5 Travel Guilty Pleasures

5 Travel Guilty Pleasures

When travelling I always have are a few indulgences, or guilty pleasures, that I try and slot in to my trip, make time for, or book! Here are just a handful of them (there are so many) that I will reveal.

Rooftop Bars

I absolutely adore visiting a Rooftop bar in the destination I am in, taking in the night skyline of a place, preferably with a glass of bubbles or a Mojito in hand!

Favourites to date have included The Fleur Room in New York, The Sky Bar at Sirocco in Bangkok and Aer at Four Seasons Mumbai.

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The breakfast buffet

I will always try to book a hotel with a breakfast rate included or pay for at least a day’s breakfast, and wake up early for the breakfast buffet! It is also a great way to fuel up for a day of exploring and that way you can have a quicker or lighter lunch.

Often there are also a few local specialties to sample as well as an amazing range of fresh juices to hydrate with.

In Seville, for example, it was a real treat to refresh with freshly squeezed Seville Orange juice. It just tasted incredible.


I love nothing better than booking myself in for a massage whilst travelling, be it a staycation or a jaunt abroad, and feeling a little zen.

It is also a time to forcefully switch off from the screen of my smartphone and be alone with my thoughts.

I also am a sucker for using the spa facilities such as the sauna and hydrotherapy pools!

Fine Dining

Part of my research before visiting a destination is always the food scene and I will find one or two fine dining restaurants to book and experience.

To date, my absolute favourite has been three Michelin starred Lung King Heen at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong. Read more here:


Food markets

I love wandering around a food market (or farmers market as they are sometimes known), when I am traveling as it truly helps to get a real glimpse into the daily life of the local people. The markets are usually full of so much character and charm, and filled with different aromas, colourful and vibrant produce and have a fantastic ambience. I love nothing more than buying an ingredient or spice from the markets to add to my kitchen cupboard, and whenever I reach for it in the future, I am filled with happy memories of the place I purchased it from.

I will always scour the fresh fruit and veg sections as well as track down the bakery/patisserie with my nose!

The most unusual has been the Railway market in Maeklong, Thailand,  as it actually has a train running through the middle of it several times a day. The vendors simply move their produce for a few minutes whilst the train passes through and then go back to their day as normal. It is truly amazing to see!

It is over an hour’s drive from Bangkok and ideal to pair with the Floating Markets, which are also a must see in Bangkok.

What are your guilty pleasures? 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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  1. February 3, 2020 / 10:09 am

    Oh my gosh, I totally agree! Especially on rooftop bars!

  2. February 3, 2020 / 1:29 pm

    Yesss! I here you with regards to the breakfast buffet and rooftop bars!

  3. February 3, 2020 / 6:02 pm

    We have so many guilty pleasures in common! Especially the rooftops, spas and breakfast buffets mmmm! Fabulous post! Sammy xxx

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