Summer is the season for endless nights and unforgettable memories. While you’re soaking up the sunshine, working a summer job, and indulging at barbecues, make time for one more thing: a vacation! Here are some tips for planning the perfect summer getaway.
1. Bring a friend.
Wherever you go, make safety your highest priority. Bring a friend with you so you can watch out for each other. The more you don’t have to worry on your trip, the more you can enjoy it. Plus, you’ll be able to split costs and have someone to experience everything with.
2. Plan busy days AND rest days.
Plan a few activities that you definitely want to do and decide which days you’re going to do them. But don’t forget to leave a few relaxing days. Your perfect summer getaway can turn from fun and adventurous to stressful and exhausting really fast if you don’t take the time to chill out. Enjoy the moment. Forget reality. Vacations are not the time or place to feel like you’re obligated to do something.
3. Take a break from technology.
Put your phone down. Don’t post to any social media for the duration of your vacation. Take the pictures you want to take, but try not to let any of your devices take you away from your trip. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, not always interrupted by technology.
4. Try something new.
Try at least one new thing while on your trip. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t? Are you visiting somewhere with a culture that’s different from yours? Be the adventurer you want to be and leave the ordinary for when you go back home. Take the opportunity to expand your horizons and enrich your life; what better way to make the perfect summer getaway, well, more perfect?
5. Remember: The perfect summer getaway doesn’t have to mean somewhere far, far away.
Of course you’d probably love to travel somewhere exotic or fancy or new, but maybe you don’t have the budget or means for it, and that’s okay. Make the most of wherever you go. Spending a long weekend at your cabin by the lake can still be a fulfilling vacation if you decide to make it one. Ultimately, you are in charge of having a vacation attitude — no matter what part of the world you’re in.
6. Hold on to that “vacation” mindset as long as you can.
Yes, it’s a bummer to have to come back home to responsibility after a vacation. You can’t help that, but what you can do is bring a vacation mindset back with you. Remember how happy and free you felt on vacation? Channel that inner happiness the next time you’re stressed. You can’t always be on vacation, but you can bring the happiness from getting away back home with you.
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Micala Downs attends Southern Utah University and studies English with an emphasis in creative writing. Some of her favorite things include basebeall, hiking, and Mountain Dew. She aspires to live the lovely life.