Eighteen years old and counting. Find out how we got where we are today.
The three founders leave the City, the Army and Fleet Street and
the Big Short Break is born.
We scoop our first award, for Best Brochure, at the prestigious
Guardian/Observer Travel Awards.
One client goes on seven Big Short Breaks and our team now
Our second brochure picks up the Best Brochure gong again at the
Guardian Observer Travel Awards
The team (now 14) head to Iceland, and in our quest for world
domination we launch our long haul portfolio.
We turn publishers, launching our Big Short Break coffee table
The big one. We win Best Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer
Travel Awards in only our 5th year.
(and we also sweep the board at the inaugural Matrix Skeleton
Challenge, hurtling down the Olympic bobsleigh track in
Alastair beats an opponent from one of our competitors at the
Boodles Boxing Ball, raising money for the Starlight Charity.
The winning habit continues with a Best Short Break Tour
Operator nod at the Guardian/Observer Awards, and the BT Essence of
the Entrepreneur Award to boot.
The Original Travel baby boom begins with Tom's twins, and - not
entirely coincidentally - we launch our new family holiday
We acquire well respected Africa, Latin America and India
specialists Tim Best Travel, and pick up the Best Short Break Tour
Operator award again.
The hardier members of the team compete in the
Blenheim Triathlon to raise money for one of our key charities, the
We launch Original Diving with Tim Simond, author of the best
selling Dive in Style books, and Dive Master and former Mr
Universe, Neill Ghosh.
We bag the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards Best Short Break Tour
Operator award for a fourth straight year. Huw Edwards seems less
We go from strength to strength organising wonderful trips -
some more high profile than others - to far flung corners of the
With the acquisition of Simoon Travel, founder Amelia Stewart
brings the finest Middle Eastern and desert culture specialists on
A clean sweep of both Best Tour Operator and Best Short Break
Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Awards. Trophy cabinet now
We move to our lovely new office, the former home of Victoria
Beckham's fashion label.
Original Travel turns ten!
We join forces with much-loved children's party people Sharky
& George to enhance our family holidays. Meanwhile the Original
Travel baby count hits 23.
A sparkly new Original Travel website launches with over 3,000
pages and 20,000 photos of holiday inspiration. Share your holiday
plans with friends using My
Ideas and find your Travel Tribe.
We move into a shiny new office in Putney to accommodate the
ever bigger and better team, which now numbers 50.
Two of Europe's best tailor-made travel companies join forces as
French tour operator Voyageurs du Monde takes a strategic stake In
Original Travel. Expect even better service and destination
We introduce a range of additional
services, including our global network of Concierges, fast
track through airport check in & security, and access to
airport lounges. All as standard on every trip.
Our expanding team now numbers over 60! Original Travel's
Stewart deservedly snags a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel
Specialist 2019 award for her expertise in Georgia.
Our expertise goes from strength to strength as head of Original
Diving, Louisa Fisher,
is officially named a Travel + Leisure expert on diving.
Original Travel scoops a trophy in the Family Traveller
Excellence Awards 2019 in the 'Above & Beyond' category which
recognises companies who put families at the heart of what they
We are listed in the 'Top Tour Operators' category in the 2019
Condé Nast Traveller's Reader's
Choice Awards with over 600,000 readers voting.
The gongs keep coming with Original Travel honoured in the
Best Adventure Travel Experiences category in
the Departures Magazine Legends Awards.
A fab four of the Original Travel team are featured in the 2020
Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists list,
celebrating the finest in the field of travel.
In the toughest imaginable year for the travel industry, we
launch our new
Travel Less, Travel Better ethos, because travel should be a
force for good.
Original Travel turns 18! Thank you to all the clients who have
helped us come of age. We wouldn't be where we are without you.
We contribute no fewer than five experts to the annual and
illustrious Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists
list. That's more than any other UK travel company.