While work may be keeping from summer fun on weekdays, make up for lost time on the weekends. Each of these four activities gives you the opportunity for extended fun in the sun.
Although it requires some preparation, hiking is an easy and free way to enjoy the summer weather. Those unfamiliar with hiking can start by selecting a local trail that’s suitable for your fitness level. Wearing light trail shoes is appropriate for relatively uniform surfaces. You may want to invest in rugged trail shoes or hiking boots if you plan to hike throughout the summer. For safety reasons, beginners may want to avoid hiking alone. Many areas have hiking clubs that open their hikes to the public if you can’t convince a friend to join you. Finally, plan for hydration by carrying a backpack with your water supply.
Go on Picnics
Nothing spoils a picnic like leaving something you needed at home. Making a checklist beforehand can prevent that scenario. While packing for the picnic, putting the tablecloth or blanket on top makes setting up easier. Finger foods and foods that only require one utensil make eating al fresco easier. Sandwiches, burritos, pasta or grain salads, cookies, and brownies are options. Bringing items that give you something to do, like a frisbee or soccer ball, can prevent boredom and extend your time in the sun. If you have several companions, playing an outdoor game like a photo scavenger hunt makes for memorable fun.
Take Day Trips
Deciding how much time you’re willing to spend traveling is an easy way to figure out where to go on your day trip. Whether your maximum travel time is an hour each way or three, sticking to it limits your potential destinations. Once you’ve picked your destination, do research to make the most of your day. Due to limited time, you probably have to decide between general sight-seeing or an extended visit to a couple of attractions. Planning ahead for meals gives you more time for touring. Before committing to any long driving stretches, be sure to have your car serviced. You don’t want to get stuck out of town without transportation. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to keep a family member or friend updated on your plans. This will ensure that someone can come looking for you if you’re not back as expected.
Explore Your Area
Summer weekends are an excellent time to explore your own area. You could explore on your own by going for a walk in an unfamiliar neighborhood. An alternative is to go on a guided walking tour. During it, you may learn new things about the place you call home. Your area may offer summer activities you’re unaware of. Summer concert series and outdoor movies could be nearby. Finally, consider visiting local attractions like the zoo, an arboretum, or a public garden.
You don’t have to spend your summer weekends at home or indoors. You could fill your weekends with any one of these activities. Hopefully, trying all four activities will give you variety, fun, and lasting memories.