The amount of travelling I’ve done may seem small and insignificant to some, but to me, the few places I have visited have given me memories I’ll never forget. 
I hope to continue adding to these memories by visiting new and exotic places, but one thing I’ve realized is that although I look back and appreciate and reminisce countries and trips as a whole, there’s also a few moments that really stand out for me.
There are experiences that reflect whole trips or really make a place and there are moments that you instantly think of when you hear the name of the place you have visited.

So today I’m going to share with you some of my favourite travel experiences; each of which I’m forever grateful for.
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WATCHING THE PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER IN ROMANIA
What better place to stargaze/check out a meteor shower then at a remote cabin on a mountain; miles away from civilisation? My boyfriend and I picked the perfect spot to watch our first meteor shower together and even though we only got to see a few shooting stars – and an amazing storm – it really was one of the most unique experiences.
TREKKING THE JUNGLE IN MEXICO
Before my trip to Mexico, all I could imagine was plush green jungles and stunning waterfalls. Luckily my trip included visits to both and one of my favourite experiences from my time in Mexico was going off the beaten track to explore a jungle at Palenque. And, speaking of Palenque, the ruins were out of this world too. There are actually so many experiences I can talk about from Mexico, so I’m going to just stick with the one!
CELEBRATING NYE AT CHAMPS-ELYSEE
My sister took me to Paris a few years back for my birthday and we had the pleasure of seeing in the new year at Champs-Élysée. I loved every minute of that trip, but NYE was particularly special. We went for a seven course meal before legging it to the subway to get to Champs-Élysée, where it was PACKED at the other end and I was honestly scared about getting crushed. We made it out and onto the famous street with about sixty seconds to spare, and then popped some champagne to celebrate. It was without a doubt the best new years eve of my life.
EXPLORING THE SHAMBLES IN THE RAIN IN YORK
This might sound like an odd one, but one of my favourite moments in York was simply not doing anything touristy but taking a slow walk around the shambles with my ex boyfriend/boyfriend at the time. My ex boyfriend was never terribly romantic and although the idea of having a weekend away was romantic overall, it was that evening that I really felt the romance. We were walking along slowly, eating some chips from a chippie when it started to spit and a few streets away a busker began to play music. It was simple, but really bloody lovely.
WATCHING THE FAMOUS IBIZA SUNSET
Although the sunset in Mexico was arguably better, the feeling of seeing the Ibiza sunset was an amazing one. So many people gathered on the beach to watch it and there was a real nice sense of community; especially when the sun finally disappeared behind the scene to a heartfelt applause.
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GOING COCO LOCO IN AMSTERDAM
This is another odd one, but during my time in Amsterdam, my friend and I got up to so much. But I’ll always look back and smile/laugh about our first time trying space cakes (soz all family & potential employers but you can’t go to Amsterdam and not try space cakes!). We scoffed them whilst exploring the red light district, headed into a museum and not long afterwards fell out almost wetting ourselves with laughter. I don’t know what was so funny but all I know it that the next few hours were a whirlwind of emotions; from my friend getting scared and refusing to go in a pub because she thought the bartender was a waxwork to me being too scared to check the time because I thought everyone would laugh at how slowly I was being trying to get my phone. Oh and then we got stuck in a room because someone was standing in the doorway and we couldn’t comprehend how to ask him to move out the way. After half an hour of sitting at a table being too scared to do anything, we then realized there was another door…oh Amsterdam, you so crazy.
P.S I am not glamourizing or recommending drugs here!
RIDING A CAMEL & STARGAZING IN EGYPT
Riding a camel was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, ha, but when I look back at the photo, I can’t help but think how lucky I was to do so. My sister and I travelled on camels into the Egyptian dessert to learn about Egyptian history, visit a traditional tent to eat some traditional Egyptian food, and, again, do some stargazing. The fact that I got to stand in an Egyptian dessert and watch the stars is a memory I’ll always treasure.
DRIVING TRANSFAGARASAN
