I was able to watch Phineas and Ferb for a while, before I got too old and ‘cool’. Anyways, summer is approaching, the sun is shining, and it’s time to figure out what to do with all our free time. Here are my top 10 things I enjoy doing throughout summer to stay productive and have fun — let me know if you try some out!
1. Read. Read. Read.
No textbooks + no homework = time to read books you actually enjoy! Whether you’re a sci-fi, robot apocalypse type of person, or more dragons and medieval family feuds, spend some time rediscovering your favorite types of novels. If you want some recommendations, check out my blog post on Top 10 Classic Books You MUST Read.
It’s fun, it’s a nice thing to do, and you can tell your parents that it looks good on college applications. Whether you are a camp counselor for a week, or dog walker for the animal shelter throughout the summer, volunteering can lead to lots of good memories, and even some new friends. I met my best friend at a beach party for a volunteer organization!
3. Get Active
You can totally get a summer body in summer – and you don’t have to do the dreaded dodge ball or mile run. Whether it’s hiking to a waterfall, or night surfing, there is definitely something around your area that you and your friends/family can do together.
4. Start a blog
I’m doing it right now 😉
5. Revamp your room/fashion style
Summer is an awesome time to explore things you’ve always wanted to try. New haircuts, painting your desk blue, all these things are great to do in the summer, when you have few obligations, and want to express your creativity.
6. Learn a new language
I love using Duolingo and FluentU, which are both free apps and websites that teach you with games, videos, etc. You can also watch TV shows and movies in different languages, and try out food from diverse cultures. Learning a language is shown to improve mental dexterity, and it’s always a bad-ass moment when you can say, “Why, yes, I am fluent in whale”.
7. Learn a new skill
Origami, making sushi, coding, swimming, playing the guitar – practice something an hour a day, and you’ll have hundreds of hours of practice by the time school comes back in session
8. Go on an adventure
Look at your hometown through the eyes of someone who has never been there before, and explore! Even now, I still find new museums, restaurants, and cute spots for Instagram in my city.
9. Write an actual letter to someone
Long lost friends, grandparents, and the Queen of England all have one thing in common – they love getting an actual letter in the mail. So, just spend a couple of minutes, and send it off! Who knows…you might even get a reply from Her Majesty 🙂
10. Get a job
Extra cash, work experience, and a good way to impress both your crush and his/her parents.