Planning your Summer Vacation

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Finals will be wrapped up soon. No more classes, late night projects, or stressing about whether or not you’ll fail every class (unless, you’ve decide to extend your education over the summer). Instead you’ll have three months to kick back and relax.  Here are the top 12 ways to waste away your free time.

1)   Lots of Movie Marathons

Catch up on all the blockbusters you’ve missed lately or find a new TV show to watch from start to finish. Whatever you do, grab a couple of your favorite couch potato snacks and enjoy yourself

2)   Road Trip

Get together with your college friends (or your high school friends will work too) and head out to see the U.S. The price of gas may be high, but the memories will definitely be worth it.

3)   Get an Internship

Find a position, paid or not, that will give you some real-world experience in your career of choice. It’s only three months but you will learn a lot of valuable information working with people in your field.

4)   Family Vacation

Mom and Dad might need a little bit of bribing (good grades might do the trick) but a trip to the Caribbean or your favorite family get away might be just what your summer needs.

5)   A Paying Job

If the internship isn’t an option consider getting a real job. Maybe you’ll be able to find a seasonal position near the beach or at the pool that pays okay and gives you plenty of time to work on your tan. (Can anyone say lifeguard?)

6)   Shopping

Some days you just need to stop at the mall and shop. It’s fun, it’s relaxing, it’s great for your wardrobe, and bad for your wallet. Enjoy yourself.

7)   Join a Sports League

Just because you’re not in high school anymore doesn’t mean you can’t play volleyball or baseball. Search for an adult group in your area and get a few of your friends to sign up with you.

8)   Video Games

If you run out of TV shows to watch there are always video games. Just make sure you spend a little bit of time out in the real world with your family. They missed you during the school year.

9)   Read A Good Book

Whatever you favorite genre may be—romance, fantasy, science fiction, classical, young adult, non-fiction, mystery, or horror—go out and pick up an interesting book and sink into it.

10)   Help out a Friend/Family Member

Lend a hand to a friend or family member this summer—go babysit for your sister during your free time, help your neighbor walk her dog, mow the lawn for your parents. Whatever you have time to volunteer for, your friends and family with surely appreciate the effort.

11) Spend Time Outdoors

Join a river rafting group, ride your bike, or find a place to go hiking. It doesn’t matter what you do, just get out there and do it.

12) Backpack Across Europe

Europe is an amazing place. Every country you visit will introduce you to a new way of life and a new way of looking at the world. It’s an experience that’s worth it every time.

Know another great way to spend the summer? Tell us about it in the comment section.

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