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Scandimania: Which Scandi-Country Is For You?

Scandinavia is a hugely popular holiday destination right now, and with good reason. We ourselves absolutely love the Nordic region (admittedly, a loose term in this blog including Iceland) and have developed self-diagnosed Scandimania: a love of all things Nordic. In this blog post we are giving you a whistle-stop tour of our Scandi-highlights country by country, to help you decide which gem should be your next travel-pick...

Exploring Finnish Lapland

Few things peak at the grand old age of 99, I certainly will not. Even fewer things pack a punch at 99. Finnish Lapland however is looking pretty marvellous and with temperatures of -20 over the winter it is only for the punchy.

Fairy Tale Fun in Finland

I didn't quite know what to expect upon hearing that I was bound for Finland on a 'research' trip. This conjured up pangs of anxiety with respect to the climate (it was minus 16 degrees when we arrived!), as well as waves of excitement about the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights and, perhaps more importantly, meeting the big man himself. Finland went from strength to strength with a wealth of things to offer for both adults and families - and I must admit I have never felt so snug, satisfied and stuffed all in one week!

Our Top 10 Hotels for a Big Short Break

Let me take you back to where it all began for Original Travel, with the Big Short Break; pocket adventures designed specifically for those who are short on time but in search of a big experience. From a three day trip of cultural immersion in Istanbul (and baklava eating, obvs) to a seven day safari in Botswana's Okavango Delta, there's a whole world of, well, world out there just waiting to be explored in easily digestible, bite-sized time slots. And here are our top ten hotels for just such an adventure.

The Best Family Holidays

From adventurous safaris and relaxing in the sun to fun in the snow and exciting city breaks, here are, in our opinion, the best family holidays.

Grandma's Borscht Recipe

Try this Borscht recipe, a Ukrainian / Russian / Polish soup picked up in Europe by Original Travel's Flora!

Christmas Breaks: Embrace or Escape Santa

Whether you're a lover or a hater (of the festive season, that is) there are many wonderful places to spend the holiday. If you want to embrace or escape Father Christmas and all that he brings, allow us to suggest a few luxury getaways; from quiet couples escapes to large family get-togethers, low key retreats or celebratory breaks…

Special Offer at The Almyra Hotel

A true gem in the Mediterranean, Cyprus makes the most of its beautiful landscapes and effortless charm through some of Europe's best, and very family friendly, hotels. A true gem in the Mediterranean, Cyprus makes the most of its beautiful landscapes and effortless charm through some of Europe's best, and very family friendly, hotels. Add to that the shortish flight time, warmer climate, array of activities, and you start to see the real appeal.

Escape this October Half Term

After a few begrudged moans at the thought of endless traffic jams, no seats on tubes, and our glorious city being over run by too many tourists, we were in fact, proved wrong. We loved the Olympics and have been well and truly hit by the Olympic bug that spread far and wide. The 'Inspire a Generation' tagline has certainly rubbed off as well, with children suffering from a bout of Olympic fever just as much as their (not so) sporting elders.

Top 5 Toddler Holidays For Your Little Terrors!

Lydia Gard is a freelance writer specialising in luxury family travel, since having two boys she is determined to find truly luxurious places that celebrate rather than simply tolerate young families. In her first of 6 blogs Lydia talks us through the her top 5 toddler holidays...

Welcome to the Treehotel

What's the most unusual place you have ever woken up? A bathtub after a party? On the deck of a gulet bopping around in the Aegean off Turkey? In an African tent with elephants hoovering berries off the canopy roof? Well, the other morning I woke up in a UFO. Then I put on at least ten layers of clothes, descended a narrow metal staircase to the snow-covered ground below and walked for seven minutes through a Narnia-esque forest before devouring a delicious cooked breakfast in a vintage styled B&B. Surreal doesn't even begin to cover it. Welcome to the Treehotel, another awesomely cool Swedish creation in Lapland.

Most Romantic Holiday Destinations All Year Round!

February is often associated with Valentine's day (cue rolling of eyes or whoops of joy), but we believe that romance can be celebrated all year round. Here are our top romantic holiday destinations to set the mood.

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