About Me

With my parents in a belly dancing club in Egypt. No I don’t know why either!

Travel is in my blood.

Sorry to say blood in the first sentence like that, I hope that doesn’t put you off. But really it is. Inspired by my Norwegian/English mother who moved to Beirut as a young woman, and shaped by my Egyptian father who has lived in places as varied as Libya and Denmark, I grew up on boats, trains, airplanes and travel stories, visiting far-flung family members in places like Montreux, Sousse, Copenhagen and Cairo. I really do live and breathe the thrill of foreign places, and to me Belgium is just as exhilarating as Bhutan.

Antwerp photo

Belgium is just as cool as Bhutan – especially Antwerp, ok?

London Stylee

But I also come from the best city in the world (biased, moi?!) and like most Londoners I have exacting standards – especially when it comes to precious time off.

I enjoy sharing the travel love with readers and clients, helping them get straight to the bits of travel they love without all the boring bits that get in the way. Like research, and planning, and trawling the internet, googling like crazy trying to work out if that hotel really is any good or if it’ll be hot somewhere at a particular time of year.

I know what’s great in travel – plus I know what to avoid.

That’s because I’ve spent most of my life combining being a working woman with a lot on her plate (like jobs on national newspapers, launching new consumer magazines or co-founding a software company) with co-ordinating unique travel plans for myself, my family & friends, and later as a travel publicist and journalist, for articles and press trips and like most frequent travellers I’ve seen what works – and what doesn’t.

As a journalist and blogger I love to write about travel, but I like to help other people experience places too, and I get a kick out of sharing the shortcuts.

Whether it’s on your own doorstep or in far flung places, nothing invigorates, inspires and refreshes us like a new experience. I literally HATE (yup, that’s a strong word) the idea that people might not be going to all the quirky, cool and unique places out there because they don’t know about them and simply don’t have time to find out, or worse that they just mindlessly head for Paris (again) or Brussels because its a safe and easy weekend break, when they could go ANYWHERE, so I’ll basically go anywhere just to see what it’s like.

Why Savoir There?

I’ve been to a lot of places in my time and have collected a lot of experiences and information along the way. I called my company Savoir There because whatever the requirement, I know just the place. I want to share my knowledge of destinations through my writing and photography and help individuals plan their perfect trips; I love getting people ‘there’, without any hassle – wherever ‘there’ may be.

My blog’s first proper masthead, created in early 2011 – the design’s changed a bit since then.

If you’d like to know more, you can find out where I’ve been or find out what my clients think of my service.

And if you’d still like to know more you can read interviews with me, like this one on the following website:

 

Media Database

Or follow my column, Secret Agent Savoir, in the Travel Trade Gazette, the UK’s leading publication for travel agents.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jaillan Yehia