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Talk Like An Egyptian – Will Tourism To Egypt Ever Change?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I have at least 8 stories to write by Monday about my recent travels, including some blog posts on my 2017 trip to Egypt. So, like any good procrastinator I naturally sat down at my desk today to do an entirely unrelated task. I stumbled on a piece I wrote for the travel industry magazine Travel […]

Love Luxury Travel? Cannes You Join Me For A Twitter Party?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Fancy joining me at a Twitter party? The first ever #TBIN Twitter Chat is perfect for the luxury travel fans among you, and on April 4th 2017 we will be talking Cannes Film Festival forays, holidays to The French Riviera, and other luxury and cinematic travel experiences – I hope you can join me! Themed around the question […]

3 Things I Learned On A Luxury London Dessert Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping the malaise for Malaysia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Brexit has caused more Brits than ever to start turning dreams of living overseas into a reality. So I decided to start a series asking real life Brexiters – those who’ve already left the UK for pastures greener – what life is really like after Blighty. First in the series was Brexiter Katja – a Somerset […]

Road Trip Checklist: 6 Practical Things To Know Before You Go

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve just bought my first car, and for a traveller like me, that must mean more road trips! It may not be anything fancy but it is the first car that’s ever had my name on the registration papers, so I’m pretty keen to take good care of it. And I’m also keen to take […]

Have Mat Will Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Our brains are busier than ever before; phone calls, text messages, emails, social media, and of course for us bloggers, the need to keep blogging – this cerebral stretching never seems to let up, leaving far less time for taking care of our bodies than we would like. I’ve been putting in exceptionally long hours in […]

Yogi, Bare: My Week At A Mexican Yoga Retreat

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘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 […]

All I want for Christmas is……To Visit 10 European Christmas Markets

Written by Jaillan Yehia

At the start of winter I usually struggle with the idea of weekends away to colder European countries – ever clinging onto that last bit of winter sun. But that all changes come Christmas when I’m a sucker for short breaks to snowy cities and can’t wait to hit the European Christmas markets to stock […]

The Simple Bear Necessities of Canadian Telly Vs The British Box

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a Brit in Canada, I’m asked the same question every time I get into a taxi. It goes like this: Taxi driver: “What part of Australia are you from?” Me: (Struggles to remain polite, but being British and not Australian, succeeds) “Haha. I’m actually from London.” Taxi driver: “Where do you like better, there or […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Valentine Ban – 6 Times It Pays To Travel As A Singleton

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Just as soon as the Christmas chocolate had been moved to the discount aisles and before the dust had even settled on your New Year’s gym membership (and if you’ve been to the gym I can’t imagine how you found the time in between eating discounted chocolate Santas) the panic-educing spectre of Valentines Day had […]

My 14 Most Memorable Travel Moments of 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

I Know What I Did Last Summer – My Top 7 Secret Sunny Spots in British Columbia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As the sun set on another Beautiful British Columbia summer, I decided to detail my favourite 14 sun-drenched memories from my summer travels. In the second post I cover the secret sunny spaces I found in Europe and Central America, but here in the first installment I share my 7 secret summertastic spots near my home in British Columbia…

My 8 Essential Travel Memories of 2013 – And What They’ve Taught Me For 2014

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s been quite a year for me and my travels; I wrote about the best bits of the financial year in an earlier post: How To Do An End Of Year Tax Assessment Travel Blogger Style – so I decided to round up my top travel memories from the rest of 2013. They are…

The Day My Flight Karma Turned Chameleon On Me

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a frequent traveller I do come and go a lot (I’m a member of a pretty cultured club dontchya know). But I’ve never actually missed an international flight before, even though I’ve often deserved to. Let’s just say I’ve always had good flight karma. But today it changed its colours on me.  Just as the only […]

Savoir Wear – Competition to win a £100 my-wardrobe voucher!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There are certain items of clothing that I always bring along on my trips, clothes and accessories I can count on to add that little je ne sais quoi to my holiday wardrobe. Many of these purchases have arrived at my door through the magic of online shopping too. So I’m happy to help celebrate […]

The View From The Shard (and the secret view from the Shard)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s been nearly four years in the making, is nearly twice as high as any other London viewpoint, and allows you to see the greatest city on earth in all its 360-degree glory. Here’s my report on The View From The Shard – plus I’ll show you the secret viewpoint that paying visitors will never get to […]

How To Clone The Killing in Copenhagen

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The third series of cult Danish crime drama The Killing has just hit British TV screens – complete with yet another cosy knit for the heroine. As she chases down more murderous Scandinavians, the main line of questioning I’d like to pursue is whether we should all be donning our woollens and heading to Denmark’s capital? Read […]

Where To Get A Soya Latte In Cyprus – Arabica Coffee House Paphos

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I must be really addicted to soya lattes, because at 9.30 pm on Friday night I was attending the grand opening of the Arabica coffee house Paphos to get what promised to be the best (and as far as I could determine, save Starbucks, the only) soya latte in Cyprus – and a little thing […]

