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Where To Get a Soya Latte In San Jose, Costa Rica – Miel Cafe

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Costa Rica, Food, Searching For Soya, Worldwide Vacation

Cafe Miel San Jose Costa Rica

I loved San Jose’s cute little Miel Cafe

There are some cities in the world where you fully expect to find a hipster crowd sucking down soya lattes while reading the papers on a Sunday afternoon.

San Jose, frankly, is not one of those cities.

So I was delighted to sack off the sightseeing for an hour when I literally stumbled upon the perfect place for a soya latte in the middle of the Costa Rican capital – and immediately settled in to snack on empenadas and eat homemade heart-shaped cookies. 

The Top 6 Sociable Travel Apps On My iPhone 6

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

On my phone in a helicopter

On my phone in a helicopter, is nowhere sacred? Photo by @fotoeins

All travel bloggers are used to the jokes about how anti social we really are.

We’re ribbed for not being able to look up from our smart phones long enough to hold a conversation, we’re accused of being surgically attached to our iPhones, and our friends and family sarcastically say that we love our devices more than we love them – or wonder if  we’d rather talk to someone online than someone sitting right in front of us in real life.

But ironically one of the best things about smartphones are the myriad of ways they connect us with other people, especially while on the road. 

So when my existing iPhone 5 waved goodbye to me this week and the idea of heading off on my month long USA Road trip without full phone functionality had me crying into my Google Maps, I went out and bought the new iPhone 6. 

These are the first 6 apps that I ensured were installed on my new device, they keep my travels as social as possible and help me meet up with interesting folks who finally make me put my phone down…

The Perfect Place To Stay In The Costa Rican Jungle – Rio Perdido

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Costa Rica, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Worldwide Vacation

Cocktails at Rio Perdido

Cocktails at Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido – literally meaning lost river – is one of those paradise hotels that you can’t quite believe exists this far off the beaten path; you wonder how anyone first discovers it while being simultaneously glad you did – and hopeful that not too many other people have been let in on the secret…

The Travel Tipping Point: Mexico

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, The Travel Tipping Point

Colorful houses

For years I resisted going to Spain on holiday. The reason? Spain is the most mainstream and obvious overseas destination for Brits in search of a cheap holiday in the sun, and in seeking out a more authentic and unique holidaying experience, I snubbed Spain. This turned out to be a big mistake.

Now that I’m based in Canada, Mexico is my new Spain. So far the pervasiveness of Mexico as a holiday destination for North Americans has had the identical effect and turned me off, but I’m beginning to ask myself if I should learn from my past mistakes and book that trip to Mexico…

The Travel Tipping Point: Cruises

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Chile, Continents, The Travel Tipping Point

Cruising Antarctica  - Image by Sandra Walser

Cruising Antarctica on the Antarctica XXI – image by Sandra Walser

I have this pet theory about travel. I believe that if we hear something positive that challenges our previous perceptions of a destination or holiday style, it lodges in our brains, but right at the back, where it can dwell quietly for a long time if left undisturbed.

When that idea is reinforced by further positive messages or images a second time our interest is piqued – but the third time we hear good things about this place or way to travel we decide we MUST try it for ourselves and it jumps right to the top of our travel wish lists.

That’s what I call the travel tipping point, and I think it’s just happened for me with cruising. 

The Perfect Place To Stay On Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula: Blue Osa Yoga Retreat

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Costa Rica, Perfect Places To Stay, Worldwide Vacation

Blue Osa

The pool and spa area at Blue Osa

If there’s one thing I always thought sounded like a great thing to do one day, you know, in the future, it was a yoga retreat. But now that I’ve tried a week-long beach side yoga retreat on Costa Rica’s unspoiled Osa Peninsula, all I can say is don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today…