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Nairobi will most likely be your first stop in Kenya if you’re flying in. Nairobi is amazing as it offers quite a few wildlife activities right in the heart of the city. Nairobi National Park is the only national park in the world to be in a capital city – on its savannah plains you can see rhinos, lions, giraffes with the city skyline as a backdrop.

There are bars and restaurants like you would expect from any capital city and the easiest way I found to get around was uber.

I spent my first night going for dinner at Carnivore, which is an open-air restaurant. Carnivore’s specialty is meat, and features an all-you-can-eat meat buffet – they offer a range of unusual meats; alligator, ostrich etc. The atmosphere was lovely, complete with a live band performance.

Area to stay: Westlands

Places to eat: Carnivore Restaurant, CJ’s 

Places to visit: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Centre

Luxe Out:

  • Fairmont the Norfolk – spa day
  • Carnivore Restaurant – dinner
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Breaks close to home

Not being able to travel internationally doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some well deserved #RnR 🧖🏾‍♀️. 

Here’s our list of local destinations we think you should try out: 

1️⃣ London – Why not stay close to home or drive/commute down and stay at a 5* star hotel. We recommend the Landmark as they always offer an amazing service 👌🏾 

Breakfast in bed? A spa treatment? Get the holiday feeling without getting on a flight. 

➡️ if you’d prefer a day service why not try the Montcalm or one of the many Bannatyne sites? Their massages are amazing and they offer access to their swimming pool and spa services. 

2️⃣ The Cotswolds 

The Cotswolds have been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They are truly picturesque. They cover 800 square miles across 5 counties. It’s a gateway to some amazing cities; Bath, Oxford for example and the chefs at their gastropubs are top tier.

We could go on but then this post would get really long 😉 Look into it and make a weekend or longer of it.

3️⃣ Cornwall – St. Ives, Penzance, Newquay, Torquay. Getting to some of these places will really make you feel like you’ve left the UK. You will have a lengthy drive or train head ahead of you but the destination is more than worth it.

4️⃣Edinburgh, Scotland 

There are nearly more castles than people (not really but there are a lot of castles)! Gothic vibes, castle vibes, cobbled street vibes. Edinburgh offers a lot of vibes, if you’re feeling even more adventourous why not head to the coast and take in some of the beautiful coastline 😍

**Please check local lockdown/covid restrictions before booking anything**


Booking your trip…



Skyscanner is our go-to, in all the years we’ve been flight searching it still offers the best comparison on prices with an easy interface.


Momondo has worked well for us in the past to find lower priced flights to European destinations.

Google Flights

Google flights is our number 2 for searching for flights, you can search the dates for when a flight will be cheaper and it also has an easy user interface.

Secret Flying

If you are feeling spontaneous and have the free time like that!! SecretFlying is perfect for you, you get error fares and other crazy deals – you don’t have much time to think about it so act quick if you’ll be using this site.



airbnb are a great shout for getting a homely vibe in a foreign country – the villas in Bali, the apartments in Dubai etc. However you can also find hotel type service on here too, get into it already if you haven’t.

What we love about is their reserve now and pay later options, as they allow flexibility in your plans. You are also rewarded for your loyalty with their Genius scheme.


When you think hostel I’m sure you picture 6 people in one room, sleeping on a bunkbed and sharing a shower. We are here to tell you that yes that does exist but you can also find amazing locations like our stay at the Masai Mara on sites like Hostelworld too.



Viator has had our tours/activities coin for a very long time, they have an amazing variety – airport pick-up, food tours etc. People can also rate the services provided, he reviews are always brutally honest so you know what to expect.


Get Your Guide are similar to Viator and often offer some of the same tours (sometimes cheaper) – so bounce between both to save the pennies.

Local contacts

Last but definitely not least, LOCAL GUIDES – here we are pictured with our guide Putu. We found him on Instagram and he was everything and more, we honestly can’t sing his praises enough. Tour guide, photographer, fortune teller! He does it all and feeding directly back into locals and their community is always awesome. If you find your way to Bali sides, drop him a line @tripbarengputu.

If you would like the option to book things on a deposit, and pay it off in installments we also work with a travel company that can help you do this. Drop us a line with your enquiry 🙂