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On: 8th February, 2018

My First... Cultural Adventure: Rome

  • Rome
  • Italy

Rome might just be our favourite city in Europe so it's doubly delicious that it also works so well for families. We have access to superb guides who are experts in their fields - be that archaeology or history of art - but also in another key art; that of teaching children without them…

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On: 25th January, 2018

The Best of Verbier

  • Verbier

The focal point of the huge Four Valleys ski area in Switzerland, Verbier might just be the perfect all-round Alpine ski resort. Sure, St Anton wins - just - in the après-ski stakes, Zermatt might be (even) prettier and Chamonix has the ultimate gnarly off-piste action, but Verbier delivers…

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On: 23rd January, 2018

Travelling with Teenagers: Teen There, Done That

Time to take a deep breath, bite your tongue and get ready for battle. Or - just as likely- get ready to enjoy some really quality time with your pubescent progent and discuss things in a mature manner. Ha, who are we trying to kid? Joking aside, these years can deliver some genuinely…

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On: 21st December, 2017

Your Child's First Expedition: Borneo

  • Borneo

Once your children have reached the slightly scary 'tweenage' years of 9-12 years old, you can start veering toward the ever more adventurous holidays, for instance, their first expedition. We think that Malaysian Borneo provides adventure-a-plenty for little explorers; this is the land of…

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On: 5th December, 2017

When Can I... Taking Your Children on 'First' Holidays

At Original Travel, we completely understand (first-hand) that each and every family is unique and therefore has entirely unique holiday preferences. However, after years of experience (15 years to be exact) planning family holidays, we like to think that we've learnt a thing or two and are…

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On: 23rd November, 2017

A Guide to Travelling with Toddlers

Welcome to the exciting new world of family travel. You may have to make a few (temporary) compromises to your former travel life but we're here to help with the transition. Here are our top tips for surviving (and enjoying!) family holidays whilst travelling with tots. Are you sitting…

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On: 16th November, 2017

What's Hot For 2018: Trending Travel Destinations

  • Morocco
  • Cambodia
  • Corfu
  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar
  • Indonesia
  • Namibia
  • Chile
  • USA

Here at Original Travel, we are always looking ahead with wanderlust and planning for our next worldwide adventure. We're pleased to say that we've sat down and looked deep into our crystal ball (the office globe) and are excited to share with you our hottest destinations to visit in 2018 -…

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On: 5th October, 2017

A Survival Manual To Flying With Infants

Welcome to our dedicated Survival Manual for flying with your little ones. No one wants to be the parent of a screaming infant on a flight, so if you want to avoid looks that could kill, here are a few tips from all of us Original Travel parents to minimise the chances of an incident at…

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On: 26th September, 2017

My First Safari: Wild in South Africa

  • South Africa

Regardless of how many Jellycat giraffe teddies the children own, or how Elmer the Elephan encyclopedic they are, nothing even comes close to seeing African wildlife in its natural habitat for the first time. We think that your wild things will enjoy a safari experience in family-friendly…

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On: 8th August, 2017

Scandimania: Which Scandi-Country Is For You?

  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Iceland

Scandinavia is a hugely popular holiday destination right now, and with good reason. We ourselves absolutely love the Nordic region (admittedly, a loose term in this blog including Iceland) and have developed self-diagnosed Scandimania: a love of all things Nordic. In this blog post we are…