At the end of every holiday, I’m already thinking about booking my next one.  Most people can probably relate to this because it’s something we all do, right? I love having a trip to look forward to and after my transplant recovery, a trip is now well overdue. And since I’m one of those people who loves researching, planning and list writing, I get as much enjoyment out of the booking process as I do on the actual holiday!

Years ago, all of my holidays revolved around visiting historical sites: visiting the Acropolis, exploring the Roman Forum and enjoying the breathtaking views from Delphi. Don’t get me wrong, I was in my absolute element and these are sites I could visit over and over, discovering something new each time. But in recent years, I’ve learned to appreciate relaxing holidays lazing by the pool and taking the time to do absolutely nothing (okay, that’s not quite true: there was a time I sat on my sun lounger with Homer’s Odyssey and a pack of four highlighters but I was genuinely having a great time!). I’m not a sun worshipper (far from it) but I love relaxing in beautiful surroundings, enjoying a good book, dipping in and out of the pool at my leisure and all the additional benefits of travelling all inclusive.

Admittedly,  I was never one for all inclusive holidays as I worried they would be ‘limiting’ but actually, this is far from the truth. The convenience of knowing all your meals are paid and catered for, the drinks are literally on tap (important to stay hydrated and um…enjoy a cocktail or two) and there’s always a wide variety of snacks on offer (I remember a particular crepe guy who set up poolside daily and that was one of the highlights of our trip!). When my friend and I visited Lanzarote for a week of doing completely nothing, we chose to travel all inclusive and it was worth it. Not only was it great value for money, it removed all the hassle of having to having money as a ‘food allowance’ and made us feel really looked after and pampered which is exactly what a holiday should be about, right?

Ah, that really was one of the best holidays I’ve ever been on. The staff were great, the food was varied, fresh and delicious, the cocktails were divine and my biggest worry was what book I was going to read next. It also gave us the chance to enjoy some of the hotel activities and entertainment such as water aerobics, table tennis and archery which normally I would have been completely unaware of because I was too busy heading to the next historical site. Don’t get me wrong, we did spend some time exploring Lanzarote (as anyone should, it’s beautiful) but we were going to relax, and that’s exactly what we did.

I’m looking to book this type of holiday with my sister this year and I’ve already been busy researching options online with Holiday Gems; find their all inclusive deals here. We’re thinking maybe Spain, so if you have any suggestions I’d really appreciate them! But after another transplant, I’ve earned a hassle free, indulgent holiday and all inclusive provides just that.

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  1. February 23rd, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    I know what you mean lovely, I cannot wait to go on honeymoon in June and have some time away from all the stress that I have been through the past few years. I completely, utterly and HIGHLY recommend Puerto Rico in the Gran Canaria for your holiday beautiful, we stayed at the Rio Piedras Appartments. We were so welcomed and the place was so clean, really awesome value for money and right near the beach. Total amazing place! Thank you for sharing this blog post, I really enjoyed reading it with my cup of coffee lovely ?✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

  2. March 10th, 2018 / 12:46 am

    I definitely agree with you, and I really hope you get the chance to have a relaxing holiday again soon, especially after having to undergo another transplant – I hope you’re healing OK! Like you, I love exploring different countries and trying new things but there really is nothing nicer than having a completely hassle free holiday where you can just literally lounge around the pool all day, so I hope you get that soon. I love the photos in this post too, I can just feel the sun in that third one! – Tasha

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