After the Whitewash: Tahrir Square In Photos, October 2012

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think of Cairo and you’ll imagine Tahrir Square, mob rule and flag-carrying protesters. But Cairo and Tahrir Square has changed in the last 20 months – at the end of September the Egyptian authorities pushed forward with a major clean-up of the city’s revolutionary hub. Having turfed the square they made the controversial decision to whitewash the political graffiti which adorns […]

My Top 10 London 2012 Pictures

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s hard to capture the brilliance, exhilaration and atmosphere of London 2012 in words. So here are my favourite London 2012 pictures – 10 images of London’s Olympics all taken with my own camera or iphone and all making me brim with pride at the amazing show London is putting on…

Top 10 Worldwide Gardens At Hampton Court Flower Show

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Hampton Court Flower Show 2012 is now open – and by visiting you won’t just get to see some amazing and innovative gardens set in the grounds of a beautiful English Royal Palace. You’ll also get to travel the world, from Nicaragua to Africa via the gardens on display. Here are 10 ways to be […]

Get Ideas Above Your Station with ‘Diamonds A Jubilee Celebration’

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury’ said Charlie Chaplin. Well you get used to luxury pretty quickly on a visit to Buckingham Palace. Get ideas above your station with a visit to the Palace’s Summer Opening and Diamonds A Jubilee Celebration Exhibition…(read on for my tips on getting the most out of […]

What Is A Boutique Hotel Anyway?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I love hotels, but I get even more excited about quirky and interesting accommodation which means I really love boutique hotels. I seek out, write about, blog about and recommend boutique properties, yet the question I am most often asked is simply ‘What makes a hotel a boutique hotel?’ so I went along to the Boutique Hotel Summit […]

How To Eat, Sleep & Drink Your Way To A Better Bikini Body

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Looks like summer is heading our way at last – and you know what that means: time to get your summer wardrobe out – and with it your wobbly bits!  In this guest post by master personal trainer and fitness lecturer Alin Andronic, you’ll learn 9 ‘no-pain’ tips to help you achieve a better bikini body in time […]

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lost Bodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You probably already know that Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest artists to have ever lived, but the Italian inventor also made some startling discoveries about the human body which were light years ahead of their time – and subsequently lost to the world for nearly 400 years.  The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham […]

The New Battle of Hastings: The Jerwood Gallery

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A shiny new and exciting modern art gallery surrounded on all sides by signs and graffiti deploring its very existence? Who knew a gallery could cause such a furore? See what all the fuss is about and take in the East Sussex sea air with a visit to Hastings’ Jerwood Gallery.

Women Of The World: The Pop-Up Photo Gallerists

Written by Jaillan Yehia

  When is an art gallery not quite an art gallery? When it’s a pop-up gallery.  Meet the ladies behind the art world’s only pop-up fine art photography gallery, taking inspiring international images from London to Paris, Singapore to Madrid, because, well ‘being in one place all the time is boring’. 

The Bigger Picture: An Exhibition of Words by A.A. Gill & Images by Tom Craig

Written by Jaillan Yehia

“The one thing words and pictures have in common is that their craft is all in the editing. Out of the streaming confusion of information and images, we have to sift and select the things that make a cogent, coherent, engaging plot…..what is happening just outside the picture are the words. And when we get […]

14 Shortcuts To Better Travel Photography

Written by Jaillan Yehia

In this guest post by award-winning travel and documentary photographer Katrina James, you’ll learn  14 simple techniques to bring your travel images to life.

Cape Town: The Mother Of All Film Locations

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Having gone undercover for years as one of the world’s top 10 movie locations, Cape Town’s alter ego as the film industry’s best-kept secret has now been uncloaked by none other than James Bond himself after recent rumours…

Valentine’s Gifts for the Traveller in Your Life

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Love Travel and Love a Traveller? Let’s make it easy for you this Valentine’s Day…  

South Bank Chocolate Festival

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Today was the last day of London’s South Bank Chocolate Festival, so I popped along to nibble on some goodies. The Chocolate Festival  is essentially a collection of high quality chocolate, cake and sweets stalls set in the area around the Royal Festival Hall.

Top 3 European Christmas Markets

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you don’t fancy elbowing your way around your local high street this Christmas to stock up on the usual gifts, you still have time to take in one of the best of the European Christmas markets, to combine your Christmas shopping with a festive mini-break.

Chocolate Holidays

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You can indulge your passion for chocolate in a far flung location such as Nicaragua but if you’d rather stay closer to home you can get a chocolate holiday feeling without leaving Blighty too. Here are three places to head to for a chocolate holiday…

The Bloomsbury Festival 2011

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Bloomsbury is an area of London which evokes an enormous sense of history – the Bloomsbury Set, the British Museum, Blue Plaques on the walls of Georgian townhouses – but in the present day it isn’t really somewhere most Londoners would consider a tangible place to while away a weekend – yes the Bloomsbury Festival shows you just how much the […]

Malaysia Night at Trafalgar Square

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Now in its second year, Malaysia night at Trafalgar Square, which ran from 3-10pm on a sunny and unseasonably warm 23rd September 2011, showcased Malaysian culture and fashion, as well as the country’s popular cuisine.

London Open House 2011

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London Open House never ceases to amaze and delight me, and after each London Open House weekend in the capital I find out a few more hidden facts and details about London, while seeing a few more architectural gems in my home town.