This week, we’re all about trying to cheer you up now that summer’s last splash seems to have finally evaporated. Find out where you can go to revive that summer feeling, how you can make your home an inviting place for hibernation, what’s on to keep you in festival mode, how not to feel lonely, and lots more.
It’s easy to lose hope at this time of year, when the nights are getting longer than the days. Read Sandra O’Connell’s guide to the best places to get away and beat the autumn blues. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/europe/sun-kissed-10-ways-to-make-it-summer-all-year-long-1.1495022
With hibernation time almost upon us, make sure your lair is looking its best. Check out Marie Claire’s guide to the top interior design trends for autumn 2013. http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/advertisers/543183/top-interior-design-trends-for-autumn-2013.html
Not everyone is suffering the autumn blues: If you are a Dublin football supporter, you’re probably still grinning after last Sunday’s All-Ireland victory.
Sam Maguire may not be making the journey to Mayo this year, but you should – for the Westport Arts Festival. Now in its 38th year, the festival continues to deliver, with a satisfying mix of music, art, circus, literature, theatre, dance, film, and street performances for all ages.
And if you’re not looking forward to curling up on the couch alone this winter, check out IrishCentral.com’s suggestions for the best places to meet the Irish love of your life. http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/-Top-ten-places-to-meet-the-Irish-love-of-your-life-in-Ireland—PHOTOS-119239389.html
Or you could just get a dog…
In need of a hug? See why bear hugs are so last year in this amazing photograph by Nicolai Frederik Bonnén Rossen, a Danish photographer who captured the image on assignment in Botswana.
The World Happiness Report 2013 recently named Denmark as the country with the highest level of happiness in the world. See if some of that joy rubs off with a stay in the hip Andersen Hotel in Copenhagen, where accommodation is classified as either a Cool Standard Room, a Brilliant Deluxe Room, or a Wonderful Superior Room. http://www.andersen-hotel.dk/en/rooms/
We’ll end on a high: The world’s loftiest airport opened this week in Tibet. Some 4,411 metres above sea level, Daocheng Yading Airport is already half the height of a plane’s average cruising altitude. Read more in The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2423327/Worlds-highest-civilian-airport-opens-Chinas-Tibetan-region.html#ixzz2fv2rvnOO
Family holidays can be the happiest experiences of your life – really! Find out how by reading Jody Halsted’s entertaining and informative blog: http://www.familyrambling.com