10 destinations that I have absolutely loved

10 destinations that I have absolutely loved

In the spirit of ‘Romance and Love’ when it comes to travel, I often reminisce about destinations that I have been to, and some really stand out to me for the memories they have evoked, my experience and some so much so that I have actually either been back or are already on planning on re-visiting. Here are my top 10 in no particular order.

1. London

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life: Samuel Johnson

I love London and always count it as one of my favourite cities. Despite having lived in London since 2005, the city continues to leave me in awe all the time, especially when I am sat in my favourite building, The Shard, staring out all the mesmerising views of London through its various sides.

If you’re visiting London, I highly recommend visiting Aqua Shard at The Shard and trying the Mary Poppins themed Afternoon Tea.

2. Kenya

I will always have a soft spot for Kenya and every time I return its a new experience and a whole new set of amazing memories made to look back fondly on.

I am so grateful to have grown up in such a diverse country which offers so much in terms of beautiful landscapes, amazing national parks, white sandy beaches and an incredible range of animals to see in the wild.  It is also such a multicultural country and growing up I learned about so many different religions, cultures and ways of life that have really shaped the way I think today.

You can read about the things to do in Mombasa, where I grew up, here.

3. Santorini

The sunsets in Santorini, along with the white and blue colour palette totally blew my mind and everything was just as I imagined it to be – absolutely postcard perfect. I am already hoping to go back soon so watch this space!

You can read all about Santorini here:

Travel Guide: Santorini, Greece

4. Bali

 

I had heard so much about Bali that when I finally arrived I finally understood why people love it so much. I left a piece of my heart there and I am heading back this October on a solo trip as the desire to be back was so strong.

It has so much beauty, incredible people, gorgeous rice terraces, amazing food and intriguing temples, and really is a fabulous destination for some R&R.

You can read all about Bali here.

 

5. Mauritius

Mauritius with its picturesque beaches was heaven on earth for me, and coupled with spectacular sunsets, its definitely an island that is absolutely perfect. The people are so warm and friendly, the food is just so delicious and they make rum! You can totally understand why I loved it so much!

You can read all about the things to do in Mauritius here.

6. Tuscany

 

Rolling green fields, lemon trees, pasta, pizza, Tuscan wine and Gelato – my dream combination and the perfect escape from London for some warmth, sunshine, good food, good wine and a good time! 

I fell in love with Tuscany and I dream of owning a home surrounded by fields there one day!

You can read about the things to do in Tuscany here.

7. Verbier

I had never fully appreciated just how amazing a summer break in the mountains actually is until I recently visited Verbier, in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Nothing compared to that crisp fresh air, the serenity, the sounds of the birds chirping in the trees and cows mooing in the distance with their bells clinking, and just breathtaking views all around.

I would highly recommend visiting in the summer and I will most definitely be replacing some of my beach breaks with mountain breaks in future.

You can read all about Verbier here.

8.Paris

Paris is one of my favourite cities and I have returned so many times during different seasons. I no longer visit as a tourist and instead love walking around, indulging in pastries, french onion soup, cheese and wine along the way, finding hidden gems on cute quaint cobbled streets and people watching.

The sheer convenience of it from London on the Eurostar is perfect, and one day I may even be tempted to waltz over for lunch!

You can read all about Paris here.

9. Antigua and Barbuda

beach in Barbuda

The islands of Antigua and Barbuda will forever be special to me as it is where I got engaged and I really do hope to visit again for a special milestone with Amit. There are 365 beaches to enjoy, rum punch, jerk chicken, steel bands playing lovely tunes, a great vibe and lovely catamaran excursions to spend time out at sea on. My kind of place!

You can read all about Antigua and Barbuda, as well as the proposal here.

10. Mexico

Finally, Mexico – a place that has also stolen a piece of my heart. I love the people and they really made me feel so welcome and taught me so much about their country that I really want to go back. I loved indulging in the food, learning all about their fascinating history and visiting archaeological sites and immersing myself in their culture.

I would highly recommend not skipping Mexico City for it is an absolute treasure! 

You can read all about Mexico City here.

What places have you absolutely loved? I’d love to know in the comments below xx

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

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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8 Comments

  1. August 1, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Great selection of destinations Binny. Love the variation too. Mexico is on my list and I will checking out all the blogs when I do visit. It is really hard to narrow down to one because I guess every place is unique and has its own special moments too. X

  2. August 1, 2018 / 8:36 am

    What a fabulous post with some amazing destinations. i actually share a lot of those in my Top 10 and am so excited about going back to Tuscany this year. Kenya is definitely on my radar!

  3. August 1, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I just love these places too!

  4. August 2, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    So many beautiful places!

  5. August 2, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Such lovely trips you’ve had!! I’ve been to a few of them. That giraffe hotel in Kenya is still high on my list though! (That is where that photo is from, right?)

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