Jaillen Yehia

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In Photos: Brunei’s Beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums. But the country’s largest mosque, which was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny […]

Going Glamping: A South East Safari At Kent’s Port Lympne

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been looking forward to writing about my short break safari at Kent’s Port Lympne Reserve ever since I got home. But every time I sit down to tell you about the experience, I end up getting distracted by all my photos of the cute baby rhino, ickle giraffe and all the other animals they have roaming around […]

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 […]

Everything You Need To Know About The Everglades Alligator Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

At number 2 on my top 10 travel lessons to transform your trips is the importance of getting up close with nature and especially wildlife at any (respectful & safe) opportunity. No matter how much I travel absolutely nothing reminds me of how lucky I am to see so much of the world and puts […]

In Photos: Queen Of Fallas For A Day

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This isn’t exactly a news flash, but we girls like getting dressed up. And from the moment I arrived in Valencia I was determined to do one thing (besides eat paella): dress up in the famous Fallas festival costume, and become a Spanish Queen for the day. And here’s another thing about girls; we already think […]

Hide Your face With Spanish Lace: The Story Of The Valencia Fan

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Despite the Brits’ well-documented love affair with the Spanish coast, I never went on a family holiday to Spain as a child. Yet one of my most treasured possessions as a little girl was a delicate handheld Spanish lace fan.  So when I was given the opportunity to meet a traditional Valencia fan maker in […]

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, […]

10 Travel Lessons To Transform Your 2016 Trips

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve picked my own top 10 travel highlights from the last year and reverse engineered them to calculate just what made them so memorable and share my ultimate list of travel lessons to keep in mind while you plan your 2016 trips. As travel addicts we want it all and we want it everywhere – but these 10 travel […]

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 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, […]

My Top 4 Stars And Stripes Photos For July 4th

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I usually have my own special reason to celebrate American Independence Day  – just like the famous movie title, my little brother was born on the 4th of July. And while he isn’t American (or even English like me) and is now far from being a little boy, he did turn out to be a […]

In Photos: Lake Havasu’s Secret $2 Sunset Cruise

Written by Jaillan Yehia

There are plenty of ways to get out onto the water of Lake Havasu – in fact this part of Arizona is probably most famous as a water sports paradise, hosting the jet skiing world championships each year. But if you’re looking for a romantic interlude rather than an adrenaline-fuelled adventure on Arizona’s 20,000 acre lake, this simple $2 ferry […]

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 – 7 Secret Sunny Moments From My 2014 Travels

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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 […]

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…

In Photos: A (Damp) Day At Slovenia’s Lake Bled

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When we travel we always hope for picture-perfect weather, and seek out postcard-worthy images, but perhaps it wasn’t a bad thing that I visited Slovenia’s most famous lake, which has a reputation as an Alpine fairytale location, on a day when the weather was wet, and the area shrouded in mystical clouds – meaning it was almost […]

In Photos: Beach Combing & Fine Dining at Tofino’s Long Beach Lodge

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m walking along Vancouver Island’s vast Cox Beach in the winter sunshine, spotting surfers and sand dollars, meeting four-legged beach goers and admiring washed up chunks of tree that are as beautiful as any piece of modern sculpture in the best gallery in town…

Snow, Sculptures & Sunshine At Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur

Written by Jaillan Yehia

‘Winnipegans just get on with it!’ I’m told as I travel with a group of fellow writers to Winnipeg’s famous February festival, Festival du Voyageur, in temperatures of -20. And that’s practically a heat wave for the Manitoban winter. At that moment we overtake a committed cyclist; we’re all bundled up in our woollens despite […]

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 […]

Discovering The Vancouver Flea Market

Written by Jaillan Yehia

One of my favourite things to do in a new city is poke around at a flea market for nik-naks to bring home, especially in places where the cost of living is high; in Asia and Africa shopping is cheap and souvenirs are easy to pick up anywhere. Here in Vancouver and in European cities […]

Sneak Peek: Inside The Costume Closet At The Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s every little girl’s dream to play among the piles of colourful and intricate tutus and pink satin dance shoes hidden inside a ballet company’s closet – and as I discovered on a behind the scenes tour of  the Royal Winnipeg Ballet all that silk and tulle can reduce even a big girl to an excited […]

In Photos (& Video) – Road Trippin USA

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I love a road trip. I love the feeling of excitement at the beginning when you have a map, a plan, a clean car and an anticipatory sense of adventure; I love the feeling at the end when you have a map with coffee spilled all over it, a filthy car that looks like a […]

