With finals nearing and the days growing longer, high school and college students everywhere are looking for opportunities to go off the beaten path and take an adventure. Traveling, especially in early June, is both difficult and pricey for the individual, but with a throw blanket, a camera, and a good friend, there is a ton to do as you warm up to the summer sun.
On the Lake
If you’re fortunate enough to live close to a body of water, you’re in luck! Being an Austinite, there’s a million things to do on the water from kayaking to paddle-boarding (my favorite), but a Google search will reveal tons of options. Most public lakes will have some kind of rental area nearby with lessons, so if you’ve never tried a water sport before, it’s never too late to try!
In the Home
Have that renovation project or Pinterest idea that you’ve just been itching to try? If there’s something that you have wanted to try for ages but never had the time or resources to get it done. Taking on a DIY project with a friend is a fun and productive way to pass time, and if you’re looking for any, checking out my Pinterest Picks board at http://www.pinterest.com/tgiyoutube/
However, if you’re not up to anything like that, you can also have a BBQ with friends, go for a walk around your neighborhood (I do this often and it’s so relaxing), or plant something new in your garden! There’s tons of fun stuff to do even when you don’t have the time to go out and explore.
In the City
Most people live relatively close to a metro area, so if you can take a day or two, have some fun and walk around downtown! Most cities have tons of boutiques, shops, restaurants, and museums, so if you stop by a visitor’s center you can find some great places to check out. If you’re watching your wallet, ask if there are any free museums or simply stroll around! Most shops are fun to even browse around, and if you go with a friend it can become a contest for who can find the weirdest things. Trust me, I’ve done it before!
Also, most cities are bustling with festivals throughout the summer, so you can see artisans selling merchandise and possibly spruce up the house with some new finds! Either way, it’s a great way to see something different and if you’re an Insta-nerd (or whatever you call ’em), there are so many photo-ops!
If you’ve never been to a drive-in movie, it’s definitely worth the experience! I’ve been to several and they were a blast! Again, a simple Google search should pull up the nearest location, but be warned: they are a little sparse, so do your research before you head out.
In the Country
If you live in Texas, you’re probably aware of the small towns scattered throughout the state. Fredericksburg, Wimberley, and Denton are some of the first ones off the top of my head, but taking a drive out to a historic town can be a fun and educational way to pass time. There are tons of family-owned restaurants with some amazing food, so by skipping those small towns you’re missing out on a lot of the action!
No matter what you choose to do this summer, I hope that you lovelies get the inspiration to push through the end of the school year strong so that you can have a fun, relaxed, and long break until next fall!
In the meantime, keep an eye out for my upcoming mega-vlog from Nashville that will be up in the next few days if my computer cooperates! http://www.youtube.com/theregoesinfinity
See you guys soon,