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Atacama Desert
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By Tom
On: 4th June, 2019

Where to Go for Outdoor Living

  • Colombia
  • The Coffee Triangle
  • Namibia
  • Etosha & Damaraland
  • Skeleton Coast and the Kunene River
  • USA
  • Chile
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Easter Island

If you like your country big then this fab foursome are well worth exploring. Read on to find out how they put the 'great' in The Great Outdoors.

Fast Car
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By Tom
On: 9th May, 2019

Pimp My Ride

  • Canada
  • Vancouver
  • Cape Town
  • South Africa
  • California
  • Highway One, the California Coast Road Trip
  • USA
  • Finland
  • Switzerland
  • India

Some roads demand to be driven, so a bog standard hire car just won't cut it. Add some horsepower to your holiday with these upgrades...

camels by the pyramids
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By Tom
On: 7th May, 2019

Connecting with Different Cultures Through Travel

  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Malaysia
  • France
  • Uzbekistan

Despite the dangerously polarising effect of social media and unscrupulous politicians, we all share the same hopes and fears, the same fundamental human condition, and there's no better way to remind yourself of these universal truths than through travel. Yes, the clothing, customs, cuisine…

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By Tom
On: 3rd May, 2019

The Greatest Road Trip Panoramic Pit Stops

  • Puglia
  • Italy
  • Australia
  • Uruguay
  • Skeleton Coast and the Kunene River
  • Namibia
  • Canada
  • The South Island
  • New Zealand

You're here for the freedom of the open road, but do stop to take in the sheer magnificence of your surroundings...

Elephants near the Zambezi River
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By Tom
On: 25th April, 2019

Top Seven Things to do in Zambia

  • Zambia
  • Victoria Falls
  • The South Luangwa

Whether you've got a niche wildlife interest or a need for some authentic cultural immersion, Zambia has got you covered...

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By Tom
On: 18th April, 2019

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Keep the use of that dreaded phrase to a minimum with these road tested ruses...

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By Tom
On: 28th March, 2019

Destination Inspiration for Slow Travel

  • Australia
  • Queensland
  • France
  • Mozambique
  • Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Argentina
  • Chile

The frenetic pace of modern life is a common complaint, but since the world shows no signs of stopping so we can get off, we need a few less radical solutions. Enter: the concept of slow travel; an opportunity to take your foot off the gas and enjoy the world around you at a gentler pace...

couple on a road trip
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By Tom
On: 26th March, 2019

Avoiding Carguments

Apparently a quarter of all arguments occur in the car. Here's a road map to avoiding traffic-related tiffs...

hotel doorman
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By Tom
On: 3rd December, 2018

The Nine Big Hotel No-Nos

When we're putting together your trip, choosing the perfect hotel is one of the key conversations. The hotels, camps and lodges we work with are - naturally - beyond reproach, but the team here at Original Travel have had to kiss a whole host of hotel frogs to come up with our portfolio of…

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By Tom
On: 29th November, 2018

The Conservation Conversation

  • Africa

At Original Travel we spend a lot of time discussing our part in the great sustainability and tourism debate. Here's a quick summary of our current thinking…