Tom Barber


By Tom
On: 26th November, 2015

Fes Music Festival

  • Fez

The little known annual music festival of Fes in Morocco is a gem, not only because it is still relatively unknown (therefore retains its authenticity) but also because of the fantastically high standard of musicianship. In a sea of world music festivals to choose from, this one really…

Roman ruins in Volubilis

By Tom
On: 10th June, 2015

Culture in Morocco: a Day Trip to Volubilis

  • Morocco
  • Fez

Any trip to Fes should include a day out to the gorgeous Roman city of Volubilis, probably the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.

Chimgan Mountains

By Tom
On: 19th May, 2015

Desert… Or Mountains in Uzbekistan

  • Uzbekistan

One of the great things about this little known country is that you can be in the sultry deserts of Karakalpakstan one minute (a semi autonomous region in southern Uzbekistan - ever heard of it?!), and then the snow capped mountains bordering Kazakhstan the next. Uzbekistan is small and easy…

Polo sport

By Tom
On: 14th May, 2015

Polo Around the World

The first weekend of June will see London's most fashionable summer garden party: Polo in the Park. This year, we just couldn't miss out on the fun and will be hosting a kids club alongside party gurus, Sharky & George and Eddie Catz. As well as the giant obstacle course, pitch invasion…

By Tom
On: 12th May, 2015

Top Five Sights in Uzbekistan

  • Central Asia
  • Uzbekistan

By the end of a twelve day tour of Uzbekistan you might have had your fill of monuments beginning with 'M' - for there are so many Mosques, Mausoleums, Madrassah's, Museums and Markets it's enough to make ones' head spin. And the problem is trying to remember them all as they have a habit of…

Guri Amir Mausoleum, Samarkand

By Tom
On: 12th May, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Simoon Tour – an Excursion to Shakhrisabz

  • Central Asia
  • Uzbekistan

Simoon Travel's Amelia has just returned from a tour of Uzbekistan. In the first of a series of blogs, Amelia gives a flavour of what it's like to be on a Simoon Travel tour...

By Tom
On: 8th April, 2015

Aman Hotels: All You Need to Know

Once an Original Traveller, Aman's Director of Sales for the UK and Scandinavia, Olga Pavlova knows all about what our clients look for in a luxury hotel. I sat down with Olga to get the inside track on all things Aman...

By Tom
On: 23rd February, 2015

Ethiopia Dancing

  • Ethiopia

Ethiopia - a land where the cradle of Christianity, the birth of the coffee bean, and some of the best dancing I have ever seen come together.

Statue of Winston Churchill

By Tom
On: 22nd January, 2015

Churchill’s Travels

Don't worry, we're not going to wax lyrical about the travels of the annoying nodding dog off the telly; rather those of Sir Winston Churchill, the man often acknowledged as the Greatest Briton ever. This Saturday (24 January, 2015) is the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston's death and as a…

By Tom
On: 6th January, 2015

Our Top Ten Honeymoon Hotels

  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Capri & Ischia
  • Namibia
  • The Namib Desert
  • Greece
  • Santorini
  • USA
  • California
  • Maldives
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • The North Island
  • Oman
  • Muscat
  • Brazil
  • Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde

Everybody loves a list, and anyone planning a honeymoon needs this particular one in their life. After much deliberation the team at Original Travel have come up with their Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels from around the world. Editing the list down to a mere ten proved mighty difficult, and more…