Chihuly In The Garden: Glass Sculpture Amidst The Arizona Desert

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona would be a lovely place to spend a day at any time of year, but on my visit I also had a chance to enjoy an amazing exhibition of glass installation art by renowned American sculptor Dale Chihuly set amongst the plants and cacti of this 55 acre […]

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 […]

Tuscan Cookery School – Making Field To Table Passata Under The Tuscan Sun

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This is a true slice of rural back-to-basics Italian cookery; walking through the plentiful land surrounding a quintessential Tuscan villa, down steep verdant hills and into the flourishing vegetable garden I crouch down to hand-pick huge succulent tomatoes. Together with my friends we collect the fruit in baskets and the folds of our aprons, then, glass of wine […]

The Bologna Bicycle Diaries

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I always seek out cycling opportunities wherever I go, but rarely have I found a city as cycle-friendly and indeed as cycle-photo-friendly as Bologna. Beautiful bikes became synonymous with my time in Emilia Romagna’s university city – here are my favourite Bologna photos which showcase the beauty of the bike… 

Rocky Mountaineer Reflections

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m on the Rocky Mountaineer Train – the rail journey of  a lifetime through the Canadian stretch of the Rockies – and as four days of jaw dropping views rhythmically float past me, I become obsessed with capturing the immense skies and screen-saver scenery as reflected with the glint of the sun in the side of […]

This Could Be Rotterdam – Via Instagram: 5 Things To Do in Rotterdam

Written by Jaillan Yehia

In which I use my favourite arty little Instagrams as a guide to the lesser-known unsung Dutch ‘Dam – I’m talking of course about the port city of Rotterdam. Here are 5 Things to do in Rotterdam…

Antwerp Photography: A Visual Essay On Belgium’s Capital of Cool

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I make no secret of my somewhat controversial love affair with Belgium. Where others see Belgium as an ugly sister to France’s more deserving glass-slippered mademoiselle I see the destination as the unsung heroine; rather cute and easy-on-the-eye but distinctly self-aware and modest to a fault. But outside the classic fairytale looks of Ghent, Bruges and any […]

A Hong Kong Photo Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

East meets West, British order overlaid on Chinese culture, perpetually expanding upwards into the sky and outwards into the ocean. Grab an eyeful of the confluence of capitalism, colonialism and communism on this photo tour to one of the most densely populated corners of the planet, the Cantonese for ‘fragrant harbour’ – Hong Kong…

A Snowy Street Photography Walk In Berlin

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Can you think of a single city as synonymous with über-cool street life as Berlin? On my recent trip to the erstwhile divided capital this coolness extended its grip to the elements, with a sub-zero snow-covering lending an extra dimension to the urban landscape. Shooting in the snow with frozen toes kicking fresh drifts and tingly […]

In Photos – A Day Trip To Brunei

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’d always wanted to visit The Sultanate of Brunei but somehow it had never happened – until circumstances brought me to the Brunei capital Bendar Seri Begawan on a great value Royal Brunei Airlines flight from Bangkok to London ‘via’ Brunei. Of course it’s hardly on the way, in fact it’s just over two hours in the wrong […]

Ten Photos That Just Scream ‘Miami’!

Written by Jaillan Yehia

One of the most exciting things about some holiday destinations is actually seeing the touristy, clichéd and oft-photographed stuff that you’ve been dreaming about for years up close and with your own eyes, and yes, damn-well photographing them anyway just like everyone else has. Here are ten of my favourite images from Florida’s most famous vacation spot that just […]

In Photos: The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, The Philippines

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Filipino Island of Bohol is best known for two things: tarsiers and what I came to think of as an exaggerated teletubby land known as The Chocolate Hills, a strange landscape of 1,268 eerie and bizarre conical mounds dotted a round the centre of the island…

Angkor Not: A Photo Journey To Preah Vihear Temple

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The huge unspoiled Cambodian temple complex at Preah Vihear has long been the scene of animosity and fighting between Thai and Cambodian forces, but happily for those seeking an unspoiled temple experience it’s currently safe to visit. And due to the contentious history of this site there’s just a tiny sprinkling of tourists here even today, […]

Top 5 Pictures of Random Tourists At Angkor Wat

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I love Cambodia, I love Siem Reap and I love Angkor Wat. But as well as playing the same game as everyone else and trying to get pictures of the famous temples sans tourists, I decided to embrace the scenes created by my armies of fellow snappers. Here are my top 5 photos of random […]

They’re Changing The Guard At Gyeongbokgung Palace

Written by Jaillan Yehia

But Christopher Robin is nowhere to be seen. And instead of bearskins you can witness the guards or Sumungun (meaning gatekeepers) dressed in their own traditional brightly coloured costumes and armour as they perform a ceremonial re-enactment of the changing of the royal guard.

