Life is in the Detail

There is a tiny, hidden beach on the southern tip of Kefalonia in Greece. No one knows about it and you can only reach it on foot. The towering grey cliffs that surround and hide it are made of a clay that works wonders on your skin, after you wash it off in the sea. It’s a little slice of Greek paradise.

Olivia - Original Traveller

Olivia Lee

Original Travel Expert

I have extensive travel experience throughout North America, Singapore, Borneo , Greece, Italy, France and Switzerland.

My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Sail around the Galapagos islands, exploring above the sea and below it
  • Swim with Humpback whales
  • Ride mustangs from the Mexican to the Canadian border
  • Come eye to eye with Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

Best Moments

  • Riding my favourite horse, Sioux, while pushing a herd of 125 horses home across a gigantic pasture at 5.30 in the morning, watching the golden pink sunrise crest the ridges that were next to me. Mist was hanging low over the river and the morning silence was broken only by the water bubbling over rocks and the horses hooves.
  • Watching Orangutans in Borneo. We saw a mother being handed fruit by one of the guides and sharing it with her baby, while an unruly teenager dangled above the suspended platform trying to steal the fruit (and her attention)
  • Seeing a lone wolf trotting across the snow in Yellowstone National Park. It was the last day the park was open before it would then shut for winter. Snow was falling heavily and there were no other cars for miles. It was truly magical.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Getting lost skiing in a storm at the top of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler. The snow was so thick I couldn't see my hands, the wind so strong I couldn't stand upright and it was so cold that my breath froze on my face protector.

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Finding a leech burrowing into my (very thick) glove in the rainforest. I was told, very casually, to 'pick it off, roll it and flick it away'

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Summer Loving: The Best Places to Visit in September for Couples

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Remote Island Holidays: Our Favourite Exotic Hideaways

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Our Favourite Sabbaticals for 2021

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Dogs on a Train - Top Tips for Travelling to Europe with Pets

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Remote Rendezvous: Alternative Honeymoon Destinations

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The Original Travel Quiz: Week 8

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How to Travel Green

Green travel, or responsible travel as we like to call it, is becoming increasingly important as we all become more aware of the environmental impact of travelling. Don't worry - this isn't intended to be a preachy blog about how to be the 'perfect traveller'. In fact, an absolutist attitude…

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The Original Travel Quiz: Week 5

Here at Original Travel, we like to think of ourselves as world-class travel nerds. That's right - no one loves a spot of travel trivia more than us, but since everyone is staying at home at the moment, we have lost our chance to flex our travel muscles. The solution? Our weekly Original…

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The Best Places In The World To Channel Your Inner Cowboy

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Enrol Into The School Of Life

It might sound clichéd, but travel is one of life's greatest teachers. Whether you want to encourage your kiddos to learn by taking them to see the frescos in Florence, or by meeting the cast of The Lion King and understanding their habitat on a Big Five safari in South Africa, our travel…

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Best places to see Fall Colours in North America

Off the back of our seemingly endless summer, here at Original Travel we're getting excited for woolly jumper weather, pumpkin-spiced lattes and apple and blackberry crumble. As autumn fast encroaches on the last of the summer rays, Mother Nature's russet blanket is starting to descend upon…

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