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By Susie T
On: 28th February, 2020

Beyond the Beach: Our Favourite Beach Holidays with Culture

  • Crete
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Mauritius

Confession time. While we might sing the praises of wild destinations and final frontiers made for intrepid adventurers, we're also partial to the occasional indulgent beach holiday where you can spend your days worshipping that holy trinity of sun, sea and sand. However, some of favourite…

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By Susie T
On: 12th February, 2020

Off-The-Beaten-Track Holidays

  • The Indian Himalayas
  • Guyana
  • Romania
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Lebanon

They say three is the magic number but really we all know it's 57,268,900. It is, after all, the landed area of Earth in square miles - positively spacious, we think you'll agree. It would seem that there's a whole world of, well, world out there to explore. Which can be hard to believe when…

spring flowers in a basket

By Susie T
On: 23rd January, 2020

The Best Spring Holidays for 2020

  • Israel
  • Sri Lanka
  • Cultural Triangle
  • Galle & the Southern Beaches
  • Portugal
  • Mexico
  • Yucatan Peninsula
  • Oaxaca & Chiapas
  • Japan

Want to put the spring back in your step after the dark doldrums of winter? We've got just the ticket, and with Easter plus two May bank holidays, spring is one of the best times of year for an epic escape. Here's where to go in spring 2020…

Honeymoons 2020

By Susie T
On: 15th January, 2020

Top Honeymoon Destinations for 2020

  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Tanzania
  • Canada
  • Japan

There is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to honeymoons. Some want pure beachside R&R - and rightly so, we would always recommend some downtime as part of a honeymoon (never underestimate how tired you'll be after the months of preparation and wedmin) - while others want to start…

How to Travel Responsibly: Rainforest

By Susie T
On: 3rd January, 2020

How to Travel Responsibly: Our Top Tips

Responsible travel, sustainable travel, eco-travel - call the concept what you will, but these buzzwords are making waves, and with good reason. We all want to safeguard our beloved planet, but we don't want to (and shouldn't) give up travel altogether, so how can we create the conditions…

By Susie T
On: 2nd January, 2020

Marco 'Solo' - Our Top Solo Travel Destinations for 2020

Sometimes, being selfish isn't such a bad thing, and packing your bags and jetting off on a solo adventure is, arguably, one of those times. Travelling on your own is the best way to do exactly what you want to do; no waiting for someone else, missing out on an activity, or - even worse -…

By Susie T
On: 20th December, 2019

Slow Amazing - Our Favourite 'Slow Travel' Destinations for 2020

  • Zambia
  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Egypt

Here at Original Travel, we're big believers in the benefits of Slow Travel (which we define as travelling by modes of transport other than plane or car; such as train, horse, walking, biking, boating and more). As well as giving you the chance to appreciate and connect with your…

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By Susie T
On: 21st October, 2019

Our Top Tips for Travelling Together on Sabbatical

We've already talked about the potential for anxiety when leaving everyday life and - more importantly - friends and family behind during a sabbatical, but now it's time to get practical. Whether you want to counter those fears by taking family with you, or by having friends visit, or if you…

By Susie T
On: 30th July, 2019

More Than a 'Fly and Flop' - a Cultural Trip to Tenerife

  • Canary Islands

Forget your preconceptions: Tenerife is much more than just a 'fly and flop' destination. The island, the largest of the Canary Islands, has a rich architectural culture and the fauna found in Teide National Park and north east of the island in the Anaga Mountains makes Tenerife a wonderful…

sabbatical planning top tips

By Susie T
On: 12th July, 2019

Our Top Tips for Planning a Sabbatical

No two travellers plan in the same way. Some of us favour detailed spreadsheets and minute-by-minute itineraries, while others just have a great long list of love-to-dos that need turning into an actual plan. Whether you're in the early conceptual stages, already have a rough idea or own a…