1. Play tourist in your own country/city
In our busy everyday lives, we usually take the same route home from work, walk the dog in our neighborhood, and meet up with friends in the same café. This is natural, as many of us are creatures of habit who like things to be 'as they always are'.
Use your summer holidays to explore the places you haven't been in your own city or even country and play tourist in your own country. Visit a small town you would never normally visit and ask the locals what the place has to offer. Who knows, you might find a little hidden gem - have the best ice cream you've ever tasted, experience new scenery and meet new exciting people.
The best adventures and experiences are often those that are not planned, but that we come across by chance.
2. Go to the seaside or to a lake
Beaches has so much to offer. So grab a good book, a towel, sunscreen and your favourite LOOW t-shirt and head to the water for an afternoon of total relaxation. If you're the type who can't lie still for too long, bring a ball and play beach volleyball on the beach or rent a Sup Board.
3. Get active and try a new sport
Summer holidays don't have to mean just lazing on the beach and reading a good book in the shade. Take advantage of the extra time you have to try a new activity or sport. A stressful everyday life can often mean sticking to the familiar and safe, but the summer holidays are the perfect time to move out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself - who knows, maybe find a new hobby or passion?
If you're running out of ideas, here's a list of activities you can try:
Paddle tennis has become huge all over the world at lightning speed, and there's a reason for that! Try the fun sport - if the weather is good you can play outdoors in the sun, and if the weather fails there are luckily plenty of indoor courts to rent.
Tour de France just finished, but you can do your own little Tour de Country. Take the opportunity to get out into the fresh air and experience nature from the saddle of your bike - we're sure you have a friend who'd like to join you! You can also take the bike out for breakfast or lunch in scenic surroundings - a great way to explore the countryside.
Paddle board/Sup Board
If you'd like to get out on the water and enjoy the good weather at sea, but you're not much of a sailor or surfer yourself, you can always rent a Sup Board.
Sup boarding is relatively beginner-friendly and easy for everyone - big and small - and it requires no certificates or experience. It's a nice and fun way to get on the water and enjoy some quiet time, while getting some exercise.
If you need a bit more action and dare to try something a bit wilder, you could try kitesurfing or windsurfing. You can also take a course in it if you want professional help.
If you're more comfortable on land, you can also throw on your best hiking shoes and LOOW socks and head out to the nearest forest to explore the beautiful countryside on a good hike. If you want to go on a longer hike google the best trails nearby you.
4. Turn your garden/terrace into a holiday paradise
We all know the feeling when you've just arrived on holiday, and on the first morning you sit down with your morning coffee while the first rays of the sun warming your face, and you enjoy the view and a quiet moment. The feeling of pure zen.
Even if summer is spent at home, you can easily create the same feeling. Spend some of your free time turning your own garden/summer house/alley into the perfect little oasis, and bring some of that holiday feeling into your own home.
Buy new plants, light small lanterns and decorate your own cosy corners. Once that's done, enjoy a glass of white wine in the sun or invite your family and friends over for a great summer evening.
5. Be creative in the kitchen
The summer holidays are the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen and try new and exciting recipes that you don't normally have the time or energy for. Use the local ingredients that are in season and go down to your local fishing boat and get a fresh fish straight from the sea. You can also go exploring in nature yourself and gather the ingredients you need in the kitchen. Fire up the barbecue and enjoy the long summer evening.
If you are missing a certain country and its food, why not create a menu inspired by your favourite holiday destination? A Spanish night with tapas, an Italian night with stone oven pizza or maybe a Mexican night with tacos. Make drinks to match and enjoy the holiday feeling at home.