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Annie - Original Traveller

Annie O’Donoghue

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout UK.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • I'm desperate to see the northern lights, go dog sledding and stay in a glass-roofed igloo.
  • Go back to South America and really explore - the (tiny) month I was there only whetted my appetite.
  • Swim with sharks
  • Go on a Safari
  • See more European cities - with so much great food, culture and experiences right on our doorstep I feel quite ashamed that there are still so many to tick off!

Best Moments

  • Seeing Iguazu falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian side - still can't decide which one I preferred!
  • Snorkelling in the crystal clear waters off Gili Trawangan and seeing a magnificent turtle - blows all the colourful fish and coral I'd seen out of the water!
  • Cycling through vineyards in Mendoza, before stopping off to enjoy the view over the snow-topped Andes, with a large glass of Malbec (or three)
  • Swimming in the Adriatic Sea in a wonderfully warm October, followed by a picnic of cheeses, olives and cured meats all picked up from the local market in Gallipoli, Puglia.
  • Seeing Ankor Wat - mind blown!
  • Favourite place: the Ristorante Osteria Del Tempo Perso (or safari.head.flooding if you subscribe to the What3Words school of thought) - if you can get over the ridiculously long name, it's a beautiful restaurant built in a cave in Puglia. The setting is impossibly pretty and the food second to none.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • My friend losing her wallet, with all her cash/cards in it on our second day in Argentina - when neither of us spoke a word of Spanish.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • A huge green snake falling off the ceiling onto the next table whilst we were eating our lunch in Koh Phangan- lost my appetite pretty swiftly after that!

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Christmas is Coming

Without trying to come over all Game Of Thrones; Winter is Coming... But luckily for you your dedicated UK & Irish experts have rounded up the best of the best for holidays over Christmas. Whether you are looking for an exclusive-use property to celebrate with your loved ones, a hotel…

Walking Tours

Enjoying a half day with an accredited guide is the perfect way to begin your holiday, wherever you are visiting. Wander through the local area and get your bearings as you explore quaint corners and undiscovered gems - learn how to 'live like a local' with fascinating tales and histories…

Last Minute Merchant

Whoever said 'failure to prepare is preparation for failure' clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous. While it's all very commendable to plan things months and years in advance, sometimes it's just wonderfully liberating to make a snap decision. Never more so than with…

Fantastic Films

Guy Ritchie's new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword has its anticipated release this week and whether it's a huge success or a box office flop, one thing is for sure, the rugged Scottish and English scenery where it was filmed will certainly get pulses racing. From the Isle of Skye in…

Explore the Emerald Isle

We think it is the people, their innate charm and their hospitality that sets Ireland apart as a destination to visit. Especially as the Emerald Isle has so much to offer for all ages and interests. Discover the literary tradition dating back thousands of years, try your hand at sports such…

Literary Legends

The UK is alive with literary history, from Bronte to Beatrix Potter; England has produced an abundance of authors, books and characters loved across the world. This hugely important part of our heritage was often shaped by our beautiful, mystical and rugged landscapes that inspired many…

What's Hot in 2017

The Original Travel UK team are really looking forward to the year ahead, especially due to all the exciting openings and new excursions happening in 2017. After spending much of last year on research trips across England, Scotland & Ireland we have compiled a list of our favourite new…

Family Friendly Travel

As a very family-friendly team we understand the pressure of keeping small people entertained and engaged whilst maintaining the integrity of the experience for the whole family! As the summer months approach we wanted to share a few of our favourite child-friendly activities in London and…

Action & Adventure

Visit the UK & Ireland, with Original Travel UK, for exciting adventures and active experiences to suit all ages! Don't be fooled; the UK is not just about tea, crumpets and croquet on the lawn - let us show you our top picks for action-packed activities with a difference!

Affordable London

As the capital city of England we understand that London can be an expensive place to visit. Therefore the team at Original Travel UK want to share our top tips for making the most of your time in London whilst sticking to your budget.

Far from the madding crowd

Need to get away from it all? Look no further than our secluded spots, hidden havens and rural retreats perfect for any family, couple or group looking to get away from the crowds.

Where we've been in 2015

Whilst maintaining superlative service for all your guests over the past year, we have also made it our mission to scout out what's hot and what's not across the UK & Ireland. As we look to the year ahead, here are our favourite destinations that we visited in 2015 - we believe these…

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