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My Top 10 Sri Lanka Travel Tips (Especially if you’re British)

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When I need a break from whatever life decides to throw at me, I have a habit of packing a bag and heading to a different part of Southeast Asia. I’ve explored The Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand and parts of Laos and Vietnam, and in late 2018 I chose to spend a whole month in Sri […]

A Guide To Murcia Day Trips: Best Days Out Within 1 Hour Of Murcia City

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Murcia’s recently opened Corvera airport has increased the budget flight options for holidaymakers heading to this part of Spain from across Europe.  So, it’s never been easier to take a short break in Murcia city and explore this entire region of sunny South-Eastern Spain. So, if you plan to visit Murcia and want to sample […]

My Marrakech Itinerary: 5 Must Do Activities in Morocco For First Timers

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Being from a British Arabic speaking background myself, I’ve always favoured short breaks to Arab countries a bit more than the average English holiday maker. Something about the atmosphere, the warm hospitality, the delicious food and the general sense of home I get from these countries really appeals to me when booking breaks. As well […]

Eat With Locals Prague Food Tour Review

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Why Take A With Locals Prague Food Tour? In this post I review a food tour in Prague, which I took while visiting the city for three days. But maybe you’re thinking you can discover plenty of places to eat and drink in a major European capital like Prague on your own, without any tours? […]

Travelling Around Britain in a Motorhome?My Top Caravan Spots in the UK

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m lucky enough to have explored a fair chunk of my home country, staying in everything from luxury hotels to eco campsites. I’ve also had the chance to go on a lot of different kinds of holidays all over the world, including hitting the open road on more than a few occasions. But while living […]

My Favourite Places In Lanzarote (& Why I’ll Always Secretly Love Lanzarote )

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Brits tend to think of the island of Lanzarote – and the Canary Islands as a whole –  as an easy fly and flop destination. Most places in Lanzarote are synonymous with holidays rather than adventurous travel, and with days spent relaxing as opposed to exploring. But even though it may not be trendy to […]

My Crush On Log Cabins, Cotswolds Style: A Luxury Log House Review

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Fancy spending a few days staying in your own private lakeside retreat, surrounded by stunning nature, with quaint and historic honey-hued village pubs on your doorstep? If the answer is yes, then holidaying in log cabins, Cotswolds style could be the mini-break for you. Renting a rustic but luxurious log house of your own is […]

Ready To Eat Food For Travel: Homemade & Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m always on the lookout for healthy and portable snacks to take with me to the airport, and on train journeys – or even to carry in my handbag to stop me getting hangry. Probably because I was once given the following advice: Hunger is the cause of most conflict; even on a short journey, […]

Carcassonne Airport Shuttle Bus Route & Times: Everything You Need To Know

Written by Jaillan Yehia

If you’re travelling to or from Carcassonne Airport you’re probably looking for up to date information about using the quick, cheap and convenient Carcassonne airport shuttle bus before or after your flight. The Carcassonne airport bus service connects tiny Carcassonne airport, on the outskirts of town, with Carcassonne train station (otherwise known as Carcassonne SNCF), […]

The Stylish Way To Brave Blackpool: An Alternative Weekend in Lancashire

Written by Jaillan Yehia

A weekend break to Blackpool probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when you think of a stylish staycation, but I found that by combining a visit to the stunning Lancashire countryside with a side trip to the kitsch and cheesy seaside town that’s famous for ballroom dancing and bright lights, you […]

Why Time Is Running Out To Travel By Jeepney In The Philippines

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Have you been to The Philippines yet? If you have already visited one of the world’s friendliest countries, maybe (like me) you are counting the days until you can go back? Either way I have some news for you if travelling on The Philippines’ own signature transport system is high on your wishlist; the colourful […]

15 Unexpected Things To Do Near The Shard & London Bridge

Written by Jaillan Yehia

One of the reasons London is such an endlessly exciting city is because it is forever evolving. And along with other parts of the English capital, the London Bridge area of the city is changing at a pretty fast pace. As a native Londoner I still remember the area around London Bridge before The Shard […]

Tips For Taking Print-Worthy Photos On Your Travels

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The concepts of travel and photography are more intertwined than ever before. We travel therefore we photograph. Or is it more that we photograph and therefore we travel? We all now see the world through our camera lenses to an almost frightening degree, especially our smartphones, and let’s face it we all bask in the […]

8 Things Every Tourist In London Needs To Know

Written by Jaillan Yehia

London is a city of over 8 million people, so as a native Londoner I’ve come up with 8 things every tourist in London needs to know. They should help you fit in, do as the locals do and get more out of your trip to the best city on earth. If I’d just got […]

Atelier des Lumières Paris: 5 Things You Should Know Before You Go

Written by Jaillan Yehia

We travel to Paris, like so many couples before us, to soak up romance, art, culture and style  – presented in a way that only the Parisians can pull off. I book a city break in Paris in the Spring with my partner because it is the most romantic city on the planet, but I […]

Rome’s Bocache & Salvucci: Is This World’s Most Exquisite Men’s Shoe Shop?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a complete shoe obsessive I made sure that the first thing I prioritised on my first ever visit to Rome was buying some beautiful Italian leather shoes. The only problem on that particular short trip was that I had just 4 hours to spare in the Eternal City before I had to catch a […]

Lunuganga Garden: Exploring The Geoffrey Bawa Estate

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As I wait outside the firmly locked gates of Lunuganga Garden and Estate, along with a smattering of other curious visitors to this leafy corner of Sri Lanka, I feel like Charlie waiting to be let inside the chocolate factory. And just like Willy Wonka’s factory, the architectural fantasy world at Lunuganga is full of […]

