Jaillen Yehia

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Of The Strangest Places In The World To Go Swimming

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The classic summer holiday is that cliche of sun, sand and sea – and that’s when most people tend to do most of their swimming. But as well as lazing on a sun lounger on our precious days off, many of us enjoy exploration and adventure while overseas, and to immerse ourselves in something new. […]

Weekend Shortcut: 48 Hours In Glasgow For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I go to Glasgow for 48 hours. It’s no exaggeration to say that all I do during that time is eat – as well as learn just why Glasgow is an urban paradise for foodies. But judging by the reactions of people who hear about my Glasgow foodie weekend, it seems that generally speaking, expectations […]

Discover Scottish Munro Bagging + WIN A SCOTLAND SCRATCH PRINT

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think you’ve heard of every travel trend going? Well think again. Because there’s a niche new travel trend for keen walkers and hikers who love exploring north of the border: and it’s called Munro bagging. For the uninitiated, Scotland’s Munros are mini-mountains and high hills (3,000 ft or taller) with amazing views of the lochs […]

My Canada A-Z

Written by Jaillan Yehia

After living in Canada for over 3 years I became endlessly fascinated by the little differences in language and culture I came across – and I finally understood why Brits living in North America seem to develop that strange hybrid speech pattern that’s so easy to ridicule. Living overseas taught me a lot about life but it […]

Skiing In Cortina Vs Skiing In Canada

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This guest post is a real departure – I’ve let my Canadian fiancé get a word in for once – to share his experience of travelling to Europe for the first time since moving to the UK:  a weekend skiing in Cortina. He explains what skiing and snowboarding in the Dolomites feels like from the perspective […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

The Travel Tipping Point: Do We Have Travel App-athy?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about just how much the travel tech landscape has changed in a few short years  – and where it will go next. Where once the idea behind apps like Airbnb or Uber had to be explained to most outside the travel industry, today the concept of the sharing economy […]

4 of The Best Places To Buy Avarcas In Menorca

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Maybe you call them avarcas or abarcas, menorquinas or Menorcan sandals –  or perhaps you didn’t really know this special style of sandal had their own name  – I certainly didn’t before I visited Menorca for the first time. Either way we both know that these shoes are super cute. So when I discovered that the Balearic island of […]

Is 2 Months In Thailand Too Long For A First Time Traveller To Asia?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Savoir Solves is a new section where I answer readers and friends travel questions and dilemmas. This week the question is from friend and reader Andrea, from Vancouver, Canada, who has booked her first trip to Thailand and is feeling apprehensive. She asks whether 2 months is too long to spend in Thailand.

Why Cycling For Your Supper Is Super – My Bicycle Holiday To Provence

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I discover a totally different kind of holiday – one where I burn off calories bicycling by day and tuck into decadent suppers without a worry by night, on a self-guided bicycle holiday in Provence. It’s all about wandering through wine country, meandering down country lanes lined with vines and taking time to taste vintages and […]

Things To Do In Thanet: 10 Reasons To Be A Tourist In East Kent

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As well as writing about travel on this very website, I’m the travel editor of a print magazine published in Thanet, a part of England that’s close to my heart. I often find myself bragging about what I consider to be the best corner of my own country to the people I meet when travelling […]

Which Mexican Resort On The Mayan Riviera Is Right For You?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is the go-to holiday destination for North Americans looking for winter sun. But as a Brit who was unfamiliar with the different resorts in this part of Mexico, I wrote this guide after my trip to help other Mexican resort newbies pick a place that’s right for them.

In Photos: Brunei’s Beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums. But the country’s largest mosque, which was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny […]

Antiques & Ales: A Day Out Near Farnham By Bike

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I recently moved to Farnham, Surrey, a pretty market town less than an hour’s train ride from London. Since the move I’ve been to Egypt, Italy, Menorca, the list goes on, but I’ve not made enough time to explore the area in which I actually live, until now. I decided to get out my trusty […]

Pulled Back To Portugal: Why I want To Revisit Portugal, In A 1-Minute Video

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’ve been to Portugal before you’ll probably understand why I’m so keen to return, and if you haven’t travelled to the Iberian Peninsula before, I hope this tiny taster will encourage you to consider making plans to visit, sooner rather than later. For now, you can visit Portugal in only a minute by watching this […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend Of Culture & Consumerism In Cardiff

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written to help you enjoy a perfect short break without needing to do any additional research.  If a weekend in Wales isn’t for you, gorge yourself on my weekend guide to Devon for foodies or slope off to read Cortina, Italy for non-skiers – or simply scroll down for a in-depth weekend guide […]

Signs Of The Times: 6 Of The Best Cardiff Coffee Shops

Written by Jaillan Yehia

During my recent weekend in Cardiff  – my first ever visit to the Welsh capital – I noticed one thing right off the bat; this city is crazy about quality coffee. This list of 6 seriously good Cardiff coffee shops will help you stay sharp while you shop in the city centre, and the signage […]

My Multicultural London: 5 Ways To Experience London’s Diversity

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I just couldn’t concentrate on anything or anywhere but London this weekend, for obvious reasons. So I decided to write my own little post of defiance, to give the tiniest of glimpses, from own my personal perspective, on why London’s AMAZING multicultural energy won’t change no matter how many times we are the focus of attack by those […]

