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Bear cubs in British Columbia

By Abby
On: 14th February, 2019

On the Lookout: the Best Places to See Bears in Canada

  • British Columbia
  • Churchill
  • Canada
  • Vancouver

These majestic creatures are found across Canada, so those going on a bear (sighting) hunt for grizzly, black, or polar are in luck. The animals have the largest and most complex brains of any North American mammal, as well as enormous teeth and claws that put them right at the top of the…

gardens of the bay

By Abby
On: 29th January, 2019

Five of the Best: Gardens

  • South Africa
  • Morocco
  • Jamaica
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore

At the risk of sounding terribly middle-aged, we love a good garden. But where can you find the best (apart from at Monty Don's house, obviously)? Lucky for you, we've dug up (sorry) a list of some of our very favourites…

lion in Namibia

By Abby
On: 27th November, 2018

Where to Spot: Lions

  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Namibia

Who could fail to be moved by Charm, alpha mother and feminist icon, in last night's Dynasties, moving heaven and earth to keep her pride going against the odds? It reminded us all at Original Travel HQ that life for lions is nearly always tough (no matter what The Lion King may have taught…

emperor penguins

By Abby
On: 19th November, 2018

Where to Spot: Penguins

  • Antarctica
  • South Africa

Last night's Dynasties was another emotional blinder, though the freezing cold winter did have us pulling on an extra jumper and whacking the heating up several degrees to combat our sympathy shivers. We were transfixed as Sir David narrated us through the penguins' winter - which, if we're…

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...