advice and read our favourite top ten travel apps specifically for iPhone.

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Welcome to the Treehotel

What's the most unusual place you have ever woken up? A bathtub after a party? On the deck of a gulet bopping around in the Aegean off Turkey? In an African tent with elephants hoovering berries off the canopy roof? Well, the other morning I woke up in a UFO. Then I put on at least ten…

Refer a Friend: Terms and Conditions

Refer a friend who has not booked with Original Travel before and we will not only treat you to £100 off your next holiday, but we will also reduce the cost of your friend's holiday by £100.

Vancouver

The Best Way to Explore Canada

Tailor made holidays to Vancouver, Canada, are always a good call: the region boasts some of the most beautiful scenery you'll ever experience, and has more to offer than meets the eye...

80 Senses: #15 - The High Line New York

New York's new park... We really do ♥ NY. There's something extremely comforting about arriving back after a year away to find yellow cabs still being driven appallingly, wintry steam still rising from vents in the street (only in winter, obviously), and every inhabitant still acting like…

80 Senses: #10 - The Vasa Museum, Stockholm

The beautifully preserved Vasa was underwater for 333 years... From the mid 1500s until the secession of large swathes of Finland to Russia in 1721, Sweden enjoyed a period of dominance in Northern Europe. In 1628, at the zenith of the nation's power, the Swedish navy's magnificent new…

Cliffs in the Algarve

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.

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Skiing with Children: Help!

Ski resorts plus children under the age of two don't mix. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is in fact law, given the multitude of mountain activities that bar children under the age of two. But avoid the main resorts and you'll find there's plenty to amuse both adults and infants...

View of St Moritz

Riding the Cresta Run from Top

What exactly is the Cresta Run? An adrenaline-charged 80mph thrill, with your face just inches above the ice, explains OT founder and ski fanatic Nick. For a once in a lifetime holiday experience, head to Switzerland for the adventure to beat all adventures...

Agni Bay, Corfu

25 Years on: The Ionian Sea Islands

I still love the Ionian Islands with the same passion from when I was 10...

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French Polynesia Holidays Uncovered

French Polynesia comprises of 120 islands covering 1.7 million square miles. I've visited over 30 hotels there and it's fair to say that it's a bit of a minefield to get right. This is French Polynesia holidays: uncovered...

Okavango Delta Trips: Not all Floods are Bad News

High rainfalls have led to a unique opportunity: due to record floods in Botswana in 2010 and early 2011, you can now canoe down the Selinda Spillway on Okavango Delta trips for the first time in a generation. Read on for more on this once in a lifetime travel opportunity...

Doing the Engadin Ski Marathon

I've done the Engadin Ski Marathon for the last three years, and although I'm certainly not the future of British Nordic skiing, these are my tips if you're thinking of doing it…

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