My Top Ten Travel moments of 2016 and travel plans for 2017

2016 was a year full of such varied travel and I am so grateful for all the experiences that I have been lucky to have. My top ten travel highlights, in no particular order, were as follows:

  1. A BBQ out at sea in Mauritius

Having a BBQ on a Catamaran in the middle of the Indian Ocean in Mauritius was one of those “pinch me, is this real?” moments and was an unforgettable experience. What made it even more special was that we saw some dolphins jumping in and out of the water whilst we were chilling on the Catamaran, soaking up the sunshine. I generally am happiest when on a boat, out at sea, so this was definitely a memory I will cherish forever.


2. Exploring St Malo, in Brittany 

I had visited St Malo, when I was 15, as part of a school trip to spend a few weeks there, attending a school to learn French. In 2016, I was invited by Brittany Ferries, to experience St Malo again and it was just stunning! I fell in love with it all over again and ate all the salted caramel I could manage. It is such an easy trip from the UK and I highly recommend it.


3. Making my own pizza in Naples, Italy

As part of our cruise in September 2016, one of our stops was Naples, in Italy and it happened to be during the Pizza Festival. We spent the day exploring Naples by foot, learning about the history and then went to a restaurant where we learned how to make the pizzas Naples is famous for ourselves! It was such a lovely experience and one of the top foodie moments of 2016 for me. The pizza was delicious too!


4. Visiting Monaco

Monaco had been one of the destinations on my travel wish list for so long so when it was part of the destinations our cruise was going to I was ecstatic! I loved exploring Monaco and taking in the views and aspiring to own a yacht parked in the marina one day!


5. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world, and this was my third visit to the Catalonian capital and I can never tire of seeing the sights.


6. Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun, Mexico City 

Climbing the third biggest pyramid in the world in Mexico City was also a top travel moment. I was very unfit and had to stop several times before I made it to the top! However, the view from the top made up for the exhaustion! If you ever visit Mexico City do not miss this out and make sure you climb it!


7. Visiting my husband’s family’s Kesar Mango Farm in India

This year my husband took me to India to visit his ancestral home outside of Bhuj. They grow the famous Kesar Mangoes at the farmland close to his home and trust me those mangoes, when in season, are the best mangoes you will ever eat!

It was nice to have a (forced) social media detox and not be able to check emails and just immerse myself in the laid back culture and breath that fresh air every day.

PS: I know I look like a Kesar Mango myself in this bright yellow outfit LOL


8. Seeing the Gateway of India in Mumbai

Another landmark, top of my list to see, was the Gateway of India, and in 2016 I ticked this off the list. It had always interested me, especially after reading about the Mumbai Terror Attacks, and the major plus point was it was right opposite the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which we stayed at and also ticked off our hotel wish list.


9. Going to the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Although I have visited Dubai several times, we have never actually gone to the top of the Burj Khalifa until 2016 on a family trip there. It was dark when we got to the top at our scheduled time so we saw all the pretty lights making the city sparkle. I would love to go again during the day time on my next visit to Dubai.


10. Attending The Latin America Top 50 Restaurant Awards

The final highlight of many, was attending the Latin America Top 50 Restaurant Awards in a very glitzy ceremony in Mexico City, as part of a press trip. This trip was especially confidence boosting for me as I had never travelled so far by myself before and with a lack of knowledge of much Spanish I did struggle a little. However, it has also led to one of my new year’s resolution being to learn Spanish as I would love to visit other parts of Latin America.


So far in 2017 I have plans to visit Athens in January, Paris in February and a long trip back to Kenya in March to attend my youngest brother’s wedding as well as spend lots of time with family and friends.

We have yet to plan a trip for our seven (gasp) year wedding anniversary as well as a big trip for when I end my career at some point this year (tbc).

I would love to see more of Asia, Latin America, North America as well as some more city breaks in Europe.

Keep an eye out on my Instagram to find out as and when I make some more travel plans.

What is on your travel wish list this year? I would love to know in the c0mments section below 🙂


About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Looks like you had a fabulous 2016 travel wise. I’ve always wanted to visit Barcelona, so will try to this year. Loving your travel plans for 2017, Latin America always seem interesting x

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
    • Binny wrote:

      Aww u must lovely!!! We went in September and it was still so hot!

      Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  2. Erin wrote:

    What a list! Sounds like you had a fun year of travel. I hope 2017 proves to be the same for you.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  3. Oh wow what a wonderful year.. 2017 sounds equally as exciting! Have fun 🙂

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  4. Eppie wrote:

    What an inspiring list Binny! Excited for 2017!

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
  5. Heidi Roberts wrote:

    After my second press trip to the awesome Mexico City I have vowed to learn more Spanish too!!

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  6. An amazing year Binny. Here’s to more airmiles and stamps on in your passport! X

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  7. Tanja wrote:

    great year! ideas for 2017? happy 2017! #travellinkup

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  8. What an amazing year lovely!! I’m super excited to follow your journey this year!

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  9. Oh my gosh I’m not gonna lie I stared gaping at the first item – what an amazing thing to experience! And so many of the other ones made me dream 🙂 As for 2017, I’m hoping to head to Asia for the first time 😀

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  10. Harpreet wrote:

    What a fabulous post on some amazing adventures B! And gasp, no more spread sheets soon? We need a session when you are here in Kenya so that we can talk and you can inspire me some more! Can’t wait babe, please please do save me a date and we can do something fun and blogworthy together. Love you loads xxx

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  11. It looks like you had so many amazing trips last year! I’d love to visit Mauritius, Mexico and Dubai!
    xo April | April Everyday

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  12. I don’t think I’d make it up the top of the pyramid… though after everything I’ve eaten over Christmas I probably need a good pyramid climb 😉

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
  13. Sounds like you had a fab 2016. Hope this year is just as exciting!

    Posted 1.5.17 Reply
  14. I’m going back to Barcelona this year (hiiiiiiiii!) and I’m so excited to finally see the Sagrada Familia in all its restored glory (it was basically a construction site last time we were there!!)

    xx Sandra | Cake + Whisky

    Posted 1.5.17 Reply
  15. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad wrote:

    The photo of you looking like a mango is amazing! Definitely made me laugh 🙂 Anything with boats and dolphins is alright by me, too. I also went to Barcelona this year and fell totally in love with the Sagrada Familia! Definitely my favourite part of the city.

    Sounds like you have a lot coming up next year, ending your career sounds enigmatic?!

    Posted 1.5.17 Reply
  16. Binny I’m so jealous of all your travels!! You’ve had the most incredible year, can’t wait to see all your next trips for 2017!
    Elle Bloggs

    Posted 1.7.17 Reply
    • Binny wrote:

      Thanks love!! We need a catch up – you, Megan and I over some nice food xxxx

      Posted 1.7.17 Reply
  17. You had such a great year for travel, Binny! I particularly enjoyed reading your Mexico and cruise posts =) Here’s to more mojitos and trips in 2017! x

    Posted 1.7.17 Reply
  18. What an incredible year! Can’t say I’ve ever been to a mango farm in India, despite spending so much time in the country 🙂 Looking forward to following your upcoming adventures! xxx

    Posted 1.7.17 Reply
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