Best Budget Holidays For March 2017!

As the cold of winter slowly melts away and we really start looking to the year ahead, many of us are gripped with a yearning for adventure! Over at Holiday Gems, however, it’s recognised that a lot of people struggle to find a way to appease this wanderlust while trying to nurse their bank accounts back to health post-Christmas. So, we’ve come up with four suggested escapes that will satisfy your itchy feet without the financial sting.



Portugal
If you want to escape March’s typical grey gloom, then Portugal is the perfect location to get a hit of great weather. January sees the temperature drop to a balmy 14-15 degrees celsius, and this climbs gradually as the year progresses to an average of 28 in August, with March sitting as a happy medium between the two. It’s a great escape for foodies, so you may want to set aside a good portion of your budget to enable you to experience the country’s sumptuous culinary delights, and, with sea on two sides, it’s the perfect destination for a beach break. You can experience the Algarve for as low as £150.19 for five nights per person!

Malta 
More year-round sunshine can be found on the glorious Mediterranean island of Malta. From just over £109 per person for five nights, the ultimate sun, sea and sand experience can be yours for the taking. Experience an enriching adventure as you explore ancient cobbled villages and learn the island’s ancient myths, or grab life with both hands and dance the night away in one of Malta’s exhilarating clubs or sample the delights of Maltese cuisine. The island’s landscape is flat and sprawling, meaning you can get about with ease, and it’s a great place to bring people with little legs!

Turkey
From the bazaar to the snow-capped mountains to the sandy seaside, Turkey’s popularity as a holiday destinations never seems to wane - which is unsurprising as you can fly there and stay for four nights from under £160. Hardy explorers can quench their thirst for adventure by delving into the wilderness on hikes or learn about the diverse heritage and cultures of this fascinating country, while those who just need a relaxing break will be spoilt rotten by the vast array of glorious beaches and rich opportunities for some much-needed retail therapy in cities such as the thriving Istanbul. The food is superb and varied - so don’t miss the opportunity to sample both the gorgeous street food and the sumptuous finer cuisine.

Mexico

If you’re setting your sights further afield, Mexico may just be the place for you. The temperature rarely drops below the twenties all year round, and a visit in March means that you can avail yourself of the drier weather and avoid tropical storms. Far less costly than a journey to the U.S., Mexico is within reach for just over £861 a week per individual, flights included. The country may be most famous for its rich and wholesome cuisine, but also brims with a wealth of ancient architecture (some prehistoric!) and awe-inspiring natural beauty.


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Luxury For Less - 4 ways to cut the cost of a luxe break.

If you’re longing for a high-class getaway but your belt is still firmly tightened following the Christmas season, you’re not alone. There’s no need to scrimp on luxury though, even if you’re trying to be a little more economical when booking a holiday this time around. Destination2 has a little advice for any traveller who fancies a stylish, upmarket break without the expense.



1. Prioritise
What is it that you want out of your holiday? Once you have decided on the type of experience you want, this will help you to discern which areas of the trip will cost more, and where you might be able to cut corners comfortably. If independent sightseeing is more your sort of thing, perhaps opt for a package that includes all meals so you’re free to splash out a little more on the internal travel element. However, if your dream holiday resembles more of a taste-tour and you’re itching to try a different restaurant, bar or eatery each night, perhaps book a hotel in a central location so that travel costs you very little. Many resorts even offer free shuttle services within your city, and some will even whisk you off to destinations quite a way away! Speaking of free services…

2. Find the freebies
You’ll be surprised by the offers you can uncover if you do your research in advance! Some major cities offer discounted entry to popular landmarks and even money off meals in particular eateries if you apply for a special card before you travel. There are also a number of highly enjoyable experiences you can enjoy free of charge all the year round in a vast number of cities, such as visits to museums and galleries, festivals, parades and galas, walking tours and trips to beauty spots such as beaches, national parks and nature reserves.

3. Dodge the rush
There are a huge number of holiday destinations that are just as enjoyable - often more so - when you opt to miss their annual tourism peak. Prices are often bumped up at these times, and the best hotels fill up very quickly. Travelling in April rather than August can mean savings of hundred of pounds, on both flights and accommodation, and that is not to be sniffed at! Research your dream escape to discover their most popular months, but just be aware that there may be a clear reason why particular seasons are quieter - many countries have periods of rather extreme weather, so be sure to learn the times you ought to avoid.

4. Go all-inclusive
In the past, an all-inclusive holiday simply suggested the following: flights, hotel room, three meals a day. However, tourism is an increasingly competitive market, and the jetset lifestyle is quickly becoming the norm for a large number of people. You’ll be astonished at the extras and add-ons that can be thrown in as part of an all-inclusive holiday in order to secure your booking. From bar tabs to spa access, experiences that might otherwise set you back a fair amount of money often come part and parcel when you book with particular resorts or hotels, so get searching and see what treasures you can unearth!

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30 blog post ideas

Hi all, happy Friday! The weekend is upon us once again, which for a lot of us means blogging! I decided to bring you a post which I've had in my drafts for a while now, 30 blog post ideas for those who are struggling with inspo. I did one a few years back and it is still one of my most viewed posts. If you fancy viewing that one, you can do here. I'm hoping this post is better than the last one as I have written many more blog posts since that one, which have filled me with inspiration. Hopefully you enjoy this post and get some ideas for your own blog posts!

