When All You Need Is A Holiday - Photos Of Sunsets From Tenerife

Posted on 24. Jun, 2013 by in Canary Islands, Destinations, Europe Travel, Photo Posts, Spain

sunsets from tenerife

You wouldn’t believe the comments I get from people I encounter in my travels, or even friends and family members. A surprisingly large amount of people don’t understand the concept of being a travel writer or blogger.

“So, you’re on vacation like, all the time, right?”
“I’m so jealous of your life!”

“Your parents must be super duper loaded for you to travel so much!”
“I’d looove to have your job and travel all the time and drink fancy cocktails every night!”

Okay, so that last one isn’t exactly untrue. I do travel a lot and I do get to drink a lot of cocktails (for networking purposes, of course!). You got me there.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not work. That doesn’t mean it’s not tiring. I’ve talked quite extensively of the downsides of being a full-time freelancer and travel blogger, and even several months after, nothing has changed. It’s still a labor of love, a choice I don’t regret for one minute, and one I wouldn’t change for anything in the world.

A few weeks ago, it hit me. Seemingly out of nowhere, but not without reason. I was really fucking tired. You may have noticed by the blatant lack of updates on this site.

All I wanted was to go to bed and get up at ridiculous o’clock, without a care in the world whether I had a deadline or not, have somebody make my bed and fill-up my mini-bar, eat my weight in desserts and bask in the sun for a couple of hours every day. I wanted a retreat, a place where not having wifi was a good thing, and where I could just leave my stressed-out mind at the baggage pickup.

sunsets from tenerife

What did I do?
I went where few travel bloggers have dared to go in the sacro-saint name of independent travel and authentic experiences, whatever that means. I’m not one for social conventions anyway.

I booked an 8-day stay in an all-inclusive resort on the western coast of Tenerife.

*collective gasp of shock and horror*

The best part? I didn’t care what anybody had to say about that. I paid for pretty much everything myself, no complimentary nothing, no blogging privileges - just a well-deserved, blissful and especially guilt-free holiday.

And boy did it feel good. I loved every single minute of this trip. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Tenerife isn’t just a resort island for pasty-white English and German people in need of vitamin D - it has authentic villages, a magnificent and dramatic coastline, and a typically Spanish laid-back vibe to it.

Not to mention the sunsets. OH MY LORD. France hasn’t had the best weather so far this year - that’s a euphemism for depressing permacloud since November - and I hadn’t seen a good sunset in a very, very long time. Needless to say I was rewarded in Tenerife. See for yourself.

sunsets from tenerife

sunsets from tenerife

sunsets from tenerife

sunsets from tenerife

sunsets from tenerife

sunsets from tenerife

As you can see, a holiday to Tenerife is worth the price even for just a snippet of one of these gorgeous sunsets. Would you believe me if I said that these photos are only slightly edited, and are a very authentic depiction of reality?

And while I definitely felt that some bloggers judged me - and still do -  for going on this type of holiday, honestly, I don’t really care. Mind you, I was the first one to bash against all-inclusive resorts up until I experienced one for myself - it wasn’t until traveling almost  full-time took the magic out of travel, and made me burn the candle at both ends… it wasn’t until then that I realized this:

Travel is still travel, regardless of how you do it and where you go.
Just as long as you travel. It’s all that matters.

Have you ever been on an all-included resort before? What was your experience like? Did you feel judged for picking an easy holiday over a more exploratory trip in a foreign country?

Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid by anyone to write this, or go to Tenerife. And I feel damn good about that.

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14 Responses to “When All You Need Is A Holiday - Photos Of Sunsets From Tenerife”

  1. Katy

    25. Jun, 2013

    Good on you! I can’t believe people are judging you for this. There is a world of difference between ‘travelling’ and a ‘holiday’ that a lot of people just don’t understand - and sometimes, you just need a holiday! Gorgeous sunset pictures, I hope you enjoyed every moment of a well-deserved break!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      27. Jun, 2013

      You wouldn’t believe the stares I got! I did enjoy it very much :)

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  2. Lance | Trips By Lance

    25. Jun, 2013

    Good for you. Everyone needs a vacation. I don’t consider travel a vacation. There are places to see, experiences to have, great food to try. A vacation is a time to just unwind, and if it needs to be at an all-inclusive resort, so be it. I’ve only been to one and that was my honeymoon 14 years ago in Jamaica.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      27. Jun, 2013

      Thanks for the support, Lance! I don’t consider travel a vacation either - hence why I needed one specifically when travel is my daily life!

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  3. Caro

    26. Jun, 2013

    I wholeheartedly agree that any type of travel counts and is important, boo to snobs! Your photos are absolutely stunning, you’re making me crave a real summer, so far very disapointed in Ottawa’s excuse for sun!!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      27. Jun, 2013

      Thanks Caro! The sunsets were stunning and so photogenic I had very little to do with it.

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  4. Julika

    07. Jul, 2013

    Stunning photos! I must admit, I’m not a fan of all-inclusive resorts when people expect to pay 170 Euros for a week and still assume the staff is treated and paid nicely. But since you apparently stayed at a great place and explored local culture beyond the resort, it really sounds like you had an amazing vacation! Maybe I’ll give this a try someday in the future!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. Aug, 2013

      Neither am I - I paid FAR more than 170 euros for a week, but it was worth every cent.

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  5. Carmen Edelson

    18. Sep, 2013

    Tenerife is absolutely one of the best vacation destinations. I should know my family lives there. My family and I travel quite a bit. We prefer the “All Inclusive Resorts”. Not having to pull out your wallet every five minutes for drinks, food, and other indulgences is enough to make you feel more relaxed. You don’t have to keep thinking about the money you’re spending. It eliminates the idea of having to get into a car to drive to a restaurant. Great pictures!!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. Oct, 2013

      Thanks Carmen! Indeed, a stress-free vacation was exactly what I needed, and Tenerife fit the bill perfectly.

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  6. PurpleTravelKate

    07. Oct, 2013

    Gorgeous photos.. just lovely! Makes me want to pack up right now and hop on a plane! :)

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  7. Kelly Rogers

    28. Feb, 2014

    Hi Marie, thank you so much for these photos. They are absolutely gorgeous! Isn’t it amazing to see the sun? I’m working in an office, so any travel is a wonderful experience. :)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Mar, 2014

      It’s always amazing to see the sun, especially after such a long and horrid winter!

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