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Abby Hennell James

fishing boats at sunset

By Abby
On: 18th September, 2018

Winter Sun: Escaping the Big Chill

  • Jamaica
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Mexico
  • Maldives

We may have just enjoyed one of the most glorious summers in recent memory but come November we'll all be digging out the woolly jumpers, lining up our winter box-sets and - not to be too dramatic about it - wondering if we'll ever feel the warmth of the sun on our faces again. But fear not,…

grape cutting

By Abby
On: 6th September, 2018

Top Three: European Vineyards to Experience

  • The Alentejo
  • Bordeaux & The Dordogne
  • Tuscany

For all the oenophiles out there, there is surely nothing greater than sitting back and sipping a glass of vino (or three) while also drinking in (sorry) a seriously stunning view. Well, luckily for us Brits, we don't have to travel far for our vino-with-a-view hit; Europe is home to some of…

jeep driving over salt flats

By Abby
On: 29th August, 2018

Time to Unplug: Digital Detox Holidays

  • Namibia
  • Australia
  • Antarctica
  • Bhutan
  • USA

Are you in need of a digital detox? Tell-tale signs that you are include checking your emails before you've even got out of bed in the morning, only looking up if it's to take a photo for Instagram and using 'just one more episode' as a maxim for life. If that sounds familiar then step this…

florence city view

By Abby
On: 14th August, 2018

Rome vs Florence: The Battle of the Italian Cities

  • Rome
  • Florence

The days of the Grand Tour may have passed, but 60 million people visited Italy in 2017, and you can bet that a significant chunk of them (according to a very scientific straw poll at Original Travel HQ) went to Florence or Rome, or both. Since both cities are prime Big Short Break territory…

outdoor restaurant at Danai

By Abby
On: 24th July, 2018

A Day in the Life at Danai Beach Resort

  • Greece
  • Halkidiki

Having recently returned from Greece's Danai Beach Resort, I can comfortably state that a day here can only be described as heaven on earth…

A colourful canal in Bologna

By Abby
On: 15th May, 2018

Bologna like a Local

  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Italy

Take it from a (rather biased) former local, there's truly nowhere better to live la dolce vita than Emilia-Romagna's capital city of Bologna...

Trees in Yosemite National Park

By Abby
On: 3rd April, 2018

Six of the Best: US National Parks

  • USA
  • The American West
  • The Great American Wilderness
  • California
  • Alaska

First introduced by President Ulysses S. Grant, the US National Parks system began with Yellowstone National Park, an Original Travel favourite, and now includes 58 parks which protect approximately 52.2million acres of mountains, forests, and wilderness, not to mention the countless…

By Abby
On: 17th October, 2017

How to Eat (and Drink) Like a Local in Bologna

  • Italy
  • Emilia-Romagna

La Rossa, La Grassa, La Dotta (The Red, The Fat, The Learned); Bologna, the capital of Italy's historically gastronomic region - Emilia-Romagna - certainly lives up to its moniker. Leave any notion of diets at Heathrow and pass a weekend munching your way around the culinary capital of Italy...