• Spotlight On: Thanet

    Allow the English East Kent skies that inspired Turner to inspire you – while discovering easy seaside cycle routes, local seafood, Britain’s best beaches, smuggler’s cliffs and underground tunnels plus a cool, kitsch & quirky arts scene that gives London a run for its money.

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  • Exploring Cardiff

    Home to the oldest record store in the world, along with plenty of other unique boutiques, the Welsh capital is filled with culture, art and tasty treats (hello Welsh cakes) and can be explored easily on foot.

    Come with me as I discover the surprisingly superior cafe culture, and quirky shopping mecca that is Cardiff.

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  • Weekend Shortcuts

    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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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….

Signs Of The Times: 6 Of The Best Cardiff Coffee Shops

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Cardiff, Continents, Europe, Food, Searching For Soya, United Kingdom, Wales

Coffee in Cardiff

Outpost coffee’s sign

During my recent weekend in Cardiff  – my first ever visit to the Welsh capital – I noticed one thing right off the bat; this city is crazy about quality coffee.

This list of 6 seriously good Cardiff coffee shops will help you stay sharp while you shop in the city centre, and the signage alone will entertain you even if you don’t need a pick me up…

My Multicultural London: 5 Ways To Experience London’s Diversity

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, England, Europe, London

multicultural London

I just couldn’t concentrate on anything or anywhere but London this weekend, for obvious reasons.

So I decided to write my own little post of defiance, to give the tiniest of glimpses, from own my personal perspective, on why London’s AMAZING multicultural energy won’t change no matter how many times we are the focus of attack by those who want to spread hate instead of love. 

The great thing about London is that it lets you be whoever the hell you want and do whatever the heck you like – no matter your background, colour, age, religion or anything else.

These are just 5 of the ways I like to experience the joyful multiculturalism of London

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…

Calling All Carat Collectors: 3 Diamond Destinations For Geezers & Gals

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Art & Culture, Continents, Europe, Italy, London, Roman Artisans, United Kingdom, Worldwide Vacation

diamond destinations: Rome

Diamond destination: Jewellery In Rome

They’re a girl’s best friend, they’re forever, and they’re timeless. You find diamonds appearing everywhere in our language as well as our jewellery boxes; they’re ‘in the rough’ as well as on the soles of your shoes.

They’re the only precious stones which have had world famous slogans invented about them and to which countless well-known terms and phrases lead back through history.

The world has always been fascinated with diamonds – but if you’re fascinated with the world, here are 3 diamond destinations to which you should travel to see jewels shine bright.

5 Things You Must Try On Mexico’s Mayan Riviera

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, Mexico, Worldwide Vacation, Yoga

Mexico Mayan Riviera

Street art in Playa del Carmen

Mexico has a well-deserved reputation as a real beach paradise.

While living in Canada I realised that vacations to Cancun are, for Western Canadians, what holidays in Spain are for us Brits.

In other words, it’s totally normal to go to Mexico and spend a week (or two) at an All Inclusive Resort eating, drinking and sunbathing, totally guilt-free.

While there’s nothing wrong with a bit of R&R, I did a lot more than just lie on gorgeous white powder sand beaches while I was on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, so I’ve compiled a list of 5 activities that will help you soak up the culture and vibe, as well as the sun, while in this most exotic part of North America…

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…

The Travel Tipping Point: UK Summer Staycations

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in The Travel Tipping Point

UK Summer Staycations

My last UK Summer Staycation in Ramsgate

New research shows that with the effects of Brexit – and the exchange rate for the Pound plummeting overseas – staying at home in the UK this summer is officially the new going abroad.

But once summer hits I’ve always been a fan of staying home – and my UK summer staycations season undoubtedly starts building from the beginning of Spring onwards, regardless of trends.

So let me tell you why I think the UK is THE place to be in the sun