As the guest host of May’s monthly travel link up, I have chosen to link travel to the concept of a menu whereby if you had to pick a 3 course meal, what would be the destinations that you would remember fondly as your short haul, long haul and dessert as well as the ones you would select off a menu as your bucket list destinations?


Binny’s Travel Menu

起动 - 巴黎#ShortHaul

For my starters, I would 100% pick Paris as my all time favourite short haul destination. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit, that spark and excitement just never fades. Literally if someone said lets go to Paris now I would jump on that Eurostar train at the first opportunity because French cheese, bread, wine and of course French Onion Soup with croutons and a topping of cheese are a good enough reason to bid au revoir to London and Bonjour to Paris.


The first time I visited Paris was in 1998 and happened to be there when France won the world cup. The atmosphere there was just unreal. I have been a few times since and I have also been to Disneyland Paris a few times. I love the convenience of the Eurostar and the fact that it is so easy to get to.

我最近重新访问了巴黎,并在做什么发表后约a weekend in the City of Lights, as it is fondly known我住在一家精品豪华酒店,这是在这样一个伟大的位置。这家酒店,这就是所谓乐Dokhan的,是喜达屋酒店投资组合的一部分,你可以阅读我的检讨here。这也恰好是家里巴黎的第一次香槟酒吧这样一个很好的理由来访问,哪怕只​​是香槟一杯!

As I had been to Paris before I felt less pressurised to visit all the main sights in a mad rush and instead chose to see them at a more leisurely spontaneous pace. We actually walked everywhere and didn’t take a taxi even once!

我喜欢随意游荡到面包店,drawn by the aroma of freshly baked bread, and sitting outside indulging. I somehow also ended up in lots of Bistros, where I sipped wine and pretended to be Parisian. My advice is wander far from the tourist sites down random roads and just let yourself discover the real Paris until you find your points of interest to take those photos for the gram




Mains – Glamping in Kenya #LongHaul

这是一个真正艰难的一个可供选择和我,就像我想摘一些不同的东西,我不得不去肯尼亚,因为它永远是我的头号长途目的地。我想分享一个特殊的旅行,因为我有很多的相关肯尼亚在我的博客内容,所以我选择了我们的Safari在马赛马拉,我们住在豪华的Olare Mara Kempinsk我为我的难忘的长途旅行。

我们必须从威尔逊机场内罗毕到Olare Orak水利,这是接近Ntiaktiak河,在马赛马拉保护区的部分不拥挤的短途飞行。




Our tent, which was the 12th and most remote, had an ensuite bathroom, an outdoor shower, indoor shower and bathtub, but my favourite part was definitely the plunge pool which had views of the Hippo Pool and the Conservancy. In fact at night we heard a hippo splashing about and it sounded so close that I was convinced the hippo was in our plunge pool.




The conservancy also had such dramatic scenery and rugged savannahs and just took my breath away. There is just something about Africa – I can’t get enough of it and no I am not being biased!


If you haven’t been on an African safari, I cannot recommend it enough! If you are planning to go on one I have a post ontop tips for an African Safari.



Our car had no windows as such so it was pretty exciting getting up close and personal with some of the big five!





开玩笑fact: The current Queen of England visited Kenya as a princess and left as a queen.

Dessert – Antigua and Barbuda #TheLastingImpression

The one destination which I would liken to dessert that has been the pièce de résistance
would be the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda, which come as a pair and a match made in heaven. This also happened to be where in June 2008 Amit proposed to me, and he couldn’t have picked a better place for it.


To be honest I am still shocked he wasn’t put off by the awful sun burn and tan I had recklessly somehow gotten whilst out there! This was also our first long haul trip together so a big test in our relationship.


I have covered the whole proposal story in a separate blog post which you can readhere。然而,安提瓜和巴布达是什么拉开序幕我的恋情与加勒比。我们实际上在世界上找到的那部分每年有近两年的例外避难所,因为我们已经稍微警惕寨卡病毒。我们一直以来圣卢西亚,Barbados, The Bahamas,CubaandSt Kitts




突出了我们旅行的海滩,在那里我们spent a heck of a lot of time soaking in the sun, drinking the Antiguan rum in the form of rum punches, the jerk chicken, listening to the Caribbean Steel bands playing popular tunes and the day trip we did on a catamaran to Barbuda.



