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The Travel Tipping Point: Mexico

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, The Travel Tipping Point

Colorful houses

For years I resisted going to Spain on holiday. The reason? Spain is the most mainstream and obvious overseas destination for Brits in search of a cheap holiday in the sun, and in seeking out a more authentic and unique holidaying experience, I snubbed Spain. This turned out to be a big mistake.

Now that I’m based in Canada, Mexico is my new Spain. So far the pervasiveness of Mexico as a holiday destination for North Americans has had the identical effect and turned me off, but I’m beginning to ask myself if I should learn from my past mistakes and book that trip to Mexico…

The Travel Tipping Point: Cruises

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Chile, Continents, The Travel Tipping Point

Cruising Antarctica  - Image by Sandra Walser

Cruising Antarctica on the Antarctica XXI – image by Sandra Walser

I have this pet theory about travel. I believe that if we hear something positive that challenges our previous perceptions of a destination or holiday style, it lodges in our brains, but right at the back, where it can dwell quietly for a long time if left undisturbed.

When that idea is reinforced by further positive messages or images a second time our interest is piqued – but the third time we hear good things about this place or way to travel we decide we MUST try it for ourselves and it jumps right to the top of our travel wish lists.

That’s what I call the travel tipping point, and I think it’s just happened for me with cruising. 

The Perfect Place To Stay On Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula: Blue Osa Yoga Retreat

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Costa Rica, Perfect Places To Stay, Worldwide Vacation

Blue Osa

The pool and spa area at Blue Osa

If there’s one thing I always thought sounded like a great thing to do one day, you know, in the future, it was a yoga retreat. But now that I’ve tried a week-long beach side yoga retreat on Costa Rica’s unspoiled Osa Peninsula, all I can say is don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today…

How To Do Ibiza Off Season

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Ibiza, Spain, Top Ten Travel Tips, Worldwide Vacation

Ibiza Off Season

Ibiza’s beaches and laid-back vibe started to attract visitors in the 1960’s and Europe’s answer to California’s hippies flocked there, but since then the White Island’s reputation has been primarily one of clubbing and nightlife.

But step away from the built-up resorts and bar action and visit off season when the clubs are closed and there is another Ibiza to discover, with pine tree-backed beaches, coastal walking trails and rural landscapes, dotted with charming villages and white churches straight out of a picture postcard.

Not everyone knows just what a delight it is to explore Ibiza off season, but if you’d like to be one of them, here’s how to do it…

I Know What I Did Last Summer – 7 Secret Sunny Moments From My 2014 Travels

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Costa Rica, England, Europe, Ljubljana, London, Photo Journeys, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Worldwide Vacation

Lying by a pool, the kind of thing one usually does come summer

Lying by a pool, the kind of thing one usually does come summer

In my previous post I got all nostalgic about summer and highlighted 7 spectacular spots from my summer months in British Columbia – but even though I’m happily embracing Autumn (complete with at least 7 pairs of boots to assist me) I’m still singing the praises of some of last season’s most special memories.

Here are my top 7 secret summertastic spots selected from my last few months’ travels in Europe and Central America…

I Know What I Did Last Summer – My Top 7 Secret Sunny Spots in British Columbia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Continents, News, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Worldwide Vacation

The sun has set on summer

The sun sets on summer over Vancouver

It turned out to be sunny every Sunday in September. Every week I clung onto the dying days of summer wondering each time if the sun had finally set on the last sunny Sunday of summer. 

As well as making for some hella awesome alliteration , this got me to thinking (Carrie Bradshaw style as usual, just with a slightly cheaper shoe collection) that saying sayonara to summer might also make for a beautiful blog post.

So I decided to detail my favourite 14 sun-drenched memories from my travels in summer 2014.

In the second post I’ll be covering the secret sunny spaces I found in Europe and Central America, but here in the first installment I share my 7 secret summertastic spots near my home in British Columbia…