Who are we?


A dynamic and multi-award-winning team who work from a lovely office in Putney, London. We take enormous pride in our lovely team, and go to great lengths to engender their pride in the business.

WARNING: EMPLOYMENT SCAM
Original Travel and Original Diving (together 'Original Travel') have become aware that members of the public are receiving emails which contain fraudulent employment opportunities with Original Travel. We are taking appropriate legal action. These emails often contain fake offers of employment requesting personal information or payment to process a job application or payment to process visas. Please note that Original Travel never requests payment or fees for the processing of job applications.

How to recognise a fraudulent offer of employment?
Original Travel email addresses always end in "@originaltravel.co.uk or @originaldiving.com" Our recruitment department will never email you from personal email accounts such as Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail. All genuine Original Travel vacancies are advertised on our About Us page. Original Travel will always conduct an interview process before determining a suitable candidate for a job vacancy. Therefore, offers of employment without any form of interview are most likely to be a fraudulent offer. Original Travel never requests payment or fees for job applications.

If you have never applied for a job vacancy with Original Travel or via a reputable recruitment agency, you should be cautious of random emails offering you employment.


Destination Specialist


Our destination specialists have been born, lived or have travelled extensively in the countries they represent, and know the little secret extras that make all the difference to your tailor-made trip. Our destination specialists each focus on a handful of destinations and share the key qualities of being excellent listeners, communicators and organisers. They control our clients’ bookings from beginning to end, offering a highly personalised service.

Service Specialist

The role of the Service Specialist is to assist the Destination Specialist in the logistics of the trip: securing reservations, providing documentation, making sure supplier payments are made, confirming logistics, organising our exclusive additional services and generally monitoring the many moving parts of a tailor-made trip.

... AND MANY OTHERS

Original Travel has other, non-client facing, departments staffed by dedicated and extremely skilled staff. These include Marketing, Flights and Finance teams, all of whom are enormous contributors to our success over the years.

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Original Travel
111 Upper Richmond Rd
Putney, London
SW15 2TL

Life at Original Travel

Discover our brand universe and our values
Life in the office
  • • Regular inspirational talks by external guests speakers
  • • Opportunity to attend travel industry workshops
  • • Occasional events with clients
  • • Regular staff events, such a book clubs, team outings and even poker nights!



Our Values
  • • Sharing our passion for places and deep destination expertise with our clients and team
  • • Showing respect for our clients, employees and the destinations we offer
  • • Listening to our clients to build up truly personal relationships
  • • Offering totally tailor-made trips filled with additional services and original touches



Our Commitments
  • • That travel can and should be a force for good
  • • To act in a responsible in the destinations we offer
  • • To offset every ounce of our clients’ and teams’ carbon emissions from both flights and ground transportation
  • • To provide hope for those in developing countries by funding humanitarian programmes through our Foundation





Our Vacancies

Americas Sales Consultant

We are excited to be recruiting a specialist to join our Americas & Caribbean Sales team. Our key requirements are a passion for, and knowledge of, North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Antarctica.

THE POSITION

Our Americas team covers both North America and Latin America, as well as the Caribbean and Antarctica, and we are seeking candidates with passion for, and knowledge of, these areas. We will consider people with solid general knowledge of the regions or people with specialised knowledge in sub-regions or countries. We would be particularly interested in candidates with experience of travel in the USA.

This position is a very hands-on role and the successful candidate will be passionate about the Americas, Caribbean and Antarctica, be highly organised, driven, be an excellent communicator, and clearly understand our customers’ needs. We are inviting applications both externally and internally.

As a company, our goal is to offer detailed itineraries, organised by true specialists, and delivered with a service that is above and beyond that being offered by any competitor. We seek candidates who feel they can support this vision.

MAIN ROLES

Providing high standard of sales and service levels for clients interested in holidays to your region; looking to develop as quickly as possible; selling holidays and managing key accounts for clients in the most effective combination of conversion, service, knowledge, and margin production and ultimately playing your part in ensuring that your team surpasses its targets.

