new years eve on a beach
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By Jess
On: 23rd February, 2018

Christmas and New Year 2018

  • Egypt
  • Brazil
  • Kenya
  • Finland
  • India
  • USA

Don't panic, but Christmas is just 305 short days away **alarm bells start ringing**. While that might sound rather dramatic, Christmas and New Year are two of the most popular dates in the travel calendar and if you'd rather swap Brussels sprouts for beach scenes or awkward gatherings with…

Evening scenery in Stockholm
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By Tom
On: 8th August, 2017

Scandimania: Which Scandi-Country Is For You?

  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Iceland

Scandinavia is a hugely popular holiday destination right now, and with good reason. We ourselves absolutely love the Nordic region (admittedly, a loose term in this blog including Iceland) and have developed self-diagnosed Scandimania: a love of all things Nordic. In this blog post we are…


By Molly
On: 21st December, 2016

Exploring Finnish Lapland

  • Finland

Few things peak at the grand old age of 99, I certainly will not. Even fewer things pack a punch at 99. Finnish Lapland however is looking pretty marvellous and with temperatures of -20 over the winter it is only for the punchy.

image of a reindeer
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By Kate L
On: 11th March, 2016

Fairy Tale Fun in Finland

  • Finland

I didn't quite know what to expect upon hearing that I was bound for Finland on a 'research' trip. This conjured up pangs of anxiety with respect to the climate (it was minus 16 degrees when we arrived!), as well as waves of excitement about the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights and,…

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By Jess
On: 8th January, 2015

Our Top 10 Hotels for a Big Short Break

  • Norway
  • The Fjords
  • Portugal
  • The Alentejo
  • Croatia
  • Dubrovnik
  • Sweden
  • Swedish Lapland
  • Italy
  • Florence
  • Morocco
  • Atlas Mountains
  • Spain
  • Inland Andalucia
  • Turkey
  • The Aegean Coast
  • France
  • Bordeaux & The Dordogne
  • Finland

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, with the Big Short Break; pocket adventures designed specifically for those who are short on time but in search of a big experience. From a three day trip of cultural immersion in Istanbul (and baklava eating, obvs) to a seven…

On: 1st January, 2015

The Best Family Holidays

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Austria
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Finland
  • South Africa

From adventurous safaris and relaxing in the sun to fun in the snow and exciting city breaks, here are, in our opinion, the best family holidays.

Borscht Soup

On: 23rd September, 2013

Grandma's Borscht Recipe

  • Russia
  • Finland

Try this Borscht recipe, a Ukrainian / Russian / Polish soup picked up in Europe by Original Travel's Flora!

Husky Train in Finland
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By Jess
On: 11th April, 2013

Christmas Breaks: Embrace or Escape Santa

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco

Whether you're a lover or a hater (of the festive season, that is) there are many wonderful places to spend the holiday. If you want to embrace or escape Father Christmas and all that he brings, allow us to suggest a few luxury getaways; from quiet couples escapes to large family…

Cyprus view
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By Dave
On: 1st November, 2012

Special Offer at The Almyra Hotel

  • Cyprus
  • Finland

A true gem in the Mediterranean, Cyprus makes the most of its beautiful landscapes and effortless charm through some of Europe's best, and very family friendly, hotels. A true gem in the Mediterranean, Cyprus makes the most of its beautiful landscapes and effortless charm through some of…

aerial view of northern lights

On: 15th October, 2012

Up in Lights: Where to See the Northern Lights in Europe

  • Finland
  • Norway

As their name suggests, the Northern Lights are best spotted in the North, and in many cases, the farther north, the better. Whilst Canada and other longer-haul destinations do regularly provide sightings of this most extraordinary of natural wonders, many of the best locations to catch a…