• SPOTLIGHT ON: Cortina

    A ski resort so famous they named a car after it.

    Despite a reputation as the playground of the well-heeled, it turns out you can a-Ford Cortina (if you can pardon the pun) – whether you ski, snowboard or just love shopping, this Dolomite town is well worth the drive from Venice…

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  • The Brexit Brits

    A new series on travel-loving Brits who backed away from life in the UK well before Brexit.
    They tell us their tales of expat life and explain what it’s really like in destinations as varied as Vienna and Vancouver.

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  • Weekend Shortcut

    In this series I aim to get back to travel blogging basics by explaining how to have a perfect, easy to organise weekend away, whether right here in the Uk or further afield.

    Let’s leave you to concentrate on enjoying your break – rather than Googling the heck out of hotels & activities – because let’s face, the research phase can be a real holiday buzz kill…

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  • Oh Canada

    Come with me as I explore the country I called my second home – from exploring British Columbia’s biggest city to the ice skating on Manitoba’s frozen river via days spent at rodeos and weekends camping and crabbing…

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Passing On The Travel Baton In Bali

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Bali, Continents

Bali

There’s bound to be a special place in anyone’s heart for the first exotic holiday location to which they ever travel.

While my first foreign holiday was to Greece (in typically British style) my first ever experience of a long haul destination was landing in Denpasar airport, Bali, more years ago than I care to admit – and I was overwhelmed, intoxicated and amazed in equal measure.

Now all those memories have come flooding back as my youngest brother has been bitten by the travel bug and found himself travelling to my favourite paradise island: Bali

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…

WIN! A 2 Night Stay In Hong Kong + More For Chinese New Year

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Food, Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Traditional New Year may be well and truly over, but somehow it’s STILL January, leaving most of us with a serious case of the blues.

Luckily Chinese New Year is here and that means another reason to celebrate.

Especially if you find yourself kicking off the Year of the Rooster in style and winning one of the 4 amazing prizes I’m giving away in my Hong Kong Competition

Weekend Shortcut: A Weekend In Devon For Foodies

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, UK Staycation, Weekend Shortcut

Weekend in Devon

A Weekend in Devon; the view from Orestone Manor

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 remote, making it a great candidate for a stress free little trip to recharge your batteries.

Read on to learn how to replicate this delicious weekend in Devon without doing any extra research – leaving you more time to eat, drink and relax with stunning English sea views.

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…

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Christmas Travel, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, Food, UK Staycation

historic mince pies

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 – and edible  – Christmassy claim to fame.

Devon’s Otterton Mill is the producer of mince pies made at the oldest recorded bakery on the planet, making these the world’s most historic mince pies…

Travel To The Home Of The First Christmas Card

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Christmas Travel, Continents, Devon, England, Europe, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

The First Christmas card

The first Christmas card was born at Orestone Manor, Devon, England

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.

The manor house where the ultimate Christmas tradition was born is now a luxury countryside hotel; so what better place to eat, drink and be merry and get into the spirit of Christmas than the original home of Christmas greetings

Find Your Sea Legs With These 4 Marvellous Maritime Museums

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, Opinion, Sweden, USA, Worldwide Vacation

Boat in Genoa's Porto Antico

A boat in Genoa’s old port

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 into travel by boat others make you want to bail when you find your interest levels sinking fast.

So while I’m no more of a salty sea dog than the average traveller, I find life on – and under – the ocean strangely fascinating.

So if you’re into sailing and want to fit some mu-SEA-ums into your travels (sorry!) here are some ideas…