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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.

museum of hunting and nature in paris

By Ella
On: 14th June, 2019

Skip the Queues at These Secret Galleries and Museums Around the World

  • Berlin
  • Switzerland
  • Paris
  • Shanghai & Hangzhou
  • Canada
  • New York

With the world-renowned Louvre in Paris bursting at the seams with visitors and New York's mecca of modern art, MoMA, soon due to close its doors for a four-month renovation, museum lovers will have to get creative when it comes to planning their next cultural circuit. Not to fret, we have…

camels by the pyramids
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By Tom
On: 7th May, 2019

Connecting with Different Cultures Through Travel

  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Malaysia
  • France
  • Uzbekistan

Despite the dangerously polarising effect of social media and unscrupulous politicians, we all share the same hopes and fears, the same fundamental human condition, and there's no better way to remind yourself of these universal truths than through travel. Yes, the clothing, customs, cuisine…

havana skyline at night
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By Will
On: 1st April, 2019

Just How Much Has Cuba Changed?

  • Cuba

It was with some trepidation that I booked my first return to Cuba since my backpacking days of 1994 - I'd spent over a month there and it still ranks in the top five of the best ever holidays. Just how much would this once unique nation have changed and how would the experience differ from…

Ortigia. Small island
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By Amelia
On: 5th November, 2018

Seven Reasons to visit Ortigia Now

  • Italy

One of the prettiest places in south-east Sicily, Ortigia is a small island which sits within Syracuse and is less than an hour's drive south of Catania. Here are my reasons why you should visit right now:

marrakech
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By Guest blogger
On: 2nd October, 2018

Live Like a Local in: Marrakech

  • Marrakech
  • Morocco
  • Africa

You might think you've been there, done that and got the metaphorical (and sometimes literal) Moroccan rug, but hidden among the souqs and labyrinthine side streets of Marrakech, there are always more secret spots waiting to be discovered…

japanese lanterns
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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…

Pintxo and beer
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By Tom
On: 31st August, 2018

Cultural spots in San Sebasti√°n

  • Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

Kaixo (hello in Basque) and welcome to San Sebastian, or Donostia as it's known locally. The city is the capital of Spain's brilliant and ever so slightly batty Basque region. Here's all you need to know about this peaceful and beautiful city, with its miniature Rio de Janeiro vibe, complete…

florence city view
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By Guest blogger
On: 14th August, 2018

Rome vs Florence: The Battle of the Italian Cities

  • Rome
  • Florence

The days of the Grand Tour may have passed, but 60 million people visited Italy in 2017, and you can bet that a significant chunk of them (according to a very scientific straw poll at Original Travel HQ) went to Florence or Rome, or both. Since both cities are prime Big Short Break territory…

the view from sigiriya rock
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By Frances
On: 21st June, 2018

Why I Fell in Love with Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lanka

As a real foodie I was extremely excited at the opportunity of travelling to Sri Lanka on my recent research trip to sample first hand some of their culinary delights such as hoppers and curries, and I was not disappointed. Having spent the last fortnight in Sri Lanka I have realised that it…