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By Claire
On: 16th October, 2019

If You've Got it, Haunt it - Our Must-Sees for a Fang-tastic Halloween...

As respectable adults, we are (sadly) considered too old by society to dress up as vampires and go door to door demanding Haribo. While this is desperately disappointing, the rise of 'dark tourism' means we can take your Halloween to the next level. So save the face paint for the kids and…

By Claire
On: 3rd October, 2019

Roll Out the Red Carpet, the A-List are in Town

Here at Original Travel, we pride ourselves on having some of the most experienced and knowledgeable travel experts in the industry. They have hands-on experience travelling in their destinations and know them inside out, so are ready with insider tips, tricks and insights to help you plan…

By Claire
On: 1st October, 2019

What Lies Beneath the Surface...

  • New Zealand
  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • Japan
  • Botswana
  • Iceland

Underground (noun): a group or movement organised secretly to work against an existing regime, who consider themselves different from the mainstream of society and culture. Or, simply finding yourself in a subterranean situation... And we Brits are good at doing things underground - whether…

By Claire
On: 17th September, 2019

Collective Nouns and Where to Find Them

  • Kenya
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • USA
  • Morocco
  • Galapagos Archipelago

'I' definitely does not always come before 'E' except after 'C' (just go to Iceland and see some 'glaciers') and you may want to 'warn' people about your 'worn' jeans (you may even shed a tear over the tear). The English language is full of quirks - words that sound the same but can be…

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By Claire
On: 4th September, 2019

Oh Me, Oh My, Oman: Top 5 Things To Do In Oman

  • Oman

Everyone likes to feel like they're getting value for money, especially when it comes to booking a holiday. Which is where we come in; with our network of suppliers and industry contacts, we're always working to make sure our clients get the biggest bang for their buck. In fact, we've…

By Claire
On: 30th August, 2019

Don't Be An Insta-Sheep...

  • Portugal
  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • South Africa
  • Kenya

Social media can cause almost anything to become famous overnight (anyone else remember the blue/gold dress saga of 2015?). Home to the weird, the wacky (goat yoga?!) and the wonderful, social media plays a huge part in the trends that creep into our everyday lives. The down side of this is…

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By Claire
On: 27th August, 2019

The Most Scenic Film & TV Locations in the World

  • Croatia
  • The Canadian Rockies
  • Egypt
  • New Zealand
  • Tokyo

We love a good binge. There, we said it. Whether it's an overload of baklava brought back from beautiful Greece, or a night of non-stop Netflix, once you start indulging it can be hard to know when to put the breaks on. While a movie marathon may be wonderfully tempting on a wet day, we're…

By Claire
On: 5th August, 2019

Could You Be Suffering From 'Nomophobia'?

Nomophobia (noun); the irrational fear of being without or being unable to use one's mobile phone. If you find yourself constantly smartphone scrolling, or you panic every time your battery level drops below 20%, you might be in need of a digital detox. There are two possible solutions. One,…

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By Claire
On: 5th July, 2019

The Best Secret Glamping Locations in the World

  • Swedish Lapland
  • Sweden
  • Jordan
  • Botswana
  • Ladakh
  • India
  • Bolivia

A very fussy princess could once feel a pea at the bottom of several huge mattresses and 20 feather beds placed beneath her. Now, we aren't saying we would necessarily be able feel a minute garden pea (no matter how many corgis we buy, we are sadly still not 'HRH' status), but when it comes…

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By Claire
On: 24th June, 2019

Where to De-Stress with the Kids After Exams

  • Italy
  • Sicily & the Aeolian Islands
  • India
  • Ladakh
  • Greece
  • Peloponnese
  • USA
  • California
  • Caribbean
  • Antigua

Stress. We cannot stress enough how much we like to avoid stress. After all, we spend all day every day making your holidays as straight forward and stress-free as possible. The NHS (an organisation that knows a lot about being stressed) suggests doing the following things to help:…