GO RETRO THIS SUMMER
We look back into simpler times to gain inspiration for enjoying summertime by learning to appreciate your surroundings and seeking ways to benefit the life in your local community
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Elizabeth French
07 August 2020
NOMADSofORIGIN takes a step back in time. With the social and economic uncertainty surrounding the current coronavirus situation, the summer season of 2020 raises many questions among travellers from all over the world. We glimpse into a moment in history when times were simpler and vacationers spend summertime in blissful appreciation of all the good things in life. This is our editors’ ultimate guide to how to spend this year’s summer holiday.
This year many people struggled with cancelled travel plans and seeking an alternative to match that perfect summer trip is not always easy. Some countries are still under isolation restrictions, while nations that rely on the tourism industry balance the constantly changing situation of safety amid one of the most profitable times of the year. We look at how living "retro" can create the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable summer.
One of the greatest aspects of the unprecedented situation that hoovers over the entire world in 2020 is the extra time people got to spend with their loved ones. Whether you are surrounded by friends or family members, don’t forget to cherish these times of togetherness. While travelling to some places is still off the table, here is how to spend summertime in a parallel of fun and sustainability.
Learn to Relax
Whether people commute to work, or the office has been moved at home, the overload of our daily to-do lists can easily take the better of us. When this happens, it’s important to remember that it is okay to let go. Find a good balance between work and leisure time and optimise the latter to the fullest. Think of your grandmother’s youth when Netflix wasn’t a thing and people had to make the effort to go to the cinema. Spend your ‘me time’ practising a hobby or doing something that recharges your mind and body.
Live Life Local
One of the greatest gifts in life is the community of people, who might live in the same region as you, yet everyone has their unique talent. Some create art, others make music, or run the local businesses in your neighbourhood. Whether the city you live in has an abundance of restaurants, cafés, galleries, florists, food markets or record stores – go exploring. At times when we have the luxury of visiting cities all over the world, shopping locally is often overlooked. This summer is your chance to get to learn more about your community. Whether your neighbours grow organic vegetables for sale down the street, a striving musician tries to gain recognition in town or a local artist showcases their work in an upcoming exhibition, make sure to support your local venues and the creative members of your community.
Take Day Trips
Whether you own a car, a boat or a bicycle make room for exploring. If this summer season you cannot travel somewhere exotic, find the nearby tucked-away spots you may not have discovered yet. Most cities on every continent have something they stand out with. Whether your home place has rich history, unusual gastronomic scene, picturesque nature or vivid cultural values, taking pride in all things local comes naturally once you explore cities beyond your own.
Think of the Common Good
If your summer days stretch a bit long, find something to do that might benefit you or your entire community. Create initiative to clear out the neighbourhood. You could also plant small flower gardens near local business venues or children playgrounds to make the area more appealing. Think of your surroundings and things that need improving. Whether the local café is struggling to remain open, or you want to bring in something new, the sky is the limit. Summer is the time many people rely on tourists to make ends meet for the rest of the year and 2020 will be extremely challenging for them, but maybe you can help. Think of the common good through things like air clearing stations, better playgrounds, more parks or even a football terrain for people to become more active. Whether you can create and sell something artistic or you have a skill to teach others, such as a foreign language or a cooking class with intriguing recipes, you can inspire local fundraisers to create positive changes in the city you live in.
Detach From Social Media
History remembers simpler times before the technological breakthrough created today’s rapid excess of consumerism. Nowadays, many tend to spend more time in front of phone and computer screens, while the best view might be right outside their own windows. Take a week or two to focus on your surroundings. Instead of glimpsing into other people’s holiday spots, make the best of what you’ve got. Whether you live by a lake, near a mountain, at a coast or in the middle of a big city, let your own version of reality overtake the world in your social media.
Make Outdoors Dining a Thing
There is nothing better than a home cooked meal with local ingredients enjoyed under the creamy summer sky at sunset. Whether you are fortunate enough to share your meals with family or with friends, turn your garden into an outside dining area. Learn to live in harmony with nature. Let the birds’ songs be your orchestra as the mountain air or ocean breeze create a peaceful atmosphere.
Change Your Outlook
Try to look upon your surroundings as if you’d never seen them before. What we call home is often a place where travellers dream of visiting in their lifetime. It’s easy to take things for granted but while some are native to coastal cities, others spend a lifetime without getting so much as a glimpse at the ocean. While mountain hikes may be your standard weekend activity, some people that live in the desert have never walked in a forest. Whether you’re stuck someplace snowy or rainy, embrace the beauty of the diversity of seasons.