Find something to do!

by Erika Solloway on July 25, 2016

For many of us, summer is a time for relaxation from our daily routine when classes are in session. Summer is a time when you can pick up new hobbies, explore new places, or catch up on some reading and TV shows you’ve been too busy to keep up with all semester. This summer, how about you challenge yourself to try something new! Check out our list of ideas to spark your interests.

reading

 

For some intellectual stimulation:

  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to read that’s been sitting on your shelf all semester.
  • Write letters to your friends and family that may be traveling this summer.
  • Draw, paint, or sketch anything from your pet to your backyard view.
  • Learning a new language may seem daunting, but there are tons of free apps and activities.
  • Podcasts have everything from comedians to authors to radio personalities to choose from.
  • Start a blog!

running

Exercise:

  • Running can be the start of something entirely new; nature trails and fun races are happening all summer long!
  • Swim while you can! This beautiful summer weather won’t last forever.
  • Bike around where you live. This is a great way to meet new people, exercise, and not have to pay parking garage rates!

Outdoors:

  • Fishing! Picture yourself on a quit dock, the sun is setting, and the fish are biting. Sounds pretty good, huh?
  • Camping at a local or state campground can be an adventure! How would you like to be sitting around a fire making s’mores and making new friends?
  • Fruit picking at local farms is a great way to get fresh in-season produce while supporting local businesses.

family tree

At home ideas:

  • Create a family tree. This can double at a present for a family member during the holiday season.
  • Host a board game night with some friends. Friendly competition and snacks can last all night!
  • Host a dinner party for some friends. Dress up if you want, and have a great time. Potluck style makes this a really inexpensive idea since everyone will be contributing.
  • Host a trivia night. This could be just for fun, to raise money for charity, or to win funny prizes.

Brand new skills:

  • Learn to cook some new recipes. There are plenty of online free recipes and instructional videos.
  • Scrap booking can not only be relaxing, but as you’re making it you’re reminded of all of the wonderful friends and family you have which is sure to boost your mood.
  • Restore some old thrift store furniture to become unique and beautiful pieces in your home.

volunteer

Community:

  • Volunteer your time to a local charity. This is sometimes just as valuable if not more than funding them.
  • Follow a local sports team. Get involved with the Red Sox! Learn about their history and the current players and stats.
  • Donate blood to local blood banks. You could help save someone’s life for 20 minutes of your day. Many blood banks also give out rewards like movie tickets for donating.
  • Organize fundraising for an organization you’re passionate about.
  • Be a tourist in your own city and visit the local museums and historical sites.

Financial:

  • Create a budget for the upcoming semester. This can help avoid any surprises, and you may even be able to see where you can cut back to start saving you money.
  • Thrift shopping for clothes or furniture can be a whole day activity! You’d be surprised how many gently used in-style clothes end up in thrift stores.
  • Get a part-time job for the summer to earn some extra spending money.

 

Most importantly, enjoy your summer!

 

Source of inspiration: http://freeintenyears.com/frugal-tips/100-cheap-hobbies/

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