With the summer sun shining down on the beautiful landscapes of Denmark, it's the perfect time to embark on a journey of relaxation, exploration, and bonding with loved ones to create unforgettable memories.
Photograph: Visit Denmark - Verena Frei
Text: Lyndsay Jensen
I don'tit's know about you, but I want to slow down this summer. I think it's because I grew up in a time and place when summer for kids meant lots of freedom and relaxation. The kids in my neighbourhood didn't follow a jam-packed schedule of camps and programmes - we just hung out with our friends, went camping for a week, and maybe took a trip with the family.
And we thought summer was just the best time of our lives. So now, even though many years have passed since those idyllic summers, I still think summer should look different from the rest of the year – a little more relaxed and fun. In other words, I want to slow down this summer.
For most women, the reality is that summer isn't very different from the rest of the year. Schedules don't magically divest themselves of commitments, and responsibilities don't suddenly come to a screeching halt just because the calendar says "July" or "August." So except for a week or two of vacation, summer isn't fun or relaxing for many women. And when they take a vacation, they may need to be intentional to ensure it's fun and relaxing.
Fortunately, I think we can change this pattern. We can't go back to the carefree childhood summers, but we can create something different from the busy norm during the rest of the year. The secret is making small, short-term changes that reduce stress and give us space to kick back, relax, and make happy memories.
Summer in Denmark
So, for this issue, we are celebrating the summer holidays in Denmark (that's if you're staying here). During this time of the year, the season's beauty intertwines with the essence of Danish culture, with its charming coastal towns, lush green countryside, and vibrant cities - a haven for holidaymakers seeking tranquillity and adventure.
Whether you find solace in the pristine beaches of Skagen, immerse yourself in the enchanting history of Copenhagen, or traverse the breathtaking landscapes of the Danish Riviera, the country offers many experiences that cater to all tastes and preferences.
For those seeking a touch of serenity, Denmark's coastal regions are a testament to the country's natural beauty. The gentle rhythm of the waves lapping against the shore, the salty breeze caressing your face, and the golden sands beneath your feet create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. Whether you bask in the sun, build sandcastles with your children, or embark on a seaside adventure, Denmark's beaches are a gateway to pure bliss.
Furthermore, the cities of Denmark pulsate with life, history, and culture. Copenhagen, the capital city, beckons with its iconic landmarks, such as the majestic Tivoli Gardens and the picturesque Nyhavn Harbour. Explore the narrow streets of Copenhagen, savour delectable Danish cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant arts scene.
Discover the magical charm of Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city, or wander through the medieval streets of Ribe, the oldest town in the country. Each city has its unique allure, offering an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.
Engaging in activities with your family, whether a stroll along the beach, a picnic in the countryside, or a cosy movie night at home, can be deeply fulfilling.
As we embrace the vibrant energy of summer holidays in Denmark, let us also celebrate the beauty of family connections. Cherish the moments spent together, create new traditions, and embark on adventures that will become cherished memories for years.
So, to our exceptional internationals, immerse yourself in the wonders of this captivating country as you embark on your summer holidays in Denmark. Embrace the beauty of its landscapes, indulge in its culture, and find solace and joy in the company of your family. May this summer be a time of rejuvenation, exploration, and celebration of the precious bonds that tie us together.