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Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, London, Roman Artisans, United Kingdom, Worldwide Vacation

diamond destinations: Rome

Diamond destination: Jewellery In Rome

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes.

They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms and phrases lead back through history.

The world has always been fascinated with diamonds – but if you’re fascinated with the world, here are 3 diamond destinations to which you should travel to see jewels shine bright.

5 Things You Must Try On Mexico’s Mayan Riviera

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, Worldwide Vacation

Mexico Mayan Riviera

Street art in Playa del Carmen

Mexico has a well-deserved reputation as a real beach paradise.

While living in Canada I realised that vacations to Cancun are, for Western Canadians, what holidays in Spain are for us Brits.

In other words, it’s totally normal to go to Mexico and spend a week (or two) at an All Inclusive Resort eating, drinking and sunbathing, totally guilt-free.

While there’s nothing wrong with a bit of R&R, I did a lot more than just lie on gorgeous white powder sand beaches while I was on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, so I’ve compiled a list of 5 activities that will help you soak up the culture and vibe, as well as the sun, while in this most exotic part of North America…

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.