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By Claire
On: 17th January, 2020

Our Top Christmas Destinations for 2020

You're down to the final slice of Turkey and fighting over the last mince pie but instead of feeling sad that Christmas is over, why not book yourself an epic holiday for Christmas 2020? It may seem a long way off, but trust us when we say that places start getting booked up fast. So seize…

By Claire
On: 10th January, 2020

Dry Jan... Literally! Our Top Desert Destinations for 2020

  • The Namib Desert
  • Luxor, Aswan and the Nile
  • Canada
  • Atacama Desert
  • Antarctica

Dry January sounds a little… well, dry. But if the lack of 'moonshine' is already getting you down, we're here to show you that dry doesn't have to be dull. Let us wet your appetite with some of our favourite holiday destinations which also happen to be some of the driest places on Earth…

By Claire
On: 13th December, 2019

Bring Out Your Inner Columbus - Our Favourite Americas Adventure Cruises

  • Antarctica
  • The Peruvian Amazon
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Ecuador & the Galapagos
  • Brazil

The word 'cruise' may conjure images of tourists crammed onto vast ships, spilling out into the ports of seemingly unsuspecting Mediterranean towns in a manner similar to that of the Great Wildebeest Migration, but we'll let you in on a little secret… we love a cruise. Well, when we say…

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By Claire
On: 11th December, 2019

Our Top 2020 Sabbatical Destinations

  • Borneo
  • Ethiopia
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • California

There's a big old world out there (we would know) and if you've decided to take the plunge and go on a sabbatical, deciding on where you want to visit with your precious (and well deserved) time off can be daunting. Our advice: decide what you want to achieve and let that drive the…

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By Claire
On: 29th November, 2019

Oh-Man! Why You Should Spend Christmas in Oman

  • Oman

Dashing through the sand, on a one-humped camel train, through the wadis you go, laughing all the way… about the fact you've managed to escape the Great British Christmas rush. If you'd rather swap Brussels sprouts for beach scenes, Oman fits the 'Chirstmas getaway' bill perfectly with its…

By Claire
On: 25th November, 2019

Europe? Safari? Why Not! Check Out Our 'European Big Five'

  • The Azores
  • Svalbard
  • Romania
  • France
  • Spain

Who's just tuned into the Beeb's and David Attenborough's latest wildlife wünder-watch, Seven Worlds, One Planet? An amazing reminder that you don't need to travel to the other side of the planet to see spectacular beasties when there are so many on our doorstep in Europe. Safari and Europe…

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By Claire
On: 18th November, 2019

Where You Should Go Skiing, Based On Which Friends Character You Are

  • Italy
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Iceland
  • California
  • British Columbia

Remember that episode of Friends where Rachel wants to take everyone skiing, but the car breaks down and they never arrive? If she had booked a ski trip through Original Travel, we guarantee she'd have arrived on time, glass of Prosecco in hand, ready to hit the slopes the next morning.…

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By Claire
On: 11th November, 2019

'Hot 'N' Cold' - Last Minute Winter Breaks

  • Oman
  • Iceland
  • California
  • Swedish Lapland
  • New Zealand

Words rarely fail us here at Original Travel. However, sometimes the best descriptions come from the great lyricists of our time - namely, Diana Ross, ABBA and…err…OutKast? Whether you want to chill out or turn up the heat, here are some of our favourite destinations for a winter break, and…

By Claire
On: 28th October, 2019

Take Note! Our Favourite Places to Hear Live Music

  • Spain
  • Morocco
  • Brazil
  • Georgia
  • India

Shakespeare famously wrote 'if music be the food of love, play on'. This particular phrase opens 'Twelfth Night', with Orsino musing that an excess of music might cure his love obsession in the same way eating too much food cures one's hunger. Well, Shakespeare might have been on to…

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…