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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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New York Oreo Cupcake Recipe

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

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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.


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…


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...

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...


25 Years on: The Ionian Sea Islands

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

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…


Honeymoon Tips for Husbands Planning That Special Trip

You won't get your honeymoon wrong...

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Our First Family Holiday!

I set off on my first ever holiday with my baby son...

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