What is so great about Dark Tourism?

Trust me i’m here to tell you.

Dark Tourism is something that has fascinated me from the moment I started looking into it on my university course. That was it from the get go honestly. From the outset I wanted to know more about Dark Tourism and what it was.

For those of you who aren’t aware of what dark tourism is heres a little definition:

“Dark tourism, the act of visiting sites associated with death, suffering, disaster and the overall macabre” – (Tinson, Julie S; Saren, Michael A. J; Roth, Bridget E)

Sounds like something really chirpy to be interested in hey? But it is totally worth the interest. Dark Tourism isn’t something that is unfamiliar to us. It has been around for centuries, the example starting as early as the Romans going to watch live executions. Delightful right? So its not something that is new and unheard of.

Dark Tourism sites now are not quite to the extent of live executions, but definitely when being visited, bring an overall sense of sadness and realisation as to what happened during these horrible events and in some cases can help us to understand and gain more knowledge on the situation. An Example of this is Ground Zero in New York.

Ground Zero is the memorial for those who perished in the terrible 9/11 bombings. It was an act of terrorism that shook the world, but we did not and do not let those who suffered be forgotten. This has been done at Ground Zero in a brilliant and clever but harrowing and sorrowful way. The two squares are to mark where the two buildings known as The World Trade Centre / The Twin Towers used to stand. Around the edges of these large footprints where these towers used to stand are the names of those who were lost on the edges of the wall.

The concept of Ground Zero was to “remember absence”. Something that after speaking to someone (My stepmother) who recently visited Ground Zero, was very apparent, moving and emotional.

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There are incredible amounts of Dark Tourism sites all over the world, these sites are sites of respect, remembering and they all share the same theme.

Other examples of Dark Tourism sites are:

  • The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam.
  • Auschwitz.
  • The Killing Fields in Cambodia.
  • Prypiat, Chernobyl, Ukraine.
  • Hiroshima.
  • The My Lai massacre grounds in Vietnam.
  • Memorials dedicated to war veterans globally.
  • Prisons and Mental Institutions, abandoned and currently functioning.
  • Battlefields and previous war sites.
  • Robin Island, South Africa

I’m sure the list could definitely go on.

These Dark tourism sites are an incredible influence on our tourism industry as there is the offer of tours and guides to help understand these places more. Although there is the argument that whilst tourism for these venues is incredibly good for awareness and spreading the word of what happened in these horrible circumstances. There is also the argument that encouraging tourist to visit these places is wrong and can bring larger crowds and mass tourism. This can be seen as ruining the atmosphere and the entire meaning to the site. 

we should respect those still in mourning, which is a given of course. And respectful generally as a whole. Recently there have been issues in places like Auchwitz for example, with younger adults being disrespectful by being loud, littering on the sight and believe it or not, it’s been reported that some were even playing Pokemon Go on the death camp site. 

Some of the more positive aspects of these tourism sites is that we can learn, we can be fascinated by our tour guides who may have once been there during the tragedies. An example of this is at Robin Island, where you are taken on your tour around the prison & island by ex prisoners, a normal tour guide will never make the hairs stand up on your skin as much as these people will. 

We can learn about the past, these memories are ours for the taking and to make those around us and ourselves aware of the tragedies these people have suffered.

I feel that Dark Tourism sites make us appreciate life a little more too. 

I recently visited the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam and I was thoroughly moved and emotional by what the Frank Family went through. Reading her diary extracts and walking around the house, it gave me chills. It was an experience I will never forget and was lucky enough to encounter. It widened my understanding Of their experience too, I knew a little bit not a lot, so to go and to learn about it in its entirety was a wonderful experience. 

So go to these sites, be fascinated, be interested, cry, smile, enjoy, discuss, and most importantly

be respectful.

Orlando To Miami – ROAD TRIPPIN’!!

We decided from the start of the holiday we were going to drive to Miami South Beach from Orlando as a convoy, two SUV cards both packed and ready to roll for the 5 hour journey! And it didn’t disappoint. Honestly I spent a majority of the journey wondering how the hell my parents knew where they were going. We did two initial stops, although there was a quick one because we got lost being adventurous.

162We’d been driving about an hour when we stopped for a toilet break and some breakfast,  Dunkin’ Doughnuts? Don’t mind if we do. The scenery hadn’t changed much; we could tell we were still in the depths of Orlando, but there was a lot less around as were were driving. Not as many buildings or places to stop and enjoy. So once we’d stopped at Dunkin’ Doughnuts and stocked up on munch and were satisfied, we were off on our road trip once again to the holy land.

