There’s no better way to spend your summer holiday than to leave everyday worries behind, head to an exotic getaway, and recharge your batteries fully – and there’s also no better way to spice up the vacation than to fall in love along the way. Judging by numerous examples from popular culture (remember Grease, Dirty Dancing, and Say Anything?), not only do summer and flings go hand in hand, they also complement each other perfectly. But why exactly do we fall in love so easily when temperatures reach the sizzling point and the time comes for Jack and Jill to hit the road? And perhaps even more importantly, does a summertime romance have to end on the last day of the vacation or can it survive the parting?
The Why and Wherefore of Summer Flings
There are numerous reasons why we’re so quick to fall in love in summertime. When heat hits a peak, it chases away dark thoughts and opens our eyes to the good things in life, such as warm sand, soothing ocean breezes, delectable cocktails, and lots of naked skin and sexy muscle. And while increased Vitamin D absorption is to blame for the mood boost, our mind tends to turn of its own accord to the matters of the heart once we take everyday stress and worries out of the equation, allowing us to single out a chiseled lover-to-be in the beach crowd.
On to of that, the change of environment is another culprit behind human tendency to fall in love in the summer. Away from home, spontaneous contact and lighthearted convos with complete strangers are a norm, especially if you’re a solo traveler. With the right mindset, even small talk or asking for directions can set off a chain of events ending in an outburst of passion and infatuation against a scenic backdrop.
Together Until End of Vacation Do Us Part
Many summer flings end right where they began: on the beach, under the stars, as lovers brace themselves for the return to everyday reality and responsibilities that await them back at home. Even your Facebook timeline knows it: according to relationship status change overview carried out by the social network’s experts in 2010 and 2011, it was established that months from May through August were characterized by a major net hike in breakups as against overall net gains during much of the rest of the year. The takeaway? Gather ye rosebuds – or coconuts – while ye may, for summer magic won’t last forever.
The sense of finiteness is part of a summer fling charm: a romance with a complete stranger starts suddenly, comes with no strings attached, and thrives on spontaneity, laughter, summer magic, and desire. Without expectations or hard binds in the mix, living – and loving – is easy and dynamic, and it’s taken for granted that lovers don’t have to take home anything save for happy memories. But can a summertime amour break your heart instead of revving up your libido?
All Good Flings (Don’t Always) Come to an End
The end of the vacation doesn’t always have to mark the end of summer goings-on – especially now that the object of your infatuation is just a click away. Ladies who know how to attract men usually know how to keep them on their toes, and if both sides have an open mind and a hungry heart, a casual romance can evolve into a serious long-distance relationship and even marriage.
Although fanning the flames of a summertime romance once you and your newfound soul mate have gone separate ways isn’t always as easy as falling in love, a little effort, understanding, and patience combined with deities of Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber might just do the trick – granted the wish for long-term commitment is mutual, that is. You can never really know if the next summer holiday will turn out to be the idyllic backdrop for future bedtime stories on how grandma met grandpa, so keep your eyes peeled and your heart open for the chance of love.
Summer vacations are many things: an opportunity to explore the world, top up your batteries, meet new people, brush up survival skills in an unfamiliar environment, change your perspective – or even fall in love and experience the romance of your life. This summer, don’t wear your heart on your sleeve, but don’t bury it at the bottom of your backpack either: after all, you only live once, and summertime, when living is easy, is as good a time as any to fall – and hopefully stay – in love.
About the Author: Roxana Oliver
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing on her websites HighStylife.com and UpUpAndaBear.com. Also be sure to follow Roxana on twitter.