Sales:

  • Delivering the best possible service to clients for both new and existing accounts ensuring that you convert new accounts and retain existing accounts as effectively as possible. This will involve dealing with clients primarily via phone and email but also in person.
  • Ensuring you and your team are always up-to-date on your specialist product. This will involve competitor and client research, data analysis, research trips etc. as well as solid information sharing.
  • Working closely with other departments in the business to ensure the success of both your specialist team, and the wider company. This will involve, but is not limited to, working closely with the Service team to ensure that post-booking organisation is flawless; and interaction with senior staff in Product and Marketing to ensure that what we offer, and how we offer it, is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure our product is the best it can be.
  • Assisting the Region Manager and other senior members of your team in the day-to-day running of the team including assisting in the recruitment and training of new and existing team members.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

  • Passion for, and demonstrable knowledge of North and Latin America, the Caribbean and Antarctica with the Americas the priority.
  • A minimum of two to five years’ work experience. Experience of working in an Americas travel role at the bespoke end of travel is a benefit but not required. The key for us is passion and knowledge of the regions.
  • Experience of having lived and worked in the region would be a benefit.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality results in a timely fashion.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A personable manner.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • The receipt of satisfactory references prior to the start date
  • The completion of an initial three-month probationary period
  • Contractual freedom to commence employment
  • All applicants should be able to accept legal employment in the UK

BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary and a benefits package including.
  • 23 days annual leave, increasing one day per full year of service up to 30 days
  • Research trips overseas approximately every 12-18 months
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Travel insurance
  • Sabbatical option after five years of continuous service

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should send their CV, covering letter and travel profile (detailing all relevant travel experience and countries visited, when and for how long) to Oliver Rodwell at oliver[at]originaltravel.co.uk. Applicants will then hear from Original Travel as to whether they have been invited for an interview. There will likely be two interview rounds, with an appointment announced as soon as possible thereafter.

Africa & Middle East Sales Consultant

We are excited to be recruiting a specialist to join our Africa and Middle East Sales team. Our key requirements are passion for North Africa, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Indian Ocean islands.

THE POSITION

Our Africa team covers Africa as well as the Middle East and Indian Ocean (specifically Seychelles and Mauritius) and we are seeking candidates with passion for, and knowledge of, these areas. We will consider people with solid general knowledge of the regions or people with specialised knowledge in sub-regions or countries. We would be particularly interested in candidates with experience of North Africa & the Middle East, particularly Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Jordan, and Israel.

We have a strong heritage in Africa with it being one of the largest teams in the business. This position is a very hands-on role and the successful candidate will be passionate about Africa and the Middle East, be highly organised, driven, be an excellent communicator, and clearly understand our customers’ needs. We are inviting applications both externally and internally.

As a company, our goal is to offer detailed itineraries, organised by true specialists, and delivered with a service that is above and beyond that being offered by any competitor. We seek candidates who feel they can support this vision.

MAIN ROLES

Providing high standard of sales and service levels for clients interested in holidays to your region; looking to develop as quickly as possible; selling holidays and managing key accounts for clients in the most effective combination of conversion, service, knowledge, and margin production and ultimately playing your part in ensuring that your team surpasses its targets.

SALES

  • Delivering the best possible service to clients for both new and existing accounts ensuring that you convert new accounts and retain existing accounts as effectively as possible. This will involve dealing with clients primarily via phone and email but also in person.
  • Ensuring you and your team are always up-to-date on your specialist product. This will involve competitor and client research, data analysis, research trips etc. as well as solid information sharing.
  • Working closely with other departments in the business to ensure the success of both your specialist team, and the wider company. This will involve, but is not limited to, working closely with the Service team to ensure that post-booking organisation is flawless; and interaction with senior staff in Product and Marketing to ensure that what we offer, and how we offer it, is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure our product is the best it can be.
  • Assisting the Region Manager and other senior members of your team in the day-to-day running of the team including assisting in the recruitment and training of new and existing team members.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

