How to Make the Most of the End of Summer


In Western Finland, the summer days are slowly dwindling. Days feel more like autumn and sunsets come earlier, a trend that will continue until there are just a few hours of daylight each day. One of the best things I have learned from living in Finland is to take advantage of those beautiful summer days!

Even though it’s coming to an end, here are a few ideas to make the most of summer:

  • Grill and Have Picnics Anywhere You Can: In Finland, I enjoy grilling out after a relaxing sauna. But you don’t need a sauna to enjoy it, so find a grill wherever you are, gather some friends and share a picnic outdoors.
  • Take Day Trips Hiking or Bicycling: Find the trails in your area or take a drive to a nearby town to explore new hiking or biking trails. If you’re stuck inside all day, make it a shorter trip after work and pack a picnic dinner while there is still daylight to enjoy.
  • Travel: Get out and see the world while it’s warm and beautiful. We just stumbled across a new website called Dealchecker that helps you compare flights, hotels and car rentals across Europe.
  • Enjoy Water Sports While You Can: Depending where you’re located, many of these water activities close after the summer season. Explore local places to rent kayaks, canoes or jet skis. Pack a picnic for a break along the way.
  • Play Outdoor Games: In Finland it’s Mölkky, where I’m from in the States it’s Cornhole (a.k.a. bean bag toss). And there is probably a different game where you live. Gather a group and create a tournament.
  • Find an Outdoor Adventure Park: I recently found a place for tree climbing and it was quite an experience. See if there are any outdoor parks in your area. This is a good excuse to try something new!

Depending on where you are, there are many different ways to make the most of your summer days. What are you favorite summertime activities?


About Author

Allison has had the travel bug for as long as she can remember. Hearing stories and reading about new places only fuels the fire. Not wanting life to just pass her by, she wants to learn as much as possible and grow old with inspiring stories and adventures of her own to share. Currently, Allison is living her dream of teaching yoga and exploring. She is a US expat living in Finland for a few years. After Finland, who knows what will come. It is her hope to pass along some of what she learns along the way. Find out more about her at Arrival Gate,, her personal blog.

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