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Susie Thorne

By Susie T
On: 9th April, 2020

Beer, Chocolate, Boutiques and Moules Frites: What to do on a Weekend in Brussels

Brussels - the birthplace of the European Parliament, Jean-Claude van Damme and the Marmite of Christmas side dishes, the mighty sprout. Although this petite Belgian city is often overlooked as yet another boring administrative government centre, in reality Brussels is full to the brim with…

Singapore Microadventure Listing Image

By Tom
On: 10th February, 2020

Our Top Destinations for a Microadventure

  • Malta
  • Singapore
  • Rwanda
  • Cape Town

Here's the bottom line: we work hard, we're busy, and we want to spend our free time doing something meaningful. Long and leisurely holidays exploring a destination are all well and good, but there's a lot to be said about a bite-sized trip that's chock full of experiences from start to…

sydney harbour bridge
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 18th October, 2018

A Whistle-Stop Tour of Sydney

  • Sydney & New South Wales

Iconic, sun-drenched, laidback - Sydney is the cosmopolitan capital of New South Wales and a much-loved destination among Original Travellers. This week the city plays host to our very own Duke and Duchess of Sussex (plus baby bump), which got us thinking about how best to enjoy a crown…

santorini
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 10th October, 2018

The End of the Year is Near: Use it or Lose it

  • Morocco
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Middle East
  • USA
  • Africa
  • Swedish Lapland

It's that time of year again: nights are drawing in, red wine season has returned, Christmas lights are going up (already?!) and people across the land suddenly realise they haven't actually managed to take all of their annual holiday allowance. Something must be done (hint: that's where we…

the northern lights over Swedish Lapland
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 18th December, 2017

A Winter Wonderland Escape (with not a ski in sight): Swedish Lapland

  • Swedish Lapland
  • Stockholm

For me, nothing really beats the beach. Sea, boats, sunshine and all the things that you associate with summer are really what I dream of, especially in the winter months! At least that's what I believed until I visited Swedish Lapland - this magical place changed my mind about all of that.…

Evening scenery in Stockholm

By Tom
On: 8th August, 2017

Scandimania: Which Scandi-Country Is For You?

  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Iceland

Scandinavia is a hugely popular holiday destination right now, and with good reason. We ourselves absolutely love the Nordic region (admittedly, a loose term in this blog including Iceland) and have developed self-diagnosed Scandimania: a love of all things Nordic. In this blog post we are…

Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland
Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 20th June, 2016

All Aboard the Scand-Wagon: Where & When to see the Northern Lights

  • Swedish Lapland
  • Iceland
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Svalbard

Have a gander at most people's bucket list and somewhere on there you're likely to find the words 'see the Northern Lights'. And for good reason, this is nature at its rawest and most spectacular; ethereal streams of green, blue, pink and yellow light pierce, swirl and dance across the night…

Image of Jessica Higgs

By Jess
On: 30th March, 2016

Five of the Best: Spring Breaks

  • Oman
  • Spain
  • Morocco
  • Italy
  • Peloponnese
  • Muscat
  • Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja
  • Marrakech
  • Puglia
  • Greece

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, not with the US phenomenon of a week of wild partying during 'Spring Break' (although I can neither confirm nor deny that kind of behaviour), but with the Big Short Break. Adventures for those who are short on time but in search…

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By Jess
On: 30th September, 2015

The Many Faces of Copenhagen

  • Denmark
  • Copenhagen

Confession alert: I wish I was Danish. Having just returned from the land of blondes, bicycles and salted liquorice (don't ask), it's fair to say I now harbour something akin to evangelist sentiment towards this Scandinavian wonder-country. Oh yes, a long weekend in the capital, Copenhagen,…

algarve portimao beach
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 14th May, 2015

Portugal: Abandon Your Misconceptions

  • Portugal
  • The Alentejo
  • Porto & the Douro Valley
  • Lisbon

The first time I went to Portugal I was 16 and on my first holiday with friends; giddy at the prospect of having no adults around, we spent the week lying by the pool, getting horrifically sunburnt and drinking strawberry vodka lemonades (we thought we were the height of sophistication).…