Jaillen Yehia

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Things To Do In Thanet: 10 Reasons To Be A Tourist In East Kent

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As well as writing about travel on this very website, I’m the travel editor of a print magazine published in Thanet, a part of England that’s close to my heart. I often find myself bragging about what I consider to be the best corner of my own country to the people I meet when travelling […]

Antiques & Ales: A Day Out Near Farnham By Bike

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I recently moved to Farnham, Surrey, a pretty market town less than an hour’s train ride from London. Since the move I’ve been to Egypt, Italy, Menorca, the list goes on, but I’ve not made enough time to explore the area in which I actually live, until now. I decided to get out my trusty […]

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 […]

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 […]

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Devon For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Weekend Shortcuts are posts written to help you put together a perfect weekend away without tearing your hair out during the research phase. This weekend shortcut covers everything you need to know for a food-filled 2- day break in Devon, a truly delightful part of South West England that’s simultaneously easily accessible yet somehow feels unhurried and […]

Christmas Travel: Does Devon Have The UK’s Most Historic Mince Pies?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Munch on mince pies made with flour dating back to the Domesday Book I travelled to Devon this December to discover the festive history behind the first Christmas card ever designed. But while in the southerly English county, famous for its beautiful beaches and picture postcard villages, I discovered the area has another incredible – […]

Travel To The Home Of The First Christmas Card

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Christmas crackers, the Queen’s speech, mince pies, Boxing Day, Christmas pudding – England has plenty of festive traditions which are regarded with complete puzzlement by the rest of the world. England also has an even bigger Christmas claim to fame – one that is somewhat of a secret. The first Christmas card was invented right here, conceived and designed in the English county of Devon. […]

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 […]

How To Pack a Suitcase: 3 Easy Steps To Perfect Packing

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Do you love holidays but hate packing? Guest blogger and super-stylist Ruth Keel shows you how to pack a suitcase like a pro and look super-stylish on holiday.

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 […]

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…

How To Holiday Monaco-Style Without Leaving London

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve got a different kind of seven step program for you in this post; one that won’t help break your addictions to travel, shopping and good food but which will show you where to find your fix of the luxurious Monte Carlo lifestyle without leaving London. Here I share my 7 favourite places in the […]

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 […]

The Perfect Place To Stay in Brighton – Vine Street Studios

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I often evangelise about the saving grace of apartment rental as opposed to hotel stays for a certain type of trip. Usually I’m preaching to the converted but some people would need a miracle of water-to-wine proportions before they’d give up 24-hour room service, the breakfast buffet and a decent concierge (though perhaps not the in-room […]

The Stylish Way To Brave Blackpool

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A weekend break to Blackpool probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a stylish staycation, but by combining a visit to the stunning Lancashire countryside with a trip to the kitsch and cheesy seaside town made famous by ballroom dancing and bright lights, you can get the best of both […]

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 […]

A New Forest Weekend Break

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Want to feel virtuous and enjoy walks in the outdoors one minute – then devour entire home-made lemon cakes from a quaint tea room the next? Here’s my guide to the perfect New Forest weekend break…

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 […]

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.

Southwold – A Photo Journey

Written by Jaillan Yehia

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

The Perfect Place to Stay in Salisbury – The Lazy Cow

Written by Jaillan Yehia

For a romantic and cosy rural getaway in a chic all-English, half-timbered setting, The Lazy Cow in Salisbury will make you feel as pampered as that famous massage-treated kobe cattle.  Hotels are often described as being ‘perfect for a relaxing weekend away’. The sentence is thrown around a lot but on closer examination, isn’t always strictly true. What […]

Salisbury Cathedral Sculpture Exhibition by Sean Henry

Written by Jaillan Yehia

On a trip to Salisbury Cathedral, I found the following exhibition of sculpture on display, by the artist Sean Henry. The modern figures, with their briefcases and lattes were startlingly incongruous in the classical setting of one of Britain’s most famous cathedrals.

Hardraw Force, England’s Highest Waterfall

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Set in a wooded ravine just outside the tiny hamlet of Hardraw in the Yorkshire Dales, near the famous Pennine Way, Hardraw Force is England’s highest unbroken waterfall.

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…

Why the Day Trip is Travel’s Answer to the Power Nap

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The humble day trip, whether at home or abroad, has untold powers to invigorate and inspire us: it offers us all the joys and refreshment of a new place compacted down into a short time frame, and without any of the stresses and hassles of organising a full blown holiday. In short, the day trip is the travel equivalent of a power nap.

Winchelsea: The Blueprint for New York?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Winchelsea is a tiny but fascinating East Sussex town overlooking a wide stretch of shingle beach, a stone’s throw from its better-known Ancient Town counterpart of Rye. It’s also a town which, some say, inspired the blueprints for the city of New York.

Dungeness Details

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Inhospitable, desolate, wild, windswept: these words come up time and time again when describing Dungeness, and for those seeking a sense of the surreal, there’s no place quite like Kent’s southernmost tip.

The Perfect Place to Stay in Suffolk – Oak House

Written by Jaillan Yehia

  There’s nothing we Londoners like more than getting out of the big smoke and into the sticks; and those who want to enjoy the Suffolk countryside at a truly quirky and charming B&B should head straight over to Oak House, in Gislingham.

The Perfect Place to Stay in London – The Zetter Townhouse

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I was on a mission to track down the perfect hotel for a decadent day of afternoon tea, gossip and girlish fun, and one by one had written off many of the hotels in Central London for being too corporate, too cliched or too bland. I had The Boundary on my decadent shortlist, along with The Town Hall […]