Jaillan Yehia

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Will Brits Need Visas & Schengen Travel Insurance For Europe After Brexit?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Like many frequent travellers, I consider myself a citizen of the world. I may be a proud UK passport holder, but I also have an Egyptian birth certificate, 3 (now expired) Canadian residency permits, and I spent much of my childhood in Denmark. Given those facts you can probably guess where I stand on the […]

5 Practical Tips For Visiting WTM As A Travel Blogger In 2019

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s a week since the end of World Travel Market 2018, and I’m still catching up with the backlog of business cards and follow-up phone calls I have after attending the best travel trade show on the planet. But as backlogs go, this is one I’m very happy to have. Yes ITB (in Berlin) is […]

Travel Cures All Ills – How Sri Lanka Opened My Mind to Medical Tourism

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I remember way back when the phrase medical tourism was first bandied about in the UK. To my mind it usually referred to people travelling to obscure Eastern European countries to have things like costly dental work and minor cosmetic procedures carried out at a fraction of the price that the same treatment would cost […]

4 Pretty Random Things I Love About Portugal

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve mentioned this before, but it took me a couple of trips to really fall in love with Portugal. I’d already rented an apartment in the Algarve on my own in my early 20’s and tried a city break in Lisbon with a boyfriend in my 30’s before I really clicked with the country properly. After that […]

4 Cool Souvenirs To Shop For In Europe’s Capitals

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Like a lot of travellers I know, I’m obsessed with shopping for cool souvenirs to bring home from my trips overseas, and even if I’m just popping over to one of my favourite European countries for the weekend (as you do) I have a good idea what I want to bring back. But as well […]

My Winter 2019 Long Haul Holiday Wishlist

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I started planning travels with a mind map instead of a list about 2 years ago. It’s not just travel I plan this way now, it’s everything. From blog-related tasks to personal and financial to-do lists they’re all on a mind map above my desk, to keep me focused on what I want to achieve […]

5 Cool Things To Do In Bologna (Especially If You Love Food)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The university city of Bologna makes the perfect weekend setting for an the alfresco lesson in romantic architecture, multiple courses in amazing eats and an in-depth study of aperitivo culture. As well as being home to the oldest university in the world, Bologna is the birthplace of tortellini and ragu, and boasts the tallest medieval […]

Why I’ve Decided To Spend A Month in Sri Lanka

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been secretly planning it for most of the year, but didn’t want to jinx it by saying anything out loud. Now I know it’s happening I can tell you my exciting news: I will be spending nearly a whole month in Sri Lanka in October 2018. This isn’t just any old trip to get […]

Where To Next? My Autumn+Winter Travel Plans for 2018/2019

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It really has been a summer of legend here in the UK, but I’m finally ready to admit that the British heatwave is over, that no, I probably didn’t need to buy that extra fan after all, and that there is life (and travel) beyond the UK in the glorious sunshine. Considering I’m a travel […]

5 Essential Camden Town Tips, Written By A London Local

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a native Londoner I’m pretty passionate about the place where I (mis)spent my youth: Camden Town. So when I hear tourists saying they don’t like London (crazy, but it happens!) I feel duty bound to share some ideas about places to go in the capital which might make them change their mind – and […]

Weekend Shortcut: Eco Camping In Sussex Woodland at Beech Estate

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Do you love getting into the outdoors, cooking on an open fire and sleeping under the stars? If you’d asked me that very question just a few years ago I would have answered firmly in the negative; as I didn’t understand just how amazing a camping break can be. These days my feelings about camping […]

Edinburgh VS Glasgow: At-A-Glance Guide To The Contrasting Scottish Cities

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’d like to head to Scotland for a wee staycation and can’t decide between the historic cities of Edinburgh or Glasgow, then this at-a-glance guide to the two contrasting  – and often competing  – Scottish cities might help you make up your mind on the question of Edinburgh Vs Glasgow. Edinburgh Vs Glasgow: Get […]

Weekend Shortcut: Top 5 Things To Do In Salisbury + Stonehenge

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’re looking for staycation ideas here in the UK you’re probably picturing yourself enjoying a leisurely weekend away in a quintessentially English market town, perhaps one blessed with some gorgeous scenery and top notch local sightseeing. You know the kind of weekend I mean: strolling through cobbled streets eating pub lunches, spying half-timbered buildings […]

I Spy Montenegro: How I Bonded With The Balkan State

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m flying to Dubrovnik and going on assignment, but I’m not coming for a mission in Croatia at all  – on the contrary I’m here to spy on what goes on in the tiny state of Montenegro. Unlike a real secret agent, I excitedly tell a handful of people in advance that I’m off to Montenegro, and the […]

Bringing Camping Home From Canada: My Ultimate Camping Checklist

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I blog about lots of travel experiences here, like delicious foodie weekends away in the UK or chilled out sunny holidays in the Balearics, but one thing I’ve never really talked about online is actually one of the single most defining travel experiences of my life: falling in love with camping while living in British […]

Your 4 Point Plan To Save On Travel In Pricey Perth

Written by Jaillan Yehia

So you’ve decided to travel to Australia  – and you’re not just sticking to the well-trodden path of the country’s East Coast. If you’re headed to Perth, the capital of Western Australia, you’ll already know that this isolated and remote Aussie city (not to be confused with it’s namesake in Scotland), has a reputation for […]

Meet The Sculptor Who Casts The A-List & Clones Football’s Top Trophies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

He’s shaken the hands of every celebrity you can think of from Quentin Tarantino, Robert De Niro and Angelica Houston to Kirk Douglas and Samuel L. Jackson – the list goes on. But unlike the average fan, Dante Mortet has gone on to make bronze sculptures of those very hands, becoming one of the Hollywood […]

My Travel Photos On Instagram: Top 10 Landscape Snaps

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Like many travel bloggers, I got into blogging because of a love of words rather than pictures. Not that I don’t love photography, I just never considered myself to be a photographer in anything like the same way I consider myself to be a writer. But as travel blogging has evolved, our websites, writing styles […]

Better Value European City Breaks: Swap 3 Capitals For Second Cities & Save

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If there’s one thing we committed travellers love to do, it’s to discover somewhere new. Ideally a location a little bit off the beaten track, because a big part of travel is the sense of discovery. And while everyone can agree that world famous capitals like Paris and New York, London and Barcelona are all […]

Dubrovnik vs Kotor: A Tale of 2 Dalmatian Cities

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As you leave the altitude and cloud cover behind and descend into Dubrovnik, you’ll see stunning scenery below that’s reminiscent of a mountainous Tuscany or a balmy Balkan answer to the Norwegian Fjords. This section of Adriatic coast is defined by dramatic cliffs and slices of blue sea glistening in the sun, punctuated by the […]

Let The Light Shine In – 5 Places To Buy Lamps On Your Travels

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As much as I love travel, I also adore coming home. There’s something so exciting about getting back to your cosy house after an invigorating trip, putting the kettle on, snuggling the cat, and catching up on your favourite TV show. And one of the homely touches I am totally obsessed with to make my […]

Weekend Shortcut: Bristol For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

One of the things I banged on about endlessly while based on the West Coast of Canada was the sheer variety of travel experiences on offer back in the UK – especially the variety of cities we can visit, often within a couple of hours drive of our homes. Canada is epic, obviously, but those […]

4 Different Ways To Visit The Cotswolds

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Cotswolds is a stunning section of rural English countryside spread across the counties of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, and covering perhaps the prettiest 800 square miles of Southwestern England. If you draw a circle around the tourist-friendly hubs of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bristol and Bath  – and the Welsh borders  – the Area […]

Its Official: Your Phone IS Ruining Your Holiday Memories

Written by Jaillan Yehia

We all suspect that our collective phone obsession is ruining our holidays, stopping us from being ‘in the moment’ and leading to the weird phenomena we all secretly suffer from: If you didn’t take a photo of it, it might as well never have happened. Well now it’s official – our worry that digital photos […]

4 Really Romantic Things To Do In Rome

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When interviewing a native Roman hotelier who’d set up a boutique hotel in Cambodia I learned a little about her home city. She said in her charming Italian accent: ‘Your eyes are spoiled in Rome; living there you’re used to seeing beautiful things everywhere you look.’ Some years later when visiting Rome on a shopping trip I […]

Hidden Artisans of Rome: The Restoration Game

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Imagine trying to get job satisfaction when the best testament to the skill of your work is no-one having a clue you’ve done anything at all. As I learn while meeting a husband and wife art restoration team in Rome, this bizarre ideal is the ultimate goal within the intense world of fine art conservation…

5 Reasons I Prefer To Travel In A Pre-loved Car

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Today the sun came out in England. Yes, for the first time this year it really feels like summer is coming. And I suddenly remembered I have a sunroof. It felt so freeing to be driving along a country lane with my tunes blaring and, for the first time since buying this car I was […]

Loch Lomond Hotels For Lovers: Where To Have Your Own Highland Fling

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’re looking for true romance and a mini-break that swerves the stresses and strains of long haul travel, you can do no better than to cosy up together on the banks of Loch Lomond. Gather round the hearth with your hubby, take a wee dram with your wife and snuggle up in the cutest […]

Weekend Shortcut: Drawing Inspiration From An Artist Retreat In Kent

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The last time I wrote about going on a retreat, I started by talking about crying in a yoga class on a beach in Mexico. At the risk of making it seem like all retreats – be they yoga or artist retreats – involve crying, I’m going to start this review of a UK artist […]

The Travel Tipping Point: 4 Reasons To Visit New Zealand

Written by Jaillan Yehia

New Zealand is one of those destinations which has steadily climbed up my wishlist over the years and has now finally reached the very top. When I was in my early 20’s I visited Australia –  I spent a couple of months on the well-trodden East Coast route beloved of so many backpackers. I knew […]

A Day Trip To Boulogne & Le Touquet

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The humble day trip, whether at home or abroad, has untold powers to invigorate and inspire us: it offers us all the joys and refreshment of a new place compacted down into a short time frame, and without any of the stresses and hassles of organising a full blown holiday. In short, the day trip is the travel equivalent of a power nap. […]

Engagement Photo Trends Around The World

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Last time there was a royal wedding, the whole world went absolutely mad for all things Kate Middleton, and a new pop culture craze was created in the form of her sister Pippa and that famous posterior. It’s amazing to think that it’s almost a decade since Wills and Kate announced their engagement in 2010. […]

10 Ways To Learn From Solo Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Solo travel is a totally different experience to your average holiday, weekend away with a partner or week’s vacation in the sun with a group of friends. When you’re on the road alone you have the most incredible sense of freedom and endless possibilities  – it’s probably the one time in your life when you […]

Walk Like An Egyptian In London – Bring Cairo To The Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London is incredibly multicultural and packed with cool corners and curious cross-cultural things to do. But going out to eat Egyptian doesn’t come up as an option in London very often, does it? And as we all know that food is the lynchpin of all cross-cultural understanding, you may wonder if it’s really possible to […]

The Perfect Place to Stay in San Ramon, Costa Rica – Casa Amanecer

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I was deciding where to stay before flying out of San Jose airport following a trip through Nicaragua and Costa Rica. I considered taking in Costa Rica’s capital city but like many travellers, I decided that with just an overnight visit I couldn’t do San Jose justice. Instead I plumped for a relaxing night in […]

Travel Tattoo Stories: Going Dutch On Tattoos in Japan

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Savoir Ink is a new section where I meet real travellers who got inked in international locations, and hear the true story behind their travel tattoo… This week to kick off the series, and as it’s ♥ Valentine’s week ♥ we meet cute travel blogging couple Roxanne and Maartje, the Dutch duo behind Once Upon A […]

WIN A STAY WITH YOTELAIR HOTELS – CHOOSE EITHER AMSTERDAM OR LONDON!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’ve got early morning flight, are landing late, or just want to stay somewhere fun and functional without too much fuss, then you need to know about YotelAir hotels. Yotel, invented by the same people who started the conveyor belt sushi chain YO! Sushi, have taken another Japanese idea – the concept of making […]

Around The World Via Holland – An Alternative Layover In Amsterdam

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest travel hubs in the world. Dutch national airline KLM flew more than 32 million passengers in 2017 and plenty of those people took advantage of the opportunity to sneak in a little layover in Amsterdam. CLICK HERE TO WIN A LAYOVER IN AMSTERDAM! If you’re one of […]

How To Fix a Hole in Your UGGs: A Step By Step Guide To Patching UGG Boots

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve got 23 pairs of boots. Yes that’s a lot I know! What can I tell you, I’m addicted to buying shoes wherever I go. Always have been, always will be. But the funny thing is that no matter how many gorgeous new pairs of boots I buy  – and justify to myself that I […]

How To Avoid 3 Travel Insurance Pitfalls In Just 3 Minutes

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This post centres around the topic of insurance when travelling. I know, exciting, right? When we think about booking travel, we’re usually focused on the joy of the open road, the relaxation of lying on a beach and the excitement of meeting new people, trying different foods and seeing the sights – we’re not thinking […]

5 Perfect Places For Winter Sun

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I wonder what prompted you to read a post about finding perfect places for winter sun? Maybe it’s the start of January and you’re looking for hot holiday ideas to get you through the month? Perhaps you’ve stumbled on this post in mid-March having suffered an entire English Winter? Or are you actually in Australia […]

The Tube To Timbuktu? 3 Takes On The London Tube Map

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I always remember hearing a London radio phone-in show about moving to the capital. A guy called in to make a confession about living in London. He admitted, ‘Before I moved to London I thought this was the city of romance. All my friends, not long after coming here, seemed to meet someone and move […]

Pho The Win: The Best Asian Food In Vancouver

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I recently wrote a post about the best places to find British food in Vancouver, because during my four years living in Canada’s cool West Coast city, I was continually determined to find a taste of Europe – and by that I basically mean I was always on the hunt for good cheese. This post […]

My Guide To Eating British Food In Vancouver, BC (without going bankrupt)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

After four amazing – and sometimes challenging – years living in Vancouver, British Columbia, I moved back to the UK. When people ask me why I left Canada – a dream destination for many – the answer I give is simple but may seem trite: I couldn’t live without good cheddar cheese. Of course there […]

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 6 Tips For Saving On Christmas Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It comes around once a year  – yet every Christmas is totally unique, isn’t it? Some years you get into the Christmas spirit by mid-November and find yourself eating mince pies, watching Elf and drowning in gift wrap weeks before the big day. Other holiday seasons sneak up on you  – and before you know […]