Looking 4 Parking Review: Meet & Greet Parking at Heathrow

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in London, Opinion

Looking 4 Parking at Heathrow

I wish I could park this close to the airport!

After the excitement of booking a holiday comes the bit nobody enjoys – the pre-holiday chores.

From figuring out who’s going to look after the house/kids/dog/cat, to charging your electronic devices, packing, getting currency sorted and reading the latest rules on hand luggage, there’s a million and one things to do before you fly.

Deciding how to get to the airport is one of those boring but necessary decisions, and I’m always looking for an easy solution. So I tested out a meet & greet service at Heathrow on my latest trip…

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend Of Culture & Consumerism In Cardiff

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Cardiff, Continents, Europe, Opinion, Shopping, UK Staycation, United Kingdom, Wales, Weekend Shortcut

Cardiff

Cardiff has a burgeoning street art scene

Weekend Shortcuts are complete guides to weekends away, written to help you enjoy a perfect short break without needing to do any additional research. 

If a weekend in Wales isn’t for you, gorge yourself on my weekend guide to Devon for foodies or slope off to read Cortina, Italy for non-skiers – or simply scroll down for a in-depth weekend guide to shopping and culture in the Welsh Capital.

This is an easy 2-night itinerary filled with art, museums, boutiques and of course tasty treats (hello Welsh cakes!) around Cardiff city and the bay area, all of which can be reached on foot….

Help! Which Car Should I Buy For Summer Road Trips?

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

summer road trips

I always find the idea of actress Minnie Driver’s school nickname really amusing. Apparently she was known by friends as Tiny Motorist.

I feel like I’m a bit of miniature motorist myself sometimes; still in the kindergarten stages when it comes to car knowledge. 

I’m a motorist with a small m; yes I have a car and I drive places, but I don’t really think about cars, and I certainly don’t know any more than the bare minimum about how they work.

I don’t want a car as a big status symbol and I don’t need to go from 0-60 in record time, I just want to be comfy, safe and not break down on the way to where I’m going, because for me the destination is the whole point.

Typical woman driver I may be, but let’s not get into all that.

With summer coming I’m ready to buy a new car (new for me not brand spanking new; budget of a freelancer and all that) and head off on a few serious road trips across the UK and Europe – so I would really like some outside opinions about what to take into consideration, because I’m not sure where to start.

So if you’ve got any car tips, love your own car and would recommend it, or have any words of warning for me, please read on and share your opinion…

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…

Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case: My Laptop Ban BFF

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case Review

Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case packaging

The laptop ban on flights is being extended. Ugh.

It was bad enough when I had to put my beloved Macbook Pro into my suitcase on a recent flight home from Cairo, but now even when flying between Europe and the US, we’ll probably all have to put our most prized possessions into the hold.

I already had a Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case when the laptop ban was first announced, which is lucky as the idea of throwing my Mac into a bag and sending it off unprotected on a conveyor belt would make me cringe…

Feeling Listless: Using Mind Maps to Plan Your Travels (And Everything Else)

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

mind map

That eureka moment: using mind maps to plan travel

Are you a list queen like me? Or, I guess, king.

But I don’t really believe most men make lists compulsively like women do. 

Well in 2017 I started planning my travels (as well as a whole heap of other stuff) with a mind map instead of a list  – and I am a total convert.

Here’s why I think everyone should consider mapping out their future travels instead of listing them…

Travel Blogger or digital nomad? Don’t use Microsoft Office 365 Until You Read This

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Microsoft Office 365

First off, apologies for that rather clickbaity headline.

I wanted to be sure to get your attention if you have subscribed to Microsoft Office 365 (as I did) or are considering it.

Maybe you use Microsoft Office 365 for your email hosting, or use Office software like Word, Excel, Sharepoint, One Drive or any of the suite of features it offers.

I’ve just discovered something about Microsoft Office 365 that has a major impact on any travel blogger, travel writer, digital nomad, location independent worker, or SME with offices in different countries.

I just wish someone had told ME this before I signed up…

Where SavoirThere Is Going In 2017 & Why I’d Like You To Come Along

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Travel in 2017

Where will 2017 lead?

I’ve never been one for naval gazing on this site, or on social media in general. So this is a real first. But stick with me, there’s something in it for you. I promise.

I love travel (obvious?) and I’ve been obsessed with it for 40 years. My aim when I started SavoirThere in 2011 was to have a single place to write down my answers to all the travel questions people asked me, so I could help them out more.

I’ve always wanted to share my travel knowledge – hence the name. I really can’t stand the idea of people getting a raw deal or not having a great holiday, especially if I can help.

But since then the internet has really changed, travel has changed quite a lot too, heck the world has REALLY changed (I’m not going to get into that right here, right now, don’t worry) so I think it is time for this blog to change…