• Spotlight On: Menorca

    The island of Menorca is sleepier and more tranquil than its Balearic neighbours, with a reputation for impeccable unspoiled coastlines Caribbean-worthy caves and coves and eco tourism, a world away from the hedonistic holidays on offer in Ibiza and even Majorca.

    It’s also the birthplace of two different types of famous footwear – Avarcas sandals and Pretty Ballerinas, so the shoe shopping’s superior too.

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  • Isle Of 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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  • 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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The Perfect Place to Stay in San Ramon, Costa Rica – Casa Amanecer

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Costa Rica, Perfect Places To Stay, Worldwide Vacation

Casa Amanecer Balcony

Casa Amanecer Balcony

When deciding where to stay before flying out of San Jose airport following a trip through Nicaragua and Costa Rica, I considered taking in Costa Rica’s capital city, and like many travellers, I decided that with just an overnight visit I couldn’t do it justice.

Instead I plumped for a relaxing night in the small colonial town of San Ramon, Alajuela,  for a more leisurely final night in Central America.

This made for the perfect last stop in Costa Rica; comfort and sustainability are the watchwords at Casa Amanecer and it more than delivers on both counts.

Cycling tour of Granada, Nicaragua

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Americas, Nicaragua

Catedral De Granada

Catedral De Granada

One of the most memorable places I’ve ever rented a bicycle is Granada, Nicaragua.

Not long after arriving and sleeping off the jetlag, I peer out through the huge carved wooden doors of my hotel into the rural and slow-paced street outside and realise how perfect for cycling this city this is, within an hour I’m back in the saddle and exploring the streets for myself…

The Bloomsbury Festival 2011

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

Bloomsbury Festival

Bloomsbury Festival

Bloomsbury is an area of London which evokes an enormous sense of history – the Bloomsbury Setthe British MuseumBlue Plaques on the walls of Georgian townhouses – but in the present day it isn’t really somewhere most Londoners would consider a tangible place to while away a weekend – yes the Bloomsbury Festival shows you just how much the area has to offer…

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

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Europe, France, Opinion, UK Staycation, Worldwide Vacation

Day tripping is easy by boat

Day tripping is easy by boat

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.