We are told to live in the moment, but everyone works ten steps a head, I was listening to a podcast last week where brands were discussing working on Christmas 2018 products, 2018 guys and who hasn’t noticed those autumnal adverts creepin’ in on our TVs, the ones that make you want to get home, snuggling in a blanket on the sofa with a big bowl of soup and crusty bread roll?
The school holidays have only just begun, as a child, the height of summer was pony club camp (I know I was too cool) and that did not take place until August so I am not going to let the best of the summer slip by in dizzy excitement for autumnal ideology. I know many friends and colleagues are gearing up for weeks abroad, pool parties in Ibiza, coastal road trips around the US which is all well and good for them, but if you find yourself stuck in these little Old British Isle for the rest of the summer months, these are some tips on how to make the most of the summer.
Picnics in the park – Squeeze in an alfresco dinner in with friends after work or a long lazy picnic at the weekend.
Seaside trip – they may not bask in 30-degree sunshine all summer long but the UK to boast some pretty awesome beaches, so if you are missing that sand-between-your-toes feeling, pack your flip flops and head to your nearest seaside town.
Local festival – No one does festivals like the UK, from gin, sausage, cider, food and music, we bloody love a festival. I have no doubt that there will be a local festival taking place near you this summer, so head on down and have a nosy, it is always a great way to support local businesses, and often try out a bit of free food and drink, a favourite of mine.
Summer clothes – Make the most of your summer wardrobe so you feel the difference between the seasons. Easier said than done, my current office is about -18 degrees, but I try to add sandals to my jeans and top or a floral dress that I can layer over when the air con kicks in to make it seem as though summer is here. We don’t have many months where a scarf and coat are not necessary so make the most of it.
Get a summer book list going – I love packing a pile of books in my suitcase for my summer holiday, kicking back on a sunbed in a bikini with a cocktail and a book is all I need from a holiday. I love having time to make my way through some summer reading, so if you are not heading off find some exciting summer reads and grab yourself some time in the garden to catch up.
BBQ – Try out some new summer recipes that you have been ear marking in magazines or pinning on Pinterest. Long dinners, in the late sunshine with a nice glass of wine, will take that WHY-AM-I-NOT-ON-HOLIDAY feeling away.
Hire a boat/ go punting – It may not be a paddle board in Dubai, A white water raft in Bali, or even a pedalo in the Med but our historic cities have some amazing sights that can be seen from a punt or a pedalo.
Visit a city you’ve not seen in summer – We always feel the need to visit a country abroad in for our ‘summer holiday’ often missing out on what our cities have to offer when the weather is good and the city is in full bloom.
Enjoy a bottomless brunch in the sunshine – Again it’s not a Friday in Dubai but these are popping up everywhere from bottomless bellinis to all you can drink prosecco. Book one in the city, preferably with outside or roof top seating and enjoy a lazy morning with the girls over smashed avocado and your favourite drink.
Catch a film at an outdoor cinema– another growing trend over the summer months are outdoor cinema screens. Find a free night and pack many layers.
Get the summer bod just because – We all know the panic of getting that bikini body, but why not just aim for making yourself feel better this summer, set a project of getting out to do more exercise. Run, practice yoga or take part in an outside boot camp, see what a difference you can make whilst everyone else is jetting off.
Visit a Lido – I can’t say it is something I have done, but they look like a lot of fun and they are really rather inexpensive, especially if you can catch some late sunshine when schools start again.
Go Camping – or glamping, whichever you prefer.
Plan a mini road trip – snacks, a long lists of the best would you rathers, a playlist and your favourite people in a car, jump in and decide where you want to go in the moment.
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