Tom Barber

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…

By Tom
On: 15th December, 2014

Spetses: A Very Well Kept Greek Secret

  • Greece

After our escapades in mainland Peloponnese my wife and I headed by boat to Spetses, an island Original Travel have trumpeted as the new Capri. I wanted to see for myself, nervous that we might be making a big call, but I think the claim is pretty legitimate. The many Spetsiot residents we…

Montenegro island

By Tom
On: 7th November, 2014

Montenegro: a Destination to Watch for 2015

  • Montenegro
  • Europe

Quickly becoming the next big location that the super-rich are talking about, Montenegro is right at the top of Original Travel's must visit destinations for 2015 with new hotels cropping up left, right and centre. At long last the beautiful country of Montenegro (which has been rather…

By Tom
On: 24th October, 2014

The Peloponnese: Luxury, Adventure, Culture and History

  • Greece
  • Peloponnese

I've long had unfinished business with Greece. The last and only time I'd been before my recent trip was a university holiday to the island of Ios that made the first In-Betweeners movie look like a brass-rubbing coach tour of Norfolk churches (hedonistic as they no doubt are). We got not a…

Colourful sarongs on beach, Mozambique, Africa

By Tom
On: 3rd October, 2014

Africa: a Continent in Crisis?

  • Africa
  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Botswana
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Rwanda
  • Morocco

Let's be honest, it's been something of an annus horribilis for Africa. Kenya, Mali and Algeria (and others) face ongoing security concerns and the Ebola virus has dominated headlines, while the Oscar Pistorius trial became another negative media circus, all making 2014 a year Africa would…

currency beach and exchange rate

By Tom
On: 15th September, 2014

The perils of playing the exchange rate game… and other excellent reasons to use a tour operator!

There are so many things to consider throughout the holiday booking process (destination, time of year, hotel, the list is endless), but one thing you might not have thought about is exchange rate fluctuation. It may seem like a dry topic but you could save yourself a small fortune by…

airplane seats

By Tom
On: 26th August, 2014

The Original Travel Guide to ‘Airtiquette’

News has reached us of a mid-air punch up aboard a United Airlines flight that resulted in the flight being diverted and both passengers being unceremoniously removed from the aircraft. The reason for the air rage? That particularly thorny issue of airtiquette - the seat recline.

A pretzal stand, New York USA

By Tom
On: 3rd July, 2014

The Foodie Tour of America

  • USA
  • New York
  • California
  • Mexico

As a nation of immigrants, the US of A is home to some truly diverse dishes. Here we take a look at some American Classics from the American Grill menu by our friends at Deliverance.

By Tom
On: 12th June, 2014

In Defence of Ryanair (Sort of)

  • Italy

It's been a decade since I set foot on a Ryanair plane... the question is, would I live to regret using them again?

Elephants in Zambia

By Chiawa Camp'
On: 9th June, 2014

Safari Holidays Through Expert Eyes: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

  • Africa
  • Zambia
  • Lower Zambezi National Park

The first in a series of blogs where we get the inside track on African safari holidays from the guides and experts on the ground. Through a Q&A with Original Travel, Grant Cumings from Chiawa Camp in Zambia shares his experience and knowledge...