Tom Barber

U Bein Bridge in Manadalay in Burma at sunrise

By Tom
On: 5th June, 2014

Best Places to Watch the Sunrise

  • Australia
  • Morocco
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Myanmar (Burma)

Seize the day! The early bird catches the worm!.. you get the picture, and if you can drag yourself from peaceful slumber, here's our top 5 places around the world to watch the sunrise.

Camels Dubai

By Tom
On: 24th March, 2014

Discovering Dubai

  • Dubai
  • Middle East

After having my reservations about the place - I was pleasantly impressed with what Dubai has to offer.

By Tom
On: 20th March, 2014

Sharky & George-ified Original Travel Family Holidays

Some matches are made in heaven and that's certainly the way we feel about the relationship between Original Travel and children's party people Sharky & George. Both companies opened for business in 2003 and have since gone from strength to strength. Then in 2010 Rosie from Original…

barcode with the world

By Tom
On: 13th March, 2014

The World on Sale

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • USA

So what's up? It's more a question of what's down, and particularly against the Pound, thanks to a resurgent British economy. The rest will inevitably catch up (we're good sports like that) so the exchange rate bonanza won't last, but in the meantime there are bargains to be had. The World's…

Aerial view of Blue Nile Falls in Ethiopia

By Tom
On: 18th February, 2014

Sacred Landscapes of Ethiopia

  • Historic Northern Ethiopia
  • Simien Mountains

Simoon Travel's Amelia Stewart has been getting to the heart of Ethiopia by seeing the country from the ground. In her first blog of the series, Amelia explores Ethiopia's sacred landscapes, and discovers the odd nit-picking baboon along the way...

By Tom
On: 21st January, 2014

24 hours in: Buenos Aires

  • Buenos Aires & the Pampas
  • Argentina

Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant and appealing cities in South America, combining chic European influences with a true Latin atmosphere. You'd want to spend a whole lot longer than 24 hours, but if you were really going for it...

countryside landscape

By Tom
On: 20th January, 2014

Cool Destination Combos

  • USA
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Africa
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam

Like a maxi dress and wedges, or jeans and a jacket, some combos just work. Behold, our favourite tailor made, two-pronged trip ideas. After all, the best things do come in pairs...

Nihiwatu Beach sunset

By Tom
On: 13th January, 2014

Fourteen destinations for 2014

  • The Alentejo
  • USA
  • Zambia
  • Indonesia
  • Turkey
  • Albania
  • Israel
  • Sri Lanka
  • Japan
  • The Selous & Ruaha National Parks
  • Mancora

14 for '14? Sounds like a set of Mitchell Johnson's bowling figures from the recent Ashes debacle (one for the chaps there) but on this occasion referring to our predictions for the 14 destinations that are going to be big news in 2014.

Uzbekistan Food

By Tom
On: 15th November, 2013

Plov Recipe from Uzbekistan

  • Uzbekistan

This plov recipe was picked up by Simoon Travel's Amelia in Uzbekistan. Plov is the country's national dish, a hearty mix of rice, lamb and vegetables.

By Tom
On: 9th October, 2013

Exclusive Winter Sun Offers

  • Egypt
  • Italy
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand

So far so mild, but you just know that a good (c)old British winter is coming down the line, and when it does, you want to make sure you're as far from it as possible. Oh, and ideally staying somewhere with a juicy special offer. As luck would have it, here are a few of our latest, exclusive…