Advantages of spending summer in your hometown

Sometimes work and other commitments can prevent us from spending summer out-of-town. But it doesn’t mean we can’t have a memorable one, especially since there is always a familiar place we can find in our hometown for some outdoor fun.

One of it is our childhood playground. Instead of visiting it alone, why not tag along younger cousins and nieces and relive some childhood activities with them?

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It would not only allow us to reminisce the old times, but also have some quality bonding with them.

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Make sure to take photos of them; they’ll be grateful 10 years after for having some cool throwback-worthy photos they can share with their friends.

Never mind if Facebook will still be as popular 10 or 20 years from now. They can always have their photos printed, anyhow.

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Another is a favorite family weekend getaway. Like our childhood playground, it also holds fond memories that we can relive each time we visit it with our family. Those memories can become family traditions which can go on for as long as we (and our family members) want them to be.

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It’s an added bonus to see signs of improvements in the place we constantly visit for relaxation.

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Of course, trying out new recreational spots in the place where we grow up, as well as those tourist attractions nearby, would be a welcome idea.

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Impromptu visits would be a great idea for those that are just a few minutes away from home, while those that take hours to reach to and from home would require some planning.

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It would also be a good time to pursue those postponed plans to visit a local tourist spot we’ve never been to, even if it is just 15-minute boatride from home.

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We get to see and join traditions, too, like the procession of faith – one of the oldest traditions that Catholic members in the Philippines observe during the Lenten Season.

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We get to see flowers bloom every step of the way.

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Witnessing the process provides some lessons on patience.

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For it takes time for flowers to bloom. It takes letting them be for them to unfold naturally and beautifully.

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We get to eat comfort food more often. Because most kids are at home during summer, moms make sure that they spend quality time with their children by cooking for them, or by taking them out for  a brunch at a popular local eatery with the rest of the family.

When children grow into adult and start working, they’d most likely spend summer at home. So they pack their bags, go home and stay for a few days. Their vacation would not be complete without their mothers cooking for them, or without the vacationing adult child treat the family to a favorite local restaurant.

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We get to see more local activities and festivities (both old and new), making us proud of our culture and heritage. It could also provide a glimpse to the direction that our hometown is heading to in terms of politics, trade and industry, tourism and so on.

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Spending summer in our hometown could also mean having friends and relatives from out-of-town visit us. It’s a good way of reconnecting with relatives and friends we haven’t seen for quite a while. Not to mention that it would put our tour guide skills to test as it will be inevitable not to show them around the town.

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And above all, spending summer in our hometown is practical. It does not require us to shell out loads of money to have a memorable summer break.

Have a great summer 2014, everyone!

Photos: Some of them are grabbed from my sister’s phone (Thel) and from my travel buddy’s FB (Gin) and from Oriental Hotel’s FB.