10 Travel Lessons To Transform Your 2016 Trips

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Alberta, Americas, Art & Culture, British Columbia, Camping, Canada, Continents, Costa Rica, Mexico, Photo Journeys, Wishlists, Worldwide Vacation

Travel Lessons

Lesson 1: If you see this sign, you should probably follow it.

I’ve picked my own top 10 travel highlights from the last year and reverse engineered them to calculate just what made them so memorable and share my ultimate list of travel lessons to keep in mind while you plan your 2016 trips.

As travel addicts we want it all and we want it everywhere – but these 10 travel mantras will help you separate the ‘what if I go there?’ wheat from the ‘no, choose this place’ chaff.

See if you agree with my 10 travel lessons for 2016…

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 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 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, Yoga

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…

I Know What I Did Last Summer – 7 Secret Sunny Moments From My 2014 Travels

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Costa Rica, England, Europe, Ljubljana, London, Photo Journeys, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Worldwide Vacation

Lying by a pool, the kind of thing one usually does come summer

Lying by a pool, the kind of thing one usually does come summer

In my previous post I got all nostalgic about summer and highlighted 7 spectacular spots from my summer months in British Columbia – but even though I’m happily embracing Autumn (complete with at least 7 pairs of boots to assist me) I’m still singing the praises of some of last season’s most special memories.

Here are my top 7 secret summertastic spots selected from my last few months’ travels in Europe and Central America…

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

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

Casa Amanecer Balcony

Casa Amanecer Balcony

When 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, and like many travellers, I decided that with just an overnight visit I couldn’t do it justice.

Instead I plumped for a relaxing night in the small colonial town of San Ramon, Alajuela,  for a more leisurely final night in Central America.

This made for the perfect last stop in Costa Rica; comfort and sustainability are the watchwords at Casa Amanecer and it more than delivers on both counts.