Podcast / 19 January, 2024 / Christina Walter

Parental Control, Ep: 99 Travel Trends in 2024 With Tom Barber From Original Travel

Tom Barber from Original Travel has been helping me organise tailor-made holidays for almost 20 years. In the beginning, it was for adventures with my husband and now it is travelling with the family. Today I have asked Tom to come on to discuss everything from bonding holidays with just 1 child to road trips, luxury holidays and then the all-time travel bucket list. But most importantly we talked about what is trending this year in the travel industry.

Original Travel also absorbs 100% of the carbon footprint generated by their clients by financing large reforestation projects around the world.


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About Tom Barber:

Tom Barber started his career as a journalist and travel writer before co-founding Original Travel with two friends 21 years ago. The original concept was ‘Big Short Breaks’, a portfolio of tailor-made ‘minimum time off/maximum experience’ adventures aimed at time-poor, cash-rich professionals. The idea flew, and soon clients were asking Original Travel to arrange longer, more complex, trips to further flung destinations around the globe.

Over the intervening two decades Original Travel has gone on to be voted Best Tour Operator at the Guardian/Observer Travel Awards, been serial winners at the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards and repeatedly had more of their destination-specific consultants chosen as Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Top Travel Specialists than any other travel company in the UK or US (Tom himself has been named Family Specialist for five years running).

Original Travel continues to innovate and push the boundaries of bespoke travel, coming up with new concepts and improved ways to travel such as Philantourism (specifically travelling to down-on-their-luck destinations) and leading the flight-free tailor-made travel movement. Tom is married with four children who have helped develop Original Travel’s understanding of what works best on family holidays to the extent that they’re now known as the Guinea Kids.

About Original Travel:

Original Travel specialises in bespoke, tailor-made holidays, crafted by destination experts and supported by local concierges. Original Travel’s ethos is that “Life is in the Detail”, knowing that it’s the small touches that can make a holiday: whether it is knowing the spot for sleeping under the stars in the Namibian desert or where to find the Greek Islands’ most secluded hidden coves. In 2008, Original Travel launched its Family Holiday Portfolio (coinciding, not coincidentally, when the first Original Travel babies are born). Family bookings now account for 45% of all bookings.


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