• SPOTLIGHT ON: Cortina

    A ski resort so famous they named a car after it.

    Despite a reputation as the playground of the well-heeled, it turns out you can a-Ford Cortina (if you can pardon the pun) – whether you ski, snowboard or just love shopping, this Dolomite town is well worth the drive from Venice…

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  • The Brexit Brits

    A new series on travel-loving Brits who backed away from life in the UK well before Brexit.
    They 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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  • Weekend Shortcut

    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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Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Cortina, Italy For Skiers & Non Skiers

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Dolomites, Europe, Italy, Veneto, Weekend Shortcut, Worldwide Vacation

weekend in Cortina

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written specifically to help you enjoy a perfect weekend away without needing to do any additional research. 

This weekend shortcut tells you EVERYTHING you need to know to plan a perfect weekend in the town they call the Queen of the Dolomites; Cortina d’Ampezzo, in Northern Italy.

Despite being best known as a world class ski destination, I’ll show you a fun filled weekend of culture, art, shopping, history and good food.

And while snow bunnies visiting in Winter can add in skiing, snowshoeing or other mountain pursuits, non skiers (like me) or summer visitors will have plenty to keep them entertained.

The guide is particularly perfect if you’re part of a couple where one skis or snowboards and the other does not

The Great British Blogging Bake Off (& Me)

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Competitions, England, Europe, Food, United Kingdom

I’m typing this post a bit more slowly than usual as I’m juggling an enormous slice of cake while I write; it has a chunk of thatched roof and half a door on it which makes it cumbersome to eat, but it’s still really tasty.

That may sound a bit odd but the cake was decorated to look like a house – and I made it with my own fair hands today which is why I’m so keen to eat it while it’s fresh and tasty.

This was all part of a baking competition for bloggers that I took part in –  and probably the closest I’ll ever get to the Great British Bake Off

Feeling Listless: Using Mind Maps to Plan Your Travels (And Everything Else)

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

mind map

That eureka moment: using mind maps to plan travel

Are you a list queen like me? Or, I guess, king.

But I don’t really believe most men make lists compulsively like women do. 

Well in 2017 I started planning my travels (as well as a whole heap of other stuff) with a mind map instead of a list  – and I am a total convert.

Here’s why I think everyone should consider mapping out their future travels instead of listing them…

Passing On The Travel Baton In Bali

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Bali, Continents

Bali

There’s bound to be a special place in anyone’s heart for the first exotic holiday location to which they ever travel.

While my first foreign holiday was to Greece (in typically British style) my first ever experience of a long haul destination was landing in Denpasar airport, Bali, more years ago than I care to admit – and I was overwhelmed, intoxicated and amazed in equal measure.

Now all those memories have come flooding back as my youngest brother has been bitten by the travel bug and found himself travelling to my favourite paradise island: Bali

Travel Blogger or digital nomad? Don’t use Microsoft Office 365 Until You Read This

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Microsoft Office 365

First off, apologies for that rather clickbaity headline.

I wanted to be sure to get your attention if you have subscribed to Microsoft Office 365 (as I did) or are considering it.

Maybe you use Microsoft Office 365 for your email hosting, or use Office software like Word, Excel, Sharepoint, One Drive or any of the suite of features it offers.

I’ve just discovered something about Microsoft Office 365 that has a major impact on any travel blogger, travel writer, digital nomad, location independent worker, or SME with offices in different countries.

I just wish someone had told ME this before I signed up…

WIN! A 2 Night Stay In Hong Kong + More For Chinese New Year

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Traditional New Year may be well and truly over, but somehow it’s STILL January, leaving most of us with a serious case of the blues.

Luckily Chinese New Year is here and that means another reason to celebrate.

Especially if you find yourself kicking off the Year of the Rooster in style and winning one of the 4 amazing prizes I’m giving away in my Hong Kong Competition