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  • <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/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 </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/sweden/stockholm">Stockholm. So, start working your way through our top five experienc...

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  • Take it from a (rather biased) former local, there's truly nowhere better to live la dolce vita than <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy/emilia-romagna">Emilia-Romagna's capital city of Bologna...</a>

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  • 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 our favourite markets from around the world, where you can get yourself the best souvenirs and the freshest...

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  • Seville is not the only city of spectacle in this corner of Spain, and a road trip around Southern Spain is definitely not to be sniffed at. Cordoba (best visited during the 'Battle of the Flowers') and Granada (of Alhambra fame) make for a wonderful combination of Southern Spain's highlights and as ever our little black book of guides and things to do, see and eat should make exploring them seaml...

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  • When people want architecture, they look to <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy">Italy; gastronomy, and you'd run to </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/france">France; turquoise waters, pack your trunks you are off to </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/greece">Greece. And so, where does that leave </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/...

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  • As we at Original Travel often shout about, it's not just about the destination but also how you get there - 'going on a journey' if you will. As it is International Walking Month we've been thinking about how dishy Levinson Wood is... no sorry we meant the simple pleasure of walking, of enjoying your surroundings and anticipating your arrival somewhere new. (Although if Lev doesn't inspire you to...

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  • When people want architecture, they look to <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy">Italy; gastronomy, and you'd run to </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/france">France; turquoise waters, pack your trunks you are off to </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/greece">Greece. And so, where does that leave </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/...

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  • With the London marathon finishing last weekend, a quick dabble in skeleton bobsledding (just us?) and a new found passion for netball after the Commonwealth Games we at Original Travel HQ are feeling rather sporty. And whilst watching on our telly boxes with a cuppa is always fun, nothing beats being part of the action, which got us thinking about great sporting events across the globe...

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  • While we regularly spout our merry manifesto about the wonders of the world as seen from dry land, we're also major fans of the ocean and all it has to offer, which is why we have a specialist dive team here at Original Travel, the aptly named Original Diving - divemasters, instructors, marine biologists and all-round experts in the watery stuff worldwide. So whether you're a seasoned pro or looki...

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  • What do Bond girls, the Pope and Boris Johnson have in common? They all know how to make an entrance (who can forget Boris swinging from that zip wire?). And while we don't necessarily recommend 'doing a Boris', the slightly smug feeling of having really arrived in style is something we can all relate to. This is never truer than when on holiday; sometimes the journey can be just as exciting as th...

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  • <a href="/collections/african-safaris">'Safari': the word, originally derived from Arabic and translating roughly to long journey, was introduced to the English language by explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton in the 19th century. Fast forward to 2014 and the term has come to represent a whole raft of once in a lifetime experiences complete with their own complex lexicon (mokoro safari, anybody?). ...

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  • Life often feels like a whirlwind of work, social commitments and life admin: frankly it's exhausting. Well, that's where your travel guardian angels come in (that's us). We're here to show you the light and point you towards the giant beacon of hope that is a holiday. And when it comes to holidays, the early bird very much catches the worm. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. You snooze you lose. Y...

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  • To the 80% of the planet's population that aren't Chinese, the celebration practices of Chinese New Year are still shrouded in relative mystery, save for abstract flashes of association: the colour red! Dancing dragons! Paper lanterns! Thus, we shed light on how some of <a href="/far-east/china">China's big cities celebrate the Spring Festival, as it's also known.</a>

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  • How many countries in the world offer deserts, vibrant cities, beaches, archaeological and biblical sites - all within such short distances from each other? We reveal why <a href="/middle-east/israel">Israel makes for a great short break destination...</a>

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  • 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 <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/indian-ocean">Indian Ocean Island (or islands) is for you…</a>

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  • There is far more to <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/spain">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 put together a list of our top five experiences in Sp...

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  • First introduced by President Ulysses S. Grant, the US National Parks system began with Yellowstone National Park, an Original Travel favourite, and now includes 58 parks which protect approximately 52.2million acres of mountains, forests, and wilderness, not to mention the countless creatures who live within their boundaries and provide a haven for outdoorsy types looking for luxury experiences. ...

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  • Elsewhere in our blog we've talked about <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/blog/travelling-with-teenagers">Travelling with Teenagers, given </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/blog/teen-advice-on-family-holidays"> Teen to Teen Advice as well as </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/blog/parental-advice-holidays-with-teens"> Parental Advice on family holidays all around th...

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  • Vast deserts, towering mountains, infinite salt pans and endless game, who wouldn't want to drive around the world's second least populated country? Our resident ex-safari guide, <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/matt-shock">Matt, explains why he thinks </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/namibia">Namibia is the world's best destination for a self-drive safari. While priva...

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  • Travel trends come and go, and for every fad that eventually gets committed to the tourism equivalent of Room 101 (extreme heat holidays, anyone? - have a google) there is one that becomes entrenched in the collective travel psyche. Having burst onto the scene in the mid noughties, glamping has become something of a travel tour de force with the number of luxury tented camps and lodges across the ...

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  • Once the unsavoury dining choice of the broke backpacker or hippe local-wannabe, street food has come a long way in recent years. With several street food stalls around the world now being recognised with Michelin stars the concept of eating out of a paper carton on the side of the road has suddenly become somewhat cool, or at the very least a marker of an in-the-know traveller. So whether you're ...

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  • In musical terms (stay with us), the phrase "deep cuts" refers to the true gems that are found later in an album; these tracks offer the same musical style of a given artist but don't ever make their way into the public consciousness. The music of true music lovers, if you will. Well, the same can be said of travel; there are certain destinations that remain resolutely under the radar despite offe...

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  • <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/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 mainland to sailing off the coast on the Ionian Sea....

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  • The summer holidays may feel like a world away now but come June they'll be a veritable beacon of hope amidst the (organised) chaos of early morning wake-ups, school runs and vain attempts to prevent toothpaste from finding its way onto every single item of school uniform. Frankly, it's exhausting. Which is where we come in, because when it comes to organising your summer holiday getaway you can j...

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  • Quite literally picture perfect, the settings of our favourite Hollywood blockbusters might often seem too beautiful to be true. But rest assured, in a world of CGI and Photoshop, there are still some locations that are film-worthy all on their own. To celebrate this week's Oscar week in Los Angeles, we've curated a list of our favourite Hollywood film-set destinations to visit on an Original Trav...

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  • There is an almost overwhelming list of possibilities of what to do on a holiday to <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy">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. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-inducing adventure, ...

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