Jaillen Yehia

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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 […]

Valentine Hotel Hotlist: 6 Sexy Places To Spend Time With A Special Someone

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A romantic weekend away for Valentine’s Day – sounds like a great idea in principle, right? But as anyone who has tried to book even a simple night away with their partner already knows, the process of finding the perfect hotel for romance isn’t all hearts and flowers. You’re searching for seclusion and sophistication in […]

Savoir There World Food Awards 2013

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As the year drew to a close I found myself writing a post recapping my favourite travel memories of 2013 and I learned a couple of things about myself in the process – firstly that many of my favourite moments of the year involve nature and animals, and secondly that when I’m not looking for […]

My 8 Essential Travel Memories of 2013 – And What They’ve Taught Me For 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s been quite a year for me and my travels; I wrote about the best bits of the financial year in an earlier post: How To Do An End Of Year Tax Assessment Travel Blogger Style – so I decided to round up my top travel memories from the rest of 2013. They are…

Things Are Looking Up: 4 Places I’ve Truly Seen The Stars

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If ever there was a time to call to mind a Hamlet soliloquy, I’d say mid-stargaze is that time. Which of us doesn’t seek out beautiful night skies on our trips? Man by nature is in love with ‘this most excellent canopy the air…this brave over hanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire…this congregation […]

In Photos – A Portrait of The Gambia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Of all the places in which I’ve travelled no destination has made me wish harder for the invention of the eyeball-implanted camera as The Gambia. Nearly every street scene, vendor, vehicle, market stall and school child has you reaching excitedly for your lens. Here are a selection of my favourite portraits of the Gambian people I encountered […]

How I Became A Forest Chump

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Remember when Britney Spears married backing dancer Kevin Federline and the tabloids nicknamed the wannabe rapper who wooed the pop star and her millions ‘Kevin Fed-Her-A-Line’? Well, I’m channeling Britney circa 2004 whilst in The Gambia and being fed plenty of lines during my trip, mainly from the omnipresent ‘bumsters’ – smooth-talking local lads who hang around […]

How To Do A 10 Point End Of Tax Year Assessment – Travel Blogger Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This week a brand new tax year started, and those in traditional jobs have been running year-end assessments and shuffling spreadsheets left, right and centre. So I thought I’d do some rather taxing assessments of my own and calculate the 10 best things I’ve done this financial year, and their real value – monetarily and of course in […]

My Five Favourite Places In Lanzarote

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Let’s be honest, most of us Brits think of Lanzarote – and the Canary Islands as a whole – as a fly and flop destination, full of sun loungers and cheap beer and not much else. But the stark volcanic landscape of Lanzarote is peppered with jaw-dropping viewpoints, black beaches perfect for surfing and alien-looking national parkland […]

Snorkeling In Sharm El Sheikh – Choosing The Right Trip For You

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m the first to be picked up for today’s boat trip to go snorkeling in Sharm el Sheikh, so I get chatting to the rep as we take the minibus to the next hotel. Like the rest of the staff at Emperor Divers – and as I soon realise the clients too – my guide is a Brit. I ask […]

After the Whitewash: Tahrir Square In Photos, October 2012

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think of Cairo and you’ll imagine Tahrir Square, mob rule and flag-carrying protesters. But Cairo and Tahrir Square has changed in the last 20 months – at the end of September the Egyptian authorities pushed forward with a major clean-up of the city’s revolutionary hub. Having turfed the square they made the controversial decision to whitewash the political graffiti which adorns […]

Ten Essential Arabic Phrases To Transform Your Trip

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Learning a few key words and phrases of a language always helps your trip to go more smoothly. Unlike some countries where your best linguistic efforts go unappreciated – or worse you’re answered in perfect English –  Egypt and other Arab countries smile on those who try a bit of Arabic. A few words and […]

Where To Shop In Cairo: City Stars

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Real Egyptians don’t spent their time hanging out at the pyramids or shopping in Khan el-Khalili, obviously. So where would a girl like me head to on a Saturday afternoon for a spot of retail therapy and a gossip with friends, as well as a soya latte to keep up the shopping spirits?  If you want to know where […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in South Africa’s Madikwe Park – Thakadu River Camp

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A safari really is the holiday of a lifetime, so that means staying in just the right spot; and having the perfect safari guide makes that trip into the bush even more memorable. I stayed at Thakadu River Camp, one of the area’s most exclusive lodges.

Happy Mandela Day!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Today is Mandela Day – the 94th birthday of the man himself, and a symbolic day when everyone around the world should stop and remember what has been achieved in South Africa – as well as what is yet to be achieved. All over South Africa in honour of Mandela Day people are donating their […]

Going on A Big 5 Safari? Well Meet The Little 5

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You’ve heard of the Big 5 now meet the unsung heroes of the bush – The Little 5…

How My Egyptian Childhood Memories Inspired My Love of Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This is the most personal post I have ever written. It’s about how Egypt was the original inspiration for my love of travel.

