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best driving roads in the world
Emily

By Emily
On: 23rd July, 2019

An Open Letter to Top Gear: The Best Roads In The World

  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Mexico
  • Slovenia
  • Peru
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe

Dear Top Gear producers, we couldn't help but notice you've been to some pretty cool locations over the years, most recently across the mountains and desert plains of Ethiopia (while we're on the subject, kudos to you on the new series, we're big fans). But this got us to thinking of a few…

Waterberg safari
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By Tom
On: 2nd July, 2019

The Best Family Holiday Ever: Part 2

  • South Africa
  • Madikwe & The Waterberg

Part one of my tales from our family holiday in South Africa took us from Cape Town to the Winelands, while in part two we head on up the coast along the Garden Route and then north to the Waterberg for a family safari…

family holiday africa
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By Tom
On: 27th June, 2019

The Best Family Holiday Ever: Part 1

  • South Africa
  • The Winelands and Cape
  • Cape Town

If you haven't seen our latest Family Brochure yet, I'd like to think it's the best we've ever produced, and that's including two that won the illustrious Guardian/Observer Best Brochure of the Year award. The reason? We've meticulously laid out the best family travel destinations (some…

woman with a suitcase

By Ella
On: 30th May, 2019

Travel Like Marie Kondo

  • Portugal
  • Africa
  • Mongolia
  • Uzbekistan
  • Seychelles
  • The Amalfi Coast
  • Borneo
  • Bhutan
  • Australia
  • Uganda
  • South Africa

"Spark Joy". A wonderful phrase that's become synonymous with the Japanese tidying expert-turned-bestselling-author-turned-Netflix-star Marie Kondo. Her method is satisfyingly simple - go through each of your belongings and ask yourself the question: 'Does this item spark joy?' If the answer…

Fast Car
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By Tom
On: 9th May, 2019

Pimp My Ride

  • Canada
  • Vancouver
  • Cape Town
  • South Africa
  • California
  • Highway One, the California Coast Road Trip
  • USA
  • Finland
  • Switzerland
  • India

Some roads demand to be driven, so a bog standard hire car just won't cut it. Add some horsepower to your holiday with these upgrades...

airplane flying
Emily

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…

gardens of the bay
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By Guest blogger
On: 29th January, 2019

Five of the Best: Gardens

  • South Africa
  • Morocco
  • Jamaica
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore

At the risk of sounding terribly middle-aged, we love a good garden. But where can you find the best (apart from at Monty Don's house, obviously)? Lucky for you, we've dug up (sorry) a list of some of our very favourites…

husky
Woman looking at Computer

By Guest blogger
On: 13th December, 2018

Where to go in January

  • Kenya
  • Finland
  • Thailand
  • USA
  • Swedish Lapland
  • Canada
  • Russia
  • Laos
  • Antarctica
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka

While the rest of the country dejectedly throws out the Quality Street rejects (Strawberry Delight, anyone?) and valiantly attempts a Dry January, why not beat the blues by jetting off to pastures new this January? Whether you're looking for good old fashioned outdoorsy adventure,…

lion in Namibia
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By Guest blogger
On: 27th November, 2018

Where to Spot: Lions

  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Namibia

Who could fail to be moved by Charm, alpha mother and feminist icon, in last night's Dynasties, moving heaven and earth to keep her pride going against the odds? It reminded us all at Original Travel HQ that life for lions is nearly always tough (no matter what The Lion King may have taught…

emperor penguins
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By Guest blogger
On: 19th November, 2018

Where to Spot: Penguins

  • Antarctica
  • South Africa

Last night's Dynasties was another emotional blinder, though the freezing cold winter did have us pulling on an extra jumper and whacking the heating up several degrees to combat our sympathy shivers. We were transfixed as Sir David narrated us through the penguins' winter - which, if we're…