The school season is fast approaching! And no, I’m not saying that to be the bearer of bad news. Fall is the start of all kinds of new beginnings. And even if you’re groaning over summer coming to an end, you’ve still got a few weeks left to fit in any uncompleted summer wish-list items.
So make your time count. If you’re drawing a blank on things to do before the summer’s over, here are a few activities you might consider . . .
1. Go for a swim—This hot weather won’t last forever, so make the most of it and jet straight to your nearest body of water: the ocean, a mountain lake, your nearest water park, or just your local community pool. Get wet and get some sun.
2. Read a good book—I don’t know about you, but fall often signals a major cut in my free time. With so many new obligations on the horizon, nothing beats setting aside a sunny afternoon to curl up with the newest bestseller or a book you love but haven’t read in years.
3. Go on a vacation—Summers are made for vacations, so if you haven’t given in to your wanderlust this summer, why not do it now? Race off to a place you’ve always wanted to go, or if you’re planning on a budget just take a fun weekend trip to a destination close to home.
4. Try a DIY project—If you’re a Pinterest, home-improvement junky, why not take on a project of your own? Paint an accent wall in your living room. Stain an old shelf. Create that picture collage you’ve always dreamed of for your office. Now’s the time to get your craft on.
5. Eat a summery snack—Do you have fond memories of eating popsicles in the summer? Or fresh strawberries with whipped cream? Or good old-fashioned watermelon? My summer favorite is fresh guacamole personally, but whatever you love to chow down on, go find it.
6. Unplug and spend some time in nature—Does anyone else feel like a slave to their headphones sometimes? Well now’s your chance to turn off the TV, pull out those earbuds, and step away from the laptop. Pack a picnic and go for a walk in a natural habitat near you. Or if you’re a city mouse, your local park works too.
7. Take a bunch of pictures—This year I made the unpleasant discovery that I’ve taken hardly any pictures of my summer adventures. But it isn’t too late! Grab your camera and start snapping some pics now because having pictures to remember the good times you’ve had is almost as fun as experiencing them the first time.
8. Do something outdoors at night—Where I live, balmy summer nights are just about the best thing this season has to offer. Take a night to do something fun after sundown. Play night games with your kids. Find a drive-in movie. Take your significant other on a stargazing expedition. Just embrace your nocturnal side.
9. Build a bonfire—And speaking of fun outdoor activities, don’t let the summer slip away without gathering around a fire ring to sing camp songs and eat s’mores. If you’re the camping type, strike out into the woods or up into the mountains to build your fire. But gathering around an artificial fire on top of your apartment building can be a blast too.
10. Reconnect with a friend—If you’ve already gotten your fill of summer adventures, maybe now is a great time to reach out to your old friends. Set up a lunch date with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Or set up an impromptu ice cream social for your neighbors. Nothing can replace the relationships in your life, so make the most of them before the summer’s out.