Whether you’re staying at home or venturing abroad, the sunlight and seasonal change in the air bring a renewed optimism and sense of adventure

That old cliché about Christmas being the most ‘magical’ time of the year never quite rang true with me. It was always summer. School’s out, cities empty and are somewhat reclaimed by locals who happily indulge themselves by visiting typically touristy hotspots that they don’t have time to enjoy while bustling about doing the daily cut and thrust.

If you’re staying at home this summer, try being a tourist in your own city. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Londoners like me can take a boat out onto the Serpentine Lake and enjoy a picnic in Hyde Park; Parisians shut up shop and head to the abundantly floral Jardins du Luxembourg [above]; and for lucky residents of Miami, that rightly famous beach is right on their doorstep. But you may be venturing further afield. August forever holds the promise of sun-soaked adventure. Is there anything more invigorating than dipping your toes in crystal-clear water before plunging underwater and washing your daily cares away?

Travel is not just about transport, the tos and fros of reaching your destination, but about the shift in perspective a change of scenery can provoke. Different experiences take us somewhere else, maybe even allow us to become someone else – or, at the very least, a better version of ourselves. Wherever you are this month, we hope you will be inspired by the latest news in Destination MO.

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