Although it was terrifying at times, driving transfagarasan was one of my proudest experiences. It was really scary but the view at the top of that famous Romanian road was more than worth it; plus though it was a tough challenge, a lot of the drive was enjoyable too.
This is just a small list compared to so many experiences; it’s so hard to pick just one experience from each trip. I’m very much the type of person who wants to go out and do stuff on holiday rather than just sunbathing or relaxing by the pool, so I suppose I really throw myself into these things.
Still, I’m so grateful for these opportunities and can’t wait to see this list grow with time.
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Last week my boyfriend and I took a mini trip down to Brighton.
The main reason was to go and see my fave band, The Maine, as Vincent had never really been to a proper rock gig before (only a festival), and obviously going to gig’s is one of my favourite things in the world so I thought it would be nice to go.
I usually see them in London but we figured why not go to the Brighton date instead and make a trip out of it? Well, I did, anyway. Vincent did get rather annoyed when I informed him that train tickets and a hotel were more expensive than originally planned and he admitted he thought we were only going for the day (as in coming back after the gig). Apparently it didn’t occur to him that when I asked him to book two days off work, it would involve staying overnight and he thought it was just incase we were hungover..!
Anyway. We headed off from Luton station on Monday morning and arrived to somewhat warm weather just a couple of hours later.
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The first thing we did was check into our room at Ei8ht apartments, a cute townhouse that offers serviced apartments and rooms pretty much a stone’s throw from the seafront. We were really pleased with our room; it was small but really quaint and cosy and great for the price too!
We threw our stuff into the room and then took a short walk towards the beach before descending onto the pier. We mooched around for a bit, enjoying the view and having a few games in the arcade where Vincent shamelessly beat me at Dance Revolution. I used to be obsessed with the game as a kid, so it’s kind of our tradition to play one whenever we see it. We also walked to the end of the pier to admire the view and had a go on a couple of rides too.
After, we headed into central Brighton via the Lanes. We popped into Choccywoccydoodah to marvel at the displays and browsed a couple of other shops before exploring Snoopers Paradise. We didn’t buy anything, but enjoyed rummaging around nonetheless.
By the time we were done, we were starving so we headed off to this amazing vegan restaurant called Purezza. We’d heard great things about it – and it didn’t disappoint. I’d love to write all about it but I’ll instead be doing a separate review post on this!
After we stuffed our faces with delicious food, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the gig. Doors weren’t until seven though and we were exhausted so managed to sneak in a quick nap before getting ready! It had been a while since I’d been a gig, so I took my time perfecting my ‘rocker’ look, with smokey eyeshadow, a deep purple lipstick and cute space buns.
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The gig was held at The Haunt, which is the same place where I saw The Maine a few years back. We arrived to hear the last couple of songs of The Technicolours set, and then checked out Night Riots. I was ecstatic when they played a song I actually knew and liked – I hadn’t realized it was by them so it was nice that I knew a song!
Next The Maine boys came on and they did not disappoint. They put on a good show as usual, but I was sad that they didn’t play some of my all time favourites. Still, it was still an amazing show, even if I did feel old when at least four different girls came up to me to say hello and note that they recognised me from past tours!
Oh how times have changed. Though younger than me, nearly all of them are still doing tour after tour, whereas in this case I was actually at the gig during a mini break with my boyfriend. Remembering the old days, I quickly downed a beer in cheers of my old groupie self, knowing that now that I’m on the wrong side of 25, my groupie days are long over.
The following morning we headed to the seafront for some classic seaside chips. Whilst Vincent practiced his skating (he recently purchased a longboard), I relaxed with the peace around me and read a book. This was probably one of my favourite parts of the mini break; just kicking back and enjoying the atmosphere and peace!
Shortly afterwards, Vincent beat me yet again with a game of crazy golf, we met up with a friend for lunch at another sweet vegan cafe, Wai Kika Moo Kau, had another final mooch around the shops and then headed back to the station to catch our train.

