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Looking 4 Parking Review: Meet & Greet Parking at Heathrow

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend Of Culture & Consumerism In Cardiff

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

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 […]

Tech 21 Macbook Pro Case: My Laptop Ban BFF

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Fancy Learning to fly a 737 in Devon?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I went to Devon for a weekend of cream teas and beach walks. But ever one for adventure when I discovered that the UK’s best flight simulator is right here on the south coast, I set aside a couple of hours to try it out. This is the story of learning to fly a 737 in […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Let’s face it the idea of visiting maritime museums on your travels could make you feel a little bit sea sick. I love all kinds of museums and galleries, and have been to plenty with nautical themes, but I have to admit that while some are leagues ahead of the competition and give you a fantastic insight […]

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 […]

Where To Eat In Valencia: Spain’s Secret Culinary Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When British Airways’ (then called British European Airways) opened it’s first ever route from the UK to Spain back in 1957, the original destination for those pioneering English holidaymakers was none other than the city of Valencia. Fast forward almost 60 years and many Brits have been to Barcelona, mooched around Madrid and conquered the Costas […]

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping Somerset For Mexico City

Written by Jaillan Yehia

However you may feel about the Brexit vote, the EU referendum has had one undisputed result – to inspire more Brits than ever before to consider moving overseas. Internet searches on relocating to anywhere from Scotland and Ireland to Australia and Canada have skyrocketed post-brexit, and the changing face of Europe has caused a lot of Brits to […]

Geeking Out: Travelshift Shifts The Travel Booking Experience

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Anyone who has ever visited Iceland knows that on top of the well-deserved reputation for jaw dropping scenery, the small island nation is quirky, cool and cutting edge with a totally unique take on the world around it. I remember visiting Iceland for the first time in the aftermath of the economic crisis  – and as […]

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 […]

Send My Bag Review

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been a bit quiet of late on the blog – and that’s because I’ve been busy making a big move: giving up my base in BC, Canada and deciding to spend all of my time (or most of it at least) back in Europe  – as well as bringing my Canadian fiancé home to Blighty […]

In Photos: 30 Reasons To Love Menorca

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I really fell in love with Menorca on my recent trip to the island – so much so that I am seriously considering a repeat trip very soon, and am dreaming about house hunting there because it’s just that gorgeous. So here are 30 reasons to love Menorca – little insights into why you can and should […]

5 Places You Need To Visit In Portugal

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When I think about it I realise I’ve actually been visiting Portugal for decades – from my first ever post-uni package holiday by the beach to a tour of upmarket boutique hotels in the countryside – and the destination has done nothing but grow on me over the years. After 5 separate visits to the […]

The Rice Is Right: Why Everything You Know About Paella Is Probably Wrong

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It shouldn’t be bright yellow, or fluffy, it isn’t intended for dinner and it’s not supposed to be synonymous with seafood. In fact, technically it’s not even a Spanish dish.  Even though the first food that springs to mind when you think of Spanish cuisine is probably paella, the dish has been bastardised beyond all recognition to a point where […]

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 […]

Photo Story: How I Fell In LUV With Mexico

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m sending a big smoochy Valentine e-card to the Mayan Riviera today  – and want to share with y’all the photo story of why I’m now sweet on the Dallas-based airline that helped me fall in LUV at first sight with the beaches of Mexico. Just like any couple, Southwest Airlines and Mexico may not be 100% perfect all the […]

Banyan Tree Mayakoba: The Perfect Place To Stay On The Mayan Riviera

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Mexico’s Riviera Maya isn’t short on publicity for its vacation charms, and the entire Yucatan Peninsula isn’t exactly bereft of 5 Star hotel options.  So chances are if you’re headed to this area of Mexico you already know exactly what you want, and that’s likely to be a luxurious haven of relaxation encompassing the holy holiday trinity of sun, […]

Valentine Hotel Hotlist: 6 Sexy Places To Spend Time With A Special Someone

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Tuscan Wine…But Were Afraid To Cask

