by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda
Summer months could mean differently depending on locations. For example, summer in Australia and countries in the southern hemisphere (south of the Equator) is from December to February; here in the Philippines, summer is from late March til May while in the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere it is from late June to August.
Despite the differing times, Summer has a universal appeal - it means longer days, more sunlight, warm temperatures, and varied opportunities for having FUN IN THE SUN -being outdoor!
Through appropriate planning, a traveler can actually enjoy A Loooong Summer, yea as long as eight (8) months from December to August! Well, that is if you quit your job for full time traveling, and be in the right place at the right time. I didn't have that luxury, but for having traveled for more than a decade now, I have a collection of favorite, fun summer activities from A to Z that I was privileged to taste as I travel around countries...
Here's my list from A to E...
A- Aspen Summer Culture Immersion
Summer means spending more time outdoors and nowhere, does it more culturally sensible than in Aspen,Colorado (USA). I was immersed in plenty of ways to take in little culture -from doing a picnic at the listening lawn during the annual Aspen Music Festival, to learning more about contemporary arts through the rotating exhibits at the Aspen Arts Museum and finally getting awed by the John Denver's Sanctuary, which is my so-called "Songhits on the Rocks"! But Aspen still has a lot more to offer than my time can afford and get cultured!
B - Blueberries Picking in Ackerson, Sweden
Summer is also known as the Berry Harvest Season in Sweden since swedish mountains yield delicious wild berries from July to September. Picking wild blueberries in the mountain of Ackersjon is one of my unforgettable summer activities, that was both fun, and oh! delicious!
C – Cruise Vacation in Northern Euope
As a water enthusiast but not- so- fond of cold water, I prefer Cruise vacation in Northern Europe in the summer (although more costly), since temperatures are warm for swimming. Also, with sunny sky and warm temperature, there is so much more exciting wildlife and vibrant surroundings to feast on without freezing cold out in the deck while aboard the Silja Serenade, European's 6th largest passenger cruise ship. Well, I surely can't afford even a low season return tickets Stockholm-Helsinki-Stockholm in the winter, but having a generous friend means having my dream come true - a summer cruise vacation!
D – Diving (SCUBA) in Boracay
Diving with Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) for pure enjoyment (or recreational diving) has been one of my favorite summer activities since I first tried it six years ago in Boracay. Wearing (and looking better in) a wet suit (lol) is one of the reasons I love scuba diving over free diving. Nah, it is really because I don't like cold water! And since there are tons of dive spots around the more than 7000 islands of the Philippines, summer is officially my dive time!
E – Easter Fun with the Family
In the Philippines, Easter Sunday always happen in the summer, that's why many of my happy memories in celebrating this joyous season involve my family and our summer activities in the beach, at a campsite, at a resort or even at home (during the Holy Week which is a holiday in the Philippines), then in the Easter morning we teach the kids the connection between the traditional egg hunting and egg painting and the true meaning of the celebration - the triumph over death of our Savior Jesus Christ!