This post is part of a paid campaign to promote the Balearic and Canary Islands, as part of their #SpanishIslands Campaign. Although all views are my own and I have not been instructed what to include.

I haven’t been abroad since 2011. Can you believe that? Mainly because I started to suffer with a severe anxiety disorder which you know, kinda stopped me leaving the house. Let alone jumping on a plane. Almost a decade later and I’m doing better than I’ve done in ages and going abroad would definitely be on the agenda again. But before all this, when I was younger, my parents and I took yearly holidays to the Canary Islands.

The only island we didn’t do was Fuerteventura but I visited Gran Canaria twice and both Lanzarote and Tenerife once each. I was still in school when we would go, so it was always in the middle of Summer and our holidays were the highlight of my year. I remember crying when it was time to leave Tenerife because I didn’t want to go home that badly!

Some of my fondest memories come from these holidays. Not even memories of anything particularly exciting that we did but just the general feeling I got from being in the Canary Islands, in the middle of Summer, a world away from my friends, school and the boys back home. There was something so special about stepping off that plane.

I always kinda felt that I was stepping into somewhere I belonged.

And I’m sure a lot of us have had that feeling with certain places. Some places just FEEL special, as soon as you get there. And you know that that place will hold a special piece of your heart forever along with all the memories you made there. The Canary Islands are like that for me. Here are some of my memories from my family holidays:

The special friends I met that I never saw again

I think that’s what made those fleeting friendships so special. Having that knowledge that despite how many times you say “we’ll definitely meet up again!” to each other, realistically you both know you won’t. Those magic moments you shared together only remain in the Canary Islands and in your memories and I think that’s beautiful.

Playing cards long into the night with my parents

We used to love to spend hours playing cards together. At night, after dinner, sitting in the outside bar of the hotel where it was still warm enough to not need a jacket. I was taught a lot of card games on those holidays and played hundreds of games. My Dad and I both as competitive as each other.

The gorgeous weather and the refreshing breeze

The weather in the Canary Islands is beautiful all year round. You really can’t go wrong with it. If you love the baking sun, the Summer is perfect. If you prefer a warm but not too hot climate, go a little later in the year. But regardless, you’re always guaranteed beautiful weather and a refreshing breeze to cool you off.

Being a world away from everything back home

At that age – being a young teenager – it felt magical to me to leave all my friends and my normal life back at home whilst I made my own memories. A whole week without any ties to my normal life and whatever everyone back home was doing, quite frankly, didn’t matter at all. Because my holiday belonged to me.

Exploring the surrounding areas at night

Although I couldn’t name a single road or town we were near, I used to love going for a walk after dinner and exploring the local area to our hotel. Mooching around the gift shops – which all sold the same things, walking by the sea and tagging along with my parents whilst they tried different bars. An Irish bar with a waiter who played pranks on everyone.

The tacky entertainment

There’s no polite way of saying this but more often than not, the entertainment in holiday resort hotels is pretty tacky. And I loved it. Nothing screams Brits on holiday like it. My personal favourite was a hypnotist who made the volunteers he called up on stage believe they were washing machines. Hilarious.

I’d love to go to Fuerteventura so I can complete my collection of Canary Island holidays. It’s unlikely my parents an I will ever go abroad again just us 3. Things have changed since I was 14. But hopefully I can get out there in the coming years, perhaps with my partner or a friend. Or maybe even on my own, if I’m brave enough one day.

I couldn’t even use the photos normally for this post because they’re so old and such bad quality. But that’s what it was like at the time. And I wouldn’t have had it any different. I’d love to add some more memories to my collection from holidays to the Canary Islands. A group of places that hold a special place in my heart.

Do you have a particular holiday destination that holds a special place in your heart? Somewhere that feels like a home away from home for you? Have you ever visited the Canary Islands yourself?


  1. I’ve never even been to Spain but this post has me desperate to go to the Canary Islands! I loved the way you wrote this, hearing about your holiday memories has made me nostalgic in the best possible way for those evenings on holiday where you just feel like you’re in a dream – and so far away from real life! I also have a really strong feeling that it won’t be long at all before you are travelling abroad again – you’ve made such enormous strides this past year that I would put money on it! xxx
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  2. I haven’t been on holiday since 1988, when I went to the Algarve in Portugal. Actually stayed in the same place that Madeline McCann went missing, Praia Da Luz, although way before that happened. I think my fondest memories are when I was a kid & staying in a caravan somewhere in Great Yarmouth. We went every summer & I loved it. 🙂

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  3. Aww, I always thought the Canary Islands sounded super lush so maybe I’ll go one day! We didn’t take oversea holidays as such. We tended to go over by ferry (from Scotland) to Northern Ireland!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

  4. I’ve never been to the Canary Islands, but I’ve heard so many wonderful things from friends that they are definitely high on my bucket list! And I really hope you get to go back there as well!

  5. It is great that you got to visit the Canary Islands years back! Sounds like a pretty fun experience – especially being surrounded by all of the waters. Oh man, meeting great people along the way is a special memory on its own. You can’t go wrong with fresh breezes either. I really need to go travel the world these days! Thanks for sharing this special holiday throwback! 🙂

    Nancy ♥

  6. Playing cards. Long into the night.
    I connect with that! Uno games in my house never END!
    We have never been able to go away for the holidays, so all my memories are at home. But there is something special about that to! 🙂

  7. I’ve never visited the Canary Islands but I think it would be the perfect place to take Joshua. I adored living in Spain, it was such a beautiful way of life and I want him to experience that too xx

  8. I can fully relate to those special places when you step off the plane and just know this one is different. Rome did that for me! New York too. I always used to stay up playing cards with my family when I was younger too. x


  9. I have never visited the Canary Island but the way you talk about it makes me want to put it on my travel destination bucket list. Thanks for sharing such heart-warming memories of your trip.

  10. Ahhh The Canaries truly have my heart 💕 I’ve been to just Fuerte, Lobos, and Lanzarote but I will visit all eleven of them eventually. They’re beautiful! I’ve also been told that La Gomera is absolutely stunning so perhaps you should add that one to your list as well!

  11. The Canary Islands sound and look beautiful! It must be so nice having these photos as a memory from there. Definitely a place I want to visit one day!

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