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  • ¡Bienvenido a <a href="/central-america/mexico/mexico-city">Mexico City! Formerly known as DF (distrito federal) for the past two centuries, Mexico's capital changed its official name last year and is now known as Ciudad de Mexico (CDMX). Once centre of the Aztec Empire, latter day CDMX (catchier than one-time Tenochtitlan) sits gritty at 6,500ft above sea level, which may account for the light-he...

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  • When you think of <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/tanzania">Tanzania and its </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/africa/tanzania/ngorongoro-crater-and-northern-tanzania"> Ngorongoro Crater, which I've just returned from, I am sure that 92% (precise, expert figure here) of those who haven't been before would not immediately associate either with the Scottish Highlands. Bu...

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  • The phrase 'like a local' is thrown around a lot in travel these days, and while it's a great concept, we tend to find it often comes without much backing from an actual local expert. Without blowing our own trumpet too much, this is where we'd like to think we differ. Here at Original Travel we're lucky enough to have a team of real experts, many of whom have lived and worked in the destinations ...

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  • Travelling around <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/norway">Norway from Oslo to Bergen is no mean feat; a landmass so speckled with mountains and fjords that everywhere you turn it's impossible not to be awed by the staggering and dramatic landscapes that surround you. And there are several modes of exploration available, from boats to trains, cars, bikes and your own two feet…</a>

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  • You've scrolled through all of the 'Hot Lists' and you know all of the 'It' destinations to visit, but what if you're wanting something a little more, well, different? Luckily we've spent years travelling under the radar to discover some truly fascinating destinations and can hereby reveal some of our favourite best-kept secrets, which we can almost guarantee you won't find on the pages of your fa...

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  • When heading on my two-week adventure to Italy, exploring cities including <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy/florence-holidays">Florence, </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy/holidays-in-rome">Rome, </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy/luxury-holidays-venice"> Venice and </a><a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/europe/italy/emil...

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  • Whoever said failure to prepare is preparation for failure clearly never experienced the thrill of being spontaneous or, for that matter, the chaos of trying to juggle (delete as appropriate) family/work/home/pets/social life. While it's all very commendable to book things months and years in advance, sometimes life just gets in the way. Never more so than with planning holidays. Lucky for you, we...

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  • It's no secret that <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/australasia-pacific-islands/australia"> Australia is one of the best wine producers in the world, and those in the know will also be aware that the variety and quality of food on offer here stands it in the running with the likes of Italy as one of our favourite all-round gastronomic destinations. What might be less well known is that t...

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  • As a real foodie I was extremely excited at the opportunity of travelling to <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/indian-subcontinent/sri-lanka">Sri Lanka on my recent research trip to sample first hand some of their culinary delights such as hoppers and curries, and I was not disappointed. Having spent the last fortnight in Sri Lanka I have realised that it is not only the food here that is ...

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  • When it comes to friendly locals, Australian's are well known for being some of the friendliest out there. People do actually say g'day and you won't be hard pushed to find a gang of surfers barbequing at the beach. Plus, with a population of 24 million people, there are plenty of mates to make. Handy for us holiday-ers then that some of these friendly locals also know a thing or two about their f...

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  • Having previously been to <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/far-east/thailand">Thailand twice before, I presumed that I had already experienced most of what the country has to offer. However, on my recent trip to the self-claimed 'nation of smiles', my presumptions were proved highly incorrect (as most often they are). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a plethora of auth...

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  • Sometimes, travel isn't only about taking home memories of a lifetime, but also taking home a new and valuable skill that also happens to have a local connection to your holiday destination. Whether that's learning to cook traditional dishes with local chefs, or learning how to play a local sport with a previous-championship player, here are some of our favourite <a href="https://www.originaltrave...

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  • 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, as if that isn't enough, we've put together our top recommendations for how to get as far off the grid as pos...

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  • Scary? Yes - absolutely. Incredible? Definitely. Set 380m on the side of a vertical limestone cliff in Peru's <a href="https://www.originaltravel.co.uk/south-america/peru/the-sacred-valley"> Sacred Valley cling four pods - three bedrooms and a restaurant. And how do you get there? You climb!</a>

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  • We all know that slightly smug feeling of having discovered something new, be it an experience or a place. We also all know the struggle that follows - do you let the cat out of the bag? Or do you keep schtum and save it for yourself? Well, our inner blabber-mouth just can't keep it together any more, we're officially buckling beneath the weight of secret gems across the globe, from clandestine ci...

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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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