I still cannot believe just how much I’ve been missing out on as far as a solo vacation goes! For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been surrounded by people, (I come from a big family) so as short-lived as it was, this quiet time was refreshing.

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Swimsuit – Forever Trendy.

To mark my 29th birthday, I took a trip down to the coast and although I’ve been there numerous times, I’ve never really explored what the different islands have to offer. I wanted to do things differently this time around and here’s how it all went down!

Solo Vacation – Night One.

On Tuesday, I boarded an afternoon flight to Mombasa and booked myself an AirBnB – yap, in that order! Lol! I was trying to be as spontaneous as possible, which is way out of my comfort zone because my personality doesn’t allow me to be at ease unless everything is planned to the t! I made sure to only book with a “Super Host” and thankfully, my sea-view accommodation was super! As soon as I landed, I made a reservation for dinner and drinks at Tamarind Restaurant – one of the places I had been eager to visit – and off I went!

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The famous Tamarind Piri Piri Prawns. Yummers!

Solo Vacation – Day Two.

My plan for Wednesday was to explore Old Town, Mombasa, dine like the locals and go site-seeing. The rest of the troop was flying down the same afternoon and I had made arrangements to pick them from the airport, so I had an early start to the day, to get as much done, solo, as possible.

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Travelling is all about experiencing different cultures and to kick this day off, I dined like the locals at Jahazi Coffee House πŸ™‚

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Swahili coffee, viazi karai and samosas, anyone?

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Fueled and ready to hit the town, but first, a moment to take in all this beauty!

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All the buildings have so much character and history!

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A stunning view of Forodhani Restaurant, Old Town, Mombasa.

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A temple with a story.

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After picking the girls from the airport, we hit Leonardo’s for pizza and wine. So delish!. πŸ˜›

Day Three – My Actual Birthday!

End of my solo vacation, hello girls trip!

My plan for Diani was to have a relaxing time and explore this quiet island as much as we could! We got our accomodation through Dixon –Β +254724645018 – who came highly recommended. He made sure we had a comfortable stay allΒ  the staff were so warm and welcoming! We spent the morning hours of my birthday sipping and catching up by the pool, our chef, Evans, prepared us a bomb lunch, then we set out for sun-downers at Sails – Almanara Luxury Resort.

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Our chef came through with the rice, coconut sauce and tafi fish. Yumm!

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The Almanara gate made for such a cool backdrop! πŸ˜€

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Views from Sails – Almanara Luxury Resort.

Friday!

We spent most of Friday in the pool, then set out to Nomad Beach Bar for the rest of the evening.

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Swimwear and hat from Forever Trendy πŸ˜‰

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The walk to Nomad Beach Bar.

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Nomad Long Islands πŸ˜›

Saturday!

Saturday was our last night in Diani and you won’t even believe how terrible the weather was! We had planned to spend the afternoon at the scenic Congo River, but it rained so heavily, we had to completely shift gears. We opted to head out for pizza and home-made gelato at Leonardo’s instead and then came the bar hopping! We hit Tiki Bar for cocktails, then Forty Thieves and then Tandoori. Lol!

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Pizza so good, we visited twice! Also, I wore my swimsuit all day! Don’t you just love vacationing? Thank you, once again, Forever Trendy! πŸ˜€

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Don’t have a Caipirinha if you want to get served in these Tiki Mask mugs. I learnt the hard way. Lol!

Why Do All Good Things Come To An End?

Cue in Nelly Furtado’s voice. Lol! To say that I thoroughly enjoyed my birthday trip would be an understatement, but it was also a good feeling to come back home and get back to work! πŸ™‚

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Views from the top are always the best!

I can’t wait to explore more of what Kenya has to offer. Have any of you guys embarked on a solo vacation before? What are some of the tips you could share? Drop them all in the comment section below! πŸ™‚

 

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