Have you booked your summer 2018 holiday yet? Myself and my partner have had so much going on with expecting our first baby and moving house that we have put the holiday discussion firmly on hold, however the time has come to start planning for our annual getaway…
The evenings may be getting lighter in this country and the days longer, but that doesn’t stop us yearning for hotter weather and cocktails on a sunny beach. It’s nice to getaway once a year (if not more), but it isn’t always cheap and convenient with our working day-to-day lifestyles.
I have been discussing the most popular but affordable holiday destinations with HolidayGems to give you our ‘Top 3 Summer Destinations’ based on affordability and convenience for a small family:
Portugal – holidays start from £79 pp
Whether you choose to visit the all popular Algarve or Madeira, this year there are some amazing deals out there for couples, families or singles looking to let their hair down. There are endless opportunities for exploring this beautiful country, and to enjoy the charming culture, stunning beaches and rich history on offer.
The weather is year-round and temperatures reach highs of 28°C in August and drop to only 15°C in January.
It doesn’t matter if you like long walks, games of golf or catching rays on the beach, Portugal is a destination that offers a variety of different appeals to a vast mix of Brits.
Lover of Nandos? Then you are bound to love the addictive cuisine of Portugal. From fresh seafood, piri-piri chicken to ‘pastel de nata’ (the classic Portuguese custard tart) there is literally something to suit every single palette.
The flight is approx 3-4 hours from the UK so its short enough to do with young children too.
Turkey – holidays start from £69pp
Some of Turkey’s most popular destinations include: Bodrum, Antalya, Dalaman and Marmaris. I have been on several holidays to Turkey as a child and have fond memories of building castles on the beaches, belly dancing clubs and stuffing my face with lots of Turkish Delights.
Turkey is a mix of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and offers deep roots of history to explore. The country has hundreds of archaeological sites, historic landmarks, cultural institutions, traditional customs and natural beauties to delve into. If you are not a culture vulture like myself, then perhaps the Turquoise Coast and Mediterranean sea can tempt you.
The weather is best between May and October averaging between 25°C and 35°C.
Do you enjoy cultural shopping? The Turkish markets are world renowned and offer beautifully hand-crafted and decorative goods. From carpets, unique clothing and jewelry, to spices and traditional street foods – there is something for everyone. The vivid colors and one-of-a-kind buys will have you in awe. You will be sure to spend your money on a few one-off pieces.
The flight is approx 4 – 5 hours from the UK.
Spain – holidays start from £89pp
The Spanish cuisine is also a huge factor of why we keep on going back for more. With fresh fish, fresh breads, olive oil, olives, cured meats and of course, tapas. There are so many specialties on offer including jugs of the red wine specialty, Sangria.