Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, London, Roman Artisans, United Kingdom, Worldwide Vacation

diamond destinations: Rome

Diamond destination: Jewellery In Rome

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes.

They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms and phrases lead back through history.

The world has always been fascinated with diamonds – but if you’re fascinated with the world, here are 3 diamond destinations to which you should travel to see jewels shine bright.

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Europe, Food, London, News, Opinion, Shopping, United Kingdom

London dessert tour

Fortnum & Mason on my Urban Adventures London dessert tour

I turn tourist for the day and try out one of Urban Adventures’ London day tours.

And despite covering some well-trodden West End ground, I learn 3 things that even as a native Londoner I had NO idea about – until now – all while munching on lovely Ladurée macaroons along the way.

Read on to see if you’ll learn something new too…

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…

My Mayfair Lady – A Local Girl’s Guide To London’s Exclusive Square Mile

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, London, Opinion, UK Staycation

London Mayfair

Most people think of Mayfair and imagine upscale hotels, the beautiful boutiques of Dover Street Market and the high-end establishments of Shepherd Market but take it from a local girl, whether you’re more of a Professor Higgins or an Eliza Doolittle you can still find your fun in Mayfair…

How To Holiday Monaco-Style Without Leaving London

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, London, Monaco, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

LondonI’ve got a different kind of seven step program for you in this post; one that won’t help break your addictions to travel, shopping and good food but which will show you where to find your fix of the luxurious Monte Carlo lifestyle without leaving London.

Here I share my 7 favourite places in the Principality of Monaco and uncover their London equivalents…

3 (Free) Things I Miss About London

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, London

Sunset over the Thames

Sunset over the Thames

When we think of a big city like London we automatically think of the headline attractions that make it famous – and we tend to assume that a trip to the big smoke has to cost the earth.

For me moving away from London highlighted the fact that the best things in life, and in London, really are free.

Here are three things about my home town that I really miss, but which don’t cost anything to experience once you’ve touched down in London Town…

My 14 Most Memorable Travel Moments of 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, British Columbia, Canada, England, Europe, Ljubljana, London, News, Opinion, Photo Journeys, Slovenia, United Kingdom, USA, Vancouver Island, Worldwide Vacation

Pins on a map

Some years I’ve travelled farther afield, some years I explored a little closer to home, but every year I consider myself a traveller. That’s because wherever I go, I’m always looking for change and adventure.

This year I changed where ‘home’ was – instead of London, England it was Vancouver, Canada – meaning adventure has been built into my day to day life this year like never before, rather than being bolted on via travel – and this turned my lifelong travel style completely on its head for 2014…

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…