If your favorite season is summer, it probably means that you love spending time outdoors. Longer days, warmer temps, and spending weekends at the beach has made summer a favorite among many. Workers usually take time off to travel or may use their weekends to explore and go on day-trips. If you’re looking for exciting activities to do this summer, here are five great ways to have fun and use your time wisely this year.
1. Learn a fun new skill, like surfing.
Who doesn’t want to spend the summer surfing? If you’ve never tried it, it’s not too late to pick it up. With surfing lessons for beginners, you’ll feel prepared for your first time on a surf board. Surfing is great for your mind and body. It’s an excellent cardiovascular exercise, helps you feel less stressed, and improves your coordination.
Spending your summer at surf camp helps you feel healthier and happier. If you’re nervous about learning in front of a group, you can sign up for a private lesson. An excellent surf instructor will help you learn how to balance on the board as well as the nuanced etiquette of the surf world. For those who’ve been landlocked, spending the summer on the beach in Hawaii is a perfect way to recharge. You’ll learn a new sport and have a blast.
2. Go backpacking.
Check out the Inca Trail in Peru; Sendai, Japan; or Raglan, New Zealand. The world is full of amazing destinations, so your options are limitless. Backpacking gives you the freedom to go where you please and make your own schedule, though it’s a good idea to give a friend or family member a rough itinerary so they can keep track of you. Don’t forget the essentials and travel light. You’ll love seeing new places and exploring.
3. Meet someone new.
Summer isn’t just a season for fun in the sun, it’s also the season of love. (Move over, spring fling.) If you’re too nervous to go out and meet someone new, try meeting up with someone online first. There are several hookup dating sites out there, just remember to be careful. Be sure to read reviews and do your homework before meeting someone in person or letting someone into your home. Who knows? It may be fun and adventurous to have a video “date.”
4. Volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about.
Maybe you just want to spend a few months giving back. Volunteering is a great way to connect with your community and make a difference. You can deliver meals to people in need or volunteer at a local food pantry. Spend time picking up garbage at your community park or organizing books at the library. Volunteers are needed in virtually every industry, so ask around and see who could use your help this summer. You’ll love impacting your community and meeting new people.
5. Work at a summer camp.
If you’re looking to get out of the host this summer, why not work at a local summer camp? Working at a summer camp allows you to spend your entire summer outdoors while still making money. You’ll also get to help kids experience the wonders of nature. You’ll take the campers hiking, swimming, and boating. You might teach them survival skills or how to make a campfire. Plus, you’ll never be bored. If you’re someone who likes to stay busy, working over the summer gives you something fun and different to do while still make a little extra cash. The kids will appreciate your expertise and you’ll love passing on your skills and knowledge.
Don’t just sit around this summer. Get out and try something new, whether it’s an outdoor adventure or a video date at home.