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Six reasons why summer is awesome

Rosalinda L. Orosa - The Philippine Star

It’s almost that time of the year – shoes are kicked off in favor of flip-flops, when ice cream from the “sorbetero” cart and the ice candy become your salvation from the sweltering hot sun. It is a time when the proverbial road trip to Subic or Baguio comes with music blasting from car speakers all the way to that one destination you and your friends plan to have epic experiences. Yes, it is finally SUMMER!

The summer season is fast approaching, and instead of whining about the impending heat wave in the next few months, we decided to look at the brighter (literally) side of things and find six reasons why summer is the best.

1. Be Free To Do Anything (Just Don’t Break The Law)

Okay, this one’s pretty much exclusive to students – so if you’ve been slaving away in libraries and classrooms for the most part of the year, this is definitely the time to unwind, catch up with friends and get to sleep in all you want. You get all the rest that you’ve been craving for since the last all-nighter you pulled!

If you’re just like the rest of us though, that is, working around the year – fret not! There are still a ton and a half options for this summer.

2. Work That Bucket List

Catch that perfect wave? Finally run a marathon? Climb Mt. Pulag? There’s never a better time to see your dreams turn into a reality than the summer, when the energy is high and the atmosphere is buzzing with happiness and excitement.

And when you’re in The Philippines, where summer is done best with all its affordable packages and accessible destinations, you are bound to tick off a few from that Bucket List!

3. Find The Perfect Adventure

Weave through the Chocolate Hills in Bohol or check out the Underground River in Palawan with your favourite people! There’s no better time than the summer to find the best deals for the perfect adventure – all you have to do is go online and check out the hottest deals! Local travel website tripmoba.com has a lot of travel packages for the quickest and most efficient travel planning, making it the perfect fix for your summer travels!

Yes, you can book your flights and hotels all on one website – and if you want an even more awesome trip with your friends, you can even check out tripmoba.com’s experience packages, which include all-in cliff-diving getaways in Boracay or themed vacations at some of the country’s most exclusive resorts, like Costa Pacifica in Baler or Plantation Bay in Cebu!

4. Learn Something New

When there’s a bit more downtime than usual, the summer is the perfect time to get started on a new skill – maybe a foreign language? A new instrument? Or perhaps how to whip up the perfect chocolate soufflé?

Whatever it is, grab the opportunity to learn something from the many classes and workshops that are going to be in session this summer! It’s the best time to learn – and there’s always still going to be enough time to dine in the newest restaurants and some get-togethers with friends after in a multitude of dance spots throughout the country. And yes, they are open until 4AM!

5. Go Outside

There’s a time to stay indoors, and there’s also a time to go outside and bask in the sunshine that summer brings! While the heat might be an initial turn-off, there’s no place like the great outdoors when it comes to having the time of your life!

Have a small pool party with your friends (bring-your-own-inflatable-pool?) or go on a Manila – Tagaytay road trip just to catch the sunset from the viewing point. Or maybe just hang outside and fall asleep on a hammock. Either way, summer is the perfect time to see the world, take some sun in (good for Vitamin E, too!) and have loads of fun!

6. Relax

There are a few things in life better than lying down without a care in the world – and summer is the perfect time to do that. Whether in the confines of your room or at a quiet hotel in the middle of the city (websites like tripmoba.com offer staycations too – that is, hotel packages right at the heart of Manila), there’s always a need to recharge and refuel in time for the Next Big Thing of the summer.

And there’s always something to look forward to. Are you ready?

Take a photo and share your perfect summer trips to the rest of the world with #anongtripmo.

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