7 Ways to a Fun, Exciting, and Budget-Friendly Summer

7 Ways to a Fun, Exciting, and Budget-Friendly Summer

Because we all can't go to Santorini on a cup ramen allowance...

We college students are no strangers to being frugal in the ways that matter. Money management is important during the school year to make sure that there is enough to go about the school day (as well as for having a little fun on weekends!). Summer is no excuse to not continue good habits.

However, being frugal doesn’t mean the fun can’t happen! Beyond the traditional summer internship, here are some ways to stay within your budget while also making sure you have the story of a lifetime to tell once school starts again.

1. Summer job

Summer jobs are as classic as any teen movie. For decades, college students have been picking up jobs to support their summer spendings—and for a good reason! Beyond the monetary benefits, summer jobs are a great way to stay productive and meet new people. They are also a great way to get out of your comfort zone. Keep an eye out for businesses nearby who are hiring for the summer months, and don’t be afraid to apply!

2. Local trip

Sure, that Peru trip may only be $2000, but that’s $2000 more than you have in your bank account. No fear! Taking a trip is easier than ever with Airbnb’s low rates and the accessibility of car services like Uber and Lyft. There’s nothing wrong with going on an old-fashioned road trip, or even having a spontaneous weekend in San Diego with family. With a little willpower and clever planning, an inexpensive and local trip to explore places nearby your home can become the highlight of the summer.

3. Volunteer

Volunteering can be one of the most fulfilling things you can do during the summer. Not only are you doing the most for your community, volunteering can get you valuable experience in your chosen field, while also allowing you to make meaningful connections with a wide variety of people. Some great places to consider are your local hospital, shelter, and vet clinic! Keep an eye out for open spaces and get your adventure started.

4. Self-improvement

There’s no time like the present to start feeling better! Summer is a great time to start the exercise you’ve been meaning to during the school year, or start switching up your diet for the better! Practices like meditation or self-worth talks do wonders for the mind and the body, and can make sure you have a healthy transition back into the school year.

5. Pick up a hobby

Hobbies are inexpensive, fun, and engaging. Beyond the obvious like knitting or drawing, there are things you can do that cover almost any interest imaginable. How about craft kits, learning to code, or extreme ironing? (Yes, that’s really a thing.) Regardless, what better time to try something new than summer?

6. Learn Another Language

Did you know that studies have shown that those who speak two languages or more find it easier to do well in their studies when it comes to organization and perception? Bilingualism is an ambitious goal for the summer, but it’s an achievement definitely worth trying for. If you already have a second language that you speak at home, summer would be a great time to brush up on it. If not, acquainting yourself with Chinese, or Spanish (voted two of the most important languages to learn) through sites like Duolingo can be a rewarding pastime.

7. Explore your hometown

Last, but not least, your very own backyard! Whether you’ve just moved right before heading to college, or if you’ve been there all your life, there is probably a bounty of experiences and locations that you haven’t been to or seen yet. Check the local attractions using Yelp or blog pages, and see if your friends have any good ideas.

Summer at home can be challenging, if not occasionally boring. Even if you’re not traveling to exotic locations for this extra long break, there are plenty of things beyond this list to do and explore and experience. Adventure is out there and waiting!

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11 Must-Go To Day Trips In North Carolina

For the wanderers and curious...

It's finally summer, classes are out! There are so many things to do in this beautiful state. There are many small towns to visit. These towns are perfect day trips. From the mountains to the beach and everything in between, there is something for everyone! Pack your car up and get ready for a summer of adventure.

1. NoDa

This is a small hipster district right outside of Uptown Charlotte. Music and art paint this town and it has a very creative energy flow. Amelie’s Bakery, a 24/7 french bakery, is located in this district. There is always something fun and new to try in this cute, artistic town!

2. Asheville

This town is known for the beautiful scenery and historic importance. The Biltmore Estate is located here, and it is open for tours every day of the year. It is the biggest estate in America. The downtown area is very artistic, and the mountains make for a gorgeous hike. This is definitely an adventure you don't want to miss.

