There are definite signs that summer is just about upon us and I personally can’t wait for daylight saving to come into effect. Those extra few hours of daylight can make all the difference, especially when you’re on holiday.
I’m sure many of you take pleasure in getting home after a day at the office to find it’s still light enough to toss the ball around with the kids on the front lawn, or perhaps do a spot of gardening. The warmer evenings lend themselves to more outdoor entertaining, as we shrug off the cloak of winter.
Summer is synonymous with holidays and travel for many of us. Sure, there are those who take their annual leave in winter and head to the ski fields; while others use the chill of NZ winter as an excuse to head off to our warmer island neighbours. On the whole though, with the longer school holidays coming at year’s end, summer is a time when holidaymakers abound. Some favour heading to familiar spots each year, simply adding a new tweak or two to the routine; while others will unearth something totally different each year.
Travel, and the enjoyment we derive from the journey and the associated memory, is such a personal thing. What turns one thrill-seeker on will likely scare the hell out of a nature lover. Often with families, one has to seek out a balance that will please everyone – not always an easy task. Luckily for us, New Zealand is a country that offers an incredible diversity. While mum is enjoying a luxurious spa treatment, dad could be fishing or hunting and the teenagers hardly ever battle to find something to give them an adrenalin buzz.
Whether you’re headed to the family batch with the kids, or enjoying a romantic sojourn to a tropical island, the longer summer days are there to be enjoyed. I urge you to make it your mission this summer to discover a new twist in the tale of your holiday, to make a memory that you’ll look back on with delight.
Even those familiar haunts you’ve visited every year can offer you something completely different, if you just take the time to discover them.
As Jan Myrdal once said: “Travelling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.”
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton