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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Continents, Egypt, News, Opinion

Me as a tourist in Egypt, 2017

I love Egypt, but then I am biased

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 Trade Gazette 4 years ago about selling a tricky destination like Egypt.

Like any good half-Egyptian girl, I’m keen to put off my pressing deadlines until bokra (tomorrow) so I read this old article all the way through.

I then realise that my procrastination may just have saved me some time; because other than the Egyptian pound being worth half of what it was in 2013 (representing good value for holidaymakers even back then) I may as well have written this piece today.

Have a read and see why I think tourism to Egypt in 2017 is the same as it always was, and probably always will be – meaning if you want to visit, you might as well just do it…

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, France, News

This is the actual spot in Utah where Thelma & Louise ends – cinema and travel really are great together.

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 of what luxury travel means to you with the hashtag #DefineYourLuxury, we’ll be asking you to chime in on the subject of your ultimate luxury trips and favourite glamorous locations – and who doesn’t love the South of France?

Join me to chat about la belle vie and ask ‘Cannes you really define luxury travel?’ – if you’ll pardon the pun!

All you have to do to join in is follow the hashtag #DefineYourLuxury on Twitter on April 4th from 8 pm UK time.

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…

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping the malaise for Malaysia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Europe, Guest Posts, Malaysia, News, Opinion, The Real Life Brexiters, United Kingdom

brexiter

This month’s featured Brexiter lives in Kuala Lumpur

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 girl who now lives in Mexico, and this month I talk to Worcester native Simon, who has moved on to a new life in Malaysia

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Camping, News, Opinion

road trip checklist

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 good care of myself while I’m in it, so as someone who doesn’t know too much about mechanics I decided to ask around and compile an easy to understand road trip checklist before I start road tripping around Europe.

I hope it is useful for you too…

Have Mat Will Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in News, Opinion

Mexican Yoga retreat

But can I swap beach yoga for office yoga?

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 front of the laptop lately, often not at a proper desk but hunched over a dining table, sitting on a couch, or in airport lounges and coffee shops – something that any freelancer worker can relate to, especially if they travel often.

My body is telling me very firmly that it wants some attention so I decided to look for some quick and simple solutions to stop neglecting my health while I’m on the road…

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

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Austria, Belgium, Christmas Travel, Continents, England, Europe, Food, France, Hungary, News, Opinion, Perfect Places To Stay, Photo Journeys, Poland, Shopping, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Top Ten Travel Tips, Ukraine, Wishlists, Worldwide Vacation

Brussels at Christmas

Brussels at Christmas

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 up on stockings, buy more bobbly hats and glug down some Glühwein.

Here are my recommendations for the best Christmas markets in Europe

The Simple Bear Necessities of Canadian Telly Vs The British Box

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Canada, Continents, News, Opinion

polar bear town

Image courtesy of OLN’s Polar Bear Town 

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 here?”

The phraseology of this question remains remarkably consistent – just as every waitress asks precisely ‘how the first few bites are tasting’ – as though all Canadians come with a script, and I’m still learning the lines (though ‘sorry’ was already second nature ‘buddy’ was new lingo for sure).

I never quite knew what to say to the question of which is better, Canada or England, because the answer is far too complex to discuss on an $8 cab ride.

Until I realised that the bare necessities of British and Canadian culture can be summed up by simply turning on the TV…