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Ticking some New Year’s Resolutions off the list in record time feels fantastic, and one item in particular – to spend some time in Italy this year – is already in the booking stages. And it’s only January 7th. That’s got to be a record. Yes, at the risk of sounding like a bit of […]

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 […]

5 More Things You Should Know About Iceland

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I recently wrote a post sharing some of my favourite things about Iceland and called, rather unsurprisingly, 5 things you should know about Iceland. But of course in compiling this list I ended up thinking of way more than just 5 things that I really believe all travellers, including you should know about Iceland. So, […]

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 […]

Athena Organic Farm – Why I’m Excited to Instagram A Hotel That Doesn’t Exist

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When I first moved to BC from central London I had no idea just how different my life would be. Like most city dwellers (and in this respect Londoners and Vancouverites are one and the same tribe) my idea of The Good Life was buying organic granola, and fair trade coffee, selecting only free range chicken and eggs […]

5 Things You Should Know About Iceland

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The first time I visited Iceland I was blown away by the Nordic nation’s mysterious mix of Scandinavian-style scenery spread across a vast canvas of North American proportions. As I plot a return visit, I’m reminded of my favorite things about the utterly unique island nation – here are the top 5 things I think […]

24 Hours In Calgary – A Day Horsing Around Cowtown

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Of all the clothes I own (in case you’re wondering, it’s a lot) those I buy on impulse, in a supermarket-sweep stylee, are the things I end up, if I can employ some Southeast Asian parlance here, loving longtime. Maybe it’s the fact that when you’re in a hurry pure instinct takes over, but I’ve […]

The Best of Brazil’s Big Cities: In Search of Slick São Paulo

Written by Jaillan Yehia

We Brits do love an underdog – and as an urban-travel-obsessed English person there’s nothing I like more than an underrated destination – or what I term an ‘underdog city’. Yes show me a metropolis that tourists tend to to stay away from and I’ll find a way to love it – so when I […]

The Perfect Place To Stay In Sedona: The Amara Resort & Spa

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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, […]

10 Tips To Help Cut The Cost Of A Holiday To Canada

Written by Jaillan Yehia

They say the best things in life are free, and that really does go double for the land of the double-double (that’s a Canadian way of ordering coffee to the uninitiated) – but with these money saving tips, you could cut the cost of that Canadian coffee as well as every other aspect of your trip to Canada, in […]

24 Hours In Salt Lake City – A Sinful Saturday In The City of Saints

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Utah’s capital may be best known for the Church of The Latter Day Saints, but this one million-strong metropolis makes an equally suitable city break setting for would-be sinners in search of urban indulgence. From quirky shopping to secret street food, luxury hotels to lattes, it’s time to check-in your preconceptions at the door and […]

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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…

Confessions of a champagne socialist – Lessons In Travel & Champers

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Like 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 […]

The Difference Between Luxury and Paradise Is Long Spoons

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Have you heard the Buddhist parable of heaven and hell? The tale goes that in hell all the tortured souls sit at tables heaving with delectable food which they can enjoy to their heart’s content without ever getting full. It doesn’t sound too bad until you learn the only rule – they must eat everything with metre-long spoons, which […]

How To Put The ‘Been Crabbing’ into BC – Fishing In British Columbia For Fun

Written by Jaillan Yehia

British Columbia’s mountain-and-coast nature is of course its major draw, so much so that BC’s latest tourism campaign is entitled ‘Super, Natural British Columbia’  – and a big part of that super, natural lure is the amazing fishing on offer. One of the local pastimes to which I’ve been well and truly converted (as well […]

Stylish Sihanoukville – 6 Ways To Stay Chic In Cambodia’s Beach Town

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Sihanoukville and style aren’t two concepts that always go together. But while some tourists feel that Cambodia’s coastal town isn’t worth visiting  – its reputation precedes it and not always in a good way – I’ve always loved spending time in so-called ‘Snooky’. In fact I think Sihanoukville is one of South-East Asia’s most under-rated beach resorts. […]

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 […]

4 Favourite Ways to Travel More and spend less in 2015

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Oprah Winfrey once defined the moment she knew she’d really made it thus: she laddered a single stocking and simply threw the whole pair in the bin. Previously she would set aside the good one to make half of a new pair one day. She said it took her years of being incredibly wealthy to […]