In Photos: A Food Tour Of Seoul

Written by Jaillan Yehia

How much food can one girl eat (and photograph) during a single day on a food tour of Seoul? Let’s find out…

Politics, Pride & Paintwork – a Photo Essay of The Belfast Murals

Written by Jaillan Yehia

* Disclaimer* This post tackles a sensitive subject so I want to be clear about the fact that I’m not on the side of anything here, except peace.* I went to Belfast to enjoy the city, to shop at the Christmas Market, drink in the bars, see the Titanic exhibition and explore the Antrim Coast – […]

In Pictures – County Antrim’s Stunning Causeway Coastal Route

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Think of Ireland and you’ll probably think of Guinness, green scenery –  and the Giant’s Causeway. But the famous Unesco World Heritage Site isn’t the only natural wonder this stretch of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast has to offer. So come along on a scenic Winter drive through County Antrim’s stunning sights, from frozen vanishing lakes […]

Turin’s Light Bulb Moment

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Paris may be known as the City of Light, but Turin is making a bid to be the City of Lights, as its avenues and squares, its Roman walls, and even its public bicycles are adorned with light installations for the Winter. But these are no mere gaudy Christmas baubles, they’re an all-encompassing city-wide endeavour to make […]

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 […]

Discover Portugal’s Answer To Stonehenge – The Almendres stone circle

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Just outside the UNESCO World Heritage City of Evora in Portugal’s sleepy Alentejo region lies the Iberian Peninsula’s largest Megalithic monument, the mysterious and enigmatic Almendres stone circle. Built 7,000 years ago – and  2,000 years before Stonehenge  – it’s still attracting visitors, if you can find it down a quiet dusty road that is…

Confession: How I Stalked The Shard

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Imagine a building so tall the view from the window is like looking out of an aircraft. Imagine standing on a floor so high that helicopters are below you. And imagine 40 miles of London views, from the Olympic to Wembley Stadiums, all laid out before you. Imagine no more: the EU’s highest building, The Shard […]

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 […]

Hidden Portugal In Photos: Postcards From The Alentejo

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You’ve heard of Lisbon and the Algarve but what about the sleepy swathe of Portugal which lies between these two areas? The road joining Portugal’s main tourist hubs may be well-travelled, but not so the towns, beaches and farmlands of the Alentejo region itself. Here we explore Portugal’s best kept secret in photographs…

Lisbon Photography: A Photo Journey Through Lisbon’s Street Life

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A selection of my favourite examples of Lisbon photography from my time in the city, with images of Lisbon street life from a variety of angles.  p.s. I left my camera on the wrong setting for some of my favourite shots (don’t you hate it when that happens!) so I had to get creative with […]

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 […]

Postcards From Sunny Bognor Regis

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Bognor Regis. The name may conjur up images of faded seaside grandeur and have connotations of titter-worthyness, sticks of rock, Butlins holiday camps and end-of-the-pier shows, but let’s face it this place is up there in Britain’s collective consciousness, so if you’ve got a spare sunny day off here in Blighty the surprisingly photogenic seaside town is well […]

Italy Is Eataly

Written by Jaillan Yehia

What’s in a name? Well as it turns out rather a lot. The right name can really take you places and be the catalyst for a whole lot of income. A culinary example of how to turn a clever moniker into cold hard cash is high-class, high-concept and rather high-cost Italian deli-come-eatery chain Eataly, which […]

Chronicles Of A Medieval Day In The Real Narnia

Written by Jaillan Yehia

How often have you looked at places on a map and drifted off into a reverie, imagining what each destination must be like in real life? We travel lovers tend to be incorrigible cartophiles too, stroking our fingers over the exotic-sounding place-names written in a strange tongue, making our hearts beat that little bit faster, causing our minds to […]

Italy, What Have You Done For Me Lakely?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Stick a pin in a map where you imagine the very centre of Italy to be and you’ll probably hit Lago Trasimeno – the oldest lake in Italy. Overshadowed by well-publicised show-stoppers like Lake Como nudging the Swiss border up in the North, the fourth-largest lake in the country boasts an all together more laid-back […]

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.

Nine Natural Places To Propose On February 29th

Written by Jaillan Yehia

  February 29th comes round once every four years and is said to be the day that ladies can propose to their partners. IF (and that’s a big if!) I was ever going to do any proposing, this would be my shortlist…

Southwold – A Photo Journey

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A photographic journey around Southwold, one of England’s favourite seaside towns.

I Heart Soweto – A Photo Tour

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The Soweto tour was the highlight of my trip to Johannesburg – interesting, educational, vibrant, eye-opening, and most of all, fun. Here I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves…