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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Camping, Continents, England, Europe, Photo Journeys, UK Staycation, United Kingdom

Port Lympne

6 week old baby rhino Zuri

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 the Romney Marsh.

I’ve used all my willpower today to stop oohing and ahhing over the wildlife photos for 5 minutes to explain why an overnight trip sleeping under the stars at the South East’s wild animal park is an amazing excursion for anyone.

For animal lovers like me, who want an inspiring, as well as an indulgent, weekend away it is amazing to think this is all little more than an hour away from London

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping the malaise for Malaysia

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Continents, Europe, Guest Posts, Malaysia, News, Opinion, The Real Life Brexiters, United Kingdom

brexiter

This month’s featured Brexiter lives in Kuala Lumpur

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 girl who now lives in Mexico, and this month I talk to Worcester native Simon, who has moved on to a new life in Malaysia

Road Trip Checklist: 6 Practical Things To Know Before You Go

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Camping, News, Opinion

road trip checklist

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 good care of myself while I’m in it, so as someone who doesn’t know too much about mechanics I decided to ask around and compile an easy to understand road trip checklist before I start road tripping around Europe.

I hope it is useful for you too…

Tips For Visiting Antigua In Winter

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Antigua, Caribbean, Continents

Antigua in winter

As the clocks go back and winter draws in, my mind is turning to dreams of escape – preferably to a paradise island.

Like many Brits, the Caribbean is what I imagine when I think of palm-fringed beaches and the last time I took a winter break to a Caribbean island I chose Antigua.

Here are a few facts you need to know when visiting the picture postcard Caribbean island of Antigua in winter.

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Food, Opinion, Searching For Soya, Spain, Valencia, Worldwide Vacation

Where to eat in Valencia

Where to eat in Valencia – this is Cafe Dulce de Leche which is basically cake heaven

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 – but a surprisingly large number have so far missed out on a trip to Spain’s third largest city.

Now Valencia’s exciting culinary scene, from traditional horchata bars to Michelin stars, has become one of the true highlights of any visit – and checking out where to eat in Valencia is valid reason in its own right to jump on that plane to Spain…

The Real Life Brexiter: Swapping Somerset For Mexico City

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Continents, England, Europe, Guest Posts, Mexico, Opinion, The Real Life Brexiters, Women of the world

Real life Brexiter Katja Gaskell and her family in Mexico

Katja Gaskell and her family in Mexico

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 ask ourselves if England is as pleasant as we had thought – or if pastures greener and newer might have more to offer us and our families.

So I asked a variety of British expats what it’s really like to do what many Britons are now dreaming of  – become a real life Brexiter and give life in Blighty a wide berth.

First in the series is Katja Gaskell, who left Somerset and now lives in Mexico City. Here is her story…

A Short and Sweet Trip To Iceland

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Continents, Europe, Guest Posts, Iceland, Worldwide Vacation

Andrea in Iceland

Andrea in Iceland

One of my best friends in the world, has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Iceland.

I was lucky enough to hear all her tips and see her amazing Icelandic photos first-hand, so I decided to ask her to share her top 10 highlights from an epic two-week Icelandic roadtrip right here, to inspire anyone who has an inkling that a trip to Iceland might just be for them…

Geeking Out: Travelshift Shifts The Travel Booking Experience

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Opinion

Iceland

 Iceland after the financial crash  – image by Tom Craig 

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 someone with a passion for politics and economics, as well as travel, I found the situation frustrating as well as fascinating.

These days Iceland is of course booming  – and I’ve learned about a local travel tech company which is reinventing the way the travel industry sells self-packaged holidays, so I decided to find out more…

Have Mat Will Travel

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in News, Opinion

Mexican Yoga retreat

But can I swap beach yoga for office yoga?

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 front of the laptop lately, often not at a proper desk but hunched over a dining table, sitting on a couch, or in airport lounges and coffee shops – something that any freelancer worker can relate to, especially if they travel often.

My body is telling me very firmly that it wants some attention so I decided to look for some quick and simple solutions to stop neglecting my health while I’m on the road…