Well, the Fourth of July is over and now you suddenly realize that summer is practically over, and you haven’t done half of the epic fun stuff you thought you were going to do. For many of us, summer vacation is anything but a “vacation”. Between the hustle and bustle of internships and seasonal jobs, we forgot to have a little fun too. But it’s not too late! With only a few weeks of summer vacation left, here are five more ways you can take advantage of the rest of what summer has to offer.
1. Road trip!
It’s never too late to take another road trip. A road trip doesn’t mean a long drive across the country either. Many students swore up and down that they went to the beach and hadn’t been yet. Looking for a quick getaway? Get in the car with some good friends and head to the nearest beach for a fun and relaxing day.
2. Have friends to chill
You haven’t seen your old family friends since you got back to your hometown, so to make up for all those “We’re definitely going to hang up this summer” lyrics, invite some good friends you don’t see often. Add good music and even better food, and you’re sure to have a cool time.
3. Discover a new eatery
This is one of the few things I told myself I was going to do when I got home, and still plan to do! Step out of your dining comfort zone and research a number of different restaurants in your city. Whether it’s Asian, Indian or Mexican cuisine – experience something different so you can talk later and be excited about that dish you didn’t know existed. You will be surprised by the treasures that are literally five miles or less away from you all along. I bet you’ll find a gem of a place and be thrilled by the time the check comes.
4. Go to a festival
Every year in my hometown, we hold four annual celebrations: the African American Festival, Artscape, the Stone Soul Picnic, and HonFest, all of which are open-air festivals full of loud music, delicious food, and lots of cool vendors selling a plethora of goodies. Find out if your hometown or area hosts a similar event and plan to spend the day having fun and enjoying all the things that make your city unique.
5. Take a Yoga Class
As Janelle Monaé would say, “Let your booty do that yoga.” Yes, yoga class! Yoga is a great way to stay fit, happy and healthy. Passionate yoga practitioners note that yoga is helpful in helping one become more rejuvenated mentally, physically and spiritually. And now that it’s almost time to go back to school, we can use the extra time to prepare for an exciting school year. Because once we get back, it’s back to work. No money for a lesson? Find a nice quiet place and research some beginner yoga poses to get started.