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japanese lanterns

By Natalie
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 Sebastián

  • 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

By Abby
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
frances

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…

Woman looking at Computer

By Guest blogger
On: 16th January, 2018

How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don’t Samba?

  • Rio, Buzios, Paraty & the Costa Verde
  • Brazil

The late Sir Roger Moore asked of a companion in the 1979 classic, Moonraker "How do you kill five hours in Rio if you don't Samba?", followed by suggestive pause and arching of eyebrow, naturally.

san juan chamula church
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By Alexandra
On: 3rd October, 2017

Off the Beaten Track in Mexico: San Juan Chamula

  • Mexico

The village of San Juan Chamula is set in the mountains of Chiapas in Southern Mexico. Living here are the Tzotzil Maya people - a fiercely independent and self-ruling community. The village may only be based six miles from the popular San Cristobal de las Casas but their culture, dress,…

The Nile on the SS Sudan
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By Amelia
On: 29th September, 2017

Exploring the Nile by Steam Ship

  • Egypt

Many people consider a cruise boat when contemplating a trip to Egypt… I can honestly say I've found the boat to do this: the one and only steam ship to ply the Nile, the SS Sudan is beyond compare and stands head and shoulders above the rest.

samarkand architecture
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By Amelia
On: 24th August, 2017

Upcoming Small Group Tours with Original Travel

  • Uzbekistan
  • Ethiopia

Calling all Culture Vultures - Join Amelia Stewart, founder of Simoon travel (part of the Original Travel family) and tour leader, to explore some of the most original corners of our diverse planet along with local experts and a group of like-minded and discerning individuals. Here are the…

Camels by the Egyptian Pyramids
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By Amelia
On: 3rd July, 2017

Culture in Chaotic Cairo

  • Egypt

I arrived into Cairo in the blazing Ramadan heat - normally I wouldn't advise going to Egypt during Ramadan however if you are prepared for things to be a little 'out of kilter' it shouldn't otherwise deter you from going. Egypt needs our support. Tourism has virtually dropped off since the…

Mai Chau, Vietnam
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By Guest blogger
On: 14th June, 2017

Vietnam and Five Reasons Why it's 'Pho' Good

  • Vietnam

I have just returned from my second visit to Vietnam and have come back loving it even more than last time. The country is spectacular, with such a variety of places to visit and explore. From dramatic terraced rice paddies, to beautiful beaches, bustling cities and UNESCO World Heritage…