5 Things You Must Try On Mexico’s Mayan Riviera

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, Worldwide Vacation

Mexico Mayan Riviera

Street art in Playa del Carmen

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 sunbathing, totally guilt-free.

While there’s nothing wrong with a bit of R&R, I did a lot more than just lie on gorgeous white powder sand beaches while I was on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, so I’ve compiled a list of 5 activities that will help you soak up the culture and vibe, as well as the sun, while in this most exotic part of North America…

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping Somerset For Mexico City

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, England, Europe, Guest Posts, Mexico, Opinion, The Real Life Brexiters, Women of the world

Real life Brexiter Katja Gaskell and her family in Mexico

Katja Gaskell and her family in Mexico

However you may feel about the Brexit vote, the EU referendum has had one undisputed result – to inspire more Brits than ever before to consider moving overseas.

Internet searches on relocating to anywhere from Scotland and Ireland to Australia and Canada have skyrocketed post-brexit, and the changing face of Europe has caused a lot of Brits to ask ourselves if England is as pleasant as we had thought – or if pastures greener and newer might have more to offer us and our families.

So I asked a variety of British expats what it’s really like to do what many Britons are now dreaming of  – become a real life Brexiter and give life in Blighty a wide berth.

First in the series is Katja Gaskell, who left Somerset and now lives in Mexico City. Here is her story…

Yogi, Bare: My Week At A Mexican Yoga Retreat

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, News, Opinion, Women of the world, Worldwide Vacation

Mexican Yoga Retreat

‘You may well cry in class; lots of people do,’ says Wendy, who will be my yoga teacher for the next 6 days at a Mexican Yoga retreat near Cancun.

‘No I bloody well won’t I think, ‘I’m English’ – while Wendy is the dictionary definition of a Californian goddess, all flowing golden locks, sun-kissed skin and positive energy. 

Within two days it has happened to my travel companion – and within the week I have exercised my own tear ducts as well as my abs – and so I learn that The Travel Yogi’s Yucatan yoga retreat is adept at refreshing body mind and soul

Photo Story: How I Fell In LUV With Mexico

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, Opinion, Photo Journeys

Southwest Heart

I’m sending a big smoochy Valentine e-card to the Mayan Riviera today  – and want to share with y’all the photo story of why I’m now sweet on the Dallas-based airline that helped me fall in LUV at first sight with the beaches of Mexico.

Just like any couple, Southwest Airlines and Mexico may not be 100% perfect all the time, but their hearts are in the right place.

Or in the case of the world’s biggest low cost airline, 97 places, making them the perfect Valentine for me…

Banyan Tree Mayakoba: The Perfect Place To Stay On The Mayan Riviera

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Food, Mexico, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Banyan Tree Mayakoba Blog

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Mexico’s Riviera Maya isn’t short on publicity for its vacation charms, and the entire Yucatan Peninsula isn’t exactly bereft of 5 Star hotel options. 

So chances are if you’re headed to this area of Mexico you already know exactly what you want, and that’s likely to be a luxurious haven of relaxation encompassing the holy holiday trinity of sun, sea and sand. With a bit of spa thrown in for extra serenity.

The hard part is choosing which of the many possible beachside palaces in which to set up your private kingdom and feel like royalty for a few blissful days and nights.

I chose the Banyan Tree at Mayakoba, and it certainly conquered my heart and ensured I was laying down my arms within minutes of arrival… 

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Americas, Asia, British Columbia, California, Canada, Continents, England, Europe, London, Malaysia, Mexico, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, South Africa, UK Staycation, United Kingdom, USA, Vancouver Island, Wishlists, Worldwide Vacation

Rose at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Falling in love with hotels for Valentine’s Day…

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 a Valentine hotel, but you also need that unquantifiable quality – sex appeal. And just like dating itself, there’s always the worry that hotels which look good on paper could turn out to be a let down when we meet them in person.

So I thought I’d compile a list of  the 6 sexiest places in the entire world I’ve ever stayed. These are tried and tested hotels that I would not hesitate in recommending for romance, so you can kick the research to the kerb…

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…

The Travel Tipping Point: Mexico

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, The Travel Tipping Point

Colorful houses

For years I resisted going to Spain on holiday. The reason? Spain is the most mainstream and obvious overseas destination for Brits in search of a cheap holiday in the sun, and in seeking out a more authentic and unique holidaying experience, I snubbed Spain. This turned out to be a big mistake.

Now that I’m based in Canada, Mexico is my new Spain. So far the pervasiveness of Mexico as a holiday destination for North Americans has had the identical effect and turned me off, but I’m beginning to ask myself if I should learn from my past mistakes and book that trip to Mexico…