A little further along the way more buildings and roads and cars generally appeared, which meant we were getting somewhere, and getting closer! We stopped for lunch on our journey to Miami at Palm Beach! I didn’t catch the name of restaurant we went to but we sat outside under a canopy and all 13 of us enjoyed a big lunch! Us younger ones went for a wander along the beach, there was a huge pier which I wish we’d had time to walk down. There were also countless volley ball pitches on the sand, which was awesome but I can’t play volley ball for love nor money. The food was lovely and it was a really good break in the journey as it was starting to get a bit tedious.

We got a little lost before we finally managed to make it to Miami. I could never have told you the route we followed but it involved looking at a lot of beautiful beachside houses that were impressively large. We had to make a stop to stretch the legs and figure out which way was the right way but we made it in the end!

I remember arriving in Miami and being absolutely lost for words. What a place is all I have to say. I would live in Miami if anyone gave me the chance because its hands down the place of my dreams. Beautiful beaches, houses, fast cars, better lifestyle, god If only.

One day hey! I’ll be writing about my experience in Miami from here on! These were some of my favourite experiences of the holiday!

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Orlando – Universal S(unburn)tudio’s

Universal Studios was incredible, We did both sides of the park and of course we visited more than once, my all time favourite ride is at these parks, duh, The Hulk! Universal is sick, from The Simpsons world to Harry Potter world and all the other awesome rides and places it has to offer its definitely a come back more than once job!

Of course we all had our photograph of us on the giant fake blue wave in the entrance to the parks, it would’ve been rude not too, and I also absolutely LOVED the Billabong shop they had so of course I did spent a little too much time there. Theres also the beautiful view of the river that runs through the entrance to both universal parks and the entrance to the Hard Rock restaurant, the best time was when the sun was setting, it was gorgeous.

And not forgetting the rather large spinning earth and Universal Studios sign before you enter the park on the right side, I mean did you even go to Universal if you didn’t get a photograph in front of it?

Of course upon entering the park for a majority of the day all I was doing was applying suncream, which didn’t work, because I got royally burnt as per usual when is anything ever different with me. My face and my nose flare up so much when they’re burnt you may as well call me Rudolf. So many great rides at universal and so little time, but regardless of that we went on the Hollywood Rock It probably the most, although The Hulk was definitely a close second!

278My favourite time on the Hollywood Rock It was when I went on the ride with Imi, obviously you get on the ride and you strap yourself across your legs and stomach and whilst you’re making your way up to the first drop you get to choose what music you listen too as you go around the course, and at the time they were also filming your experience for you to take home instead of a photo. Id decided to listen to Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger because what other banger is better than that.

So it was video’ing Imi and I as we went round, and I’m pretty sure after watching it back with Ims she passed out on nearly every single drop on the ride and then came back to life screaming and smiling whenever we weren’t on a drop or loop, and the ride managed to get it all on film! I wish, I WISH I’d bought a copy of the film because we were hysterical laughing!

Some of the other rides that deserved just as much recognition has got to be The Mummy Ride, The Transformers 4D ride and the Men in Black shooting/game ride was so much fun. Im a pansy and hate simulator rides, so the Twister ride was lost to me, which is such a shame as I love the film! After being in Orlando a while I was starting to get sick of eating crappy foods so universal was my saviour in terms of the huge big tubs of fruit they sold around the park, easily my favourite buy because I was starting to forgot how good the sweet nectar of fruit was whilst we were out there.

269Of course The Simpsons world was fun, although I bottled it on the ride they had to offer, so I held the bags whilst everyone went on! But it was so cool how they had a Moes Bar and all the other Simpson related statues and venues! I even got to have a cute photo with Millhouse!

From The Simpsons world we went across to the Men in Black ride which was interactive, where you sat in a carriage of 4 and shoot things and get a score, I was crap, of course.

 

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For those who are massive Harry Potter fans you’ll know just how incredibly impressive Diagon Alley and Harry Potter world, Hogwarts, the train and the Duelling dragon rides are. Not to mention the Butter beer, So sweet but so good. Nothing was cooler than walking along Diagon Alley and realising that the dragon breathes fire down at all of us walking through the street! We also had a pretty good chat with the man who was running the ‘night bus; in the park, he was pretty up for a photograph and a natter! Now I’m not a huge Harry Potter fan, but It didn’t take much to absolutely blow me away with just how impressive the place was.