Bluffer’s Guide to Franschhoek, South Africa’s Winelands Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Franschhoek is synonymous the world over with fine wines and high-class dining, but the area is not strictly the preserve of bon vivants…

Cape Town: The Mother Of All Film Locations

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Having gone undercover for years as one of the world’s top 10 movie locations, Cape Town’s alter ego as the film industry’s best-kept secret has now been uncloaked by none other than James Bond himself after recent rumours…

55 Things To Do In Franschhoek Which Don’t Require Wine

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There’s more to the South African Winelands than the name suggests. But you can’t fit 55 different activities into a place name now can you?

How To Negotiate Cape Town’s Nightlife By The Producer Of Kidnap & Ransom

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Just back from three months in Cape Town where she filmed the current high-octane ITV thriller Kidnap and Ransom, Executive Producer Rachel Gesua picks her favourite places to take on the legendary Cape Town nightlife, and shows how to become a bona fide child of the Mother City. At one point during the on-location filming of […]

Revolutionary London, Egyptian Style

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On first learning of my Egyptian heritage, my boyfriend’s grandma told me the story of her memorable moment at the pyramid of Giza as a young girl during the height of the British Empire. Chaperoning a friend in 1930’s Cairo, she was invited on a tour of the great pyramid’s interior. Stooping to make her […]

The Perfect Place to Stay in Cape Town – The Adderley Hotel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Want to feel the beating heart of southern Africa’s most-visited and most-loved city? You can’t get more urban cool than the The Adderley, a contemporary boutique hotel located in the centre of Cape Town’s City Bowl. 

The Jam Tarts – The Perfect Pitstop on South Africa’s Route 62

Written by Jaillan Yehia

We expected it to be breathtaking, but Route 62 still turned out to be the most under-rated journey we took during our three weeks in South Africa. A tight schedule meant that we drove virtually the entire length of this celebrated back-road through South Africa’s Klein Karoo in single unforgettable day, and our final stop-off […]

3 Great Places to Get a Soya Latte in Cape Town

Written by Jaillan Yehia

First I should point out that you don’t have to have soya milk – but each of these three places does great coffee and superior snacks and has a lovely ethos –  plus happily for me and other soya fans, they can all offer you a non-dairy latte without blinking an eye. Here are my […]

A Dassie a Day

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Despite South Africa being full of world class wildlife and impressive Big 5 game, there’s one little animal that really wins your heart against the odds: the dassie. They look like a guinea pig, their name means little badger, and improbably, they are the closest living relative of the elephant,  but these funny, furry little creatures pop […]

South African Gumboot Dancing in Soweto

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Gumboot dancing started in the dank and dark gold mine tunnels of South Africa more than a century ago as a codified tap used by oppressed black miners as a form of communication. But not everyone knows the hidden meaning and history of this dance tradition.

6 South African Sayings That I Just Can’t Seem to Shake!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There seems to be some South African terminology that has taken on a life of its own, and whose fame seems to have spread overseas to folks who’ve never even set foot in South Africa. For me though, there are 6 words which define my time in the country. They are:

I Heart Soweto – A Photo Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Soweto tour was the highlight of my trip to Johannesburg – interesting, educational, vibrant, eye-opening, and most of all, fun. Here I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves…

The Perfect Place to Stay in Johannesburg – Motel Mi Pi CHi

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Finding the right place to stay in any sprawling metropolis can make the difference between a great time and a terrible experience, but in Johannesburg choosing the right suburb, and the perfect bolthole is essential if you want to buck the trend and fall in love with the city that everyone loves to bash. When […]

I went to Joburg & drove around at night with my doors unlocked & all I got was this lousy blog post

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Be careful. That’s all I heard when I told people I was heading to Johannesburg. Please be careful. Don’t carry any valuables. Don’t stop at red lights. Lock your doors. Don’t go into the CBD. Don’t go out at night. Don’t go into the townships. In fact don’t go into Joburg at all, just land […]

Where to shop in Spain if you like Zara

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Everyone loves a bit of Zara, but I have a few other favourite Spanish stores which I seek out to go bargain-hunting whenever I hit Spain or other Spanish territories. So where should you shop in Spain if you like Zara, and want some chain stores which haven’t made their mark on the UK but have similar […]

Photo Journey Around Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Marrakech’s highlights are undoubtedly food and shopping and both are best accomplished in and around the legendary surroundings of Marrakech’s central square. Your shopping will be chaotic and your food eaten in a throng of people while the stalls’ sales people grab more customers from amongst the crowds, but the experience is unforgettable. If you’re lucky […]

How to Laze at A Luxury Pool for Less than the Price of Lunch

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You’re booking a hotel for your next break; you know you’ll spend little time in the room, but you’re lusting after a pool or an onsite spa. It will blow the budget but you just can’t resist. Sound familiar? We’re all seduced into spending more than we planned, or staying in a less than ideal […]