Fashion 
1. Shop my style (Share your outfit inspo like this)
2. Fashion Wishlist
3. Outfit of the day
4. Dress for the season (Some ideas are like this and this)
5. What I've Bought Lately.

Beauty
6. Shop my makeup stash
7. Easy makeup looks
8. Beauty wishlist
9. Introducing a brand (This is my favourite beauty post to do, I did one for Soap and Glory here)
10. Haulin' (One of the most popular beauty posts! I've got a Colourpop haul as an example.



Lifestyle 
11. Favourite films/tv shows.
12. Advice posts (e.g. moving into your first home, being a student)
13. Home hauls (I did a fabulous one with Sass and Belle!)
14. Talk about issues which are important (I've wrote posts on discrimination and sex ed in schools)
15. Show off your collections! (I did a tsum tsum haul which is super popular!)
16. 30 facts about me
17. Why did you start blogging
18. Book reviews, what have you been reading lately
19. Bloggers who inspire you.
20. Your top blog posts that you've done.



Travel
21. Talk about your local city/town and things to do.
22. Places you want to visit on your bucket list. (I did one here)
23. A post about a place you've visited and make it picture heavy! (Here's one on Brighton I did)
24. Exploring the UK, talk about places in the UK to visit.
25. Best places to shop.


Food
26. Review restaurants you've visited. (I did one on Jamie's Italian and The Verano Lounge.)
27. Top food places to visit in your area
28. How to eat healthy, some meal ideas.
29. Eating on a student budget. (I did a post in collaboration with the Co Op on this.
30. Throw a dinner party and write about your experience. (I did a come dine with me blogger style)

I hope you managed to get some inspiration from this post! Let me know if you enjoyed it in the comments below! 

4 Things You NEED To Watch Now! | Lifestyle.

I have recently submerged myself into watching so much TV, I cannot stop watching it. I am making my way through full series in a matter of days at a time. I couldn't imagine not having Netflix, Iplayer and 4 on Demand in my life, they are my saviours. I could do with a bed from Adjustamatic to relax in whilst watching my favourite shows A while back a did a few posts on my favourite documentaries and films and you guys really enjoyed them and I've been watching some AMAZING stuff lately so I decided I would share my top 5 favourite things I've watched recently and I hope you enjoy!


Orphan Black:
Around Christmas one of my friends recommended me watching this and I was a bit hesitant as it isn't something I'd usually watch but decided to give it ago anyway, and after one episode I was hooked. I am now on the last two episodes of season 4 and literally recommend it to anyone. I'd say it's a sci-fi thriller, always keeps on you on your toes and requires you paying attention constantly as it moves so fast. It definitely takes you through all of the motions.  

Audrey and Daisy:
I watched this documentary and couldn't stop crying throughout, it's a beautiful but sad look into a girl who killed herself due a sexual assault and it shows the story of another girl called Daisy and what she went through when she was sexually assaulted too. A gripping and eye opening look at what people go through and how they overcome what has happened to them. I honestly wanted to hug every single girl in this documentary. 

Playhouse Masters:
A bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, but I'm not even sorry. It's on TLC and is amazing to watch. It is about a couple who own their own business creating playhouses, and my god, some of these playhouses are better than my actual house ha. They are amazing to look and always have me in awe of how they create such amazing ones. 

Drugs Map Of Britain: 
A BBC Iplayer documentary series look into drugs and what drugs are most popular in parts of England, it is on going series which started in September. There has been one on Black Mamba, Heroin, Ecstasy, Alcohol and a few more. It's an eye opening look into how badly drugs effect the UK and it's residents and what people are like who are suffering with a full blown addiction to the drug. 

I hope you enjoyed this mixed bag of things I have been watching lately, what are you enjoying at the moment? 

Valentines Day On A Budget.

Hi all, how are we doing? It's almost Valentines Day and for those of you who are loved up that means a day full of romance, love and being spoilt rotten by your other half. For those of us who are single it can be a tough day to get through, however I have you covered as I wrote a post all about Valentines Day when you're single. Today I am bringing you a post about Valentines Day on a budget, I did a similar post last year and it went down really well, so I thought I'd bring you a newer updated version of it with even more tips on how to enjoy Valentines Day on a budget!



Don't go out on Valentines Day. 
I found this tip on Inclusive Families and it is a great one at that. Going out on Valentines day itself for a meal is usually more expensive as most places put up the prices, because they can on Valentines Day. Honestly going out a few days before or after can save you a lot of money. Plus everywhere is RAMMED on Valentines Day so not even worth it.

Think outside of the box. 
On Valentines Day instead of buying presents for each other, think outside the box for something you can do together and have a fabulous time as well as saving money. My Voucher Codes has some amazing discount codes to use to save even more money, including Virgin Experience Days and Buy A Gift. Both perfect for having the best day out on a budget.

Make your presents! 
Not only is making your presents so much more fun, it's also cost effective and saves you a lot of money in the long run. Buying Valentines Day gifts can often come with a hefty price tag. There are so many cool gift ideas that you can make and Buzzfeed has collated 40 of the best ones to inspire you here.

If you enjoyed this post I have some other great posts on Valentines Day which you may enjoy including: Valentines Day Cute Edition, Valentines Day with Paperchase and Valentines Day on a budget!

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