• 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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Thailand for the Tastebuds: How to Make Mango and Sticky Rice

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Food, London, Thailand

Thai glutinous rice - perfect for making dessert!

Thai glutinous rice – perfect for making dessert!

I’ve been obsessed with mango and sticky rice since having it for the first time in a Thai restaurant in the Petronas towers, Kuala Lumpur.

Since then I’ve taken every opportunity to sample different versions of this delicious dessert – and I’ve even sought out a few recipes in a bid to find out how to make mango and sticky rice myself at home  – sometimes with reasonable success.

So when a Thai festival in London’s Selfridges included a cooking demonstration I went along to get some tips…

Learning To Love the Bicycle in Laos

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Asia, Laos, Worldwide Vacation

Bicycles in Champasak

Bicycles in Champasak

There’s something about travel that unlocks your imagination, releases your inner child and makes you feel that anything is possible.  If you want to learn to ride a bicycle – either for the first time or all over again –  the serene and stunning surroundings of Laos are the perfect place to embrace the ‘two-wheels good’ philosophy…

London Calling: Incredible Views of London From The BT Tower

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

View of London from the BT Tower

View of London from the BT Tower

It’s not often I get to see London from a new angle, and having lived here all my life I feel like I know the West End like the back of my hand.

But this weekend I was lucky enough to travel in one of the fastest lifts in Europe (at 15 miles per hour) to the top of the BT Tower, and see London from a whole new perspective.