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Schools out and holidays are here: Embrace the summer!

Photograph: Unsplash

Text: Lyndsay Jensen

Tips for making the most of the season at home and abroad.

Dear readers

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, summer in Denmark invites us to step out and enjoy it. Whether you're planning a staycation, embarking on an overseas adventure, or returning home to reunite with family, this season is time for a break with opportunities for joy and exploration. Here's how to make the most of your summer, wherever your plans may take you.

Prepping for a staycation:

Sometimes, the best adventures are found in your own backyard. A staycation offers the perfect opportunity to explore local attractions, relax, and enjoy the comfort of home.

1. Create a summer bucket list:

Start by listing all the places you've always wanted to visit in your city or town. Museums, parks, restaurants, and local landmarks can provide hours of entertainment and discovery.

2. Transform your home:

Bring the vacation vibes home by setting up a cosy outdoor space with fairy lights, comfortable seating, and maybe even a small fire pit. It's perfect for evening gatherings or a quiet reading nook.

3. Indulge in hobbies:

Summer is the ideal time to dive into hobbies you've been too busy to enjoy. Gardening, painting, or even learning a new instrument can fill your days with creativity and satisfaction.

4. Host a themed dinner party:

Choose a different cuisine each week and invite friends or family over for a themed dinner. It's a fantastic way to explore different cultures and enjoy delicious food without leaving home.

Overseas adventures: Planning for a memorable trip

If you're venturing abroad, whether for the first time or as a seasoned traveller, preparation is key to a stress-free and enjoyable journey.

1. Research and plan ahead:

Start by researching your destination. Research local customs, must-see attractions, and travel advice. Planning your itinerary in advance can help you make the most of your time.

2. Pack smart:

Create a packing list tailoured to your destination's climate and activities. Essentials include comfortable shoes, versatile clothing, and travel-sized toiletries. Don't forget a good book or a travel journal to document your adventures.

3. Stay connected:

Ensure you have access to the internet for navigation and communication. Apps like Google Maps, Duolingo (for language assistance), and TripIt (for organising travel details) can be incredibly helpful.

4. Safety first:

Always have copies of important documents such as your passport, insurance, and emergency contacts. Familiarise yourself with local emergency numbers and keep your belongings secure.

Returning home: Reconnecting with family and tradition

For many, summer means returning home to see loved ones and celebrate family traditions. Here are some tips to make these moments even more special.

1. Plan family activities:

Organise family outings like picnics, beach trips, or hiking adventures. Activities that everyone can enjoy will create lasting memories and strengthen bonds.

2. Celebrate traditions:

Embrace cultural or family traditions, whether it's cooking a special meal, participating in local festivals, or simply sharing stories from the past.

3. Capture the moments:

Take plenty of photos and videos. These mementoes will be cherished long after summer ends and can be shared with family members who couldn't be there.

4. Give back:

Consider organising a family volunteering day. It's a wonderful way to give back to the community and spend quality time together.

Summer is a time to relax, explore, and generally recharge. Whether you're rediscovering the charm of your city, embarking on a grand overseas adventure, or cherishing time with family, summer is full of possibilities. The team and I wish you a fantastic summer holiday, whatever you decide to do!

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