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Canary Islands-Budget Family Holiday Destinations

When I was little I never really thought about the cost of holidays. We were lucky to go on a UK break to Somerset pretty much every year, and then when we were 7 we went on our first holiday abroad. 

With my parents and my nan, and of course my twin brother, we stayed at Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria.

It was an amazing first holiday abroad and I can't think of one bad thing about that holiday. I truly think that holidaying at Gran Canaria, and it being my first experience of a holiday abroad, started my love for the Canary Islands

Since going to Gran Canaria I've been to Tenerife three times, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Visiting the other islands is on my bucket list.

So whats to love about the Canary Islands?
What isn't there to love?!

For me, every island is different and every island has its quirks and its beauty spots.
Whether you like a volcanic landscape, greenery, open "barren" land or beaches (black sand or white sand). Water sports or a relaxing holiday, there is absolutely no way that you wouldn't be happy with at least one of the Canary Islands.

The islands are known for having hot weather throughout the year, making it a popular destination all year round. Due to this prices for holidays tend to be pretty reasonable and consistent, without price rises during particular months due to the weather making it even more popular. There are obviously some price differences but not as much as other destinations.

Depending on how you spend your time, and the types of holiday you go on, you should base your boarding carefully around this to keep your budget and spending down.
For example, if you are likely to be away from the hotel or accommodation all day then being All Inclusive might not be the best way to go, instead looking at either B&B, Half Board or Self Catering.
Food and restaurants in the Canaries are still reasonably priced, however I did notice in Fuerteventura that prices are rising but, if you do go for a self catering option, or wanting to eat out a lot, researching beforehand is a really useful thing to do.
Walking the area in the daytime in preparation for an evening meal, looking at the menus in the doorways and then checking reviews is another way of making sure not only are you going to be able to order some food you like, but it is in budget and of course, highly rated!

Similarly, checking out local markets to get food to cook back at your accommodation is also worth considering.
We did this at Fuerteventura and were able to pick up some beautiful vegetables and desserts, only missing out on a butchers for the meat which we just ended up buying in a local supermarket.

Of course if you are likely to spend most days by the pool at the hotel then staying All Inclusive is the way to go. Having all your meals, snacks and drinks included can save a lot of hassle when you just want to relax and leave someone else to it.

Have you been on holiday this year or booked your holiday abroad already for 2019? If not, definitely consider the Canary Islands. Holiday Gems have some fantastic deals for any board basis and accommodation suitable for you and your family.



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