Holiday-ing on a Budget

This post is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Holiday Gems

As I’m writing this post it’s reached 27 degrees outside… in Yorkshire! The random April heatwave that approaches and leaves just as fast well and truly hit and I don’t know about you but I am revelling in the holiday vibe; all the sunshine and clear blue sky glory.

A sudden outburst of Vitamin D makes me feel three things:

  1. Motivated and mood boosted.
  2. A sudden desire to venture to the exuberant outdoors, pasty arms and legs on show, sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar, swapping chocolate for watermelon, wiping the supermarkets clear of salad, and soaking up the aroma of warmth (there is most definitely a certain smell that comes with hot weather, don’t fight me on this.)
  3. Nothing but excitement for summer holiday plans.

Summer is just around the corner which means it’s about this time of year when you start to think about what’s on the vacation agenda, when that sudden rush of wanderlust hits full force and before you know it you’re sat daydreaming about golden skin, sandy beaches, and all the luxuries of freedom and relaxation that come with. Luckily, I already have one trip abroad booked and in three months time I’ll be living it up in the canaries with my best friends. Flying off to Gran Canaria with Holiday Gems is just one of the options I’m about to shout about – both because this year the beauteous island is my destination of choice and it’s just one of many short haul destinations that can fulfil your cravings at a cheaper price!

The lavish travelling bug is flaunted around so often these days, especially in the blogger community. You only have to open your Instagram app to find a feed full of palm trees, opulent bikini shots in the tourist hot-spots, a foodie feast beside a hammock, and those professional picturesque landscapes that increase your bucket list of places to visit by the dozen. So much so, that it’s easy to forget that for some people this just isn’t the norm.

I actually really do enjoy living the poetic visuals vivaciously through other people (and through a screen) – my hats go off to those successful enough to land these trips of a lifetime and for those who can afford to make several journeys on a jet. Selfishly, it means I can appreciate the gorgeous imagery and I have a soothing escape to dream about!

But I’m just not one to join those fortunate people.

(Or at least not yet.)

My idea of bliss can vary anywhere from a few days away at the seaside, a road trip to another city, or a do it yourself budget flight to Spain. Realistically, it all depends on what I can afford. As much as I wish I could be radiating superiority in the Maldives, a one week basic break is enough to satisfy my desires to travel the world until I’m at the point where I have the opportunity to do it.

I think it’s helpful to remind yourself that you don’t always have to live up to the showy standards to bask in the beauty of breaks. Envy is normal, of course it is. Who wouldn’t be a teeny bit jealous of those picture perfect views, strolling the swanky streets, experiencing famous architecture, and dangling on the edge of paradise with your girl gang beside you? I know I’d be ecstatic to be able to partake in this kind of adventure but for now I’m happy to be just having time out from reality in the heart of Puerto Rico, feet up by the pool, stuffing my face with Lays crisps, giggling with the friends I hold close to my heart, and more than likely drinking too many Malibus and dancing the night away.

I think in today’s economy the more money you can save, the better, and that’s the first step to finding your ideal bargain deal. There’s various other steps you can take; picking the quiet time of year, using price comparison tactics, considering those extras that aren’t an essential, signing up for alerts, planning geographically, but as a starter it’s getting the site right and Holiday Gems has it all!

Whatever reasonable getaway you have in mind, you can find in an instance. Whether you fancy hitting the Costa Blanca coastline of booming Benidorm or sitting back and taking it easy in the quiet cave of the Algarve, sightseeing, shopping and venturing on excursions in the stunning shores of the Canary Islands, or admiring the atmosphere in the areas that are both rich in culture and contain the sunny climate you yearn for such as Italy and Croatia. Just a few hours on a plane and as cheap as £109pp, it’s a possibility you just can’t afford to miss.

Budget holidays can be just as valuable and rewarding as expansive holidays, without a doubt. Not to mention, there’s plenty of places worthy of exploring; those hidden gems that are understated because they’re not considered popular or because there’s ~bad rep~ appointed to them. You can find the beauty off your own back, at your own pace, and individual to the naked eye.

What’s most important is, you do you!

Have you got any holidays planned this year? What are your all time favourite short haul destinations?

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