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

American Flag

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.

Confessions of a champagne socialist – Lessons In Travel & Champers

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, British Columbia, Canada, Continents, Food, Opinion, USA, Vancouver, Whistler, Worldwide Vacation

champagneLike most girls I’m rather partial to a glass of bubbly  – and writing about the differences between champagne and sparkling wine recently (as you do) reminded me that along with making me forget a few things, my nights (and days) out with champagne by my side have taught me a few things worth remembering too.

Here are three fun facts that champagne has taught me on my travels, from how easy it really is to sabre a bottle of the sparkling stuff to the longstanding tradition of post hot air ballooning baptisms with bubbles …

How To Walk Across London Bridge – Without Setting Foot In Blighty

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

London Bridge Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

I’d been living in North America for over a year and was in search of a taste of home. So when I heard that I could walk across London Bridge without the expense or hassle of a transatlantic flight I was all ears.

Soon I found  myself traversing John Rennie’s original London Bridge without leaving the states, as the structure that spanned the Thames for 137 years now graces Arizona’s rather more glamorous answer to Milton Keynes: Lake Havasu City.

In Photos: Lake Havasu’s Secret $2 Sunset Cruise

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, Photo Journeys, USA

Lake Havasu Sunset

There are plenty of ways to get out onto the water of Lake Havasu – in fact this part of Arizona is probably most famous as a water sports paradise, hosting the jet skiing world championships each year.

But if you’re looking for a romantic interlude rather than an adrenaline-fuelled adventure on Arizona’s 20,000 acre lake, this simple $2 ferry ride at sunset has to be both the most scenic and the best value that Lake Havasu has to offer.

In Search Of The Perfect Date

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Arizona, Continents, Food, USA, Worldwide Vacation

Martha's Gardens Date Farm

Martha’s Gardens Date Farm

The fierce sun is shining down on my map, amplified through the windscreen, as we drive our little red car past endless fields of green lettuce under bright blue skies; the scene is like a child’s storybook illustration come to glorious life.

Even more glorious is the fact that it’s December and my boyfriend and I have decided to swerve the cold in our native countries and head as far south as the stars and stripes will allow us, in search of warmth and the perfect date.

I mean this quite literally, we’re en route to the best medjool date farm in Arizona to learn about, and tuck into the North African superfood that’s also known as nature’s candy

In Photos: Seeing Sunrise Over Arizona From The Skies – In A Hot Air Balloon

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

At the annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival in Yuma, Arizona

At the annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival in Yuma, Arizona

Hot air ballooning has the unique ability to turn even the most seasoned traveller into an excited little child.

I am that grinning kid the day I climb inside a wicker basket to take to the skies of Yuma, Arizona, where the USA meets Mexico, surrounded by a fleet of multi-coloured inflatable flying machines as part of the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival.