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My 5 Favourite Ways To Save Money on Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion, Travel Trade Talk

bargains in Hong Kong

Bargain Hunting in Hong Kong

Apart from talking about our favourite destinations, where we’ve just been and where we are planning to go next, there’s another topic that comes up when we travel bloggers get together, and that is how we save money – or try to – when paying for travel.

We all want to be canny with our cash but we still gallivant all over the globe as much as possible; as frequent travellers we know that a little saving here and there can add up to an entire bonus trip we couldn’t have afforded otherwise.

These are my personal 5 favourite ways to save money on travel, things I’ve been doing for years and will probably always try before booking at full price…

Ljubljana By Numbers

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana

Fresh fruit at a Ljubljana market

One of my favourite ways to discover a new destination is to take a tour  - usually not long after arriving – to help me get my bearings and create some context to my new home, even if I’m only in town for a couple of days.

I’ve tried everything from food tours and cycle sightseeing to art walks and hotel hops, and on my latest city break to Ljubljana I learned a few fascinating facts and figures on a walking tour of the town’s pretty pedestrianised centre. Here’s an at-a-glance guide to Ljubljana with 15 key facts and figures I learned whilst walking…

Discovering Ljubljana’s Cuisine At A Slovenian Cooking Class

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Worldwide Vacation

Making dessert at Culinary Slovenia Class

Making traditional Štruklji dessert at the Culinary Slovenia Class

Slovenians will tell you their country is shaped like a chicken, and their food obsession doesn’t end there as I discovered when I attended a Slovenian cooking class in the capital.

Being let loose in a Ljubljana kitchen with five different dishes taught me a lot about a national cuisine to which I was totally new – and drinking double that number of alcoholic accompaniments may just have helped me forget a few of the lessons, but I’ll never forget how much fun the class was

A Weekend In Ljubljana

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Worldwide Vacation

weekend in Ljubljana

I’m settling into my seat on a flight from London to Ljubljana along with a plane load of other city-breakers taking the short hop to the Slovenian capital.

The young professional couple next to me are obviously snatching a romantic weekend break and they both get calls on their smartphones after boarding – he from the office about a client meeting, she from her parents to wish them a safe flight to Sylvania. ‘S-l-o-v-e-n-i-a, mum!’ she says patiently into her mobile phone.

Let’s be honest, unless you’re one of the small but growing number of tourists who’ve been initiated into the charm of Ljubljana there’s no shame in admitting you may might not be able to pinpoint Slovenia on a map let alone spell the name of its capital. But as I realised when I experienced a weekend in Ljubljana, that’s set to change

In Photos: Beach Combing & Fine Dining at Tofino’s Long Beach Lodge

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Food, Photo Journeys, Vancouver Island

Long Beach Lodge

Long Beach Lodge Resort

I’m walking along Vancouver Island’s vast Cox Beach in the winter sunshine, spotting surfers and sand dollars, meeting four-legged beach goers and admiring washed up chunks of tree that are as beautiful as any piece of modern sculpture in the best gallery in town…

The New Napa: Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Vancouver Island, Worldwide Vacation

A hard day at the office in the Cowichan Valley

A hard day at the office in the Cowichan Valley

Vancouver Island is the largest Pacific Island west of New Zealand, larger than Sicily and a shade smaller than Taiwan – but while British Naval officer George Vancouver may have given his name to both his city and island discoveries, that’s where the similarity ends.

‘The Island’ as it’s simply known throughout this part of North America is an entirely distinct destination in its own right, and as I discovered its farming heartland, the Cowichan Valley meaning ‘the warm land’, enjoys the rather telling nickname of ‘Canada’s Provence’ – this is a genuine foodie paradise as well as a nature lover’s playground.