I have had just over 7 months to raise the money whilst juggling my very hands-on course at uni! Not only that but I continued with my blog and have some how managed to maintain a bit of a social life and kept my fitness up by playing hockey! So first things first, it is do able! YOU CAN DO IT! It may not seem like a long time but you can definitely do it, but you do have to work hard! Stay motivated. Keep on watching those travel videos of people climbing the mountain or keep on learning more about the amazing causes you are raising money for! It all helps and if you have a well developed fundraising plan right from the beginning, that you can keep on adding to, you will smash your targets in no time!

10 Things to do in Blackpool

It seems that when we think of Blackpool we either think of the Pleasure Beach or the tower (which I mention later) but still to this day they are two of the most popular attractions in the North West. Of course there is everything from the Big One to the older roller coasters like the Grand National. I've already said how often I used to go and every time, there would be something different or we'd have a completely different day out! Now there is a new ride called Icon which I'm yet to try, perhaps that's a plan for this summer! I have to admit, I am very much a thrill seeker and will go on all the rides no matter how high or fast they go, in fact, the faster the better! Still to this day I would say the Valhalla is my favourite. I never liked the dark but since I know exactly what's happening I got used to it and it just became an adventure. There's something about being around water which I always love too so being covered in it by the end of the ride is always a perk - although it's a nightmare if you decide to go on it first. Usually we wait until the very end of the day then queue up at least five times to make the most of it, getting as drenched as possible! Child or not, it's definitely worth it to visit Nickelodeon Land as there are some great rides to go on there. The Avatar Airbender is great fun, providing you're not terrified of falling out. I'm not going to deny that we used to repeatedly go on Dora's World Voyage when I was around 14 years old. It's just a nice relaxing ride OK.. Yes ok, I was an odd 14yr old.

Arriving in Tanzania

There was no point in going to sleep as I set off around 3am and still had last minute backpack checks to make. It was a hassle to get down to Heathrow and there was no way I was catching up on any sleep in the car. I didn't care as long as I made it and was able to get on the flight. It was my first time travelling from Heathrow and I wasn't entirely impressed. Manchester Airport is much smoother and easier to make your way round. We still managed it though and as a group of 22 we did well in staying together and getting on the plane at the same time. We were fortunate to all be sat near each other too.

Outback and Beyond

Whilst in the Dominican Republic we did a few excursions to see a little bit more of the surrounding areas. Although there is so much going on at the hotel, it can get a bit repetitive and boring so we booked the Outback and Beyond trip through our Thomson Reps for the second Monday, in hopes for an adventure. And what a day it was!

Street Art in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

In today’s post, it is more about the photos I got. One of the things I love the most about Mexico is the creative and artistic nature of its culture. Of course we have street art in the UK but I can be blown away by nearly all of the paintings I see in Mexico compared to here. The colours, the designs, the meanings. I will forever love staring at walls in Mexico. We went for a few walks down various streets around Playa del Carmen, getting off the tourist trap of quinta avenida. 5th Ave is great but once you’ve been a few times, and have witnessed its drastic change to the American malls that it appears to be more of now, it’s easy to get bored. The parts I love are when you turn left, away from the beach and head up to the more local areas where the food is cheaper and smells incredible. I found there is less hassling of the tourists and, as for the purpose of this post, more art!