My Top 10 ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Experiences

This is my first post joining the fantastic travel link up and this month’s topic is once in a lifetime experiences. I love reading all the posts every month and decided this was the month I would start to join in!

Here are my top 10 once in a lifetime travel and foodie experiences. They are in no particular order as it was hard enough just picking 10!

Turning 30 in St Lucia

With my birthday on Christmas Eve, I have always spent it in the UK so I can celebrate Christmas with family. However, when I turned 30 I wanted to do something extra special, so we chose to spend my birthday and Christmas on a Caribbean cruise. For my big day I woke up in St Lucia and after Mr B had arranged for our room to be decorated, I opened all my cards and presents on our cabin balcony with fantastic views over the island. We spent the rest of the day on a boat tour, which included a trip to the Pitons, some amazing beaches and a rum coconut! We finished the day with an amazing meal in the ship’s fine dining restaurant. It truly was a perfect day.

Seeing the Grand Canyon

Seeing one of the natural wonders of the world on our west coast tour of America was a moment Mr B and I will never forget. We spent hours walking around the canyon and finding a quiet spot to sit and marvel at the beauty before us. We even took the opportunity to use it as the backdrop for our ‘save the date’ postcards for our wedding.


As a huge animal lover, safari was the ultimate holiday which is why we chose to go for our honeymoon. We spent eight amazing days admiring the magical sunrises and sunsets, watched elephants crossing a watering hole, observed a pride of lions and walked among a tower of giraffes (with an experienced guide). There were so many breath-taking moments which will stay with us both forever.

Champagne breakfast in the bush

As it was our honeymoon in Kenya, we decided to book a champagne breakfast in the bush, which was more memorable than we could have imagined. There was a full cooking station set up and while the chef was cooking breakfast we were looking down on a watering hole home to hundreds of hippos, sipping champagne while watching them bobbing up and down in the water. The fabulous rangers stood guard and were on lookout the whole time.

Celebrating New Year’s eve at Disneyland Paris

Mr B and I spent the day being big kids on New Year’s eve in 2016. We had just enjoyed three days in Paris and decided we wanted to see in the New Year at Disney and what a magical day it was. We spent the day on rides, watched the parade and saw in 2017 watching the incredible firework display at the Disney castle. Of course, we had to have a glass of celebratory champagne at midnight!

Gondola ride in Venice

The price of a private gondola ride in Venice will probably make your eyes water, however we were so glad we decided to go for it. We booked it through our hotel and enjoyed a bottle of Italian prosecco while weaving in and out of the city’s amazing canals. It was so romantic and I would recommend it to anyone visiting this beautiful city.

Helicopter ride over Barcelona

I had never been in a helicopter before. The opportunity had arisen in the past but I always said no as I get very travel sick! However, when we were docked in Barcelona on a cruise I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I’m so glad I did, as the ride was so smooth, including the take-off and landing, and any fear I had was completely worth it for the spectacular views we had up in the air.

Spending Christmas Day in the Caribbean

It was 30 degrees and we spent some of the day sunbathing but we still had time to open presents, meet Santa Claus and listen to Christmas carols sung by the choir. We also had ‘snow’ and ate a lovely Christmas dinner! Definitely a Christmas Mr B and I will never forget!

Being docked in Monte Carlo

This one I am writing on behalf of Mr B who was like a kid at Christmas when he walked onto the balcony after our cruise docked in Monte Carlo! We enjoyed a lovely breakfast looking out onto the harbour and as we were there just over a week before the Monaco Grand Prix we took a walk around the circuit, with Mr B totally in his element!

An amazing meal at Two-Michelin-star Sat Bains and meeting the man himself

We had been talking about going to Sat Bains for ages and when we finally got it booked we had very high expectations, which were well and truly met. I would recommend this place to any foodie! To make a weekend of it we chose to stay overnight and were checked in and greeted by the man himself. The 10-course tasting menu was incredible and we also had a sneaky peak inside the kitchen, where we got a cheeky photo. Waking up the next morning on my birthday we were treated to an amazing breakfast and if you ever get the chance to go you HAVE to have the chorizo and eggs! Read my full review about Sat Bains here.


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  1. Binny Shah February 7, 2018 / 9:11 am

    No prize for guessing which is my favourite!! I would also so love to do a helicopter ride over Barcelona – it is one of my fave cities!!

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 8, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      I really need to go back to Barcelona, we only had one day there so just got a taste of it!

  2. Scarlett Roitman February 7, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Some great ones there Laura! Spending Christmas in a hot place can have its hilarious moments especially when Father Christmas comes out dressed in local gear!

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 8, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      Haha yes tropical Santa was definitely different!

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 8, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      It really was!

  3. Gary Berry February 7, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    What a list of experiences! I think being docked in Monte Carlo sounds like my kind of experience!

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 8, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Monte Carlo was very fabulous!

  4. Louise February 8, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    Fantastic moments! I am a little bit jealous about your safari – and the cruise looks magnificent too! Such beautiful and fun adventures, you guys have had! Love you happy face in Disneyland! Could have been me! Will take my baby girl there as an excuse for going back to childhood again!

    X Louise

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 9, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Disney would be even more magical going with your baby girl! x

  5. the Curious Pixie February 8, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Celebrating a birthday on a tropical island. Has got to be high up there for me!

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 9, 2018 / 2:09 pm

      All my other Birthdays have something to live up to after that!

  6. Angie Silver February 10, 2018 / 11:27 am

    These are amazing! I’m still yet to visit the Grand Canyon!

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 12, 2018 / 10:50 pm

      Thank you Angie! x

    • thetravelsofmrsb February 23, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Thanks Steph!

    • thetravelsofmrsb March 2, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Thanks Emma!

  7. Meg March 29, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Wow, what incredible experiences. Being an animal lover, I would LOVE to do a proper safari and obviously Sat Bains would be amazing!

    • thetravelsofmrsb March 30, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you! Safari was incredible, if you are an animal lover I’m sure you would absolutely love it! I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  8. Mostlyfoodandtravel April 16, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Love all of these- have done a couple and totally agree with what you have said. Look forward to reading more of your adventures

    • thetravelsofmrsb April 17, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Thank you so much! It really got me thinking back and realising how much we had done on different holidays.

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