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By Jess
On: 7th April, 2017

Where to Escape to the Sun in 2017

  • Botswana
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Indonesia
  • Peru
  • Mongolia

What do a good cup of tea, queuing and Broadchurch have in common? They've all reached the upper echelons of British national obsession. Top of the pile, however, is surely our love of discussing the weather and, in particular, why the sun isn't shining. It's no surprise then that studies…

Zion National Park
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By Jess
On: 5th January, 2017

Our Top Seven Destinations for 2017

  • Mexico
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Oman
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • USA

Christmas is over, 2017 is here and so far January is (unfortunately) living up to its reputation as less than a favourite: New Year blues and distinctly British weather. In fact one of the only things it is good for is planning your getaways for the year ahead, and that's where we come in.…

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By Jess
On: 29th November, 2016

Hit The Slopes

  • France
  • Italy
  • Iceland
  • Austria
  • Switzerland

Imagine this: you're sitting on a sofa 30 feet above the ground with two planks tied to your feet as you casually get hoiked up the side of a snowy mountain. What is this madness? Well, when put like that, skiing does sound a bit… odd. But who can deny the glory of fresh mountain air rushing…

Puglia
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By Guest blogger
On: 21st November, 2016

Puglia - Italy's Hidden Gem

  • Italy
  • Puglia

When most people think of travelling to Italy, they picture the rolling hills of Tuscany, the waterways of Venice and the historic sites of Rome. Few would immediately think of Puglia, on the heel of Italy's boot, and yet it too has its fair share of lovely boutique hotels, beautiful…

Amalfi Coast
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By Guest blogger
On: 28th October, 2016

Five Favourite Hotels in Italy

  • Italy
  • The Amalfi Coast
  • The Dolomites
  • Puglia
  • Tuscany
  • Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

Luxury, style, exquisite landscapes and, of course, delicious food - Italy is unbeatable. From the romantic undulating Tuscan hills evoking images of woody wine cellars and rows of olive trees, to the sensational Amalfi coast, a source of inspiration for Dolce and Gabanna's fantastical…

The Dolomites
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By Guest blogger
On: 27th September, 2016

Discovering the Dolomites

  • Italy
  • The Dolomites

I don't like skiing. This is partly because I ski with all the elegance and grace of a drunk giraffe but largely because I think that climbing up a mountain is vastly superior to slipping down it. I have yet to find a feeling that matches the sense of achievement and (once I've got my breath…

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By Jess
On: 19th July, 2016

Delightful Dunks

  • Italy
  • Australia
  • Costa Rica
  • Botswana
  • Turks & Caicos
  • India
  • Oman

You know you're officially on holiday when you dive head first (or climb gracefully, or bomb, you get the picture) in to the cool, refreshing water of the hotel's swimming pool. And we're not talking about any old 25m situation, we're talking infinity pools with beautiful views, romantic…

New Zealand Roads
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By Jess
On: 8th July, 2016

Original Travel Does Top Gear: Our Favourite Road Trips

  • USA
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Canada

Dear Top Gear Producers, we couldn't help but notice that you haven't had much luck in the presenter department in the last year or two. Perhaps it's time for a gear change (see what we did there?) and we are officially throwing our hats in the ring. Here's the pitch: fewer of the…

View across Valletta
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By Jess
On: 8th April, 2016

The Mediterranean: More Than Just a Beach Holiday

  • Valletta
  • Cyprus
  • Italy
  • Mallorca

Mention of Summer in the Mediterranean generally conjures images of endless stretches of sandy beach, hazy sunny days, olive-scented air and sun-kissed skin. And while this all sounds rather dreamy, there is so much more to this glorious corner of the world than just beaches. The historic…

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By Jess
On: 30th March, 2016

Five of the Best: Spring Breaks

  • Oman
  • Spain
  • Morocco
  • Italy
  • Peloponnese
  • Muscat
  • Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja
  • Marrakech
  • Puglia
  • Greece

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, not with the US phenomenon of a week of wild partying during 'Spring Break' (although I can neither confirm nor deny that kind of behaviour), but with the Big Short Break. Adventures for those who are short on time but in search…