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Egyptian spice market

By Tom
On: 14th July, 2017

Top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink

  • Egypt

Falafel, mango juice and suprisingly tasty stuffed pigeon! Original Travel Egypt expert Amelia Stewart gives us the low down on her top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink...

Camels by the Egyptian Pyramids

By Tom
On: 3rd July, 2017

Culture in Chaotic Cairo

  • Egypt

I arrived into Cairo in the blazing Ramadan heat - normally I wouldn't advise going to Egypt during Ramadan however if you are prepared for things to be a little 'out of kilter' it shouldn't otherwise deter you from going. Egypt needs our support. Tourism has virtually dropped off since the…

IGO Norway

By Tom
On: 9th December, 2016

Our Exciting New Partnership with IGO Adventures

  • Norway
  • Morocco
  • USA

Unless you've been living in a cave these past couple of years you'll be aware of the rise of the MAMIL, or Middle Aged Man in Lycra, and his lady wife, MAWIL. The desire to get fit is, of course, entirely admirable, but sartorially speaking no-one has yet managed to style out the lycra…

Jaguar Belize

By Tom
On: 30th September, 2016

Discovering North Sudan Part II: Karima and Meroe

  • Sudan

Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part two of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.

Khartoum Camels

By Tom
On: 30th September, 2016

Discovering North Sudan Part I: Khartoum

  • Sudan

Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part one of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.

Amelia fam trip picture children dancing

By Tom
On: 1st July, 2016

My Top Five in Mongolia

  • Central Asia
  • Mongolia

Have you bagged eight to ten days in Mongolia but curious as to how to fill them? Fear not. My list of must sees and do's in the landlocked nation (given in no particular order) will fill your itinerary to the metaphorical brim.

By Tom
On: 28th June, 2016

Brexit: A Word of Reassurance

As CEO of Original Travel I wanted to give our existing and potential clients some peace of mind in these unsettled times.

Deck chairs in the Caribbean

By Tom
On: 25th February, 2016

Caribbean Honeymoons: Finding the Perfect Island

  • Caribbean
  • Jamaica
  • Antigua
  • Turks & Caicos
  • St Barths
  • Anguilla
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Barbados

So you're getting married. Congratulations (obvs) but let's get straight to the important bit - planning the honeymoon. We may be slightly (read: completely) biased but planning your honeymoon has got to be one of the most exciting bits of wedmin and there are few better places to kick off…

By Tom
On: 16th February, 2016

11 Ways to Make Travelling by Airplane a Little More Bearable

It might seem a little counter-intuitive for a travel company to talk about the difficulties of travelling, but you've been to an airport recently, right? No-one in their right mind could claim that the airport experience is a particularly pleasant one, what with convoluted security checks…

By Tom
On: 15th February, 2016

Parlez-vous Anglais?

  • Canada
  • USA
  • The Canadian Rockies
  • British Columbia
  • Churchill
  • California
  • Washington DC
  • New England
  • Hawaii
  • Jackson Hole
  • New York
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • The Winelands and Cape
  • Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands
  • Cape Town

Consider the English-speaking world. Don't panic - this isn't going to be some misty-eyed paean to the age of Empire, when Britannia ruled the waves, and the sun never set, etc; but if you think about the places that speak English as their first language, they make for a pretty spectacular…