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A Short and Sweet Trip To Iceland

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Guest Posts, Iceland, Worldwide Vacation

Andrea in Iceland

Andrea in Iceland

One of my best friends in the world, has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Iceland.

I was lucky enough to hear all her tips and see her amazing Icelandic photos first-hand, so I decided to ask her to share her top 10 highlights from an epic two-week Icelandic roadtrip right here, to inspire anyone who has an inkling that a trip to Iceland might just be for them…

Geeking Out: Travelshift Shifts The Travel Booking Experience

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Iceland

 Iceland after the financial crash  – image by Tom Craig 

Anyone who has ever visited Iceland knows that on top of the well-deserved reputation for jaw dropping scenery, the small island nation is quirky, cool and cutting edge with a totally unique take on the world around it.

I remember visiting Iceland for the first time in the aftermath of the economic crisis  – and as someone with a passion for politics and economics, as well as travel, I found the situation frustrating as well as fascinating.

These days Iceland is of course booming  – and I’ve learned about a local travel tech company which is reinventing the way the travel industry sells self-packaged holidays, so I decided to find out more…

Have Mat Will Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in News, Opinion

Mexican Yoga retreat

But can I swap beach yoga for office yoga?

Our brains are busier than ever before; phone calls, text messages, emails, social media, and of course for us bloggers, the need to keep blogging – this cerebral stretching never seems to let up, leaving far less time for taking care of our bodies than we would like.

I’ve been putting in exceptionally long hours in front of the laptop lately, often not at a proper desk but hunched over a dining table, sitting on a couch, or in airport lounges and coffee shops – something that any freelancer worker can relate to, especially if they travel often.

My body is telling me very firmly that it wants some attention so I decided to look for some quick and simple solutions to stop neglecting my health while I’m on the road…

Send My Bag Review

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion, Worldwide Vacation

Send My Bag Review
I’ve been a bit quiet of late on the blog – and that’s because I’ve been busy making a big move: giving up my base in BC, Canada and deciding to spend all of my time (or most of it at least) back in Europe  – as well as bringing my Canadian fiancé home to Blighty with me full-time. Yikes.

Anyone who has been through the process of any kind of expat move will know just how all-consuming it can be when you change the status quo.

At times like this we all want any help available to take tasks and problems off our plate and make life easier. So I enlisted the help of Send My Bag to transport luggage for me – and this is what I thought of the service…

In Photos: 30 Reasons To Love Menorca

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Food, Menorca, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Love Menorca

A cool souvenir from Cova d’en Xoroi

I really fell in love with Menorca on my recent trip to the island – so much so that I am seriously considering a repeat trip very soon, and am dreaming about house hunting there because it’s just that gorgeous.

So here are 30 reasons to love Menorca – little insights into why you can and should fall for the Balearic’s most tranquil island

Pretty Ballerinas Make Girls Holidays To Menorca A Shoe-In

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Menorca, Shopping, Spain, Worldwide Vacation

Pretty Ballerinas

Pretty Ballerinas on sale at the factory outlet in Menorca

The very first thing I spy after landing in Menorca, and exiting those double-doors that spit you out of security and into your holiday destination, is a tall pink leaflet dispenser advertising Pretty Ballerinas shoes.

Of course like any self-respecting girl, the idea of shoe shopping while on holiday – possibly at a discount – has my interest piqued immediately.

But as I’m with a group  – consisting mainly of men – I decide to leave it until later to work out if my hunch is right that the high-end ballet pumps which are beloved of celebs must be manufactured on this very island

5 Places You Need To Visit In Portugal

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Opinion, Portugal, Worldwide Vacation

Portugal

When I think about it I realise I’ve actually been visiting Portugal for decades – from my first ever post-uni package holiday by the beach to a tour of upmarket boutique hotels in the countryside – and the destination has done nothing but grow on me over the years.

After 5 separate visits to the Iberian Peninsula’s West coast nation it’s safe to say I’ve fallen in love with the slow-paced rhythms and holiday vibe of its coastal resorts, I adore the sleepy rural idyll of the country’s interior and always relish the buzz of it’s picturesque cities.

These are the top 5 places I think you should seek out in Portugal  –  all of which I’m personally longing to revisit…

The Travel Tipping Point: Hotels Get Sweet With SuiteStory

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in The Travel Tipping Point

Mandeville

Suite at London’s Mandeville Hotel

In the information age there is a website for everything – and as travel becomes ever more mainstream, there’s a niche travel website for almost every eventuality too.

Yet until recently if you wanted to rent a luxury hotel suite as opposed to a regular room (think minimum 4 stars, but most likely 5) you still had to search the ‘regular’ hotel comparison sites and weed your way through their bog standard rooms to find the bigger, better suites that suit your actual needs.

That’s all changed with a new website specialising in hotel suites only – here’s why I think this is a great idea (and wish I’d thought of it)…

10 Cool Things To Do In Menorca Beyond The Beach

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Balearic Islands, Continents, Europe, Menorca, Spain

Menorca

Recognise these? Traditional Menorcan sandals are wardrobe staples around the world.

The island of Menorca is sleepier and more tranquil than its big hitting Balearic neighbours, with a reputation for impeccable unspoiled coastlines and eco tourism which is a world away from the hedonistic holidays and resorts often associated with neighbouring Ibiza and Majorca.

Best known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and Caribbean-worthy coves (known as calas in Spanish) Menorca is the chosen destination for many nature-loving families seeking a low key beach break within easy reach of the UK – yet the small island is packed with its own history and culture offering unique shopping, outdoor adventure and farm-to-table cuisine at every turn.

Here are my 10 favourite things to do in Menorca