April 6, 2015

Musings: Why Travel is my Vice

I love booking holidays. The excitement it gives me is unreal, from recording it in my Countdown app or creating moodboards on Pinterest. Travel is my viceI truly believe that if travelling was free, you would never see me again. I would be updating this blog from somewhere in the middle of the Pacific ocean sipping cocktails and not worrying about my old life back in London…oh hey Fiji

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The past 18 months have been a bit of a whirlwind for me in terms of travel having been to the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Paris, Tunisia and Dubai. And yes, I am already planning Summer 2015 if you want to know, somewhere hot and where things should ‘stay‘. Can you guess where?

There is something about being in another city, on a beach or exploring the local town to make you realise the world is bigger than working a 9-5 or simply being content with your surroundings. I really don’t believe in staying in the same place forever, doing the same mundane things.

I want more.

I just want to look back on my life knowing I got to experience the world. I am always seeking adventure, culture and making a fool of myself trying to speak to the local language when ordering a cocktail (or two). Hey, at least I tried!


The frantic panic of packing always leaves me anxious and flustered. You just start to question everything you own. Making a list and not wearing half of the stuff you take with you is my major problem for me. I always over-pack, but a girl needs options right? Or then realising you hate all your clothes and then repacking and packing again to make room for the ASOS order you just made. It’s difficult being female sometimes, I mean guys can literally pack a few hours before and be ready to go. They don’t have to worry about the plethora of make-up, accessories, toiletries… the list goes on.

On top of that is making sure your luggage isn’t overweight. Some airlines are so tight when it comes to excess luggage and can charger you up to £10 per extra kilo. When I went to Dubai, my luggage allowance was 37kg in total flying Emirates, and as you can imagine that large and in charge Sports Direct suitcase is now broken…


The excitement of going to the airport and raiding Mac (this is the only place I purchase their stuff – Thanks duty free). Not to mention picking up stuff you’ve forgotten when you walk past Boots…then running to your gate in a panic once you hear your flight is boarding. I do love the rush!

Here a few handy websites I use for all things travel:

Are you planning on going anywhere soon? Or where have you been and loved or sadly loathed

Char xo

Please note – Images in this post have been sourced from Google images and are only used for reference purposes. They do not belong to me.

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About Me

Welcome to my little space on the internet, known as Memoirs and Musings. I’m Char, short for Charlotte and my blog/website/diary is dedicated to documenting my Memoirs and Musings, hence the name. I wouldn’t say I was your ‘typical’ blogger either. I don’t care about getting the perfect flatlay or feeling bad for not posting, I just enjoy writing. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. Anyway, I love to travel, indulge in a glass of white wine, when plans are cancelled and purchase overpriced make up.  I guess that’s me in a nutshell, trying to figure out this thing called life, have fun and never lose sight.