• SPOTLIGHT ON: The Real Life Brexit Bunch

    Coming soon – a new series on travel-loving Brits who backed away from life in the UK well before Brexit.
    They’ll tell us their tales of expat life and explain what it’s really like in destinations as varied as Vienna and Vancouver.

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  • Menorca

    The island of Menorca is sleepier and more tranquil than its Balearic neighbours, with a reputation for impeccable unspoiled coastlines Caribbean-worthy caves and coves and eco tourism which is a world away from the hedonistic holidays on offer in Ibiza and Majorca.

    It’s also the birthplace of two different types of famous footwear – Avarcas sandals and Pretty Ballerinas, so the shoe shopping’s superior too…

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  • Canada

    Come with me as I explore the country I call my second home – from exploring British Columbia’s biggest city to the ice skating on Manitoba’s frozen river via days spent at rodeos and weekends camping and crabbing…

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  • London

    When you’re tired of London you’re tired of life, or so the saying goes. Tire yourself out virtually by reading this Londoner’s posts about her beloved hometown…

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Where To Eat In Valencia: Spain’s Secret Culinary Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Searching For Soya, Spain, Valencia, Worldwide Vacation

Where to eat in Valencia

Where to eat in Valencia – this is Cafe Dulce de Leche which is basically cake heaven

When British Airways’ (then called British European Airways) opened it’s first ever route from the UK to Spain back in 1957, the original destination for those pioneering English holidaymakers was none other than the city of Valencia.

Fast forward almost 60 years and many Brits have been to Barcelona, mooched around Madrid and conquered the Costas – but a surprisingly large number have so far missed out on a trip to Spain’s third largest city.

Now Valencia’s exciting culinary scene, from traditional horchata bars to Michelin stars, has become one of the true highlights of any visit – and checking out where to eat in Valencia is valid reason in its own right to jump on that plane to Spain…

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping Somerset For Mexico City

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, England, Europe, Guest Posts, Mexico, Opinion, Women of the world

Real life Brexiter Katja Gaskell and her family in Mexico

Katja Gaskell and her family in Mexico

However you may feel about the Brexit vote, the EU referendum has had one undisputed result – to inspire more Brits than ever before to consider moving overseas.

Internet searches on relocating to anywhere from Scotland and Ireland to Australia and Canada have skyrocketed post-brexit, and the changing face of Europe has caused a lot of Brits to ask ourselves if England is as pleasant as we had thought – or if pastures greener and newer might have more to offer us and our families.

So I asked a variety of British expats what it’s really like to do what many Britons are now dreaming of  – become a real life Brexiter and give life in Blighty a wide berth.

First in the series is Katja Gaskell, who left Somerset and now lives in Mexico City. Here is her story…

A Short and Sweet Trip To Iceland

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Guest Posts, Iceland, Worldwide Vacation

Andrea in Iceland

Andrea in Iceland

One of my best friends in the world, has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Iceland.

I was lucky enough to hear all her tips and see her amazing Icelandic photos first-hand, so I decided to ask her to share her top 10 highlights from an epic two-week Icelandic roadtrip right here, to inspire anyone who has an inkling that a trip to Iceland might just be for them…

Geeking Out: Travelshift Shifts The Travel Booking Experience

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion


 Iceland after the financial crash  – image by Tom Craig 

Anyone who has ever visited Iceland knows that on top of the well-deserved reputation for jaw dropping scenery, the small island nation is quirky, cool and cutting edge with a totally unique take on the world around it.

I remember visiting Iceland for the first time in the aftermath of the economic crisis  – and as someone with a passion for politics and economics, as well as travel, I found the situation frustrating as well as fascinating.

These days Iceland is of course booming  – and I’ve learned about a local travel tech company which is reinventing the way the travel industry sells self-packaged holidays, so I decided to find out more…

Have Mat Will Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in News, Opinion

Mexican Yoga retreat

But can I swap beach yoga for office yoga?

Our brains are busier than ever before; phone calls, text messages, emails, social media, and of course for us bloggers, the need to keep blogging – this cerebral stretching never seems to let up, leaving far less time for taking care of our bodies than we would like.

I’ve been putting in exceptionally long hours in front of the laptop lately, often not at a proper desk but hunched over a dining table, sitting on a couch, or in airport lounges and coffee shops – something that any freelancer worker can relate to, especially if they travel often.

My body is telling me very firmly that it wants some attention so I decided to look for some quick and simple solutions to stop neglecting my health while I’m on the road…

Send My Bag Review

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

Send My Bag Review
I’ve been a bit quiet of late on the blog – and that’s because I’ve been busy making a big move: giving up my base in BC, Canada and deciding to spend all of my time (or most of it at least) back in Europe  – as well as bringing my Canadian fiancé home to Blighty with me full-time. Yikes.

Anyone who has been through the process of any kind of expat move will know just how all-consuming it can be when you change the status quo.

At times like this we all want any help available to take tasks and problems off our plate and make life easier. So I enlisted the help of Send My Bag to transport luggage for me – and this is what I thought of the service…

In Photos: 30 Reasons To Love Menorca

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Food, Menorca, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Love Menorca

A cool souvenir from Cova d’en Xoroi

I really fell in love with Menorca on my recent trip to the island – so much so that I am seriously considering a repeat trip very soon, and am dreaming about house hunting there because it’s just that gorgeous.

So here are 30 reasons to love Menorca – little insights into why you can and should fall for the Balearic’s most tranquil island

Pretty Ballerinas Make Girls Holidays To Menorca A Shoe-In

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Menorca, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Pretty Ballerinas

Pretty Ballerinas on sale at the factory outlet in Menorca

The very first thing I spy after landing in Menorca, and exiting those double-doors that spit you out of security and into your holiday destination, is a tall pink leaflet dispenser advertising Pretty Ballerinas shoes.

Of course like any self-respecting girl, the idea of shoe shopping while on holiday – possibly at a discount – has my interest piqued immediately.

But as I’m with a group  – consisting mainly of men – I decide to leave it until later to work out if my hunch is right that the high-end ballet pumps which are beloved of celebs must be manufactured on this very island

5 Places You Need To Visit In Portugal

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Opinion, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation


When I think about it I realise I’ve actually been visiting Portugal for decades – from my first ever post-uni package holiday by the beach to a tour of upmarket boutique hotels in the countryside – and the destination has done nothing but grow on me over the years.

After 5 separate visits to the Iberian Peninsula’s West coast nation it’s safe to say I’ve fallen in love with the slow-paced rhythms and holiday vibe of its coastal resorts, I adore the sleepy rural idyll of the country’s interior and always relish the buzz of it’s picturesque cities.

These are the top 5 places I think you should seek out in Portugal  –  all of which I’m personally longing to revisit…