Tom Barber

Thank You Listing
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By Tom
On: 25th March, 2020

Thank You, Merci, Danke, Gracias...

Travel isn't just about places; it's about people. Our amazing staff, our Concierges, our longstanding suppliers and partners in destinations around the world and, of course, our loyal clients. In this newsletter we want to focus on our clients particularly. We always knew they were a classy…

Director's Message
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By Tom
On: 16th March, 2020

A Note from the Directors

We, the Directors of Original Travel, want to update clients on our thinking during the coronavirus situation. It's a tough time for everyone, and as you can imagine it's particularly challenging for the travel industry. That said, we and our network of partners around the world are a pretty…

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By Tom
On: 4th March, 2020

Long Haul Experience, Short Haul Logistics: Alternative Europe

  • Turkey
  • Romania
  • France
  • Southern Iceland
  • Inland Andalucia
  • Svalbard
  • The Azores
  • Swedish Lapland
  • The Alentejo

Don't worry. This isn't a blog about the dry as dust subject of European equivalence that was a hot topic during the first round of Brexit negotiations. We're talking about something far, FAR more interesting: namely the fact that you don't need to fly to the ends of the Earth to appreciate…

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By Tom
On: 19th February, 2020

Top Six Things to do in Egypt

  • Egypt
  • Pyramids and the Red Sea
  • Luxor, Aswan and the Nile

From the pyramids in Cairo to the underwater wonders of the Red Sea, Egypt is a short haul shoo-in.

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By Tom
On: 10th February, 2020

Our Top Destinations for a Microadventure

  • Malta
  • Singapore
  • Rwanda
  • Cape Town

Here's the bottom line: we work hard, we're busy, and we want to spend our free time doing something meaningful. Long and leisurely holidays exploring a destination are all well and good, but there's a lot to be said about a bite-sized trip that's chock full of experiences from start to…

Waterfalls in Iceland
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By Tom
On: 6th February, 2020

Destination Inspiration for Adventure Holidays in 2020

  • Antarctica
  • Mongolia
  • Iceland
  • New Zealand

Does the idea of lying on a beach reading a book fill you with horror? If so, read on for four more adventurous alternatives to a 'fly and flop' holiday.

President's Palace in Lima
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By Tom
On: 30th January, 2020

Top Six Things to do in Peru

  • Peru
  • Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
  • Lima
  • The Peruvian Amazon
  • Paracas, Nazca & Ica

Here are some of the highlights in South America's third largest country...

Various Instruments
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By Tom
On: 22nd January, 2020

Destination Inspiration for Music

  • India
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Morocco

If music be the food of your travels, visit these places to broaden your aural horizons...

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By Tom
On: 18th January, 2020

World Religion Day - Our Top Religious Sites and Festivals

  • Ladakh
  • Ethiopia
  • India
  • Japan
  • Malta
  • Seville
  • Mexico
  • Cusco
  • Brazil
  • Botswana
  • Israel

World Religion Day is on Sunday 19th January this year, with the organisers keen to stress the importance of religion and spirituality in unifying humans around the world. They've got a point, because despite a few very obvious on-going (and seemingly implacable) religious rivalries around…

How to Travel Responsibly: Rainforest
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By Tom
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…