The stars and the sea.

There’s something intense about the beach at night.

I prefer the beach at night to during the day. When it’s totally empty, it’s just you and the sand and the waves and the moon. I was lucky enough to grow up very close to the sea, the beach was never something that was off-limits. I guess that’s why I find it such a relaxing place. I love beach bonfires and chilling with my friends on the sand or watching my dog play in the waves don’t get me wrong, but I love it when I’m there by myself, too. At night, it’s a good place to think or to figure things out. There are no distractions.

It gives me a feeling I can’t really explain. You’re totally alone, but at the same time you’re not. You know that somewhere in the world, someone else is looking up at the same moon you are, asking the same questions. You know that someone somewhere is swimming in the same sea that’s rolling up the shoreline metres away from you. You feel connected, but comfortably isolated at the same time.

To me at least, the beach is the perfect metaphor for life anyway. What is one grain of sand on a beach compared to the beach as a whole? It’s nothing. And that’s who we are – we’re that individual grain of sand that’s falling through our fingers as we play with it. We don’t matter, not really. We could disappear and it wouldn’t make a difference to the beach, or the world, as a whole. Our individual problems that we face, they’re huge to us. But they don’t matter in the long run. Soon enough, that grain of sand will be washed away by the waves, and nobody will ever know it’s gone missing. As the waves wash away my footprints that led me to sit on the beach at that moment, so too does time erase the past that led to the reason why.

It’s the perfect place to be if you’ve got issues. It makes you think about things, it puts your entire existence into perspective and it makes you realise that maybe things don’t matter as much as you think they do. It’s nice.

My Travel Playlist

The offer of travelling is not something that I will ever, ever refuse. The world and the people in it totally fascinates me, and personally I’d love to see as much of it as I realistically can over my life. I love how people across the world can live so immensely differently to how I do, and I find it incredible to be able to experience their culture for even only a short time. Travelling can offer so much, but there’s something that these trips wouldn’t be the same without. Music.

The day after tomorrow, I’m heading up to London with my friends to fly down to Nairobi, where we’re taking on Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation – and of course checking out a safari and chilling on the beaches of Zanzibar. I’ve waited for this trip for almost a year now, and I’m sure I speak for my friends too when I say that there honestly aren’t words for how exciting it is. It’ll be an incredible trip to end summer with before we throw ourselves back into our final year of law school – and an incredible trip deserves an incredible playlist. This is mine.

  • Something Beautiful – Needtobreathe
  • Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  • Liv It Up (Teenage Wasteland) – Alexander Ludwig
  • Counting Stars – OneRepublic
  • Jet Lag – Simple Plan
  • A Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
  • Baba O’Riley – The Who
  • Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
  • This’ll Be My Year – Train
  • Sunshine – Twista
  • Won’t Stop – OneRepublic
  • Dakota – Stereophonics
  • State Of Grace – Taylor Swift
  • Holding On – Simple Plan
  • She Doesn’t Mind – Sean Paul
  • Raise Your Glass – Pink
  • Many The Miles – Sara Bareilles
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  • Cheers (Drink To That) – Rihanna
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Somewhere With You – Kenny Chesney
  • Good Old Days – Pink
  • California – Phantom Planet
  • Heal Over – KT Tunstall
  • Bonfire Heart – James Blunt
  • Live While We’re Young – One Direction
  • Summer Love – One Direction
  • I’ll Follow You – Jon McLaughlin
  • It’s My Life – No Doubt
  • Valley Of Tomorrow – Needtobreathe
  • Someday Soon – KT Tunstall
  • You And Me – Lifehouse
  • If Only I – Jon McLaughlin
  • Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
  • Where I Sleep – Emeli Sande
  • Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root (duh!)
  • The City – Ed Sheeran
  • Homeless – Ed Sheeran
  • Home – Daughtry
  • Wake Me Up – Avicii
  • Light Up The Sky – Christina Aguilera
  • From This Valley – The Civil Wars
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Ramble On – Anastacia
  • Life As We Know It – Allstar Weekend
  • No Roots – Amy MacDonald

Boom. There we have it. Played solidly it lasts about 3.8 hours which is really only half the length of my first flight from London to Dubai, but I still have a day to add and I’m sure it will grow. That said, I’m pretty confident that this is the best travel playlist I’ve made to date. Kilimanjaro, let’s have ya!