Monday, 21 May 2018

Hidden Gem Holiday Destinations*

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I'm not going to lie to you but I must spend about 80% of my time pricing up holidays, I mean who doesn't have mad wanderlust these days especially when it seems like everyone on your insta feed is always on holiday. I don't know about yours but I know my feed is full of holiday destinations filled with colour, grammable beaches and just everything looks super aesthetically pleasing that usually I end up googling all the destinations I see and doing research on them. I love a pretty city or beach but for me a holiday needs some culture, I'm not really the type of person who could go away and just lie on a beach or by the pool all day, eat, drink and maybe read a book nothing else. I love exploring, I love finding local places to eat, I love history and museums I love a good bus tour that kind of thing. If you want a relaxing do nothing holiday I am really not the person you want to go with haha. When I saw a campaign to write about finding those hidden gems on holiday I knew I had to give it a shot because I am forever holiday shopping and well I like dipping into travel blogging.

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Holiday Gems are a company I hadn't previously heard of, I'll admit I'm very guilty of going to the big names when looking into holidays, these however seem to always cost an absolute bomb. Holiday Gems have some amazing value for money deals, with flights from most major UK cities including Newcastle! For me being able to fly from Newcastle for a low cost is a big deal 'cause personally I find it difficult to find flights to most places for under £200! Holiday Gems have destinations everywhere from Florida to Mexico, Egypt and Africa. After spending a short while looking at their destinations I knew where I wanted to talk about, I mean yeah Florida is at the top of my list of places to visit because hello Disney World and Universal, Mexico too who doesn't want to visit the Mayan ruins?! However I saw Greece and was like yeah I wanna visit Greece I wonder what hidden gems they have there?

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What I love about Greece is that it's not just attached to mainland Europe but also has tons of Islands that belong to it. Of course it has it's main Islands which are well known holiday destinations such as Zante which is highly popular with hen/stag parties and younger groups for lads/girls holidays as it's known for beaches and its party resorts such as Laganas. Mostly though Greece is filled with history and culture, and that's what I want to visit for.

Of course we all know about Greek Gods and how the Olympic Games originated there, the ruins but there is so much more than this, Greece has so much hidden beauty and history. The island of Crete is one I didn't realise had so much history, its filled with ancient ruins like those of the Palace of Knossos which are ruins of the Minoan Civilisation who were known for their pottery and with links to the mythological story of the labyrinth and the Minotaur. Elafonisi is a small Island just off Crete that holds a lot of history, there's war memorials from the Greek War Of Independence, you can visit the old ruins of the Light house which was destroyed during WWII by German Troops. The light house was built on the island purely because of a Ship known as the Imperatix was wrecked in the Islands waters, the wreckage of which is still there to this day waiting for divers to visit. Wreck diving is a huge thing in Greece, not only are there ships to visit but also planes, I would love to go diving and see how the sea creatures have taken over the wrecks and made their homes. Not only does it boast history but it also boasts beauty, they have pink sand. Pink Sand!! How amazing is that, imagine all the instagram worth snaps you could get there! It's very easy for you to day trip between the Islands around Crete as they're very popular tourist destinations, you can even walk to some when the water is shallow enough! The other Greek Islands are also beautiful several of them such as Skaithos were even used for filming of Mama Mia, now wouldn't you love to visit and dance around the streets pretending you're a part of the film? Haha.

Thanks to Holiday Gems I now really need to go on a trip to Greece and my bank balance is probably going to hate me since I discovered their amazingly priced City Break deals! My holiday window shopping is definitely going to get worse since discovering them. 
Do you have any holidays coming up or are you just window shopping like me?

*This post is a sponsored post and I have been paid to advertise Holiday Gems however all writing is my own as was the research into the country. The photos belong to Holiday Gems I take no credit for how beautiful those photos are!*

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