Summer is already here in most places of the world, whether you’re ready for the warm weather or not. Once the heat sets in, school is out, and clothing is shed to a minimum you know summer has officially begun.
This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. The heat brings as much opportunity as it does sun burns and cut-off jean shorts. But this brings up a valid question, what on earth is there to do all summer?!
How to Make the Most of Your Summer
Check out this list I’ve written of some of the best ways to make the most of your summer. How many of you are already planning to do some of these things?
1) Start A New Outdoor Hobby
Who would want to take up a new indoor hobby during summer when there are so many outdoor hobbies available to you?
Water sports are amazing, archery is awesome, mountain biking rules, and photography is fantastic. Maybe picking up a guitar or paintbrush for the first time is more your style.
Consider starting artistic hobbies and practicing them outside on your porch or yard. Pursue what genuinely sparks your interest and see how much progress you can make in one summer.
2) Ditch The Car, Ride Your Bicycle
Nothing welcomes the season like riding your bicycle on a warm summer night, jacket optional. I do most of my bicycle commuting during the summer months and typically choose to ride to work via bicycle once the crisp morning air feels refreshing.
Check out these tips on commuting from an article I wrote about the advantages of commuting by bicycle.
3) Swim In Natural Bodies Of Water
Swimming pools are great fun and all, but truth behind these chlorine-filled, man-made structures is honestly pretty disgusting. Urine and other body fluids frequently end up in pools, as well as band aids, hair, and even feces. GROSS.
While chlorine and pool filtration systems help, they can only do so much. Try a natural alternative like a lake or mellow river. This will force some adventure into the activity thus making it far superior to a crowded stagnant public pool.
4) Hike, Hike, Hike!
I live for hiking day trips because they offer all of the exposure to nature that you get with camping, but with a minimal amount of planning by comparison. In retrospect, not everyone is fortunate enough to live near a mountainous forest or ideal hiking area.
If that’s the case you can still explore that which surrounds you. Be a ‘tourist in your own city’ and familiarize yourself with everything in your vicinity. Hiking is a great way to make the most of your summer.
5) Put Up A Hammock & Remember To Read
Make sure you don’t forget to make time for yourself to really relax. Making your own hammock is a very rewarding project. Keep in mind, if there’s absolutely no where to hang a hammock where you live you can always use a hammock stand.
Once you find a solid place for your new ‘outdoor recliner’ get a book and escape within the relaxation. Personally, I enjoy reading banned books and other controversial pieces the most.
6) Try Some New Outdoor Games
Last summer I was introduced to the wonderful world of bocce ball. It was magnificent, and I can’t tell you how many beers I drank outside playing the game with friends and family. I also never would have guessed that I love croquet and field hockey.
All it took was a slight step out of my comfort zone and I was exposed to many games that I otherwise wouldn’t have tried.
7) Travel Somewhere New
Whether it’s within the state you reside or a getaway to another part of the world, traveling is always a blast. According to Hipmunk travel services: 63% of Millennials plan to travel more this year.
If a long getaway is what you’re after, take advantage of the time you have this summer to plan a trip at the end of the season. Travelling is the best way to make the most of your summer.
8) Plant A Garden, Indoors Or Outdoors
With proper planning you can start a garden that thrives at your home. Starting in the Spring time has some benefits if you’re really serious about a large-scale garden, but there’s no shame in a late start. Also planter boxes make a beautifully resourceful addition to any yard or porch.
Is an indoor garden is more your style?
Anyone can grow an indoor herb garden or hanging tomato plants. Just be careful to do your research if you decide to grow many varieties of foliage at once. Some plants love direct sunlight while others may not.
9) Go Camping: Minimalistically
Most people have tried camping at some point in their lives, but have you ever really tried exposing yourself to the elements?
Try camping somewhere that you know has good opportunity for fishing. Bring your fishing pole and the bare essentials for survival and attempt to live off your fresh catch. Whether you succeed or not, it will without a doubt be an adventure (you can always stash some snacks in your car just in case).
10) Develop A Healthier Mindset
Two things that are key to feeling your best while having fun in the sun are proper hydration, and healthy eating. Looking for a unique way to stay hydrated? Consider drinking coconut water because it’s not only full of potassium and electrolytes, it’s also extremely refreshing.
Give your body the proper fuel it needs this summer by giving up unhealthy, processed foods. Instead try superfoods like chia seeds, kale, and avocados. Hemp hearts are my all time favorite raw snack that taste good in just about anything.
Plus, they provide 10 grams of plant-based protein and omegas per 30 gram serving!
Stay safe out there, and make the most of your summer this year!
Did I forget to mention your favorite unique summer activity? Throw it in a comment below and keep the summer fun-day ideas coming!