Life is in the detail

The people in Colombia are unbelievably friendly – you get a very different reception here compared to elsewhere in South America.

Emily - Original Traveller

Emily

Emily Dundas

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout South America and South Africa.

My travels

Surfing

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Go surfing in Indonesia
  • Visit New Orleans
  • Explore Argentina - particularly Buenos Aires and Patagonia
  • Spend time on a game reserve in Laikipia, Kenya
Salt flats stars

Best Moments

  • Skydiving over Plettenberg Bay in South Africa - completely terrifying up until the moment the parachute opened (when I no longer felt like I was plummeting to my death) and I could enjoy the incredible views of the coast.
  • Being in Seville for the Semana Santa - a totally crazy religious festival in the build up to Easter that involves huge, elaborate floats from various churches being carried around the city. It's even more amazing at night when the whole thing is candle-lit.
  • Stargazing in the Salt Flats of Bolivia - the sheer number of stars you could see made it worth lying outside in the sub-zero temperatures.
  • Staying in Coffee Bay in South Africa, which is around two-hundred miles from the nearest city, and surfing on a completely deserted beach every day.
Lost City Colombia

Toughest Travel Moment

  • The Lost City Trek in Colombia - five days trekking in the intense heat of the Colombian jungle with a guide who spoke virtually no English. But it was all made entirely worth it when we reached the incredible, and almost completely deserted, ruins of the Lost City, which pre-date Machu Picchu but have a fraction of the visitors.
Guinea Pig

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Being served guinea pig in Peru, which arrived cooked but still completely whole (feet and all). Not sure it's something I would order again.

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Capital Idea - the Best Capital Cities Around the World

Does your ideal holiday involve spending your days weaving through winding streets, coiffing coffee and local eats at hidden restaurants and immersing yourself in a completely new city? Then you've come to the right place. Here is our definitive list, which took much refining, of our…

Going off Grid in Australia

Are you in desperate need of some time away from screens, social media and emails? Then Australia might just be the answer. Heading to the other side of the world will give you the chance to be in a completely different time zone to everyone on the other end of those emails and calls, and,…

Top Five Best Experiences: Sweden

Sweden brings far more to the table than just the delights of Ikea and Abba, with its culture, nature and cuisine all providing some unforgettable experiences, be it during winter in Lapland or summer in Stockholm. So, start working your way through our top five experiences in Sweden as an…

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(Super)Market Sweep: the Best Markets in the World

Sometimes the best way to really get to the heart of a place is by heading to a local market for a spot of shopping. Witnessing the various ways that locals try and bag themselves the best deals, with frantic arm waving and price haggling, is often something quite extraordinary. So, here are…

Seville's architecture

Top Five Best Experiences: Spain

There is far more to Spain than package-holidays and sangria; it has so many different elements to its culture, from the Moorish influence in the South, to the Basque country of the North, where you'll find some of the best food in Europe. Because we're so fascinated by this country, we've…

Blue sea of Santorini

Top Five Best Experiences: Greece

Greece has long been a favourite destination of ours, equally brilliant both for honeymooners looking for a tranquil escape, and for families avoiding the rain of the English summer. So, we have put together a list of our top five best experiences in Greece, ranging from monasteries on the…

venice canal

Top Five Experiences: Italy

There is an almost overwhelming list of possibilities of what to do on a holiday to Italy (besides eating your body weight in pasta and gelato), but lucky for you we've narrowed it down to a list of our top five ultimate Italian experiences that will make your holiday even more memorable.…

oman sand dunes

Our Top Five Family Destinations for 2018

Family holidays in 2018 are an entirely different ball game to what they once were 'back in my day'. For starters, you've got everything from kids clubs offering football training from Chelsea FC and the opportunity to zip-line through the trees in the tropical paradise that is the…

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