Everyone has been there. Sitting around during summer break trying to think of something to do is as much a part of the break as the Fourth of July. Here are five cheap ideas that most everyone will be able to enjoy without having to dig too deep into your wallet.
1. Pick up a new hobby.
Summer is a perfect time to finally learn how to do that thing you have been wanting to for so long. It can be anything from crocheting or knitting to building models. It won’t cost much to get started, so here is your chance to finally do it.
2. Go for a hike.
We are very lucky to live in an area with the beautiful mountains so close to us. It is finally warm enough to go for a hike, or go exploring in the mountains. Besides gas, this activity is usually free, though some canyons do have a small fee you must pay if you plan on doing anything in the canyon other than going for a drive. Get a group of friends together, pick a trail and go for it. Don’t forget to bring some water and if you plan on going for a while, some snacks as well.
3. Get healthy.
It is often easy to come up with excuses not to exercise during the rest of the year. Bad weather and having too much to do are two common excuses. The summer can often make it harder to come up with these excuses, and that is good. The weather is great, and not only that, but usually people have less to do during the summer. Now is the time to train for the marathon you have always wanted to run in or simply start walking and see how far you can go. Exercise has many positive effects on your body, so why not start doing it now?
4. Master the school topic that has always given you trouble.
For some it is English that holds them up. For others it’s math and science. Whatever the problem subject is for you, work on it. When you have nothing to do, help yourself out and become more educated on those topics that have always given you trouble in school. Pick up some books from the library or find exercises online and practice until you learn something new each day or understand something you weren’t sure about before. It can be frustrating, but it is very rewarding and a huge self-esteem booster.
There are many people and animals who are always in need of help. You can make a difference by spending some of your time each week with an organization that works for a cause that you care about. Whether it is volunteering at the Humane Society or making hats for the homeless, whatever it is you choose to do you will feel better knowing you helped someone out that day.