A Juice Retreat At Moinhos Velhos: Can NO Food Make You Feel Fab?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’ve been warned that everyone talks (and fantasizes) about food the whole way through a juice retreat. Well I’ve got a head start on all the food talk because I live with a chef  – and we think and talk about food non-stop. My partner is even opening his own food truck specialising in tacos […]

Excursions By Car In Mallorca: 6 Unusual Ideas

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Brits love nothing more than a sunny summer holiday to the Balearic Islands. But unlike my fellow English travellers, I first fell in love with a sleepy off-season Ibiza long after the clubs had shut their doors and the crowds had vanished. I followed this with a couple of forrays to the even sleepier and […]

Terrorism, Tragedy & Theresa: Why Nothing Can Keep Brits From Our Travels

Written by Jaillan Yehia

This week there was an earthquake near Gatwick Airport. Reports say that houses in the Crawley area shook with the 3.3 magnitude quake – the largest ever to strike the region, and one of four so far this year. Until last year there had never been an earthquake recorded in this part of England. Britain’s […]

Barberyn Sands Ayurveda Resort: A Healing Holiday On Paradise Island

Written by Jaillan Yehia

When I’m invited to visit Barberyn Sands Ayurveda Resort in Sri Lanka, the timing couldn’t be better: it’s been 2 years since a driver ploughed into the back of my car while waiting at a roundabout, resulting in me losing consciousness. I still have debilitating whiplash that just won’t quit. Having already set aside 4 […]

1 Day In Colombo in Style: The Best Of The Sri Lankan Capital in 24 Hours

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You may be thinking of spending 1 day in Colombo on your trip to Sri Lanka, but aren’t sure if the capital city has enough to offer to make it worth your precious holiday time (the answer is a resounding YES!). Perhaps you’re a city break fan and have decided you want to experience the […]

Weekend Shortcut: Your Complete Guide To Short Breaks In Cornwall In Winter

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I can personally vouch for benefits of holidaying in Cornwall in the depth of winter; I once boarded a train at London’s Paddington Station in the snow – and arrived a few hours later in St. Austell, to the sight of sunshine and daffodils, at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Cornwall as a summer destination […]

Wolford Chapel & John Graves Simcoe – A Piece of Canadian History in Devon

Written by Jaillan Yehia

The last thing you’d expect to stumble upon while driving through the remote English county of Devon, is a slice of Ontario, but that’s just what you’ll find at Wolford Chapel. This small chapel and its grounds, tucked away off an unassuming British B road, is technically part of Canada, and flies the Canadian flag […]

Canadian TV Vs British TV – And What It Tells Us About Our Two Cultures

Written by Jaillan Yehia

As a Brit in living in Canada, I was always asked the same question every time I got into a taxi. It went like this: Taxi Driver: “What part of Australia are you from?” Me: (Struggling to remain polite, but being British and not Australian, succeeding at remaining calm) “Haha. I’m actually from London.” Taxi Driver: […]

5 days In Portugal: 5 Places To Go

Written by Jaillan Yehia

My first ever post-university package holiday all by myself was to Portugal. I loved holidaying solo and both the concept of solo travel and Portugal itself have done nothing but grow on me over the years. In fact I’ve been visiting Portugal for decades, so when I realised I’ve now been on 5 separate visits […]

Choose Prague’s Forum Karlin For Your Next Gig And Fly There For Free

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I’m on a lot of mailing lists and I just ignore most of the emails I’m sent – I bet you do the same thing. But one email that’s guaranteed to get my attention, and be opened right away, is an alert to say that my favourite band is touring, and tickets are now on […]

Pidurangala Rock At Sunrise: 5 Reasons To Choose It Over Sigiriya

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Pidurangala Rock is probably on your list of places to check out in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, and chances are Sigiriya is on that list too. But unless you’ve got unlimited time to spend in the area, and plenty of funds, you might be wondering whether you should climb just one or both of these […]

Ask Yourself This Question Before Researching Self-Guided Cycling Holidays

Written by Jaillan Yehia

You’re about to start researching (or maybe you’ve already started) self-guided cycling holidays in Europe, and there are lots of different options, destinations and companies to consider. There are 50 countries in Europe, many sharing mountain ranges and offering similar types of terrain with slight differences, so the choice is overwhelming. But as much as […]

Will Brits Need Visas & Schengen Travel Insurance For Europe After Brexit?

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Like many frequent travellers, I consider myself a citizen of the world. I may be a proud UK passport holder, but I also have an Egyptian birth certificate, 3 (now expired) Canadian residency permits, and I spent much of my childhood in Denmark. Given those facts you can probably guess where I stand on the […]

5 Practical Tips For Visiting WTM As A Travel Blogger In 2020

Written by Jaillan Yehia

It’s a week since the end of World Travel Market 2018, and I’m still catching up with the backlog of business cards and follow-up phone calls I have after attending the best travel trade show on the planet. But as backlogs go, this is one I’m very happy to have. Yes ITB (in Berlin) is […]

Travel Cures All Ills – How Sri Lanka Opened My Mind to Medical Tourism

Written by Jaillan Yehia

I remember way back when the phrase medical tourism was first bandied about in the UK. To my mind it usually referred to people travelling to obscure Eastern European countries to have things like costly dental work and minor cosmetic procedures carried out at a fraction of the price that the same treatment would cost […]

How To Do Ibiza Off Season

Written by Jaillan Yehia

Ibiza’s beaches and laid-back vibe started to attract visitors in the 1960’s and Europe’s answer to California’s hippies flocked there, but since then the White Island’s reputation has been primarily one of clubbing and nightlife. But step away from the built-up resorts and bar action and visit off season when the clubs are closed and […]