We took the train from platform 9 and 3 quarters across to the other side of the park which was awesome. It was newly opened when we headed there, there was 5 of us to a cubicle and the movie they showed on the window and the special effects with the carriage doors was so cool, so fascinated and great to be reminded of what happens in the Harry Potter films! The train dropped us in the adventure island part of Universal where the duelling dragons and the village with Hogwarts was, Im not sure how it happened but after a few tears from one of our youngest members of the families, we managed to bag ourselves a quick tour of the Hogwarts castle and then on the ride that was inside Hogwarts!

The Duelling dragons were good fun, and of course we had to go on both the Red ride and the Blue ride too see which one was better! I preferred the red ride hands down.

NOW of course because we’d come across to the other side of the park there was a whole new park to explore basically, this side of the park consisted of Dr Seuss’s area, as well as Jurassic Park and the Marvel area, which is definitely my favourite area!

228Jurassic Park was good fun because at Universal they have the water ride for Jurassic Park, not only was Imi terrified of all the dinosaurs that jumped out, and I don’t blame her either, but as we were making our way up the massive hill to then go down the HUGE drop they have, which FYI soaked me through even though I was holding a waterproof coat over GJ and myself, one of the padre’s our group had his Go Pro out and you can just hear some america voice say “Can you please put your Go Pro away sir” over the intercom, but, I’m sorry love, we didn’t hear you, what was that???? It was wild fun, I’ve NEVER been on a water ride with such a steep drop! Scared the living daylights out of me! But of course we were soaked, and it was great, kept us cool for the duration of the day as to was a scorcher!

Carrying on through the park the Spiderman 4D experience ride was tonnes of fun although it made me a little nervous in terms of simulator rides, but it was good’un in the end! AND I got to meet Captain America and HOLD HIS SHIELD, But typically, with my rather short shorts its made me look very naked…

Got to meet Optimus Prime too! The transformers costumes were seriously impressive, I couldn’t tell if they were ran by remote control or if there were people actually inside them, but they were really tall and so detailed, they were so impressive.

My favourite part of the holiday in terms of food in Orlando, was the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando in Universal Studios, I was excited to eat there before we’d even arranged to go there put it that way. Not only was it huge inside and out but it had a Cadillac just in the middle of the restaurant spinning around above the bar below it! When we arrived there was 13 of us and they even took a group photograph of us before we all went to sit down, and it was a great picture as we didn’t get another like it the entire holiday.

The food was incredible, I had a burger with bacon, cheese and the sweetest BBQ sauce, then all of us girls had mocktails because boo hoo the drinking age being over 21 in the US, none of us qualified for that haha! But the mocktails were nice none the less! I loved looking at all the famous musicians outfits dotted about the restaurant too, I’d also never eaten in a Hard Rock before this night either so it was a fun experience!

Id love to go back to Universal soon as they have opened a Kong: Skull Island ride, and it bet its phenomenal because I LOVED the film! One day I’ll head back.

 

 

Orlando – The Orca In the Room

Uh oh spaghetti-o, guess who has a very strong dislike for Seaworld? Yup, you guessed it. Seaworld is a difficult topic for a few. Please remember whilst you’re reading through this post this is my opinion, I can’t stress this enough, I don’t speak for anyone but myself.

334I enjoy Seaworld because of its rollercoasters, and the fact that they have people there that dress up as mermaids. Dreams can come true in the shape of a fake fish tail and a shell bikini. The rollercoasters at Seaworld I have to admit, are amazing. I love Manta and the fact they lay you down when you’re on the ride, its like you’re flying & I also love the ride The Kraken as its HUGE. It was the biggest rollercoaster they had when I went, I think there is currently a larger one under construction at the moment in the park!

Seeing the Penguins was enjoyable but made me slightly sad at the size of their enclosure, and I don’t like simulators, so I skipped the ride associated with the penguins and went straight to the penguins haha! Going on the log flume was SO much fun too and it was perfect to cool us down on the warm day!

580I can’t fault Seaworld in terms of everything other than its shows. The park itself I always always enjoy myself. It was lovely to be there with the families I was with and we had a great time. And I tried ice cream that was in little balls for the first time, no pun intended, it was literally tiny tiny little balls and they were ice cream! So cool! Literally! (now that was a shitty pun)

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Now, the main attraction at Seaworld is quite evidently their shows. This is where I discuss my opinion on it, its up too you whether you read or not.

Their Dolphin shows, and their Orca shows, Their Orca shows being their main and their largest show. Now whilst these shows are great for the little ones, or for those who aren’t aware of the animal cruelty involved, or even if you just like the shows generally, there were so many hidden secrets, which are no longer hidden due to media coverage, from the outside world about Seaworld.

Admittedly, part of me never wants to go to Seaworld because I know that if I pay the entry fee, its probably going towards harmful and horrid things that I don’t want it too, but when you’re in a group of large people and a majority want to go, you don’t really have much choice. That and there are other things to do within the park which I enjoy, for example as before; the rides!

My issue with Seaworld started when I learnt about the captivity of their Orca’s and how small and unpractical their tanks are, how much and far they actually swim in those tanks compared too how much they should and could swim when out in the wild. Going around and around in circles in those small tanks. Imagine if that was you, forced to perform and put in a small tank where you could hardly move around.

Of course, another thing that played a big part in my thoughts on Seaworld was Blackfish, the documentary on one of their whales Tilikum, who has unfortunately passed away in January 2017, if you haven’t seen it and are a little curious as to whats actually going on a Seaworld, give it a watch!

Not only have these animals being in captivity caused their nature to be violent due to their breeding programmes of other violent whales, but trainers have died or been near death after accidents where the whales have landed on them or grabbed hold of them. They’re not meant to be show animals, they’re meant to be in the ocean.

Theres not enough room in those tanks, those conditions for all those Orca’s and Dolphins is abysmal, as well the other animals in the park, and to go into the park and spend money made me wonder how much of this cruel fantasy I was funding. Of course, minus all that doom and gloom, I did actually have a wonderful day with those I was with.

Of course I could go on and on, but I’m pretty sure you get the picture.

But the shows were something I didn’t enjoy, And I never will until they’re free.

#EmptyTheTanks #SaveOurSeas

Orlando – Did someone say Disneyworld Theme Parks??

Disneyworld, the place of my dreams even at 20 years old. I love disney, always have, always will. So obviously when we got the Florida arranging trips to each of the parks was a must! I was so excited, I even bought some Micky Mouse Fantasia ears with me to wear around the park, judge me.

We didn’t do all of the Disney Parks, considering how many of us there were and how old some the children in the family were we didn’t go to places like Epcot because the little ones wouldn’t have quite appreciated it s much, there aren’t as many rides there and there isn’t quite so much to do for everyone. We also didn’t go to Typhoon Lagoon because we’d been there before, but the Disney parks we did visit are;

  • Blizzard Beach
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Magic Kingdom

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We only went to Blizzard beach for the afternoon, and unfortunately not everyone went, but it was a fun day none the less. I’d been to Typhoon Lagoon before but not Blizzard beach, I spent the day with the families I came with and had a whale of a time.

My favourite rides at the waterpark are the rubber ring rides, and I love the lazy river, ultimate chillax time on the lazy river.

It was crazy fun because I love waterparks, so I was in my element and I’d been dying to go to a waterpark since we arrived in Florida. The one thing I did forget about Disney is how expensive everything is and how most things are unhealthy for you, and after a week of eating shit most the time I got pretty sick of it, that and the salads always taste disgusting, sorry Disney, you’re perfect but not in a food way.

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Animal Kingdom is my second favourite Disney park, after the Magic Kingdom obviously. We visited Animal Kingdom twice whilst we were in Orlando, I managed to finally get myself a Henna after a couple of years of dying to get one and never being able too, it was really pretty but didn’t last very long because I Love the pool and swimming, but my henna did not.

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Animal Kingdom is one of my favourite parks because it has the best rollercoaster hands down, Mount Everest. I remember when I first visited Disney when I was younger, about 10 I think, and I cringed to my dads arm for dear life in the queue because I was absolutely terrified. I mean I cried, A lot. There were lots of tears for sure, but I did it, and its now my favourite ride at Disney, so the worth was very real, I’ve enjoyed it ever since! The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve enjoyed rollercoasters, and Mount Everest is my favourite.

498I love the tree of life that is there as you arrive, its huge and gorgeous and you can see it nearly everywhere in the park, the animals in it are carved to perfection, and I love all the characters, I LOVE THEM. I tried to meet as many characters as I could in all the parks, but it was difficult because there was so many of us and the times were so long to wait, But we did manage to meet Baloo the bear and King Louie from The Jungle Book! So that was alright. The Jungle trails are also really gorgeous and photogenic, me and the girls had some photos there cause it was so nice, it was lovely to see the animals as well, we did the jungle safari they have as well, I love seeing the Giraffes!!

We also tried THE NICEST DESSERT EVER. It was called and Ice cream Sandwich and it was amazing. Whatever flavour ice cream scoop you want out of the flavours they offer and they put it between two cookies and squish it together to make it an ice cREAM SANDWICH. It’s amazing, 11/10 would have again even though I got SO FULL.

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THE MAGIC KINGDOM, MY FAVOURITE PLACE, THE BEAUTY THE MAGIC I am a child and I love Disney if you didn’t know, So the Magic Kingdom is hands down my favourite place on earth.

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We went to the Magic Kingdom twice, and it was wonderful, from splash mountain, thunder mountain and space mountain, to the parade, the fireworks and all the characters and their shows, We tried to do everything and meet as many characters as we could, It was always a fun day, every day was a fun day!

I love how you get into the Magic Kingdom park, Monorail or by Ferry. Hands down the best way to get to the park, when the weather isn’t crap of course, is definitely the ferry. The views and the journey is enjoyable from start to finish. And you can see the park and it gets you so excited to get to the park! The magic really does start right away.

I love the Parade, seeing all the character and their dancing, the music brings the proper inner child out in me. I could scream my heart out on Thunder mountain and then be stood in awe watching the parade. I love how the dragon breathes fire during the parade too. I also love the evening show of the parade, the Illuminations parade. I saw this Parade on a different occasion when I was in Florida at Disney, I won’t be writing about that trip, but it was just as great and so cool with all the lights and colours, it was beautiful.

THE FIREWORK DISPLAY. Thats all I need to say about that really (Apart from again, It was when I was in Florida on a different occasion & I shall not be writing about that trip). Real tears, FYI, so much happiness from the display.

I didn’t get to meet many princesses, but I was so pleased that we did meet Ariel and Tinkerbell. Literally everything about it was a childhood wonder, felt like a child in a sweet shop! We also met Buzz Lightyear and Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Tigger! My Favourite rides at the Magic Kingdom are as per usual, your typical Splash, Thunder and Space mountain, but out of the 3 space mountain is my favourite. The queue was incredibly long but it was so worth it once we were on the ride, it was ‘out of this world’. But, I also love Its A Small World & The Pirates of the Caribbean ride!

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Our day out in Magic Kingdom was made extra special when Me and GJ got our own Tiara’s with a Mickey Mouse charm hanging in the middle! And the colour of the charm is your birthstone. So my birthstone is Aquamarine, so its blue, my favourite colour!

Felt like a real princess the whole time I had it on 🙂

Orlando – Hot Air Balloon Mornings & A Beautiful Villa.

Orlando and Miami was a once in a lifetime holiday for me. I went with another two families and my own and we spent 10 days in Orlando at the parks and enjoying life and then a couple of days in Miami afterwards in absolute bliss. It was the best two weeks of my life in terms of travel, going to the disney parks, exploring Miami, what wasn’t to be loved.

This is that start of a very long Saga of blog posts, but only because there is so much I can write about, and I’m pretty sure those reading and those interested will enjoy it.

I’m going to go through Orlando, discuss the parks and what we did outside the parks too, then write about our road trip to Miami and how we stopped off at palm beach, and then from there Ill be writing about Miami and things like the everglades and star island etc, So theres a nice little summary of what is to come!

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The plane journey was your typical 8 hours, long haul, over night with no leg room. But I was with 4 of my favourite ladies for the duration of the flight and surrounded by families I also loved, so It was enjoyable. Not to mention the tears cried at the movies we watched on the plane #tragedies

Where we stayed was next level up the ranks I’ve never stayed in anything like it type of deal. It was phenomenal, very grateful to stay in such a place, waking up the following morning after going to bed and settling in with everyone the night before was really gorgeous as we stepped out onto the balcony of one of the bedrooms.

Usually an American flag flies too but this time it was also a hot air balloon! Lord knows why we were awake early enough to see the hot air balloon and gorgeous sunrise.

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We used rental cars from the airport so it was easier to drive to parks and to Miami together as a convoy. Lets just say the house was a pretty beautiful place, pool tables and ping pong tables to an actual pool. It was impressive, I never thought I’d be lucky enough to stay somewhere like it, especially with a cinema room too! I guess you get the picture, although just in case you didn’t, here are some.

Ive said it once and I’ll say it again, the house was beautiful and god was it a pleasure to stay in. I shared a bedroom with my friend GJ when we were in Orlando, we had our own en suite and wardrobe, and a bed that was beyond comfortable and huge, safe to say I slept like a baby when I did go to bed. I couldn’t even reach Georgia from across one side of the bed! Everyone had really gorgeous rooms and it was very cosy and homey. Its in a gated area, so its pretty pristine, everything house is slightly similar, all shapes and sizes too though, America is just so different to the UK its fascinating.

The villa was about 20 minutes away form the parks, not even that to be honest. It was also near a few restaurants that we visited like Red Lobster, we also went to an Italian nearby often too which was so lovely, We kept going back! If someone gave me the opportunity to stay in a place like this again I would 11110% say yes.

One day I’ll visit all 50 states #dreams.

Why Tourism?

This is a little bit more of an insight in to my life and why I chose to do tourism!

I’ve always travelled, since I can remember I have travelled with my family all over the world and for that I am very grateful and lucky. My favourite trips were the yearly trips we’d take to the villa in Spain, but the older my sister and I got the further afield we would go abroad, places like Disneyworld Florida, South Africa and going on Safari, Riding camels in Egypt, we have been incredibly lucky to have been taken to so many places and seen so much and more.

 

So, Why Travel & Tourism?

My family are in the travel and tourism industry, but that didn’t influence me. I mean I guess in a way being able to travel because of them It was slightly their influence. It was the going abroad that did it for me.

89I was in Miami, I was loving life, I won’t even sugar coat it, It was hot and we were staying in a beautiful hotel on Miami South Beach, it was an experience and a half. I just remember thinking I wanna do this. Travel and see different places, Experience different atmospheres and locations and culture, For work and for play! I’ve always said I’ve wanted to do what I love in terms of work, and to incorporate the love for travel and discovery with work would be a dream.

I was originally going to do Journalism at university. It wasn’t until I was halfway through an article and struggling to find the words to write I realised I really wasn’t cut out for that industry. I decided to go into tourism, a last minute decision, I had to change my personal statement and uni choice and if you’ve done it you know its a lot of effort, screw you UCAS. 

I saw Lincoln University last, and it ended up being my first choice, which to this day I still believe was the best choice I have ever made! I decided to study International Tourism Management, and what a wonderful course it is, I enjoy all my modules and have learnt so much and got such an amazing insight to all the wonderful factors of travel and hospitality. Modules went from anything to advertising and marketing to tour operations and looking into the experience economy of the tourism world.

I’m technically starting in the industry next year where I will be working for Hilton on placement, just that is excitement and Its scary to be going into the tourism world technically professionally!  It’s all very exciting in life at the moment, adulating is going to be scary!

I just love learning about all the different cultures, all the different types of tourism. My favourite being Dark Tourism, which consists of interesting topics like the Holocaust  and many more morbid tourist attractions. Its fascinating to see how much mass tourism can ruin a location, how it can make a location so much better but lose it cultural heritage, The list of things I’ve come across and been madly into is endless. University has benefited me massively.

I want to be able to have that opportunity to travel abroad ad experience different places for work and enjoy myself all at the same time.

I try to travel as much as I can at the moment, It’s just difficult being a broke university student. I went to Dublin last summer with my wonderful friends as a group holiday which was great as I’d never seen Dublin before, and my boyfriend and I headed to Amsterdam in January 2017, So I’ve been trying to at least go somewhere, but it will be a little more difficult for the next year because of my placement!

I also love to fly, when I travel I love the airport as well. The buzz of how busy the airport is and how many people from all over the world are just coming and going, its such a cool place, I always feel really chilled and excited before a flight, especially because its like “Thank god I’m getting away from the UK for a while!”.

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Plane selfies!

But my plans for the future are looking good in terms of travel, I have every intention of travelling around the world once university and a year in the industry is done! Im also excited to start my placement with Hilton, to prepare me for the real world after university!

Its really handy doing a course that I love, its something that motivates me to do well and work hard and go to my lectures, I won’t lie and say it isn’t stressful because it is.

It’s deadline season at the moment and I’ve only just finished drowning in all my work. I’m excited for all the naps.