Note empty glass lol

现在,这是巴布达 - 这是不是字面上天上人间?


Barbuda has glimpses of pink sand and the romantic husband that I have bottled some up when I wasn’t looking and presented it to me as a memoir of our trip and I still have it sitting on my desk and it always makes me smile!

I cannot recommend Antigua and Barbuda enough and if you are going to Antigua you have to 100% do the day trip to Barbuda because it is seriously stunning.


Amit definitely picked the perfect place to propose and it will forever be etched in my heart, just like an amazing dessert that complete an incredible meal. The best thing is that what counts in this instance are the memories not the calories


Bucket List Menu

Short haul – The Amalfi Coast, Italy



I love Italian wine so I want to combine the trip with some visits to some vineyards! If anyone has driven along the Amalfi coast and has any tips I would love to have them!

Long haul – Costa Rica


I recently discovered that there is a Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica and therefore Costa Rica has somehow whizzed to the top of my bucket list!


I would love to go visit the sanctuary as well as experience the beaches, volcano and hot springs, jungle, waterfalls and stay in a tree house! It is also apparently the world’s happiest country so what better place to be for happiness!

If anyone has been I would love to know more about it!

If travel was a menu, what would be your starter (short haul), main (long haul) and/or dessert (a place with a lasting impression). These could be past, present or future travels. Have fun with the topic…

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As ever there are no real rules – basically all we ask is that you check out some of the other cool bloggers that are involved in that months travel link up; tweet a few of the posts out to your followers that you think they will love and make a few comments here and there. It really is a great way to meet some new travel bloggers and share some blogging joy!



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  1. May 1, 2017 / 8:21 am


  2. May 1, 2017 / 8:42 am

    I’d love to visit all of these destinations. Jamaica would probably be my main course… Portugal for starters as I’m so familiar with it so it’s a good way to ease in, and not sure about dessert. I think I need to see more of the world before I plan my menu

  3. 5月1日2017年/上午9:15

    伟大的文章。我的肯尼亚,但我从未去过the Mara. Planning a trip soon. I love the beaches in the south coast. You can check oit my post on Diani. I recently went to Paris and loved everything about Paris. You are always welcome back to Kenya. *wink*


  4. 5月1日2017年/上午9点38分


  5. 5月1日2017年/下午6时56分

    Wow – I’m seriously impressed by the cheetah on the car – what a beautiful animal! It’s also somehow such a catlike thing to do that it really makes me smile.


  6. Sarah
    May 1, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Glamping in Kenya?! Amazing! I think your suggestion for this month’s link up topic is definitely the most unique we’ve had!! I’ve been pretty stuck coming up with an idea for a post… so I’m perusing all the posts that went up today for inspiration

  7. May 2, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Great post! I love Paris too, I always love to return to the city. Glamping in Kenya looks incredible and I hope to do that one day. Costa Rica is definitely on my bucket list too – I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the country!

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  9. May 3, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Beanox! Thank you so much for inviting me to take part in this, I have totally enjoyed writing such a different post! Love that Kenya was on your list too! And Paris is always a good idea. I am reading Lunch in Paris at the moment and it is making me want to book a ticket and explore Paris all over again! If only I WAS a retired gazillionaire! Le Sigh!

  10. kitgraham
    May 3, 2017 / 10:29 pm


  11. May 5, 2017 / 7:34 am

    巴黎 - 我可以把它或离开它(每到自己),但我爱的主要和甜点。Glamping在肯尼亚 - 就像是一个巨大的冒险,声音;和在加勒比...惊喜的海滩。

  12. 2017年5月6日/上午11时37分

    Such a good point about Paris – I go so often with work but rarely stop to see the city! In fact the whole of France is so easy for us to get to!

  13. May 6, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    This post sums up why I love your blog so much – your writing always makes me want to go to wherever you’re writing about RIGHT NOW! I must return to Paris one day and after your Kenya series, it’s firmly on the bucket list. You would love the Amalfi Coast, it’s by far the most beuatiful place I’ve ever been to…and if you go I have tonnes of recommendations for you. Right, now I’m off to stalk your honeymoon post :p

    Polly xx

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