Before I even started writing a travel blog, I always loved trips that involved jam-packed itineraries, fascinating tours and delicious foodie finds. I thrive on exploring new places, learning about different cultures and seeing new things, and writing this blog has only made me even more consumed when it comes to planning trips. But our recent break to Gibraltar included none of this. This was the first time I was going away with family since I started blogging, but this trip wasn’t going to be a blogging one; it was to celebrate my mum’s birthday and to unwind in a place that is close to all our hearts.
But, unable to shake my typical blogger ways, the obsessive trip planner in me started to panic a few days before we left. We had absolutely nothing planned and I really do mean nothing. I hadn’t organised a single tour because we’d pretty much seen all of Gibraltar already and I hadn’t even scouted out any new restaurants to try. What on earth were we going to do for 4 whole days?!
When Mr Ayla and my family suggested how about just relaxing, my panic subsided a tiny little bit. Relaxing…I could do that. It was only a few days. I’m sure my itchy feet could keep still for that long couldn’t they?
Gibraltar is the place that my mum and grandparents took me and my sister to when we were growing up; it’s where I spent every summer holiday becoming a mini adventurer; and it’s where I later went on to marry the love of my life. As our plane started to descend and I caught my first glimpse of Gibraltar Rock in 5 years, with my family just as excited beside me, I knew I didn’t need to keep myself occupied to enjoy it here.
The title of this post may seem slightly moot as I am, in fact, now blogging about it, but the pure bliss that I felt at not having to take a hundred photos of every single thing, not worrying about keeping up to date with writing and checking emails, and only uploading the odd photo to Instagram, well it was wonderful to be quite honest. I even let Mr Ayla tuck into his food as soon as it was put in front of him without making him wait for me to take pictures!
I can’t remember the last time we had a trip that involved nothing more than chilling out by the pool, pampering ourselves, and just enjoying our time away, and it just goes to show we could all do with a little break away from social media and the rest of the world every now and then.
Beach time is always a prerequisite on relaxing holidays so we spent lots of time running across the burning hot sand, frolicking in the sea, climbing the rocks along the shore and, of course, eating ice lollies.
But most of the time we spent in a state of blissful paradise, all our responsibilities and worries forgotten, sunbathing by the rooftop plunge pool with its gorgeous views over the marina and Gibraltar Rock.
As it was my mum’s birthday during our break we had plenty of celebrations from drinking all the sangria in Gibraltar, cocktails by the harbour at sunset, and toasting with flutes of champagne on the rooftop bar.
At least I know where my love of a good drink comes from…
By day we strolled by all the colourful houses along the beach front and by night we watched the sunset over the marina.
I’ll admit that there was still the odd moment when my blogging tendencies surfaced but who could resist taking photos in a place this beautiful?! And it seems I’m not the only one in my family who’s snap-happy!
Most of all though it was so lovely just to switch off from everything and enjoy a few days with my five favourite people in the entire world. I know that I won’t be leaving it long before another blissful break is booked with my crazy wonderful family.
Do you think us travel bloggers can have a “normal” non-blogging holiday? Let me know how you switch off in the comments below!