• 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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Talk Like An Egyptian – Will Tourism To Egypt Ever Change?

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Continents, Egypt, News, Opinion

Me as a tourist in Egypt, 2017

I love Egypt, but then I am biased

I have at least 8 stories to write by Monday about my recent travels, including some blog posts on my 2017 trip to Egypt.

So, like any good procrastinator I naturally sat down at my desk today to do an entirely unrelated task.

I stumbled on a piece I wrote for the travel industry magazine Travel Trade Gazette 4 years ago about selling a tricky destination like Egypt.

Like any good half-Egyptian girl, I’m keen to put off my pressing deadlines until bokra (tomorrow) so I read this old article all the way through.

I then realise that my procrastination may just have saved me some time; because other than the Egyptian pound being worth half of what it was in 2013 (representing good value for holidaymakers even back then) I may as well have written this piece today.

Have a read and see why I think tourism to Egypt in 2017 is the same as it always was, and probably always will be – meaning if you want to visit, you might as well just do it…

Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case: My Laptop Ban BFF

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case Review

Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case packaging

The laptop ban on flights is being extended. Ugh.

It was bad enough when I had to put my beloved Macbook Pro into my suitcase on a recent flight home from Cairo, but now even when flying between Europe and the US, we’ll probably all have to put our most prized possessions into the hold.

I already had a Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case when the laptop ban was first announced, which is lucky as the idea of throwing my Mac into a bag and sending it off unprotected on a conveyor belt would make me cringe…

The Travel Tipping Point: UK Summer Staycations

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in The Travel Tipping Point

UK Summer Staycations

My last UK Summer Staycation in Ramsgate

New research shows that with the effects of Brexit – and the exchange rate for the Pound plummeting overseas – staying at home in the UK this summer is officially the new going abroad.

But once summer hits I’ve always been a fan of staying home – and my UK summer staycations season undoubtedly starts building from the beginning of Spring onwards, regardless of trends.

So let me tell you why I think the UK is THE place to be in the sun

Do Bloggers Really Work On The Beach?

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Freelance Life

Luxury beach huts with hammocks at Morgan's Rock

Have hut will work; maybe I can work on the beach after all

The sun has been out over the last week in the UK – and this means one thing: summer is coming.

As a lucky freelancer that means I can look forward to endless balmy days working alfresco in my garden, writing while clutching an iced coffee AND getting a tan, breaking only to take a picture of said coffee and my own tanned legs and sharing it on instagram with the hashtag #blessed.

I’ll be carrying my laptop around to countless cute outdoor locations to set up my virtual freelance shop wherever I hang my fedora this summer.

Or will I?

Love Luxury Travel? Cannes You Join Me For A Twitter Party?

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, France, News

This is the actual spot in Utah where Thelma & Louise ends – cinema and travel really are great together.

Fancy joining me at a Twitter party?

The first ever #TBIN Twitter Chat is perfect for the luxury travel fans among you, and on April 4th 2017 we will be talking Cannes Film Festival forays, holidays to The French Riviera, and other luxury and cinematic travel experiences – I hope you can join me!

Themed around the question of what luxury travel means to you with the hashtag #DefineYourLuxury, we’ll be asking you to chime in on the subject of your ultimate luxury trips and favourite glamorous locations – and who doesn’t love the South of France?

Join me to chat about la belle vie and ask ‘Cannes you really define luxury travel?’ – if you’ll pardon the pun!

All you have to do to join in is follow the hashtag #DefineYourLuxury on Twitter on April 4th from 8 pm UK time.

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 mini break 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