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By Frances
On: 10th July, 2019

What it's Like To Stay in a Japanese Ryokan

  • Japan

On my recent trip to Japan, I had the opportunity to experience five different ryokans - traditional Japanese inns - and I can highly recommend the experience. It is completely different to staying in a hotel and you can get a great feel for the original style of Japanese home life.

penguin in antarctica

By Emily
On: 12th March, 2019

Get Organised for 2020

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Egypt
  • Galapagos Archipelago
  • Antarctica
  • Finland
  • Japan

We may only be three months into 2019, and most of us are still probably writing the date wrong at least once a day, but alarmingly it is also time to start looking ahead to 2020. Certain destinations and experiences book up incredibly early, so now is the chance to get your organisational…

airplane flying

By Emily
On: 31st January, 2019

Take Flight: the Best New Flight Routes for 2019

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Japan
  • Vietnam
  • Australia

If you're looking to fly away to pastures new in 2019, we have compiled a list of the most exciting new flight routes from around the world to give you some inspiration. While some are opening up new destinations previously hard to reach, others are creating the opportunity for some cool…

Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 8th November, 2018

Trending Travel Destinations for 2019

  • Montenegro
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Rwanda
  • Japan
  • Chile
  • Oman

The nights are drawing in and almost certainly some shop somewhere has put up the Christmas lights so naturally we've decided to bypass all that and start thinking about 2019 instead. We've looked deep into our crystal ball, studied the tea leaves and read the runes (whatever they are) and…

Sri Lanka hill country
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 11th September, 2018

Get Organised: What You Should Be Booking Now For 2019

  • Japan
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Sri Lanka
  • Namibia

After such a beautiful summer (/seriously sweaty heatwave), it's proving quite tricky to get our heads around the fact that it's actually over **sigh**. And how is it nearly time for Christmas again? The very idea of 2019 being just around the corner feels totally alien and yet here we are,…

japanese lanterns
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 4th September, 2018

Five Unmissable Experiences in Japan

  • Japan

Japan is one of our hottest destinations at the moment and, with a rather large rugby tournament fast approaching in 2019, it's only going to become more popular. Fortunately, we're on hand to make sure you very much catch the worm early doors and our experts can recommend the very best…

bhutan countryside
Guest blogger

By Guest blogger
On: 5th July, 2018

2018’s Most Under-the-Radar Destinations

  • Japan
  • Georgia
  • Bhutan
  • Italy
  • Namibia

You've scrolled through all of the 'Hot Lists' and you know all of the 'It' destinations to visit, but what if you're wanting something a little more, well, different? Luckily we've spent years travelling under the radar to discover some truly fascinating destinations and can hereby reveal…

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By Guest blogger
On: 26th April, 2018

Feeling Sporty? Not to Miss Upcoming Events

  • Venice
  • Kenya
  • Japan
  • Highway One, the California Coast Road Trip
  • Sri Lanka

With the London marathon finishing last weekend, a quick dabble in skeleton bobsledding (just us?) and a new found passion for netball after the Commonwealth Games we at Original Travel HQ are feeling rather sporty. And whilst watching on our telly boxes with a cuppa is always fun, nothing…

the steam ship sudan

By Susie T
On: 12th April, 2018

Don't Miss the Boat: Planning for 2019

  • Canada
  • Sicily & the Aeolian Islands
  • Malta
  • Greece
  • Canary Islands
  • Mongolia
  • Japan
  • Namibia

Life often feels like a whirlwind of work, social commitments and life admin: frankly it's exhausting. Well, that's where your travel guardian angels come in (that's us). We're here to show you the light and point you towards the giant beacon of hope that is a holiday. And when it comes to…

Albania alps

By Susie T
On: 16th March, 2018

Off the Beaten Track Adventures

  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Albania
  • Laikipia
  • Kenya
  • Salalah & the Empty Quarter
  • Oman
  • Kyushu
  • Japan

In musical terms (stay with me), the phrase "deep cuts" refers to the true gems that are found later in an album; these tracks offer the same musical style of a given artist but don't ever make their way into the public consciousness. The music of true music lovers, if you will. Well, the…