Also, oddly enough, we had GREAT weather. Apart from tons of rain on the Monday night (when we were inside anyway), it was actually kinda warm. I’d bought myself a new parka jacket, expecting to get a lot of use out of it during our time in Brighton but on the Tuesday I barely even worn it! So we were really lucky with the weather too.

At the time, I didn’t realized we packed so much in but writing about it now made me realize we got up to a fair bit, even though we didn’t have time to do all the stuff we wanted like visit the Penny Arcade and such.
Still, we had a lot of fun and I enjoyed taking my boyfriend to Brighton for the first time and to his first rock gig. I love Brighton because it’s so close by that even just a day visit is viable, so there’s no doubt we’ll be heading back soon.
Have you been to Brighton lately? Let me know with a comment!
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When it comes to travel, sometimes there are so many beautiful countries and places to stay that I can’t help blogging about – even if I haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit!
One (or two!) of these places are the luxurious B&B’s of  La Dimora dei Cherubini in Florence, a timeless and classy classic travel location no matter what time of year or type of break you’re looking for. Like Berlin, or Amsterdam, Florence is the kind of place that is always popular and never grows old.

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When I imagine a B&B, I usually think of a small but quaint family run kind of place with breakfast on offer – but  La Dimora dei Cherubini breaks all of these misconceptions. Although it has a homely atmosphere, a stay at  La Dimora dei Cherubini also offers modern and charming rooms with a welcoming atmosphere and classy and luxurious decor.
Both B&B’s are close by to the station Santa Maria Novella in the center of Florence, with only a short walk between each. Whereas #DimoraDegliAngeli and  La Dimora del Centro offer charming and intimate rooms, both also offer some unique points too.

La Dimora degli Angeli Florence is set on the third and fourth floors of a historic palace, Via De’ Brunelleschi, and La Dimora del Centro Florence is located in the 19th century palace of  Piazza della Repubblica. This palace was proved to be an inspiration for the poet Eugenio Montale.

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Each B&B also offers rooms overlooking Duomo of Florence and feature en-suite bathrooms, free wi-fi, air conditioning, safes, satellite TV and more. 
If you can drag yourself away from the room, guests will find Galleria degli Uffizi nearby and shops in Via de’ Tornabuoni. 
If you’ve got your eye on a visit to Florence anytime soon, then a stay at La Dimora dei Cherubini is certainly worth visiting. 
What do you think? Would you stay at either of these luxury B&B’s? Would you like me to do more blog posts focused on specific hotels and places? Let me know!

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I’m a big fan of theme parks but Blackpool Pleasure Beach is hands down one of my all time favourites. 
I have so many great memories of going there as a child and in fact a visit to the park – or a ride on the The Big One – is a good enough reason alone for the long drive to Blackpool! Until I went recently I actually used to always have dreams about the famous Pepsi Max (seriously, I know it’s officially called the Big One now but I can’t help call it the Pepsi Max still!) roller coaster too, haha.
Therefore it’s no surprise that following our time in Blackpool, a post dedicated to Blackpool Pleasure Beach would pop up.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United Kingdom since it opened in 1896. Though it has a lot of modern roller coasters, it’s also a very classical theme park. It’s one of the only theme park’s in the world to still have a traditional wooden wild mouse roller coaster and still has some of its earliest and classic rides such as Steeple Chase, Grand National and Derby Racer.
This is one thing I love about the Pleasure Beach, the fact that it has so many classic elements and rides. It’s nice to go back and see the rides I used to go on when I was younger, like the funky Alice in Wonderland ride which is for kids but I always insist on going on still.
There’s a real mix of rides too with different themes throughout the park. So no matter what your age or your thrill factor, there’s something for everyone. I still insist everyone should go on the Pepsi Max at least once though as you really can’t beat the view at the top, nor the feeling when you hit that first drop.
Food wise; there’s a lot on offer too, though not much for vegans that we could find. I guess most of the traditional theme park foods were pricey, but we enjoyed grabbing a hot drink in one of the restaurants by Valhalla which had a cute french chalet theme inside. 
It’s also supposedly haunted! Shows such as Most Haunted and Great British Ghosts have both featured the park and it’s well known for the haunted ghost train ride which is haunted by a former ride operator named Cloggy.
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As well as rides, there’s also crazy golf, amazing shows, scary walkthroughs and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Personally though, my favourite rides are the Pepsi Max/The Big One (obvious choice!), Valhalla (an amazing ride themed around Viking’s and visually stunning), Alice’s Wonderland, Revolution, Infusion (even though it was closed when we were there) and Avalanche (basically, all of the big ones!). I also love the Chinese Puzzle Maze and Impossible.
It’s affordable, too. Although you now have to pay just to enter the park, as opposed to being able to walk round it for free, I kind of have no complaint about this because why would you visit the park and not go on any rides?! The park has a Rainy Day Return policy too and, what I didn’t realize, entry to the park also includes entry into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.
Finally, the park also offers some events where it’s open in the evening too in collaboration with Ministry Of Sound! This is a great opportunity to not only ride the biggest coasters in the dark but also see Blackpool lit up with the illuminations and the tower.
So, as a whole, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is well worth a visit. Some tips I’d recommend though are:
– Get there nice and early as although the park may seem small, there’s a lot to see and do.
– Don’t be scared to visit on a grey day. There’s the Rainy Day Return policy – as explained above – and its likely to be less busy on a cold day which means less lines.
– Go on Valhalla last, or first (if it’s sunny) as you will get very, very wet. It’s very, very worth it though.
– See a show too.
– Plan what you’re eating beforehand as there’s so much choice and once it gets busy, you don’t want to be walking around lost for ages and hungry. Alternatively, pop just outside (it’s okay though, you can return afterwards with your wristband!) and visit Faringos for some yummy vegan food.
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So as you all know, during the second week of our holiday, my boyfriend and I rented a car to road trip around the country!

