10 Ways To Start Summer Right So You Can End The Summer With No Regrets

10 Ways To Start Summer Right So You Can End The Summer With No Regrets

Don't let any of your precious summer days waste away.

The end of the semester is one of the most stressful times, with final exams, projects, presentations, dreaded group work, and move out, at this point, it's no wonder that everyone is begging for summer.

With everything going on no one really thinks about what they're going to do with their time when they're free all day every day.

Going from being overly stressed, exhausted, and busy all of the time, to having a free schedule can be nice in the beginning, but get very boring very quickly.

Here are 10 things you should do this summer to relax, while still making the most of your time.

1. Get organized

If you moved back home for the summer, you probably have so much stuff piled up everywhere.

It can so be overwhelming and you might not even know where to start, but don't be that person who leaves their suitcases in the corner of their room for a week before unpacking it.

The sooner you take care of all your stuff the sooner you can put the semester behind you and start enjoying your summer!

2. Sleep in

Take the first couple days of summer to decompress from the hectic year you just endured.

Don't plan anything too early in the morning so you can allow yourself to sleep in, I promise you deserve it!

3. Catch up with hometown friends

Odds are if you go to different schools even the closest of friends have a lot, of catching up to do.

Plan your initial reunion to be a low-key, grabbing lunch or chilling at one of your house's.

An epic adventure is not ideal when you're first seeing each other after months of being separated. Enjoy each other's company and hear about all the tiny details you might have missed while at school.

4. Find a summer job

Summer jobs are surprisingly harder to find than one might think!

Unless you've regularly worked somewhere and your boss is aware that you'll be working when you get back from school, it can be hard to find a job when upfront they know you'll only be there for summer.

Froyo, ice cream and snowball places are great go-to's because they're usually busiest in the summer!

Babysitting, pet sitting and housesitting are all other great options to make some money while still having a summer, you won't be as tied down, you can pick and choose when you work and design a schedule that works best for you!

5. Set summer goals

This can be anything from personal growth to fun activities with friends!

Spice up your boring summer days by making a summer bucket list.

This gives you fun things to look forward to and hopefully accomplish so you can make the best of your summer!

6. Save time for your family

As your summer begins to fill up don't forget to carve out some time for the ones who miss you the most when you're off at school.

7. Reunite with old friends

So many high school friends lose touch once college comes around, but I'm sure there's a handful of your hometown hunnies that you miss having in your life.

Reach out and see if they want to grab coffee or ice cream!

You don't have to see them every day, but a quick reminder that you still want to be in each other's lives will bring you all so much happiness and give you a chance to reminisce on the good old days.

8. Spend time with your fur-ever friends

They miss you when you're away, and even though you want to have a fun-filled summer they want to spend time with you too!

9. Go on a shopping spree

This might not be what's best for your wallet, but it's what's best for your soul.

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you should still treat yo self to some new clothes cause there's no doubt that you've lived in the same leggings, Norts and oversized tees for the past few months and you've forgotten what your style even is.

10. Plan a beach trip

Summer and beach are basically synonyms for each other so you need to have some fun in the sun somehow before the best months of the year are up!

Whether you're going with your family, friends or both, beach trips make the best memories.

Refer to this list whenever you're feeling bored out of your mind over summer because trust me, that time will come, to remind yourself to make this summer the best yet.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.


As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!


Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.


I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds


Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.


Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide


Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.


This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.



17. Build a fort.


Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.


Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.


Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.


Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.


Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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