The run up to a holiday is the most exciting period. Getting your nails done, making sure your eyebrows are on fleek, getting fresh hair. Or unless you’re like me and are really skint from saving from a holiday because hello having a holiday = money, and I have none from saving it all so I can have a good time over there. So whilst I’m having fun I will also look like a another version of myself. A frizzy haired, different nail lengths, overgrown eyebrows but hey ho, nobody there knows me and right now I don’t give af.
Picture it now yourself. The warmth of the sun on your skin, the slight breeze that comes as a god send, the different smell in the air (is it just me who thinks the air on holiday smells different?). You’re hundred of miles away from any problems you’ve got back home. Forget about that essay that’s upcoming, bills that need to be paid, work deadlines because you need to leave that all behind because you’re on HOLIDAY!
Luckily, I’m going away in a few days time and I’m in that excited mood getting ready to be organised when in reality I’m no where near organised and I’ve not even sorted out my list of what I need to buy before going away. Oh dear.
So, to get in the holiday spirit, like I currently am. I’m going to share with you some of my favourite holiday destinations.
I have been to Gümbet every single summer since I was 14 up to being 22. I absolutely love the place, it’s so beautiful and I have grown to know some lovely people who work over there who have basically watched me grow up year by year.
It’s a shame that the world’s recent events has put people off going to Turkey because it’s such a beautiful country which needs to be visited.
I have been to Marmaris and Icmeler, but neither compared to Gumbet. It’s so family friendly with a lovely mix of pubs, bars and clubs if you fancy being out until 4am! A type of holiday that is great if you’re going away with family, and even if you’re going away with the girls or boys.
I visited the small holiday resort in Majorca last year for my grandma’s 70th with my grandma and my mum. I was a little sceptic because after visiting Turkey so often for so many years I knew this holiday was going to be different.
However, I was taken aback by the beautiful cove beach that was right on our doorstep with the crystal coloured sea. I automatically fell in love with Cala D’or. The nightlife isn’t up to much as most places start winding down by midnight, but I could not believe how refreshed I was coming home from this holiday. I caught up on so much sleep, had a really good sleeping pattern (for once) and I really enjoyed my time there.
Typically I need a holiday to recover from the holiday, eek! So this was a pretty big deal to me!
I visited Sotogrande, Spain, several years ago as my uncle was living here for work. So it was a very chilled, relaxed holiday – which for being sixteen and just finishing my GCSE’s wasn’t such a bad thing. The place is surrounded by sea and the stunning harbour which have some amazing boats and yachts that make your jaw drop!
Sotogrande is mainly full of English people living there, so if you are expecting to go to a more Spanish residential area, I would look elsewhere if I was you.
It isn’t as such a holiday destination, but more of a residential area, however there are a couple of restaurants and pubs around, and some amazing French cafe’s (weird, right?) right on the harbour that serve some delicious food!
A beautiful holiday resort in Turkey which is perfect for a family holiday. The locals are extremely friendly and will do anything to ensure your holiday is as good as it can be. There are plenty of amazing restaurants, serving delicious food around the resort, so you wont be short of places to eat. The bars are great and the atmosphere is always sky high, you are guaranteed to have a great night out. The staff dance, joke around and put on their own show performances.
The nightlife starts to wind down at midnight and all music stops playing. But if you want to carry on drinking, pubs and bars will stay open for as long as you want to be there. If that’s not great customer service I don’t know what is!
I would be very surprised if you came back from Içmeler and said you didn’t enjoy your time there.
A short drive away from Marbella, Torreguadiaro is a Spanish residential area with very few locals being able to speak English you don’t get any more Spanish than that! I stayed here around 6 years ago again visiting my uncle who moved here with work.
The beach runs right along the front of the very small resort. But to most places the beach is only over the road – literally.
You can also walk to Sotogrande from here by walking along the beach, so if you fancy a walk into another resort, it’s close enough.
I would also recommend a trip to Gibraltar. There isn’t much there but the trip up the rock to see the monkeys is a great fun experience! The big mountain you can see in the background of the below image is Gibraltar rock. And the mountain to the left of Gibraltar is Africa which you can only see on a very clear day!
Have you been to any of the above places?