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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…

In Photos: A (Damp) Day At Slovenia’s Lake Bled

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Photo Journeys, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

When we travel we always hope for picture-perfect weather, and seek out postcard-worthy images, but perhaps it wasn’t a bad thing that I visited Slovenia’s most famous lake, which has a reputation as an Alpine fairytale location, on a day when the weather was wet, and the area shrouded in mystical clouds – meaning it was almost bereft of tourists despite being high season.

So no classic holiday brochure blue skies and sunshine in these shots, but instead an atmospheric photographic journey in and around Lake Bled. If you’re still happy to come along maybe bring a brollie…

My Canada A-Z

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Canada, Continents

Canada

I’ve been living in Canada for a year now and am endlessly fascinated by the little differences in language and culture I come across - and I finally get why Brits living in North America seem to develop that strange hybrid speech pattern that may be easy to ridicule but which I’ve learned is entirely necessary in order for those around you to understand what on earth you’re actually talking about.

So here’s a highly personal and lighthearted look at some of the day-to-day words, terms and phrases that may not be what an English girl like me is used to, but help define my time here in Canada…

My Cambodian Cooking Class

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Cambodia, Continents, Food, Worldwide Vacation

Shopping for vegetables in Siem Reap's local market

Shopping for vegetables in Siem Reap’s local market

Regular readers might have noticed that I tend to take a cooking class in almost every destination I visit; for me there’s now better way get under the skin of a country than to find out about the food.

Nowhere does this thrill me more than in South-East Asia, where a morning spent at the market and an afternoon (let’s face it, sweltering) in the kitchen adds a different dimension to the destination.

Whilst in Siem Reap I took a class at the renowned, locally-owned Tigre de Papier cooking school, and came away with a new sense of respect for Cambodian cuisine  - and a much better handle on how to prepare one of my favourite South-East Asian desserts, Mango and Sticky rice