When you were a kid, summer was all about fun. There was no school, no homework and you could spend days and weeks enjoying your favorite activities. You could play hide and seek with your friends and siblings, a game of catch with your parents, read interesting books and watch cartoons on a weekday. Having fun was your only goal.
Now you are all grown up, and that has its own perks. No one can tell you when you should go to bed, and you are in charge of your own schedule. But when was the last time you really took a day off to enjoy yourself? Weekends you spend running errands do not count! If you cannot remember when you just spent a sunny day enjoying yourself and you are not even sure what summer fun looks like, this list will help you kick things off. Summer will be gone before you know it, so make sure you make the most of these hot days.
Engage in touristy activities
If you have lived in the same place for a long time, your hometown is probably the least interesting location in the world to you. However, how many times has someone came to visit you and was delighted by your town? It surely has some hidden gems, so make it your assignment to discover them this summer. Tour your city’s landmarks, and check out its most notable attractions. If you are a huge foody check out your city’s farmer’s markets, and if you cannot live without coffee tour your local coffeehouses. Also, explore the local museums and see which exhibitions are currently open. If you prefer to spend time outside, there are surely plenty of outdoor plant conservatories, arboretums, or sculpture parks you can check out.
Have fun in your yard
How much time do you spend in your yard? If you are only out there while you are picking up your dog’s poop, you need to use your yard more often. Put some lawn chairs and comfy cushions outside or hang a hammock. Maybe all those travel blogs such as Big Booty Fish are tempting you to pack your bags, but your yard can be your little oasis, and spending time in it can feel like a mini-vacation. Mown the lawn and organize a family picnic in the backyard. If you don’t have time to go camping anywhere far, why not do it behind your house? If you are a movie lover, organize an open-air screening for you and your friends.
Be a kid once again
Just because your interests have changed over time doesn’t mean the stuff you did as a kid is no longer fun. Channel your inner child and engage in activities you loved back then. Maybe play catch with your partner, visit a waterpark with your kids or take your dog to the park for a game of Frisbee. Invite friends over for a round of board games, and steer clear of adult ones. Instead, play monopoly or battleship.
Did you love going camping as a kid? If so, grab your tent and a sleeping bag and spend a night underneath the stars. You can also invite a group of friends and organize a day of outdoor activities. In the evening build a fire and roast marshmallows. Spending some time in nature away from the everyday chaos will help you unwind and reconnect with yourself.
Gardening can be a rewarding experience and help you reduce your stress levels. If you have never planted anything before, start with something simple like one tomato plant or a row of peas. If that doesn’t work, you will see what you did wrong and next time you will be able to correct your mistakes. If it works out you will have delicious veggies to serve to your family.
Having a great time this season doesn’t have to break the bank. With some imagination and a maybe little help from your friends, you can have an unforgettable summer.