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Tom Barber

By Tom
On: 28th March, 2019

Destination Inspiration for Slow Travel

  • Australia
  • Queensland
  • France
  • Mozambique
  • Northern Mozambique & Quirimbas Archipelago
  • Argentina
  • Chile

The frenetic pace of modern life is a common complaint, but since the world shows no signs of stopping so we can get off, we need a few less radical solutions. Enter: the concept of slow travel; an opportunity to take your foot off the gas and enjoy the world around you at a gentler pace...

couple on a road trip

By Tom
On: 26th March, 2019

Avoiding Carguments

Apparently a quarter of all arguments occur in the car. Here's a road map to avoiding traffic-related tiffs...

algarve bay in evening

By Tom
On: 19th March, 2019

Portugal’s Southern Powerhouses: the Algarve and the Alentejo

  • The Algarve
  • The Alentejo

Home to the oldest bookshop in the world, Portugal sets the scene for you to create your own story with its abundance of possibilities for sun-seekers, sailors, surfers and loafers alike. The Algarve and the Alentejo, both in the south of the country, are two of Original Travel's favourite…

hotel doorman

By Tom
On: 3rd December, 2018

The Nine Big Hotel No-Nos

When we're putting together your trip, choosing the perfect hotel is one of the key conversations. The hotels, camps and lodges we work with are - naturally - beyond reproach, but the team here at Original Travel have had to kiss a whole host of hotel frogs to come up with our portfolio of…

By Tom
On: 29th November, 2018

The Conservation Conversation

  • Africa

At Original Travel we spend a lot of time discussing our part in the great sustainability and tourism debate. Here's a quick summary of our current thinking…

Ortigia. Small island

By Tom
On: 5th November, 2018

Seven Reasons to visit Ortigia Now

  • Italy

One of the prettiest places in south-east Sicily, Ortigia is a small island which sits within Syracuse and is less than an hour's drive south of Catania. Here are my reasons why you should visit right now:

Pintxo and beer

By Tom
On: 31st August, 2018

Cultural spots in San Sebastián

  • Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

Kaixo (hello in Basque) and welcome to San Sebastian, or Donostia as it's known locally. The city is the capital of Spain's brilliant and ever so slightly batty Basque region. Here's all you need to know about this peaceful and beautiful city, with its miniature Rio de Janeiro vibe, complete…

By Tom
On: 21st August, 2018

Our Top Five Wildlife Conservation Projects

  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia

Sometimes we need to take a step back and just remember we have no greater right to be here than any other animal - David Attenborough. No truer words, David. No truer words. And while the whole planet could benefit from subscribing to that school of thought, Africa particularly springs to…

Bordeaux, France

By Tom
On: 16th August, 2018

Wine Tasting in Bordeaux

  • Bordeaux & The Dordogne

We love a city that's recovered its mojo, and Bordeaux has most certainly done so. The grand 18th-century boulevards and buildings - paid for by the proceeds of the wine industry - spent decades down at heel until a recent sense of urban renewal lured young entrepreneurs back. Now, with the…

San Francisco

By Tom
On: 9th August, 2018

Best Experiences in San Francisco

  • San Francisco

At first glance Frisco is a city without a clear narrative, swinging from late 19th Century Gold Rush greed to flowers in your hair hippie free love and now home to techpreneurs from Twitter to Instagram. What's the common theme? An over-riding sense of what might be possible when groups of…