• 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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Where to shop in Spain if you like Zara

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Europe, Morocco, Shopping, Worldwide Vacation

Zara Clothing

Zara Clothing

Everyone loves a bit of Zara, but I have a few other favourite Spanish stores which I seek out to go bargain-hunting whenever I hit Spain or other Spanish territories.

So where should you shop in Spain if you like Zara, and want some chain stores which haven’t made their mark on the UK but have similar quality, prices and styles? And I don’t mean El Corte Ingles…

Photo Journey Around Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Food, Morocco, Photo Journeys, Worldwide Vacation

Jemaa el-Fnaa By Night

Jemaa el-Fnaa By Night

Marrakech’s highlights are undoubtedly food and shopping and both are best accomplished in and around the legendary surroundings of Marrakech’s central square. Your shopping will be chaotic and your food eaten in a throng of people while the stalls’ sales people grab more customers from amongst the crowds, but the experience is unforgettable.

If you’re lucky rushing around the souks looking for that perfect tan leather handbag might just work off some of the calories from the barbecued meat and plentiful patisseries too.

How to Laze at A Luxury Pool for Less than the Price of Lunch

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Africa, Asia, Cambodia, Morocco, Opinion, Spa Stopover, Worldwide Vacation

Pool in Sri Lanka

Pool in Sri Lanka

You’re booking a hotel for your next break; you know you’ll spend little time in the room, but you’re lusting after a pool or an onsite spa. It will blow the budget but you just can’t resist. Sound familiar?

We’re all seduced into spending more than we planned, or staying in a less than ideal location by hotels’ designer credentials or leisure facilities, and unless we’re on a dedicated beach break, we know we’ll spend most of our time out and about exploring the destination not swimming in the hotel pool.