Last summer, I hate to admit it, but I didn’t get to enjoy an ounce of the warm weather. I was so busy working and when I was free, I didn’t try to make the effort to enjoy the sunny weather. Shame on me, I know. This summer, I declared that I would make the most out of the small window of opportunity we have to enjoy the sunshine, the beach and everything in between.
I know I’m not the only one out there that was too busy to enjoy some summer last year so I wanted to invite you workaholics and other homebodies to check out this list of activities that you can enjoy alone or with friends to make the most out of your summer experience.
What’s great about summer is that you can do a lot of activities for little to no cost just by going outside and being active. For example, head to your local dollar store and pick up a few packages of balloons. Head to a friends backyard and instigate an epic water balloon fight. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s always hilarious to see your friends get soaked after being pelted hard in the chest with a water balloon. Check out the ten activities I want to attempt this summer and add them to your summer to-do list.
Even if you don’t love to cook or don’t have a BBQ, a farmer’s market is still a great place to unleash the inner foodie inside of you. Many local farmer’s markets offer samplings and tasters for you to find exactly what you like. From jams, to meats and cheeses, fruits and the like, you’re sure to find a great selection of tastings to add to your refrigerator. Who knows, you might meet the man of your dreams beside the fresh blueberries. Don’t rule it out.
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is attend a show outdoors. What’s great about the summer is that a majority of cities have outdoor festivals and many are inexpensive or even free. Check your local paper or watch for flyers involving jazz or cultural festivals playing in parks or fields near you. It’ll be a great summer experience you won’t regret.
It’s easy to attend pride in your own city but why not grab some friends and road trip it somewhere else to experience what they have to offer. You don’t have to go far. Check out other major cities in your state or province or hop one or two over. Not only will the pride be fun itself but you’ll enjoy the party in the car all the way there. Make a playlist of your favorite tunes and pack some healthy snacks for a great ride and a good time.
Last summer, Patrick and Adam were able to head on a sailing trip through the Straight of Georgia here in BC with a friend who owns a boat. Now, this may not be as accessible to you but who knows. Your friends may have connections to someone with a speed boat to go waterskiing or compile a group of friends together to rent a catamaran out for the afternoon to grab a tan. Trust me, you’ll enjoy being out on the water and getting some serious fresh air.
We all want to stay cool over the summer and sometimes, shaving your head does the trick. If you want to do it yourself, you can pick up the Philips 180 Pivoting Clipper. If you don’t trust yourself, you can always ask your hairstylist for a closer, shorter cut. If you do shave your head, you may attract some attention with people wanting to give your head a feel.
Sometimes, the summer heat just makes you want to have a nap. But, don’t stay inside in bed all day, have a nap on a hammock. Whether its tied between two trees or an apparatus you bought from Home Depot, nothing says summer more than enjoying some shut eye outside in the sun or the shade. It’ll make you feel like you’re in paradise.
How romantic are fireworks right? Fortunately, summer is the time when there are lots of those going on. If you missed the chance to check out some fireworks over Canada Day or the Fourth of July, then see what other festivals in your area are serving up some light in the sky over July and August. Grab a blanket and a special someone and cozy up together while you watch the spectacle above. Try and steal some kisses in between too.
Silly Tyrell, waterparks are for kids right? Wrong! Patrick and I checked out a waterpark last summer and it was one of the highlights of the summer. There is nothing wrong with grabbing a few friends and heading to the nearest waterslides to relive your childhood and believe me, you won’t be the only adults doing the same thing. If you feel weird about it, bring your niece or nephew. You’ll have a blast.
Camping for me is a go-to summer staple but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to enjoy it much in the last few summers. This time, I want to make sure I sneak it in at least once. There a few ways you can do this. Grab a tent and head to your local National park or rent an RV with some buddies and hit a campground. Whatever, you do and whatever style fits you best, enjoy the time away from computers, cell phones and TV to live in nature for a few days. Plus, food over the fire is so good. MMM. Smores.
This activity is easiest to fulfill. If you own a bike, get out there. Find some local bike trails in your area that you’ve never explored or even start riding your bike to work to kick start your day. If you don’t own a bike, rent one for the day with some friends to see a side of the city you’ve possibly never seen before. It’s a great workout too.
What summer activities do you have planned? Share them in the comments below. Happy Summer!