Are you in need of some inspiration for summer activities? If so, this guide is perfect for you! Summer break is fast approaching, which means that it’s time to start planning! These tips have a good balance of work and academics, but also ways to relax and decompress. It's summer, after all!
Tip 1: Go on a picnic with your friends/family!
As temperatures become warmer and skies clear up, picnics can be a fun way to spend time with friends while enjoying the beautiful outdoor scenery! Grab a few drinks/snacks, a beach towel, and head over to a local park. One of my personal favorite picnic spots is at Gravelly Point in Arlington, Virginia. Here, you can watch airplanes take off, as the location is only a few hundred feet away from Reagan’s runway!
Tip 2: Summer jobs!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to summer jobs. It is important to find one that interests you! If you enjoy being in the sun and love to swim, try lifeguarding. Even working for Chick-fil-a or a local deli shop can be a beneficial way to keep busy while learning valuable skills — especially if it is your first job. Remember, focus on finding a job that suits you — not one that you perceive is better or will “look better” on college applications! Colleges will be glad to see you keeping busy over the summer, regardless!
Tip 3: Hikes, hikes, and more hikes
It is the perfect time of year for hikes! Worried about the heat? Well, trails in the forest are usually cooler because of the shade provided by the trees. Hiking is an excellent exercise that is interactive; meaning that you can do it with your friends and family! It is also outdoors, so if you are an outdoorsy person, this is the perfect activity for you. One of my preferred hiking locations nearby is Scotts Run; the trails lead you right to the Potomac River!
Tip 4: Road trip?!
Tired of being stuck at home? Plan a road trip with friends and/or family! If you are aching for a beach trip, Virginia, Bethany, and Rehoboth beach are all relatively closeby! Is college fast approaching? Visit a few colleges of your liking! There are many universities in Virginia that have beautiful campuses and now allow visitors. Summer is a great time to explore colleges; I highly recommend you visit and/or tour a couple if you can!
Tip 5: Summer Programs
Summer programs = the best way to stay busy! Apply for a program of your interest — there are countless opportunities, and all it takes is a simple google search. Whether you are a writer, theatre lover, or avid leader, I guarantee you can find something for yourself!
Tip 6: Plan ahead
While it can be overwhelming to think about the upcoming school year, planning ahead of time will reduce your stress and help you feel more prepared going into the fall. Start thinking about school supplies, and review material in courses you are taking in the upcoming year. It may sound tedious, but try going into this with a positive attitude! Shop for school supplies with your friends, and set aside time to study, but also to unwind. If college is on your radar, start writing applications (if possible).
Tip 7: Closet Cleanout
Those piles of clothes in your closet are not going anywhere...unless you do something about it! Selling your clothes can be a great way to earn some money, and it is also very rewarding! Apps to sell clothing include Poshmark and Depop. If you’d prefer to donate, that is even better!
Tip 8: Read!!!
Summer is a great time to catch up on all of the books you have been unable to read because of an exhausting and busy school year. Go to your local library and pick up some books you have been eyeing! Reading is a very productive way to fill your free time. Check out our previous blog, “The 8 Best Books to Help Keep You Busy During Quarantine — Physical and Mental Health” for book recommendations!
Tip 9: Outdoor Concerts
For concert lovers, this pandemic has undeniably been tough! But do not fret, outdoor concerts are a possibility this summer. Finally! A couple of great outdoor concert spots nearby are Jiffy Lube Live and WolfTrap. If you are vaccinated, this is especially a great way to spend time with friends and enjoy live music!
Tip 10: Volunteer
Look for some volunteering opportunities this summer! Volunteering is very worthwhile, and a great way to earn service hours. The summer is a great time to catch up on service hours, or earn a few extra going into the school year.