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Evening scenery in Stockholm
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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
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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…

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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,…

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).…

On: 12th January, 2015

Our Top 10 City Break Hotels

If it's time you lack and not travel spontaneity a city break can be a quick fix for all those 'fear of missing out' woes. Here are our top 10 hotels for just such a break.

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By Jess
On: 8th January, 2015

Our Top 10 Hotels for a Big Short Break

  • Norway
  • The Fjords
  • Portugal
  • The Alentejo
  • Croatia
  • Dubrovnik
  • Sweden
  • Swedish Lapland
  • Italy
  • Florence
  • Morocco
  • Atlas Mountains
  • Spain
  • Inland Andalucia
  • Turkey
  • The Aegean Coast
  • France
  • Bordeaux & The Dordogne
  • Finland

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, with the Big Short Break; pocket adventures designed specifically for those who are short on time but in search of a big experience. From a three day trip of cultural immersion in Istanbul (and baklava eating, obvs) to a seven…

aerial view of seville skyline
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By Jess
On: 19th May, 2014

A Long Weekend in Seville

  • Seville
  • Spain

Four twenty-somethings with wanderlust in search of sun, fun, culture and gastronomy. One long weekend... Seville was the perfect choice for a Bank Holiday city break.

Roofs of old town
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By Eleanor
On: 23rd December, 2013

A short break in Israel

  • Middle East
  • Israel

How many countries in the world offer deserts, vibrant cities, beaches, archaeological and biblical sites - all within such short distances from each other? We reveal why Israel makes for a great short break destination...

On: 1st December, 2013

What is Luxury Travel?

  • Bhutan

What does luxury travel actually mean?