As you might know, Carl and I just came back from our summer holiday. We chose Fuerteventura this year, as we found super cheap flights and we had been wanting to go for a while. Those of you following me on Instagram will have seen the million photos I have posted of this beautiful island. But here is the thing, I didn’t really have a great holiday and if I am being really honest it is not a place I have any desire to go back to. I feel like this could be quite a controversial thing to say as most people I know who have visited absolutely love this Spanish island.
I mean don’t get me wrong I didn’t hate Fuerteventura, but I didn’t love it either. There is no denying it is stunningly beautiful, with scenery ranging from mountains to stunning beaches that look like they belong somewhere in the Caribbean. However, for so many reasons this beautiful island just wasn’t for me. I think perhaps I was so desperate to have an amazing summer holiday that I built this place up so much that it was only ever going to disappoint me. Also, as you know Carl and I both love Dubrovnik and compare everywhere we go in Europe to that gorgeous little Croatian city. I realise that probably sounds like I am setting every place up to fail if I am always comparing it to somewhere else, but I don’t think that is necessarily true. A couple of years ago we had a lovely time on the Greek island of Kefalonia and I would definitely go back there, so we are definitely capable of having fun in a place other than Dubrovnik!
I think that a lot of what made our holiday so disappointing had more to do with circumstances than it did with the destination itself. Much like with our bad experience in Paris, there was just a lot of different things that together made for a less than ideal holiday. The weather wasn’t great, we had a few bad meals out and neither carl and I were in the best mindset for a great holiday. There were parts of our trip that were good such as a day trip we took to Lobos but on the whole we found there just wasn’t a lot to do unless you are into surfing/windsurfing or yoga. I would certainly still recommend Fuerteventura as a place worth visiting and I will be sharing a couple of posts on my favourite places because there are so absolutely stunning areas. Sometimes it is difficult to put your finger on just why a destination doesn’t live up to your ideals and thankfully it very rarely happens to me! I am heading to Bosnia next for a little solo trip and then Carl and I are off to Lisbon, both places I think will be much more my scene!
Have you ever had a disappointing holiday? Do you agree that often it is circumstances and not necessarily the fault of the destination? Let me know below!