I love a relaxing holiday. I used to like to be a bit more adventurous on my travels but these past few years have felt so hectic that I’ve been desperate to to go somewhere where I could just sit back, relax and switch off from all the madness. However that’s not exactly Mr T’s cup of tea, which is why I was so stunned when he announced he had booked us a surprise trip to celebrate my 30th birthday where we could just relax.

In the weeks leading up to the trip I was drip fed small hints about where we would be going, things like it was going to be windy so I would need some sort of cover but it would average 30 degrees in the day, that our destination wasn’t an island but it was in the middle of nowhere and the final one which really stumped me; that it was a country neither of us had been too?

By the time we were due to leave I was dying to know where we were going, packing had been a bit of a nightmare, but I couldn’t wait to get to that airport to find out where I would be spending my 30th. At first I thought I would find out at check-in but can you believe there was no destination on the screen, just the tour operator. I saw a sly grin appear on Mr T’s face when he realised he could keep me hanging on just that little bit longer. In fact it wasn’t until we were on the flight and the pilot made his announcement did I find out that we were going to be spending a week in Cape Verde and OMG was I excited. A whole week of doing nothing but sunning myself, reading and listing podcasts – paradise!

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Let me start by telling you how beautiful Cape Verde is! The most gloriously blue sea surrounds a dramatic landscape of sandy deserts and rocky mountains, at times I wondered whether we had accidentally landed on Mars as it could easily have been the set for a Star Wars film. Made up of 10 islands, we stayed at the Hotel Riu Touareg on Boa Vista. The hotel was by far one of the most unusual I had ever seen as it looked like a giant sandcastle from the air. With its own private beach, 2 swimming pools, a spa, 5 restaurants and loads of bars it has everything you need to make sure you stay is super relaxing.

And relaxing it was for the first few days until I had read both my books, (I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult if your interested?) and listened to all the Sophia Amuruso podcasts that I had downloaded. So by day 4 I had to do something else. At first we weren’t sure we were going to be able to find an awful lot to do, turns out one of Mr T’s hints that had turned out to be true was that we were indeed in the middle of nowhere.

Well it turned out this holiday was going to be full of surprises as we soon discovered there was a whole world of fun things to do beyond those hotel walls some of which we managed to fit in during our stay and others I will be sure to do when we go back. So if like us your looking for some adventure on your relaxing holiday here are 7 fun activities to try.