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Trending Destination: Kyrgyzstan

By Tom
On: 3rd January, 2020

Trending Destinations: What's Hot for 2020

  • Kyrgyzstan
  • China
  • Israel
  • The Azores
  • Nicaragua
  • Corsica
  • Egypt

Taking the planet's pulse is a particularly pleasurable part of our job, and each year we predict which destinations will hit the heights. So, without further delay, we introduce Original Travel's magnificent seven trending destinations for 2020. Some are entirely new destinations for us,…

By Tom
On: 4th December, 2019

Exploring British Columbia’s Magnificent Wildlife

  • British Columbia

British Columbia has around 16,000 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline (islands included) and endless untamed wilderness that make ideal habitats for the region's magnificent wildlife. By day, head out to spot bears, whales and eagles on foot, by kayak or by floatplane. Come evening, learn…

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By Tom
On: 13th November, 2019

Moroc-go! Off the Beaten Track Highlights of Southern Morocco

  • Morocco

A holiday to Morocco brings to mind reams of exotic images… browsing colourful souqs in the bustling streets of Marrakech, rejuvenating yourself at a Hammam spa, and tucking into a tasty tagine for tea. However, sometimes the most beautiful, romantic spots are found when you head off the…

Rome With Kids Listing Image

By Tom
On: 7th November, 2019

How To Do Rome With Kids - Part Two

  • Italy
  • Rome

Rome is a magical destination for families, but as with any successful trip, the proof is in the planning, so here are our direcor and founder Tom Barber's continued top tips for the perfect family trip to the Eternal City…

By Tom
On: 5th November, 2019

How To Do Rome With Kids - Part One

  • Italy
  • Rome

Rome is a magical destination for families, but as with any successful trip, the proof is in the planning, so here are my top tips (and those of my wife and four children, who are never short of feedback on one of our family trips) for the perfect family trip to the Eternal City…

By Tom
On: 25th October, 2019

Top 2020 Trips for Tweens

  • Jordan
  • Costa Rica
  • Indonesia
  • Turkey
  • Egypt

Welcome to the age of the 'tweenager' - the twilight zone between the innocence of early childhood and the dark ages of the teenage years. No need to panic though, because handled correctly these can be some of the most memorable (for all the right reasons) of all family travel times. For…

By Tom
On: 9th October, 2019

Top Trips for Tots 2020

Navigating the world of travel with a toddler in tow can be a daunting prospect, but our team of experts know their destinations inside and out - including the hotels that best cater to the needs (read: demands) of little ones - and can help create a toddler-friendly holiday that lets you…

blue deer listing

By Tom
On: 25th September, 2019

La Dolce Vita Aboard The 'Blue Deer' - Part 2

After dropping deeply unsubtle hints to Stefano, the owner of the Blue Deer, I flew to Italy ready to board the sublime catamaran for a few days in the Pontine Islands. We explored Ponza town itself, before heading over to the nearby island of Palmarola and doing some sea urchin diving…

By Tom
On: 20th September, 2019

La Dolce Vita Aboard the 'Blue Deer' - Part One

I've always espoused the mantra (if I can trap someone long enough while I bang on) that if you could take Italy's hinterland, and Greece's coastline and islands, you'd have arguably the world's perfect destination. That was until I had the very, very great pleasure of spending a couple of…

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By Tom
On: 19th September, 2019

Sabbaticals - Feel The Fear...And Do It Anyway

"It's only normal to come up with excuses not to try something new or bold. We all fear uncertainty and things going wrong. Another way is to focus instead on the potential upsides and how the decision could transform your life for the better" Gil Dove, Leadership Coach