• Spotlight On: 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, a world away from the hedonistic holidays on offer in Ibiza and even 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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  • Isle Of Thanet

    Allow the English East Kent skies that inspired Turner to inspire you – while discovering easy seaside cycle routes, local seafood, Britain’s best beaches, smuggler’s cliffs and underground tunnels plus a cool, kitsch & quirky arts scene that gives London a run for its money.

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  • Weekend Shortcuts

    In this series I aim to get back to travel blogging basics by explaining how to have a perfect, easy to organise weekend away, whether right here in the UK or further afield.

    Let’s leave you to concentrate on enjoying your break – rather than Googling the heck out of hotels & activities – because let’s face, the research phase can be a real holiday buzz kill…

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  • Oh Canada

    Come with me as I explore the country I called 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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4 of The Best Places To Buy Avarcas In Menorca

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

buy avarcas in menorca

Maybe you call them avarcas or abarcas, menorquinas or Menorcan sandals –  or perhaps you didn’t really know this special style of sandal had their own name  – I certainly didn’t before I visited Menorca for the first time.

Either way we both know that these shoes are super cute. So when I discovered that the Balearic island of Menorca is famous for making them, I knew I’d be bringing at least one pair of avarcas home from my trip.

If you’d like to shop for these handmade sandals while on holiday, read this guide to the best places to buy avarcas in Menorca.

The Travel Tipping Point: River Cruises

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in The Travel Tipping Point

river cruises

Seeing Ljubljana from the curving Ljubljanica River was incredibly memorable

The travel tipping point is my regular column on travel trends, types and themes which seem to be ‘having a moment’ and have achieved critical mass  – meaning that wherever you look, this way of travel, destination or style of service seems to suddenly be popping up everywhere.

Whether it be a new way of booking travel, an up and coming country or a style of journey, sometimes when we see everyone else trying something, we just have to try it for ourselves.

This week, I’m thinking about messing about on the river – all over the world. But mostly in Egypt…

Looking 4 Parking Review: Meet & Greet Parking at Heathrow

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in London, Opinion

Looking 4 Parking at Heathrow

I wish I could park this close to the airport!

After the excitement of booking a holiday comes the bit nobody enjoys – the pre-holiday chores.

From figuring out who’s going to look after the house/kids/dog/cat, to charging your electronic devices, packing, getting currency sorted and reading the latest rules on hand luggage, there’s a million and one things to do before you fly.

Deciding how to get to the airport is one of those boring but necessary decisions, and I’m always looking for an easy solution. So I tested out a meet & greet service at Heathrow on my latest trip…

Why Cycling For Your Supper Is Super – My Bicycle Holiday To Provence

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, France, Savoir Cycles, Worldwide Vacation

bicycle holiday to Provence

I discover a totally different kind of holiday – one where I burn off calories by bicycling by day and tuck into decadent suppers without a worry by night, on a self-guided bicycle holiday in Provence.

It’s all about wandering through wine country, meandering down country lanes lined with vines, taking time to taste vintages and explore hilltop villages at my leisure, all with my trusty bike as a precursor to chowing down on the cheese board *and* dessert at the end of each day… 

Things To Do In Thanet: 10 Reasons To Be A Tourist In East Kent

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, Kent, Thanet, UK Staycation

Things to do in Thanet

As well as writing about travel on this very website, I’m the travel editor of a print magazine published in Thanet, a part of England that’s close to my heart.

I often find myself bragging about what I consider to be the best corner of my own country to the people I meet when travelling overseas, and I bang on about Thanet to fellow Brits as well.

So when I realised that I’d never actually blogged about the Isle of Thanet, the East Kent enclave that’s home to Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs – and some of the UK’s best beaches  – I decided it was high time I shared my love for the area with readers.

Here are just a handful of my favourite things to do in Thanet

In Photos: Brunei’s Beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Asia, Brunei, Competitions, Photo Journeys

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei’s Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque has some gorgeous tiling

On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums.

But the country’s largest mosquewhich was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny state.

In fact the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings I’ve seen anywhere in the world…