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How To Holiday Monaco-Style Without Leaving London

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, London, Monaco, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

LondonI’ve got a different kind of seven step program for you in this post; one that won’t help break your addictions to travel, shopping and good food but which will show you where to find your fix of the luxurious Monte Carlo lifestyle without leaving London.

Here I share my 7 favourite places in the Principality of Monaco and uncover their London equivalents…

Confessions of a champagne socialist – Lessons In Travel & Champers

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, USA, Vancouver, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

champagneLike most girls I’m rather partial to a glass of bubbly  - and writing about the differences between champagne and sparkling wine recently (as you do) reminded me that along with making me forget a few things, my nights (and days) out with champagne by my side have taught me a few things worth remembering too.

Here are three fun facts that champagne has taught me on my travels, from how easy it really is to sabre a bottle of the sparkling stuff to the longstanding tradition of post hot air ballooning baptisms with bubbles …

How To Walk Across London Bridge – Without Setting Foot In Blighty

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, Continents, USA, Worldwide Vacation

London Bridge Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

I’d been living in North America for over a year and was in search of a taste of home. So when I heard that I could walk across London Bridge without the expense or hassle of a transatlantic flight I was all ears.

Soon I found  myself traversing John Rennie’s original London Bridge without leaving the states, as the structure that spanned the Thames for 137 years now graces Arizona’s rather more glamorous answer to Milton Keynes: Lake Havasu City.

In Photos: Lake Havasu’s Secret $2 Sunset Cruise

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, Photo Journeys, USA

Lake Havasu Sunset

There are plenty of ways to get out onto the water of Lake Havasu – in fact this part of Arizona is probably most famous as a water sports paradise, hosting the jet skiing world championships each year.

But if you’re looking for a romantic interlude rather than an adrenaline-fuelled adventure on Arizona’s 20,000 acre lake, this simple $2 ferry ride at sunset has to be both the most scenic and the best value that Lake Havasu has to offer.

In Search Of The Perfect Date

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, Continents, Food, USA, Worldwide Vacation

Martha's Gardens Date Farm

Martha’s Gardens Date Farm

The fierce sun is shining down on my map, amplified through the windscreen, as we drive our little red car past endless fields of green lettuce under bright blue skies; the scene is like a child’s storybook illustration come to glorious life.

Even more glorious is the fact that it’s December and my boyfriend and I have decided to swerve the cold in our native countries and head as far south as the stars and stripes will allow us, in search of warmth and the perfect date.

I mean this quite literally, we’re en route to the best medjool date farm in Arizona to learn about, and tuck into the North African superfood that’s also known as nature’s candy

In Photos: Seeing Sunrise Over Arizona From The Skies – In A Hot Air Balloon

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, Continents, USA, Worldwide Vacation

At the annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival in Yuma, Arizona

At the annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival in Yuma, Arizona

Hot air ballooning has the unique ability to turn even the most seasoned traveller into an excited little child.

I am that grinning kid the day I climb inside a wicker basket to take to the skies of Yuma, Arizona, where the USA meets Mexico, surrounded by a fleet of multi-coloured inflatable flying machines as part of the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival.