Music is a powerful thing. It can make you cry, make you smile or bring back a memory you had completely forgotten.
Everyone has one. The song that reminds them of the party to end all parties with new found friends on the road or chilling out on the beach to watch the sunset.
Below are a sprinkle of the tunes that, just a few notes in, make me smile ear to ear…
Dominican Republic – Chris Brown and Forever.
Sat on the bus back to the hotel after doing my first ever white water rafting and loved it! The sun had been shining, our guide Wilson was gorgeous (which certainly made listening to his instructions a lot easier!) and the adrenaline junkie within had just been awoken!
Japan – Usher and O.M.G
Spending the late nights in my private room as I wrote blog updates, I chilled out to BBC radio not quite ready to leave the comforts of home behind me so soon. Every time I hear it I think of Tokyo in all its glory.
Thailand (on a boat in the middle of the ocean) – Bob Marley; I Shot the Sheriff
I hear Mr Bob and I instantly feel euphorically happy (not with illegal drugs may I add) but pure unadulterated happiness. I remember the feelings of diving into the abyss and discovering the underwater world for the first time, partying with everyone on board and making a special connection with my dive guide. Pure heaven.
Koh Tao – Silence and Sarah McLaughlin
Sat on the beach in dim fire light, I felt at complete peace as I switched between watching the star-lit night sky and the fire dancers. The music played, you got a complete feeling of island life and I was mesmerised.
Bali – Chris Brown and Deuces
I spent my first couple of days in Bali chilling after a truly hectic weekend in Singapore. It reminds me of the beach, knowing that I had just two weeks before I went home and meeting Jess and Laura who I ended up travelling around the island with and making friends for life – good time!
iPods aren’t the devil when you travel; they can be your memories
What songs are YOUR memories?