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Mid-summers in Sweden
If you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to be in a place where the sun doesn’t set (in the north of Sweden, and only an hour or two in the south), head north mid-June, to experience the Swedish tradition, where you’ll have plenty of light and colour. The summer solstice is typically celebrated outdoors in the midst of nature, with lunch parties (or dinner, what’s the difference, really), dancing, florals, schnaps and red herring.
It’s not literally taking in a shower in the forest, but it’s as soothing, and beneficial. The Japanese-originated process, called shinrin-yoku, simply means you visits a forest to relax and rejuvenate, while taking in your surroundings. While we’ve got forests of our own here, it’s not quite the same as visiting the ones in Japan, is it?
Hit the roads
It’s not the destination, but the journey that matters, and “Van life”, one of the latest travel trends, which seem to resemble road trips taken on a camper van with not much else, exemplifies that. Don’t have a driver’s license? According to the Pinterest blog, taking buses or trains to get to wherever you want to, is fine, too.
Celebrate the beautiful full moon at the famous all-night beach party at the island of Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand. If you’re there early, revel in the clear turquoise waters and white sands before you get completely sloshed as the sun sets.
Food markets in London
When you’re in London, don’t miss the impressive display of street food markets that are positively teeming with mouthwatering eats from an equally vast number of cultures. Think artisan cheeses and organic breads, foods from all of the world like Mexican burritos, and Turkish kebabs, locally distilled gin, craft beers, and so much more! Some of the ones to visit include: Borough Market, Berwick Street Market, Camden Lock Market, Maltby Street Market, and Brixton Market.
Silence is golden
When you’re actually tired of travelling and noise, meditation retreats, where one relaxes, reconnects, and (sometimes) remains in absolute silence, might be a tonic for the soul. Popular ones include retreats to India and Nepal, where you get to admire the country’s natural beauty, while seeking respite from within.
The country’s volcanic eruption in 2010 (where it caused many flights to be stranded in most parts of Western and Northern Europe) mostly forgotten, Iceland is now one of the hottest destinations to head to since 2016. The Nordic country has captured hearts and imaginations with its ethereal landscape of ice, volcanoes, lagoons, and if you’re lucky, you might even get to witness the Northern Lights while you’re there.
Exercising on vacation
Instead of stuffing their faces with food, people are now looking for marathon running and boot camp sessions they can head to while on holiday. Talk about the complete opposite of a relaxing holiday. But perhaps, there is something to be said about look and feeling good after a well-deserved break after all.
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