Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, Opinion, Sweden, USA, Worldwide Vacation

Boat in Genoa's Porto Antico

A boat in Genoa’s old port

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 I have to admit that while some are leagues ahead of the competition and give you a fantastic insight into travel by boat others make you want to bail when you find your interest levels sinking fast.

So while I’m no more of a salty sea dog than the average traveller, I find life on – and under – the ocean strangely fascinating.

So if you’re into sailing and want to fit some mu-SEA-ums into your travels (sorry!) here are some ideas…

Everything You Need To Know About The Everglades Alligator Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Florida, Photo Journeys, USA, Worldwide Vacation

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See ya later alligator

At number 2 on my top 10 travel lessons to transform your trips is the importance of getting up close with nature and especially wildlife at any (respectful & safe) opportunity.

No matter how much I travel absolutely nothing reminds me of how lucky I am to see so much of the world and puts a huge smile on my face like meeting animals in their natural environment – and on my second ever visit to Florida I managed to finally fit in an Everglades Alligator Tour.

As well as being delighted I’d decided to take the tour while in the Sunshine State, I was even more happy with the resulting pictures – and memories.

Here’s what I think you need to know before your Everglades alligator tour

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…

A Hip Weekend In Houston – 48 Hours In H-Town

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Food, News, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Texas, USA

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The We Love Houston Sign

I begin my weekend in Houston like any average tourist, knowing this city has been singled-out by its history of space exploration, is the very definition of a sprawling US metropolis, and that it’s famous for oil and gas.

Fast forward 48 hours and I’m wearing my H-Town T-shirt with pride, clutching a NASA fridge magnet and nursing a hangover which underlines what I was told last night – with a new influx of young professionals Houston’s reputation for energy now has a double meaning. 

In short I’ve learned that Houston is now hip

4 Famous European Places You Can Also Find In Florida

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Florida, USA

Florida

I’ve been craving a trip to Florida lately – but not simply to visit the more obvious tourist meccas of Orlando, Miami and the beaches.

What began as a look at the travel blogging conference TBEX which this year is hosting it’s North American powwow in Fort Lauderdale, led to a little bit of research on Florida in general and the discovery of a surprising range of options for a European like me looking for a taste of home in the Sunshine State.

Drive The Entire USA West Coast (& back again) In 3 Minutes

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Canada, Continents, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, USA, Utah, Vancouver, Worldwide Vacation

West Coast Road Trip

Weed, California – I challenge anyone not to snigger just a little.

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately – that’s because I’ve been been planning adventures and spending time thinking about a few of my favourite things.

Yes, I do love raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens as much as the next girl (unless the next girl is actual Julie Andrews) and while it isn’t the season for snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, it is the season for one of my favourite things of all: R-O-A-D-T-R-I-P-S.

As I head off on a little adventure through Canada’a answer to the Alps to check out the skyscraper and Stetson city of Calgary, I thought it might be time to share a mini-montage of my last epic road journey – a mammoth drive down the entire USA West Coast.

I did it over 4 weeks, but you can experience it in just 3 minutes

The Perfect Place To Stay In Sedona: The Amara Resort & Spa

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

Amara Resort & Spa, Sedona, Arizona

The Amara Resort & Spa, Sedona, Arizona

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey, right? Well sometimes, wrong.

When the destination is Arizona’s famed scenic and sacred red rock panorama, specifically the high class hippy hiking mecca of artsy Sedona, and that final section of your journey is a spine-tingling first glimpse of looming rocks under the cloak of darkness, then the journey is forgotten and it’s very much about the out-of-this-world place at which you’ve now arrived.

My Top 4 Stars And Stripes Photos For July 4th

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, California, Continents, Hawaii, Photo Journeys, USA, Utah

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The Stars and Stripes hanging on a restaurant wall in Utah

I usually have my own special reason to celebrate American Independence Day  – just like the famous movie title, my little brother was born on the 4th of July. And while he isn’t American (or even English like me) and is now far from being a little boy, he did turn out to be a military man, and a real hero.

But while I could probably compile a post of family photos of my brother in action around the world (future post idea there), I think we can all agree that a photo essay of the good old Stars and Stripes is what you (and undoubtedly he) would rather see this weekend.

After contributing an image to Carpe Travel’s annual post celebrating American Independence Day though travel writers’ photos of the flag, I just couldn’t resist sharing a selection of my own Stars and Stripes photos with you too.