Our Mexico Travel Blogs

For even more travel inspiration take a look at our Mexico blogs, written by our Original Travel experts, for their inside knowledge on everything from how to spend a family adventure holiday in Mexico, to what goes on at the Day of the Dead Festival.

Our Ultimate Foodie Destination Bucket List

Bucket lists: we all have them. Climb a mountain, learn a new language, run a marathon - all excellent achievements before kicking said bucket but also all rather, how to put this, saintly. Here at Original Travel we've been cooking up a bucket list of an altogether more indulgent nature: the food bucket list. For who can deny the glory of scoffing a bucket load (sorry) of sushi in Japan's finest bars, supping sauvignon while looking out across South Africa's Cape Winelands or partaking in pintxos in the heart of San Sebastian? Bucket list worthy indeed. So it's time to channel your inner epicurean (and oenophile) and strap in for some gastronomic globetrotting as we set out our ultimate foodie bucket list. Yum.

Off the Beaten Track in Mexico: San Juan Chamula

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, architecture and religion seem worlds apart. So if you're looking to get truly off the beaten track in Mexico, San Juan Chamula will be right up your calle…

Top Five Winter Sun Destinations for 2017

Winter is coming. No, we haven't temporarily taken leave of our senses and this isn't a belated April Fool's. You did, in fact, read that correctly - we said winter. While summer hasn't really even kicked off yet (and who knows whether it will even make an appearance) news has reached us (through our network of deep-cover travel spies) that many of our favourite destinations are getting booked up very quickly for travel this winter. And we wouldn't want to deny you that all important mid-winter vitamin D fix so, without wanting to induce mass panic, it's time to get booking, people!

Find Your Perfect Travel Destination

May maybe May and co.'s month to campaign before yet another election but we can all agree that the current whirlwind of politicos spouting seemingly endless streams of specious speculation is hardly gripping the nation. But while you may have your political tribe nailed down, what about your all-important travel tribe? Now there's a cause to get excited about. Are you a Brat Packer looking to release your feral children into the wild on safari? Perhaps you're more of a Great Escaper in search of spiritual enlightenment, or even a Water Baby hoping to submerge yourself off a picture-perfect coast? Take the quiz here, but in the meantime try these on for size…

The Best Boutique Hotels for 2017

Independently run, few rooms, bespoke interiors, personalised experiences and impeccable service - just a few of the reasons to pick a boutique hotel for your holiday. Yes, the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a destination are the stuff that treasured holiday memories are made of but the hotel (or lodge, or tented camp, or treehouse, or houseboat) can, and should, make the trip even more memorable. Whether you're heading out to a remote part of the desert, exploring a new city or simply want to flop by the pool, the place you rest your head at night is a crucial part of the holiday experience. And here are six of our favourite boutique boltholes for 2017…

Our Top Seven Destinations for 2017

Christmas is over, 2017 is here and so far January is (unfortunately) living up to its reputation as less than a favourite: New Year blues and distinctly British weather. In fact one of the only things it is good for is planning your getaways for the year ahead, and that's where we come in. Whether it's finding a perfectly secluded beach to relax on, the best safari lodge from which to track the wildebeest migration or the most clued-up guide to lead you on a cultural tour, our team of experts is on hand to create your perfect holiday. And our first mission of the year is to bring you a collection of the hottest destinations for 2017. Here are a few of our favourites...

Spotlight on Latin America

Latin America has it all, whether you're meandering through the bustling, colourful markets of the world's highest capital city, La Paz, reclining with a robust malbec in Mendoza, or soaking up the sun on the picture perfect beaches of Brazil. It's a region that has enthralled Original Travel clients for years with its heady mix of colourful culture, fascinating history, dramatic landscapes, delectable cuisine and some of the best boutique hotels in the world. And never has this region been more accessible, with more and more direct flight routes having been added by major airlines in recent years, including Bogota, Santiago (starting January 2017), Lima and San Jose (goodbye to the horror that is a stopover in Miami airport). So with 2017 on the horizon, here are six of our favourite Latin American experiences…

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Central America

Your honeymoon is arguably the most important holiday you'll ever take… no pressure, then. Well that's where we come in, as your travel guardian angels it's our mission to make sure you have the most superlative-ridden honeymoon of all time. And the first step to such honeymoon heaven is choosing the right destination. Enter, stage left, the ancient ruins, vibrant colours, buzzing cities, beautiful beaches and fabulous food (and pretty much anything else you could every wish for on your honeymoon) of Central America. And here's a few of our favourite countries for a Central American honeymoon...

What's Hot Right Now

January is a month generally associated with New Year blues, dark days and distinctly British weather. That is to say it's not necessarily a favourite. In fact one of the only things it is good for is planning your getaways for the year ahead, and that's where we come in. Whether it's finding a perfectly secluded beach to relax on, tracking game with bushmen in the Kalahari or learning to mix the perfect caipirinha at a Brazilian beach bar, our team of experts is on hand to create your perfect holiday. And our first mission of the year is to bring you a collection of the hottest destinations for 2016 - the temperatures will be peachy and availability is going like hotcakes so it's time to get the diary out and start planning!

Where We've Been in 2015

'Twas a crisp and icy morning on the 6th of January 2003 when Original Travel was officially brought into the world. Its mission? To make sure you have the most wonderful holiday experiences imaginable, down to the very last detail. And 12 years, 8 months, 3 days and a few hours later that statement still stands. Which is why our team of destination experts regularly pack their suitcases, grab their passports and selflessly jet off around the globe in search of the best destinations, hotels and experiences out there, whether getting off the beaten track and exploring a newcomer to the luxury travel world, or revisiting an old favourite. It's a tough gig, but someone's got to do it, and here's just a few of the places we've been to in 2015.

Family Adventure Holidays

Thrilling adventures don't have to stop as soon as the kids arrive. At Original Travel we pride ourselves on being able to make even the most action packed holiday totally family friendly. After all, sometimes it's not only the children who can't sit still for five minutes.

Christmas Getaways: Time To Start Planning

Talk of Christmas already?!? Before you think we've gone all Argos on you, the majority of great festive season holiday spots do get booked up well in advance and as travel guardian angels we naturally only want the best for you. So, if the thought of doing one of Nigella's coke soaked hams (now, now) is not on the agenda this year then why not think about jetting off to pastures new? Whether you want to embrace yuletide traditions or get away from them, here's a little selection for you.

Our Favourite Festivals Around the World

This past weekend nearly 200,000 revellers descended on a field in Somerset, flowers in hair, wellies on feet and tents in tow. There was mud, there was body paint, there was tie-dye and, oh yes, a spot of music too. You guessed it - Glastonbury. And once we'd heartily discussed (read: all got a bit shouty at each other) the pros and cons of a certain Kanye West being the headline act (the greatest rock star on the planet? Really?) we got to thinking about festivals in general. They do, after all, take you straight to the heart of a place, be it through music, culture, history, food or myriad other forms. So after much debate (there's a lot of festivals out there) we've compiled the Original Travel Ultimate Guide to Festivals Around the Globe. Revel away…

My Perfect Day In Mexico

What would your perfect day entail? Perhaps spending it in a beautiful location, with a dash of adventure, a splash of culture and a decent dollop of sunshine, washed down with some delectable cuisine? Mexico is the perfect place for just such a day and if geography and time were not an issue, here's how I'd spend it…

Late Summer Sun

If you've not managed to get away this summer and you're tiring of sun-kissed colleagues and friends, September and October are perfect months to soak up some late summer sun. Whether you want to jet off to somewhere in Europe for a long weekend or fly and flop further afield, we can arrange it all. Maybe you've already had your fix of vitamin D this summer and just fancy topping up your glow? Who knows…what we do know are the destinations that will make perfect SUNNY getaways.

The Foodie Tour of America

As a nation of immigrants, the US of A is home to some truly diverse dishes. Here we take a look at some American Classics from the American Grill menu by our friends at Deliverance.

Our Top 5 Winter Sun Holiday Destinations

As the weather gets colder, it's only natural to think about jetting off to somewhere warmer. Here are some of Original Travel's picks for well-earned and completely unique 'winter sun' holiday...

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

In need of some inspiration for your honeymoon? We are here to help! Want to know where in the world is best at a particular time of year? Or where you can dine alone on the beach at sunset? Or even where you can be pampered at a spa under the sea? We are here to help you create a completely bespoke luxury honeymoon. Give us a starting point and we will guide you through the process with your own personal travel consultant. Here are our top 10 honeymoon destinations...

Summer Honeymoon Destinations

There are a whole plethora of places to jet off to once you've tied the knot and here are just a few of OT's top places to escape to in the summer season...

Scrambled Egg Recipe from Mexico

If you fancy a breakfast with a twist, try this scrambled egg recipe for huevos a la Mexican picked up by Jules during her travels in Mexico!

Room with a View Favourites

These are ten of our all-time favourite rooms with views that we will never tire of! How do you like your views? From sunrises over deep gorges and flat plateaus, to long drawn-out sunsets casting long shadows along the beach, often the most memorable aspects of travelling are the views. Whether you're staying in valleys or on mountains, near volcanoes or cliffs, inland or by the sea, there are hotels with just about every imaginable view possible. These are ten of our room with a view favourites that we will never tire of!

80 Senses: #5 - Day of the Dead Mexico

Mexico is proving a more and more popular destination, thanks to improved flights and the recent fashion for Mexican street food championed by chefs Tommi Miers and Jamie Oliver. There are beautiful beaches, spectacular Mayan ruins and vibrant cities to explore, but our favourite slice of Mexico is the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, a fascinating insight into the Mexican mindset. While, technically speaking, the actual Day of the Dead Mexico is November 2nd, the tradition has evolved to include October 31st (thanks to Halloween influence from across the northern border) and November 1st as well. Halloween celebrations involve costumes and partying with friends but in Mexico, Halloween is seen as 'fun and games' whereas the 1st and 2nd of November are far more serious.

Where to go in Mexico

It's hard to believe quite how different each trip to Mexico can be, the astounding diversity which makes Mexico the ultimate holiday destination to suit almost any criteria. Here is my advice on where to go in Mexico...

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