• 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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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.

The Perfect Place to Stay in London – The Zetter Townhouse

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in England, Europe, Perfect Places To Stay, UK Staycation

Zetter Townhouse

Keep your eye on The Zetter Townhouse

I was on a mission to track down the perfect hotel for a decadent day of afternoon tea, gossip and girlish fun, and one by one had written off many of the hotels in Central London for being too corporate, too cliched or too bland.

I had The Boundary on my decadent shortlist, along with The Town Hall Hotel (and 40 Winks crept in there too in its silk nightie), but something told me if would be worth waiting for the Zetter Townhouse to open its little Georgian door to me!

5 Ways to Have a Franc-free Few Hours in Zurich – A Weekend Break to The Swiss City

Written by Jaillan Yehia. Posted in Europe, Switzerland, Worldwide Vacation

Zurich Tram at Burliplatz

Zurich Tram at Burliplatz

When asked to think up the perfect European city break destination, I doubt many people would name Zürich, but as I discovered there’s a lot to love about this pretty little Swiss city. Fresh mountain air, a medieval old town, world-class art and cafe culture, all with a stylish urban twist: for the seasoned city-breaker Zürich is an absolute no-brainer. Here’s how to have a perfect Zürich weekend break…