The Top 6 Sociable Travel Apps On My iPhone 6

Written by Jaillan Yehia

All travel bloggers are used to the jokes about how anti social we really are. We’re ribbed for not being able to look up from our smart phones long enough to hold a conversation, we’re accused of being surgically attached to our iPhones, and our friends and family sarcastically say that we love our devices more than […]

The Perfect Place To Stay In The Costa Rican Jungle – Rio Perdido

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Rio Perdido – literally meaning lost river – is one of those paradise hotels that you can’t quite believe exists this far off the beaten path; you wonder how anyone first discovers it while being simultaneously glad you did – and hopeful that not too many other people have been let in on the secret…

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…

Luxury Dining in Ljubljana – 3 Superior Spots To Eat in Slovenia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Food can make or break a destination. I remember my first trip to Portugal, when I was distinctly underwhelmed by the food – and as a result didn’t venture back for years (though when I did I found its foodie side.) When planning my trip to Ljubljana I wasn’t sure what to expect from Slovenia’s […]

My 5 Favourite Ways To Save Money on Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Apart from talking about our favourite destinations, where we’ve just been and where we are planning to go next, there’s another topic that comes up when we travel bloggers get together, and that is how we save money – or try to – when paying for travel. We all want to be canny with our […]

A Taste Of Victoria – Where To Eat In British Columbia’s Capital

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Touted as the most British place in all of Canada and named after the Queen who made the country a colony, the city of Victoria reflects the values of the lady herself; rather modest, genteel and pleasantly old fashioned but with a power that belies its appearance – this is the capital of British Columbia, […]

8 Tips For Taking Better Photos On Holiday

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Cut through the concept of holidays these days, and stick-of-rock-style you’ll probably reveal the word photography. The two concepts are more intertwined than ever before. We travel therefore we photograph. We see the world through our camera lenses and our smartphones and bask in the glory of the likes we’ll get on social media for […]

Breaking The Ice – My Day Skating On Winnipeg’s Frozen River

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Historically my ice skating prowess has only ever extended to a couple of childhood trips to an ice rink;-quite an exotic destination in London I can tell you. My main memory involves a teacher proclaiming we must be careful where we put our hands while lacing up lest we lose a finger to a passing rogue skate. […]

Savoir There World Food Awards 2013

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As the year drew to a close I found myself writing a post recapping my favourite travel memories of 2013 and I learned a couple of things about myself in the process – firstly that many of my favourite moments of the year involve nature and animals, and secondly that when I’m not looking for […]

A Weekend In Whistler Sans Skiing…

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I have a confession to make: I can’t ski. So when I was invited to the famed ski resort of Whistler I was a bit apprehensive about what a London girl like me would do while everyone else made plans to zoom down a mountain. It turned out that I was still able to zoom […]

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…

Where To Get A Soya Latte in Whistler – Fix Cafe At Nita Lake Lodge

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a location independent girl who likes her soya lattes I’m constantly looking for the perfect cosy cafe to hole up in and squeeze in an hours’ work on my laptop (ok, and hang out on Facebook and Twitter). In some destinations this is easy and you can’t swing a cat without hitting five cool […]

The 6 Things You Really Need To Think About Before Your Trip

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a frequent traveller the question I’m always asked just how much planning is too much planning. Here I explain the 6 things you should consider before your trip – these are non-negotiable. Everything else can be filed under ‘wing it’…

5 Stylish Places To Visit In Vancouver

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This month Hertz Car Hire asked me to compile a list of my favourite 5 places to visit in Vancouver as part of their Big Travel List project. As tricky as it was to narrow it down to just 5, here are some of my favourite (stylish, of course) places in the city…

When Travel Blogger Becomes Travel Bloggee

Written by Jaillan Yehia

After a busy year visiting 3 continents and 8 countries I now haven’t been on a plane for weeks, and it’s taught me a valuable lesson: that travelling less actually makes you look at travel blogging in a whole new light…