It’s Gonna Be a Summer Well Spent with These Activities (That Aren’t Swimming)

We usually associate summer with swimming and beach escapades. But what if we told you there are plenty of activities this season that don’t involve swimming pools or any other hot weather clichés? It’s time to break free from your usual routine, venture out, and try something new.

Don’t know what to explore first? We got you. Here are six activities that will make your vacay productive, exciting, and memorable!


Join a trekking group


While it’s easy to think of trekking as a challenging activity that will leave you sore for days, it can actually be a lot of fun! Not only will it be a great way to stay fit and socialize, it will also allow you to spend the day with nature and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life.

But whether it’s your first time trekking or your 30th, it’s always important to wear the right shoes for the activity. You may choose among Merrell’s wide selection of trekking shoes and enjoy up to 70% off your purchase!

Fair warning: If you have conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, speak with your doctor first before going on a trek.


Set up a picnic in your backyard (or a public green space)


Sometimes, hanging out with friends or family at home is just what you need to make your summer complete. So head to your backyard now, lay out a picnic mat, and invite everyone over. You don’t even have to worry about food because Jollibee has your back! With its new Snack Time Family Savers bundle for only P299, you already get two Yumburgers, two Original Tuna Pies, and four Coke Floats.

(P.S. If you don’t have enough space in your backyard, you may opt for a picnic in a park or an open green space in your neighborhood.)


Invite your SO (or bestie) to a stargazing night


Imagine this: You’re laying on the grass and looking at the night sky—silently counting the stars with your special someone. It’s great and all until you realize you don’t have any knowledge about the best stargazing spots in the Philippines. So what do you do then?

We have a few suggestions. If you want somewhere nearby, try Anilao, Batangas, which is approximately a two-hour ride from Manila. If you don’t mind traveling long distances, you can visit Aurora, Palawan, or Siargao.

And what better way to make the most of your experience than investing in a phone that supports night photography? Purchase the V21 5G at Vivo for only P21,999 now! It has a 64-megapixel OIS Night main camera and a 44-megapixel OIS Super Night Selfie camera.


Attend a hot air balloon festival


ICYDK, the Clark Hot Air Balloon, Food & Music Festival will make its grand comeback at Clark Global City on June 10 and 11, 2022—and attending it would be the best way to end the season. Besides the anticipated hot air balloon display, you’ll also get to enjoy performances from Michael Pangilinan, Ben & Ben, Arthur Nery, and more.

You can purchase tickets at all SM Cinemas nationwide or via the SM Tickets website.

Oh, and don’t forget to stay moisturized as the festival will be held in an open area. Buy The Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection Lotion now to save P400! It’s non-greasy and has SPF 50 PA++++, 24-hour moisturization, and anti-pollution protection.


Take yourself on a museum date


We’re not sure who needs to hear (or read) this, but you deserve to spend some time with yourself after being swamped with deliverables the past few months. So why not go on a museum date? There’s an entire list of free museums in Manila and it’s just a Google search away.

Make sure to dress up prettily, too! Select the perfect ’fit from ForMe’s summer dress collection for only P1,498 each. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet the future love of your life while doing a museum hop. *winks*



Exclusive for daredevils: Try cliff jumping

If you really can’t stay away from the water but are adamant on doing something adventurous, then cliff jumping might just be the activity you’re looking for. Avail of 2Go’s Cebu Adventure Package for as low as P3,599 for two persons! The package includes one-way tickets, cliff jumping and snorkeling at Bantayan Islands, and a three-day stay at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Looking for more ideas on how to make your summer break one for the books? Check SM Deals for more recommendations and good deal bargains.