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The Simple Bear Necessities of Canadian Telly Vs The British Box

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

polar bear town

Image courtesy of OLN’s Polar Bear Town 

As a Brit in Canada, I’m asked the same question every time I get into a taxi.

It goes like this:

Taxi driver: “What part of Australia are you from?”

Me: (Struggles to remain polite, but being British and not Australian, succeeds) “Haha. I’m actually from London.”

Taxi driver: “Where do you like better, there or here?”

The phraseology of this question remains remarkably consistent – just as every waitress asks precisely ‘how the first few bites are tasting’ – as though all Canadians come with a script, and I’m still learning the lines (though ‘sorry’ was already second nature ‘buddy’ was new lingo for sure).

I never quite knew what to say to the question of which is better, Canada or England, because the answer is far too complex to discuss on an $8 cab ride.

Until I realised that the bare necessities of British and Canadian culture can be summed up by simply turning on the TV… 

A Hip Weekend In Houston – 48 Hours In H-Town

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Food, News, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Texas, USA

weekend in Houston

The We Love Houston Sign

I begin my weekend in Houston like any average tourist, knowing this city has been singled-out by its history of space exploration, is the very definition of a sprawling US metropolis, and that it’s famous for oil and gas.

Fast forward 48 hours and I’m wearing my H-Town T-shirt with pride, clutching a NASA fridge magnet and nursing a hangover which underlines what I was told last night – with a new influx of young professionals Houston’s reputation for energy now has a double meaning. 

In short I’ve learned that Houston is now hip

Classic Canadian Lake Camping At Weaver Lake BC

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Camping, Canada, Continents, Perfect Places To Stay, Vancouver, Worldwide Vacation

Camping at Weaver Lake BC

Weaver Lake BC

If you’re looking for a scenic yet rustic Canadian camping experience, within a 2 hour drive of downtown Vancouver – and one that doesn’t require a 4×4 to access - this small picturesque lake offering trout fishing, boat rental and hiking near Harrison Mills, is a great option for adventurous locals and holidaymakers alike.

Let me tell you about camping at Weaver Lake BC

Athena Organic Farm – Why I’m Excited to Instagram A Hotel That Doesn’t Exist

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Food, Opinion

Athena Organic Farm + Eco Retreat

Athena Organic Farm + Eco Retreat’s design ethos is as lovely as its farming philosophy

When I first moved to BC from central London I had no idea just how different my life would be.

Like most city dwellers (and in this respect Londoners and Vancouverites are one and the same tribe) my idea of The Good Life was buying organic granola, and fair trade coffee, selecting only free range chicken and eggs from the shelves, and shopping at Whole Foods – when my Whole Paycheck allowed it. 

In BC I’ve embraced the #authenticliving we hear so much about in the Pacific Northwest and utilized all the space and greenery available by graduating to my own garden-grown vegetables, free range chickens and home-made fruit pies. And I even have a Hudson’s Bay blanket, like everyone’s favourite Instagram queen, I just don’t take it hiking with me.

So when I heard about a new eco retreat in the Okanagan set to open this summer on the site of an established organic farm, that combines the sustainable farming we all want to encourage with the chic stays we urbanites-at-heart yearn for, I had to find out more.

Because mentally, I’m already instagramming it…

Flash Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Feast On The Fraser River Festival – Enjoy Food & Floating On A Wine & Dine Cruise

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Continents, Food, Vancouver

All Aborad the Paddlewheeler River Boat on the Fraser River

All Aborad the Paddlewheeler River Boat on the Fraser River

Calling Vancouver readers – would you like to do some sightseeing in your own city?

This week I have partnered with New Westminster’s latest food festival, Feast on the Fraser, to give away 2 tickets to one of their upcoming foodie events.

There are 12 different food-themed evenings coming up between 25th September and October 4th for the inaugural Feast on the Fraser Food Festival - and we want to give you a chance to enjoy one of them absolutely free, as you turn tourist for a night and take a sunset cruise on the beautiful Fraser River.

Enjoy an evening cruise on board the M.V. Native, an authentic paddlewheel riverboat, taking in the beauty of the Fraser River while being wined and dined as you sample Pacific Breeze Urban Winery’s award winning wines, paired with a seafood dinner. 

Sound good?

*Enter below for your chance to win  - but hurry, this flash giveaway ends in 7 days*

4 Famous European Places You Can Also Find In Florida

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Florida, USA


I’ve been craving a trip to Florida lately – but not simply to visit the more obvious tourist meccas of Orlando, Miami and the beaches.

What began as a look at the travel blogging conference TBEX which this year is hosting it’s North American powwow in Fort Lauderdale, led to a little bit of research on Florida in general and the discovery of a surprising range of options for a European like me looking for a taste of home in the Sunshine State.

5 Things You Should Know About Iceland

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

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

The first time I visited Iceland I was blown away by the Nordic nation’s mysterious mix of Scandinavian-style scenery spread across a vast canvas of North American proportions.

As I plot a return visit, I’m reminded of my favorite things about the utterly unique island nation – here are the top 5 things I think you should know about Iceland…  

24 Hours In Calgary – A Day Horsing Around Cowtown

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Alberta, Americas, Art & Culture, Calgary, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

Stephen Avenue Calgary

Old and new architecture in downtown Calgary

Of all the clothes I own (in case you’re wondering, it’s a lot) those I buy on impulse, in a supermarket-sweep stylee, are the things I end up, if I can employ some Southeast Asian parlance here, loving longtime.

Maybe it’s the fact that when you’re in a hurry pure instinct takes over, but I’ve shopped for an outfit in 30 minutes in Manila and made better boutique choices than with a whole day at my disposal back home.

Sometimes travel works on the same principle; the less time you have to plan, the lower the expectations; the more you let your intuition be your guide, the better the outcome.

So I decide to try out the theory that when it comes to holiday planning less really is more, by heading to the Canadian city of Calgary armed with some Pounds (which get me a lot further now that each is worth $2) but zero plans.

During the world famous Calgary Stampede I would simply head for the 10 day long, 100 year old rodeo like everyone else, but on this smash and grab foray into the place they call Cowtown I decide to make like a horse and follow my nose…