5 Things You Must Try On Mexico’s Mayan Riviera

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Talk Like An Egyptian – Will Tourism To Egypt Ever Change?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

How to Spend a Stylish Weekend in New York

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This ode to a weekend in New York comes from well-known travel blogger Victoria Brewood – aka Pommie Travels – who shares some stylish and luxurious tips for staying, shopping and snacking in the City That Never Sleeps…

Love Luxury Travel? Cannes You Join Me For A Twitter Party?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Cortina, Italy For Skiers & Non Skiers

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written specifically to help you enjoy a perfect mini break without needing to do any additional research.  This weekend shortcut tells you EVERYTHING you need to know to plan a perfect weekend in the town they call the Queen of the Dolomites; Cortina d’Ampezzo, in Northern Italy. Despite being best known as […]

Days Out In Surrey: Winkworth Arboretum

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Winter had well and truly arrived in the south of England on the day I went for a snowy walk at Surrey’s Winkworth Arboretum. This 149 acre woodland, set around a lake and boathouse, has around 1000 different species of trees, shrub, plants and flowers, with textbook idyllic views of the surrounding Surrey countryside…

The Great British Blogging Bake Off (& Me)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m typing this post a bit more slowly than usual as I’m juggling an enormous slice of cake while I write; it has a chunk of thatched roof and half a door on it which makes it cumbersome to eat, but it’s still really tasty. That may sound a bit odd but the cake was […]

Let Me Tell You About Tel Aviv (especially if you’re vegan)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This guide to Tel Aviv comes from fellow freelance travel writer Rachel Rigby, who explored the vegan cafes, diamond exchanges and biblical connections of the Tel Aviv area of Israel…

Passing On The Travel Baton In Bali

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There’s bound to be a special place in anyone’s heart for the first exotic holiday location to which they ever travel. While my first foreign holiday was to Greece (in typically British style) my first ever experience of a long haul destination was landing in Denpasar airport, Bali, more years ago than I care to admit […]

WIN! A 2 Night Stay In Hong Kong + More For Chinese New Year

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Traditional New Year may be well and truly over, but somehow it’s STILL January, leaving most of us with a serious case of the blues. Luckily Chinese New Year is here and that means another reason to celebrate. Especially if you find yourself kicking off the Year of the Rooster in style and winning one of the […]

Fancy Learning to fly a 737 in Devon?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I went to Devon for a weekend of cream teas and beach walks. But ever one for adventure when I discovered that the UK’s best flight simulator is right here on the south coast, I set aside a couple of hours to try it out. This is the story of learning to fly a 737 in […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Devon For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are posts written to help you put together a perfect weekend away without tearing your hair out during the research phase. This weekend shortcut covers everything you need to know for a food-filled 2- day break in Devon, a truly delightful part of South West England that’s simultaneously easily accessible yet somehow feels unhurried and […]

Christmas Travel: Does Devon Have The UK’s Most Historic Mince Pies?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Munch on mince pies made with flour dating back to the Domesday Book I travelled to Devon this December to discover the festive history behind the first Christmas card ever designed. But while in the southerly English county, famous for its beautiful beaches and picture postcard villages, I discovered the area has another incredible – […]

Travel To The Home Of The First Christmas Card

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Christmas crackers, the Queen’s speech, mince pies, Boxing Day, Christmas pudding – England has plenty of festive traditions which are regarded with complete puzzlement by the rest of the world. England also has an even bigger Christmas claim to fame – one that is somewhat of a secret. The first Christmas card was invented right here, conceived and designed in the English county of Devon. […]

Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Let’s face it the idea of visiting maritime museums on your travels could make you feel a little bit sea sick. I love all kinds of museums and galleries, and have been to plenty with nautical themes, but while some are leagues ahead of the competition giving a fantastic insight into travel by boat, others make you want […]

Tobago Time: My Memories Of The Happy Island

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Ever since the British winter took hold, I’ve been reminiscing more than ever about my time on the Caribbean Islands. The ultra laid-back – and happiest  – of all the Caribbean islands is Tobago and even thinking about my time there makes me smile. These are my personal highlights of being on Tobago time…

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I turn tourist for the day and try out one of Urban Adventures’ London day tours. And despite covering some well-trodden West End ground, I learn 3 things that even as a native Londoner I had NO idea about – until now – all while munching on lovely Ladurée macaroons along the way. Read on to see […]

Discerning Traveller’s Guide to Visiting Mallorca In Winter

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As Autumn turns to Winter, it may not be the most popular time to take to the skies for a flight to the Balearic Islands, which are of course better known as summer holiday spots – but for the discerning traveller that very fact makes it perfect. I share a few thoughts on why I think an […]

Going Glamping: A South East Safari At Kent’s Port Lympne

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been looking forward to writing about my short break safari at Kent’s Port Lympne Reserve ever since I got home. But every time I sit down to tell you about the experience, I end up getting distracted by all my photos of the cute baby rhino, ickle giraffe and all the other animals they have roaming around […]

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping the malaise for Malaysia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Brexit has caused more Brits than ever to start turning dreams of living overseas into a reality. So I decided to start a series asking real life Brexiters – those who’ve already left the UK for pastures greener – what life is really like after Blighty. First in the series was Brexiter Katja – a Somerset […]