Make hay while the the sun shines…

So the Great British summer is finally here! What plans do you have in mind to make the most of what is all too often a very short window of opportunity before the nights draw in and we’re putting back the clocks again?

Why not start planning that dream trip or luxury cruise? There’s a whole world of exotic locations out there, just waiting for you and your passport. Maybe it’s time to make sure you’re factoring those dreams into your wider financial plan so you can be certain they will actually come to fruition.

There is, after all, little point saving hard all your life, if you never actually get to enjoy the well-earned results. So, if you’re the sort of person who’s always putting something aside for a rainy day, maybe it’s time to treat yourself and enjoy the summer right now!

Or instead of trotting the globe, you could explore the rich and glorious tapestry that makes up the British Isles – www.visitengland.com has a whole host of suggestions. If you go to the same place year after year for your holiday, maybe it’s time to get out of a rut. For example, if you’ve always gone to Bognor, why not try Brighton this year? If you’ve always enjoyed a cream tea in Cornwall, why not head to the other end of the country and tour the rugged Highlands of Scotland?

Or, just try doing something ‘different’ with your summer this year. How about meeting up with a group of friends for a picnic and a game of croquet, or why not get away from it all with a hot air balloon ride? It could be something really simple like building a campfire and toasting marshmallows or you could visit a local stately home for an outdoor concert and fireworks display. Sometimes it’s great just to explore what’s right on our doorstep. Why not visit your local town or city with your ‘tourist hat’ on and see what you notice for the very first time. And as we obviously can’t bank on the rain always staying away, why not visit some of the weird and wonderful museums that exist, from the Lawnmower Museum in Southport to the Pencil Museum in Keswick!

So come rain or shine, how are you going to make the most of this summer?