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Clare Jackson - Original Traveller

Clare, Chang Mai Thailand

Clare Jackson

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout Central America, South America and Europe.

My travels

Whale Shark

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Swim with a Whale Shark
  • Go Heli-Skiing
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Help baby turtle hatchlings get to the sea safely!

Best Moments

  • Ziplining through the jungle canopy in Costa Rica
  • Swimming in the limestone waterfalls in Semuc Champey, Guatemala
  • Teaching English and Maths to children in Ghana
  • Being on the beautiful tropical beaches in Thailand and Central America's Caribbean coast

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Being alone in La Paz, Bolivia and having my only bank card swallowed by a cash machine with just a non-English speaking security guard to cry to.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Agreeing to "volcano boarding" in Nicaragua which involved hiking up an active volcano and then boarding (sledging) down it as fast as you can

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Trending Travel Destinations for 2019

The nights are drawing in and almost certainly some shop somewhere has put up the Christmas lights so naturally we've decided to bypass all that and start thinking about 2019 instead. We've looked deep into our crystal ball, studied the tea leaves and read the runes (whatever they are) and…

santorini

The End of the Year is Near: Use it or Lose it

It's that time of year again: nights are drawing in, red wine season has returned, Christmas lights are going up (already?!) and people across the land suddenly realise they haven't actually managed to take all of their annual holiday allowance. Something must be done (hint: that's where we…

Sri Lanka hill country

Get Organised: What You Should Be Booking Now For 2019

After such a beautiful summer (/seriously sweaty heatwave), it's proving quite tricky to get our heads around the fact that it's actually over **sigh**. And how is it nearly time for Christmas again? The very idea of 2019 being just around the corner feels totally alien and yet here we are,…

Our Top Five Wildlife Conservation Projects

Sometimes we need to take a step back and just remember we have no greater right to be here than any other animal - David Attenborough. No truer words, David. No truer words. And while the whole planet could benefit from subscribing to that school of thought, Africa particularly springs to…

boating safari in botswana

Five of our Favourite Slow Travel Experiences

While in danger of sounding like an overly-cheesy Hollywood film, sometimes it's as much about the journey as it is the destination, especially when said journeys involve stunning scenery gradually unfurling before you while you soak up local life. Oh yes, there's so much to be said for…

steam ship sudan at sunset

Instagram Competition: Win a Stylish Holiday for Two in Egypt

Picture this. Five nights aboard a luxurious 19th century steamship, cruising in style down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan and visiting fascinating sites en route. Interested? Then read on…

chinatown

My Top Five Thailand Experiences: Phuket and Bangkok

Having previously been to Thailand twice before, I presumed that I had already experienced most of what the country has to offer. However, on my recent trip to the self-claimed 'nation of smiles', my presumptions were proved highly incorrect (as most often they are).

meditation on a lake

Are you a Master? Our Top Five Learning Holidays

Sometimes, travel isn't only about taking home memories of a lifetime, but also taking home a new and valuable skill that also happens to have a local connection to your holiday destination. Whether that's learning to cook traditional dishes with local chefs, or learning how to play a local…

Instagram Travel Photo Competition: Terms and Conditions

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The Indian Ocean: Which Paradise Island is for you?

You're planning a dreamy tropical island getaway to escape this everlasting wintery weather, but you can't quite decide where to go (there are worse problems to have). But fret no more as our expert team at Original Travel has conjured up a definitive list to help you decide which paradise…

monteverde

Our Top Five Eco-Destinations

Re-use, reduce, recycle. We all know the huge importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful planet, and we all try to do our bit to help the environment and to reduce both our energy use and waste (Kenya and Rwanda are away ahead of us by the way, banning the use of plastic bags…

Our Top Five 3G* (*Three Generational) Holidays

There are few foreign forays as fun as taking a beautiful private property or taking over a great boutique hotel and filling it with family of different generations, experiencing unforgettable activities together. Our friends across the pond may call it 'togethering' (each to their own), but…

Tea Country Landscape, Sri Lanka

Top 5 Tea-Based Activities in Sri Lanka

Attention tea-enthusiasts! 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of commercial tea plants being introduced to Sri Lanka by James Taylor. Having planted Ceylon tea throughout the island's hill country, Sri Lanka is now one of the largest exporters in the world - quite the transformation…

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