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What holidays mean to me *

As you may know, I’m not really a traveler in the sense that I’m not planning to up sticks and travel around Asia for the foreseeable future. I admire those that do lead a travelling lifestyle and some of my favourite blogs are written by women who do just that. But personally, I don’t think that would work for me for a variety of reasons.

Holidays on the other hand, I am all down for. There’s nothing I love more than a week or a long weekend away from the norm, spending time away from work, away from my laptop 24/7 and just, being. Soaking up the atmosphere of wherever you are, enjoying the company you’re in and relaxing. Sometimes for the first time in months!

Whilst more recently I’ve only been on UK holidays such as The Lake District, Norfolk Broads and Snowdonia National Park, I have had my fair share of holidays abroad as well. I like to think I’ve been on a wide selection of trips from the fun of Disneyland, the heat of the Canary Islands, the slow pace of the Norfolk Broads and the snowy mountains of the French Alps. I absolutely love looking back over the holidays I’ve been on and thinking about what they mean to me. Because for me, memories are much more important than any physical possession I could possibly have.

And memories and moments are really what makes holidays so special to me. Of course you don’t need fancy hotels, blue sea and sand amongst your toes in order to make lovely memories – that can certainly be done from the comfort of your own home if the circumstances are right – but being away – anywhere – makes me look at the bigger picture. It makes me realise that really, spending time with people you love is the most important thing in life. When you’re cooped up, working, doing the chores and going about your daily life at home, it’s easy to forget that.

I also like to experience something and then leave. That might contribute to why I’ve never really felt the need to travel extensively but deep down, I like the feeling of experiencing something new and then leaving it behind with only photos and your own memories to hold of it. That might sound like a weird approach to holidays and often, leaving a holiday that I’m enjoying makes me a bit tearful. But to me, that means it was special. It means I enjoyed it and it means that I’ll probably remember it forever.

Whilst now I often go on holiday with my boyfriend, I’ve been on a fair few holidays abroad with my parents when I was in my teens. Spain and Majorca but our favourite destination was always the Canary Islands. Having been to Gran Caneria twice and Lanzarote and Tenerife once each I can safely say the Canaries were our destination of choice. They’re all so beautiful, with gorgeous hotels, reasonably priced and a lovely breeze all year round which can be a life saver in the dead of summer.

I often think back at my family holidays to the Canary Islands with my parents. Being an only child, they were all I had for holidays growing up. But that didn’t make them any less fun. We always tended to meet people in the hotel we stayed at and I always, always made friends abroad – one of which I still have on Facebook today! I know these are memories I’ll treasure forever; playing card games in the bar area, spending all day by the pool, taking part in the hotel’s activities and meeting fleeting friends along the way. I think the Canary Islands will always hold a special place in my heart for this very reason.

The Canary Islands are a gorgeous holiday destination for groups of friends, couples and families. There’s something for everyone. To the Canary Islands with Holiday Gems – find your perfect Canary Island holiday!

Have you ever been to the Canary Islands? Which one? What’s your favourite holiday destination? Are you a keen traveler or a short-term holiday maker like myself? Let me know!

* This post is sponsored by Holiday Gems



  1. Alison Hutt says:

    Have just come across your blog, I started my own earlier in the year as I do travel quite a bit. if your interested! Anyway the Canaries! I loved them when I was in my twenties and haven’t been back since, I’m now 60. My favourite was always Gran Canaria. My friend lives now in Fuerteventura but this is the one island I’ve never been. We’ve just returned from the UK and Croatia and Montenegro. Whats your favourite country? Mine is definitely Vietnam. x

    1. Gran Canaria is lovely I’d love to go back 🙂

  2. Love! I’m a holiday traveller for definite, also I loved Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria it was mine and my boyfriends first holiday and just something for everyone would love to go back one day when we have kids! X

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  5. I love the memories that you get from holidays! Cards in the evening is something that sticks with me as a holiday fav! xx

    Jamie |

    1. It’s so much fun, when it’s still warm but not boiling. It’s so relaxed xxx

  6. I’ve never been to the Canary Islands, although I definitely want to go in future.

    Amy |

    1. Would highly recommend!

  7. I so want to travel more! I feel like there is so much of the world I want to see.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