3. Boone

This small town has a lot of outdoor activities. It is perfect for hiking and whitewater rafting. If you love nature, this is a must see. It is a college town where Appalachian State University is located. The downtown area is very old school and for modern hipsters.

4. Crowders Mountain

This is located in Gaston County. Once you reach the Pinnacle, the peak of the trail, with clear skies you can see for miles. It is a quick four-mile hike for the short one, the view is amazing.

5. Wilmington

This city is known for the beachfront. It makes a perfect day to hit the waves. There are many beach fronts to visit, such as Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Ocean runs through this city. White sand, waves and the boardwalk. If you are a fan of One Tree Hill, it was filmed here.The small restaurants and characteristics give this town a vibrant energy.

6. Serendipity House

This house is from the movie Nights In Rodanthe located on a beach in Avon, North Carolina. It has been remodeled, but the amazing characteristics of this make it a sight to see.

7. Linville Falls

This is located in Linville, North Carolina. Attractions close by are also the Blue Ridge Mountain. To get to the main fall, it is about a mile hike.

8. Outer Banks

Small beaches on the outer banks of North Carolina have wild horses. Corolla Wild Ponies run free, and you can even take a ride on them in the water.

9. Sliding Rock

Located in Brevard, this rock is actually naturally made from a small waterfall. You can actually go sliding down it. It is in Pisgah National Forest also near Asheville.

10. Devil's Tramping Ground

This is located near Bennett. It is a 40-foot circle that cannot grow life. If you leave something or sleep in the circle, the rumor is it will be outside of the circle the next day.

11. Land of Oz Theme park

Located in Beech Mountain, this theme park that was once full of life is now closed and for the most part abandoned. It comes alive for one night a year for an event. This is definitely a place to take a night adventure to...

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6 Reasons Traveling Is Good For Your Mind, Body, And Soul

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.


Have you ever traveled to a new destination and felt your mood instantly improve? Are you like me and feel happiest when you're on vacation? This is because traveling is a way for you to renew your soul and step out of your comfort zone. It keeps you happy and allows you to experience new things.

Visiting new destinations can open your mind to experiences you didn't even know were possible. You can meet new people, fall in love, try new foods, and see remarkable sites all while traveling. There are no limits to the places you can visit, and the things you can see. Currently, I am on a mini weekend trip to Arizona, and being here has opened my eyes and made me realize how impactful traveling really is on your mind, body, and soul. Traveling should be something you do as often as possible and whenever you get the chance. Here's why:

1. Traveling makes your heart happy 

Traveling is something that most people enjoy. It keeps the heart young and childlike. Traveling brings people joy because they get to experience new things that they love with the people they love.

2. It teaches you to embrace every moment 

Traveling can be unpredictable, especially because you are experiencing new things. Although it can be challenging, we learn best from these unpredictable moments. When we travel we learn to embrace every situation that is thrown at us.

3. Traveling relieves stress and improves mental health 

Traveling reduces stress and allows you to relax. More often than not, you take off work when you go on vacation and you focus on renewing your self. You get away from all the crazy things going on in your life, and you can just relax and focus on your own happiness.

4. It broadens your horizons 

Traveling lets you branch out and experience different cultures. You can try new foods, new activities, and meet all different types of people. You learn diversity, and you learn respect for other people and their culture's. Traveling helps you learn other perspectives around the world and lets your mind think in ways it never has before.

5. It keeps you healthy 

Traveling actually plays a big part in your physical health as well. During vacations, you often walk a lot to destinations and participate in calorie burning activities like hiking and swimming. Activities like these are often why you still are able to get your workout in while on vacation.

6. Traveling reminds you what is important 

Most importantly, traveling reminds you of the important things in life. We live day by day forgetting that every moment is remarkable. Sometimes, we get stuck in the same old boring routine and take for granted the life we have been given. Traveling reminds us that memories are valuable and that our lives should be cherished.

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