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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 brave enough to go to the extreme of
eating insects in Asia, or just want
to dabble with a crepe in Paris,
tuck in (pardon the pun) to our list of the twelve best cities to
travel to for your fix of street side grub...
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 offering a similar vibe to some of the most loved
places on the planet, but critically, without the accompanying
If you're anything like us here at Original Travel, the way
to your heart is most firmly through your stomach. Have you ever
been preparing a meal and suddenly caught yourself (and there's no
shame in being honest here, folks) talking à la Nigella into an
imaginary camera, 'and now I'm going to firmly massage the butter
and garlic into my meat'? If so our latest competition with the
good folks at OKA, Stirred Travel, My-Wardrobe and Sheerluxe will
be right up your alley.
Now for a destination Original Travel look forward to
introducing in 2012 - Nepal. This beautiful country is full of
beautiful and dramatic wilderness, reached via days of trekking,
but we also love the Buddhist temple at Swayambhunath outside
Kathmandu. It couldn't be less off the beaten track - in fact it is
the first or second most important pilgrimage site in Buddhism,
according to Newars and Tibetans respectively - but no less magical
for the multitude of the devout and the simply curious that make
their way here every day.
The road to the hilltop itself leads past Hindu funeral pyres
where the unmistakable sickly sweetness of burnt flesh represents
one of the least pleasant smells imaginable, but which makes the
soft and welcoming aroma of incense at Swayambhunath all the more
Having just come back from a fantastic California road trip
I can comfortably say that I've ticked off one destination from my
travel bucket list. It says plenty about a place when on return you
start thinking about going back, cherry picking your favourite
spots and raving about it to anyone who will listen.
The huskies are born to run... Swedish Lapland is the
perfect place to enjoy a dog-sledding safari, driving your own team
of Siberian huskies and staying in remote private wilderness cabins
each night. Guests are encouraged to get hands on, and the
interaction with the pure bred Siberian huskies is the highlight,
as you feed them and help put them down for the night in their
The Lebanese know how to
party. Understandable, really, as a reaction to their traumatic
recent history, and Beirut nightlife can be a
wonderful antidote to the doom and gloom back here in Blighty
because the locals still party like it's 2008.