    1. Canary Islands are a good recommendation!

  8. We’re pro’s at the staycation, but lately I’m more and more looking outside the borders (although ‘outside’ still being neighbouring countries). I also very much live off the memories made during holidays (or just simply time off). There’s often this unique atmosphere that really makes it special. Hahaha! I’ve now got Holiday by Madonna stuck in my head… 😉


    1. I do love a Staycation- I’ve had some wonderful holidays in this country xxx

  9. Liz Brannan says:

    I loved reading this post! I agree with you in saying that I love to travel but not to pack everything into one bag and travel that way! I’ve been on loss of family holidays and the memories are key in my childhood. Like you, we also visited the canaries often and when we went to Tenerife, it what sparked my love for volcanoes!

    Liz xx

    1. They’re very volcanic islands aren’t they! Yeah I couldn’t just pack everything and go xxx

  10. abbie (@abbwhi) says:

    I love holidays so much but I love more the making memories and spending time with the people I love! I love to adventure, explore and go out and do things and see what the place has to hold.
    Abbie X

    1. Absolutely! Who you’re with has a huge impact on the holiday itself!

  11. I love going on holiday, too! I’m the same as you though I like the idea of coming home and wouldn’t want to be away too long. I visited Lanzarote in January and it was SO beautiful, I can see why you enjoyed it so much, I would definitely go back. Particularly in summer time. I bet it’s a whole different experience. I loved this post! Now I can’t wait for my jolly holidays!

    Charlene McElhinney

    1. January would be the perfect time for me to go – when it’s not TOO hot but the Canary Islands are lovely all year round xxx

  12. Abigail Huggan says:

    I love this post! I’m with you, I prefer short holidays rather than the idea of backpacking somewhere for months. I have so many memories from going on holiday when I was younger. Most of our holidays were at butlins in Skegness and we always had an amazing time. I always remember getting emotional about going back home when I was younger too! I feel like a UK holiday can be just as nice as a holiday abroad!


    1. It certainly can! I didn’t know Skegness had a Butlins! I’ve only been to Skegness once xxx

  13. A Cup of Wonderland says:

    I went to the Canary Islands when I was maybe 9, we went to Forterbentua (Apologies for the spelling) and it was one of my favourite holidays ever. Though my last holiday I took was three years ago but I’m hoping to be able to go away this Summer with some of my friends. Though my dream holiday would be able to to go to DIsneyland but that may not happen for a few years! I have a lot of saving to do!

    1. Fuerteventura I think you mean! That’s the only Canary Island I HAVEN’T been to haha! I need a good old holiday too. I’m hoping to do Disneyland Paris again soon (ish) xxx

  14. I’m a huge fan of holiday travels! My family and I enjoy taking one big trip every year, lately we’ve been drawn toward cruises. We like to go during the week of Thanksgiving so my two nephews don’t have to take much time off of school. Great post I love hearing about others holidays!

    1. Oh I’d love to do a Disney Cruise!!!

  15. the Canary Island are where ive grown up visiting its my favourite and holds so many amazing memories

    1. Beautiful aren’t they xxx

  16. My favorite destination is anywhere with a beach. I like travelling somewhere and getting my mind off things. It’s about the feeling not so much about activities, in the sense of sights.

    1. Same here, you can always make your own activities to what suits you (: xx

  17. This is such an inspirational post! I’m so bad at getting away from everything for a while although I was thinking the other day about some of the places that I would love to visit. Reading this makes me feel like I do need to take more time out for just me. Beautiful post – and gorgeous pictures! Especially on a snowy day like today!

    1. Thank you (: we definitely all need some down time for sure. I struggle with that too. But I’m doing my best to do it more, even at home! xxx

  18. Lena Dee says:

    Ouu this is such a fab post Jen! I love travelling I haven’t been able to do it recently but now after seeing this I’m really in the need of a vacation or just some sort of escape. This is the second post I’ve see for the day on Gran Canaria and I really want to go! Disneyland is amazing honestly and I get your point on holidays vs always travelling. I feel I’m more the travelling type lol I just need to get more travelling in 😂

    xx Lena |

    1. Haha that’s cool, there’s definitely no right or wrong way to go about it (: I think Holiday Gems has a great blogger outreach at the moment xxx

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