We had so much fun, though the driving was a challenge for me. In Romania, they drive on the opposite side of the road. I’m also used to driving a tiny Ford KA so to go from that to a huge car was tough. Plus, most drivers in Romania are crazy, especially in busier cities!

Anyway, we got up to quite a lot but in hindsight I think we needed more than one night in each city. Still, here’s some highlights from the trip.

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TRANSFAGARASAN
Transfagarasan is known as one of the most stunning roads in the world and likewise is the most famous road in Romania. It takes you high up through the mountains, offering stunning views, before an exciting winding trip back down. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted but somehow I did it! It was scary but the views were totally worth it and it was a really amazing experience that I’ll never forget.

A NIGHT WITH THE STARS
We spent one evening in a remote cabin in the mountains, which we found on Airbnb. This was a really special night and we chose this unique location because it coincided with the Perseids meteor shower. As it goes; the sky was actually pretty cloudy that night but we managed to spot a few shooting stars as well as a really epic thunderstorm.

BUCHAREST
Bucharest was lovely; though a bitch to drive around. After some stressful driving into the city, we checked into the hotel and headed off to a nearby vegan place. After this, we walked to a local shopping centre to have a look around the shops and stopped on the rooftop area, which was really cool. It had restaurants and bars, as well as grass, fountains and plenty of places to relax – plus beautiful views over the busy city. Then that evening we went out for a few drinks – it turns out Bucharest is very popular with tourists and even has it’s own busy strip. We stopped in a really cute cocktail bar which offered a very varied list of unique cocktails – I can’t for the life of me remember it’s name but will pop a link back into this post when I remember later. Then we found a kind of western/burlesque bar called Bordello. They had live music on by this awesome girl band and we had a bit of a dance and tried some more cocktails. This was probably the only night we got really drunk on holiday and it was really fun/romantic.Formidable Joy | UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog | A Romanian Road Trip | Travel | Romania | Road Trip | Cluj-Napoca

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CLUJ-NAPOCA

Cluj was one of my favourite places, even if I did keep making rude jokes about its name, haha. We arrived pretty late this night so the first thing we did was throw our bags into our very boutique hotel (which had an amazing waterfall shower) and head out again for some food. We found a bar/restaurant by the river which was stopping serving food soon so we ordered some food for takeout and sat by the river drinking delicious Mojitos whilst waiting. Once ready, we took the food back to the hotel and ate it on the cute terrace which was sweet. The following morning we got up early and took a walk around the beautiful city centre. We visited a really fun and interactive museum where I learned a lot about the history of Romania, and then we visited the large church in the centre. Cluj was such a beautiful place, I can’t wait to return one day.
MAMAIA
For our final night of our trip, we headed to the seaside! Even though it was late afternoon when we arrived, the first thing we did was drop our bags at the apartment and go for a swim in the sea. We were the only ones in there but strangely despite it being around six, the water was still really warm. I’m glad we got to go for a swim! We took a taxi into the city afterwards (which was scary enough on it’s own as the taxi driver was crazy!) and had some food at a hotel and restaurant on the beachfront. The following day we spent a few hours in the local shopping centre and were delighted to find they had the Body exhibition there, which I’ve wanted to see for years now. So we also visited that.

Off course this is just a small preview of our time on our road trip; there are other places we visited and a lot of memories to last us a lifetime! All in all we packed in quite a lot despite only really having an evening and sometimes a morning too in each place. It was the perfect way to see snapshots of the country though from visiting eye-watering beautiful mountains to upbeat and quirky cities. I was so sad when our trip ended and I still am; I definitely miss Romania already and can’t wait to visit again soon.

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