  • Passion for, and demonstrable knowledge of North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius and the Seychelles with the key destination list, as above, the priority.
  • A minimum of two to five years’ work experience. Experience of working in an Africa or Middle East travel role at the bespoke end of travel is a benefit but not required. The key for us is passion and knowledge of the region.
  • Experience of having lived and worked in the region would be a benefit.
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality results in a timely fashion.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A personable manner.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • The receipt of satisfactory references prior to the start date
  • The completion of an initial three-month probationary period
  • Contractual freedom to commence employment
  • All applicants should be able to accept legal employment in the UK

BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary and a benefits package including.
  • 23 days annual leave, increasing one day per full year of service up to 30 days
  • Research trips overseas approximately every 12-18 months
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Travel insurance
  • Sabbatical option after five years of continuous service

Applicants should send their CV, covering letter and travel profile (detailing all relevant travel experience and countries visited, when and for how long) to Isabel de Galleani at isabel[a]originaltravel.co.uk. Applicants will then hear from Original Travel as to whether they have been invited for an interview. There will likely be two interview rounds, with an appointment announced as soon as possible thereafter.

Europe Sales Consultant

We are excited to be recruiting a Sales Consultant for our European Sales team. Our key requirement is someone who is passionate about, and experienced in travelling in, Europe.

THE POSITION

We have a strong heritage in Europe given that the initial proposition of the company was The Big Short Break, which focused a lot on Europe. Key regions of interest include: UK, Italy, Greece, Portugal, European ski destinations and Croatia. Detailed knowledge of the Nordic countries of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden would be a benefit.

As a company, our goal is to offer detailed itineraries, organised by true specialists, and delivered with a service that is above and beyond that being offered by any competitor. We seek candidates who feel they can support this vision.

This position is a very hands-on role and the successful candidate will be passionate about Europe, be highly organised, driven, be an excellent communicator, and clearly understand our customers’ needs. Remuneration and its related package will include a competitive salary and a range of benefits befitting such a position. We are inviting applications both externally and internally. Candidates need not be UK citizens.

MAIN ROLES

Providing high standard of sales and service levels for clients interested in holidays to your region; looking to develop as quickly while at the same time setting the example for the support level team in the company; selling holidays to clients in the most effective combination of conversion, service, knowledge and margin production and ultimately playing your part in ensuring that your team surpasses its targets.

SPECIFICS

  • Selling to clients via email, phone, letter and in person
  • Producing, pricing and amending itineraries
  • Generating bookings from new customers through all appropriate channels
  • Maximising retention of existing customers
  • Achieving and exceeding pre-set sales targets
  • Overseeing your Service Team in the production of documentation for your clients
  • Checking that welcome home packs have gone to your clients prior to their return
  • Contacting clients on return, thanking them for booking with us, obtaining feedback and nurturing for next trip
  • Expanding and developing existing product
  • Maintaining and building relationships with suppliers and country tourist boards
  • Researching and updating destinations, activity and hotel information
  • Involvement in the product and pricing planning processes, including assisting purchasing team with the negotiation of improved supplier contracts
  • The possibility of research trips
  • Taking an active role in team meetings
  • Participating in company events, sometimes outside office hours
  • Supporting the marketing team with ideas for social media and PR requests

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

  • Passion for, and demonstrable knowledge of European destinations
  • Experience of working in a Europe travel sales role at the bespoke end of travel is a benefit but not required and we will consider people without travel sales experience. The key for us is passion and knowledge of the region
  • Proven ability to deliver high quality results in a timely fashion.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A personable manner.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • The receipt of satisfactory references prior to the start date
  • The completion of an initial three-month probationary period
  • Contractual freedom to commence employment
  • All applicants should be able to accept legal employment in the UK

BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary and a benefits package including.
  • 23 days annual leave, increasing one day per full year of service up to 30 days
  • Research trips overseas approximately every 12-18 months
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Travel insurance
  • Sabbatical option after five years of continuous service

Applicants should send their CV, covering letter and - if relevant - travel profile (detailing all relevant travel experience and countries visited, when and for how long) to Harriet Harford at harriet[at]originaltravel.co.uk. Applicants will then hear from Original Travel as to whether they have been invited for an interview. There will likely be two interview rounds, with an appointment announced as soon as possible thereafter.