We all wanna have a good time this summer, but work, school, and life get in the way. It's already mid-July and I can already feel summer starting to slip away. The only thing that seems to be hanging on here is the heat! Since this is my last summer before graduation, I know I need to make the most of my time as an undergrad while I still have it. Even so, it's still hard to get a free minute sometimes. Here are my tips for making the most of your summer, even when time is against you!
Use Your Time Wisely
If you know you want to get out and experience summer, make sure to plan ahead! Make weekend plans on Monday, pack for trips a little early, and be sure to schedule in some down time, so you can be spontaneous - or stay in bed!
Put the Phone Down
I'm about to upgrade my phone, but I know there's no better way to waste time than checking twitter and snapchat all day every day. Be sure to live in the moment, and keep the screen out of your face! Take some time to enjoy doing nothing, coffee with a loved one, or a good book. Take as many photos as you want, but Instagram them later! The likes can wait, enjoy the now.
Become a "Yes" Person
If your gal calls asking you to go to happy hour, and you're free - say yes! Happy hour may turn into dinner, or even a fun night out on the town. If someone wants to go hiking, say yes! A weekend roadtrip? Yes! A walk to catch Pokemon? Yes! Get out there and do it. As long as you're safe and not skipping out on any big responsibilities, don't think about tomorrow. Have fun!
Explore Your Area
Don't have a ton of time, but want too feel like you're getting away? Plan a staycation! Go on an adventure to the next town over, look up the hashtags and Instagram accounts related to your area (I'm a big fan of @DCFoodPorn) and find a place you've never been! If no ideas come to mind, you can always get a city guide for all the classic must-sees in your town- there's no shame in being a tourist!
If you feel like you're stuck at home for the summer, find ways to bring the summer to you! Find a community pool to visit, DIY some cutoff shorts, wear a flower in your hair, or drink out of a pineapple! Locate the nearest drive-in theater, or stay home and build a pillow fort. Bust out the sprinkler or slip n' slide. Burn some sparklers. Get some friends together for a dinner party or barbecue. Run with your ideas, you're guaranteed to have a good time.
What are your plans for the summer?