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Ahead of the Curve: Planning for 2018

We all like to think of ourselves as free spirits, booking with glorious last-minute abandon and able to act on the spur of the spontaneous moment (that's not just us, right?). Well, sorry for being the fun police on this one but when it comes to travel, the impromptu you is missing out. You see, as a general rule, the earlier you book the better your chances of securing the cheapest flights, the best accommodation and the finest guides. As luck would have it, we've come up with a selection of the destinations and experiences that you really need to be booking now for 2018. It's time to get the diaries out…

Summer 2017: The Best Holiday Destinations

The kids are on school holidays, Honeymooners are departing the UK shores in their droves and the rest of us are keen for an escape should the British summer not quite go to plan weather-wise…

Borneo's Best Bits

Borneo is a wild island, home to the infamous Headhunter Tribe and an ancient dense rainforest full of wildlife including the beautiful orang-utans and even the rarely spotted Clouded Leopard. Many people want to head here to explore this remote destination where the last headhunting took place in the 1950's. Despite being wonderfully wild, it is also home to some great properties which make a visit perfect for those after something comfortable but adventurous. I have put together my ideal itinerary including my favourite properties. Staying at these properties will give you wonderful beaches, amazing remote jungle experiences and wildlife spotting.

Early Summer Escapes 2016

The summer holiday: that most glorious and precious of holidays. All the more so for us Brits given that summer in dear old Blighty can be, how to put this, a bit of a damp squib (cue flashbacks of windy beach escapades, sandy sandwiches and rain, lots and lots of rain). And this year we thought we'd get on the holiday bandwagon early because between storm what's-his-chops (there seems to be a new one every week) and the fact that winter just won't go away, summer can't come quickly enough. So here are a few of our very favourite destinations for getaways this May and June - you can take the summer out of Britain but not the Brit out of their summer holiday.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Clever, lively, flexible - no, we're not trying to simply flatter you into booking a holiday (do let us know if that would work, though), these are in fact three central traits attributed to those born in the Chinese calendar's Year of the Monkey. Ironic really, given the cerebral association, that there's so much confusion over the various suborders of primate (ape, monkey and prosimian, so Wikipedia tells us). Anyway, the advent of Chinese New Year brings not only a good excuse for a party but also another Year of the Monkey, which got us thinking about the best places on the planet to spot these cheeky beasties. And here's a few of our favourites…

Top Five Luxury Family Resorts for this Summer

The perfect family holiday needs to get the balance just right; that precious time to spend together away from the demands of daily life and work, coupled with a little R&R for the parents, safe in the knowledge that their little ones are well cared for, and having buckets of fun. Thankfully, our Original Travel family have been scouring the globe for years to source a snapshot of our favourite family-friendly hotspots for this summer's travels.

Honeymooning in Borneo and Malaysia

There is a long list of reasons why Malaysia Borneo is such a brilliant destination for a honeymoon. Not only does it have fantastic weather during our summer months, when the rest of the southern hemisphere is enduring wet or colder weather, but you can mix relaxation with activity very easily. There is an abundance of wildlife including elephants and cats so you can get the safari vibe without having to pay the higher prices of an African lodge and if you really want to put your new husband or wife to the test then the Mount Kinabalu climb is quite a challenge!

Family Wildlife Holidays

Kids love different types of animals, here in the UK we have to go to the zoo to get up close to the weird and wonderful species around the world (don't get me wrong, a zoo always goes down very well) but what's better than choosing a destination for your family holiday where your kids can really experience these animals and take back great memories.

Best Holidays for Teenagers

Our resident family expert Lydia Gard returns, this time recommending her best holidays for teenagers.... I recently spent a few days in a villa with a friend and her gorgeous teenagers. The boy, 14, goofed around with the toddlers all day long, and held his own with the adults during the dinnertime banter. The girl, 16, was a silent hormone casserole wearing an iTouch. Leave me with a toddler and I can entertain them effortlessly. Leave me with a teenager and it turns out I revert.

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