5 Cheap Things To Do In The Summer

5 Cheap Adventures To Go On Before Summer Ends

Sometimes the best memories are made with the smallest amount of money.


One of my favorite things about summer is going on vacation. I'm usually so busy during the school year that I don't get to go do a lot of fun stuff with my friends, so I tend to splurge more in the summer.

However, going to the beach or the big city can have its costs. My wallet and stomach both agree. So, I spent some of this summer trying to find cheaper activities that weren't lame in a small town. Here, I present to you 5 cheap adventures that you can do at any time of the year without breaking the bank:

1. Natural areas/ state parks

This summer we ventured out about an hour and a half from my hometown to the Clark Creek Natural Area. This is the home of several waterfalls and hours of adventure. After about three hours of hiking through the woods and checking out the waterfalls, not only were we exhausted, but we were so glad that we did so! With only a five dollar donation, some water bottles, and gas to get to and fro, we had one of the best adventures of the summer.

2. Cheap/ free concerts

When you think of going to a concert, you're usually willing to fork out hundreds of dollars for the best seats. That's not to mention parking, food, hotels, gas, etc. While this is usually the norm for big names, not all concerts have to be expensive. We went to a Halsey concert for $30 tickets a piece!! Concerts like this at amphitheaters are usually cheaper due to the seating. Getting to lay out in the grass and listen to music was one of my favorite summer memories. Sure, most big names won't be that cheap, but some smaller entertainers will be. You might discover your next obsession or a flop. Either way, it's an adventure that doesn't require a lot of money.

3. Going to the park/ playground

Whether you are six or 36, going to the park is always an adventure. Taking your dog for a walk, swinging on the swings, or just running around throwing a football, there is never a boring day at the park. This is great for families trying to get outdoors or for friends to meet up and hang out without getting into trouble. Your dog, your grandma, and your children will always remember the days you spent outside at the park!

4. Movie marathon

Sometimes the best adventures aren't in real life. Staying in and renting some movies from Redbox can be a chill adventure as well! Netflix and chilling with your friends can be just as fun as going out. Sleepovers with the right people can be just as adventurous as doing anything else.

5. Day trips

Road trips can be expensive and hard to plan, working over the summer can take up all of your time, and sometimes nothing more than a day trip is all you have and need. Driving out of town to a nearby city for some fun or even becoming a tourist in your town is all the adventure you never knew you needed. There can be hidden gems in your town; you just have to be willing to look. We visited antebellum homes, walked the cemetery, and took a stroll downtown just looking at the window shops. All of that can be as cheap or expensive as you make it.

No matter where you are, near or far, adventure is there and waiting for you. You just have to be willing to go look for it!

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A Collection Of Quotes For The Adventurous Soul

Sometimes, all you need to spark the fire toward taking off on a crazy ride, is a good quote

The summer is a time for playing outside and finding hidden gems in small towns, or maybe jetting off to the big city to discover ancient works of arts in the oldest of museums. However you define adventure, it’s out there. It doesn’t need an invitation; sometimes journeys just take you there. It is from the best wanderers themselves that we can find words of inspiration, to start our own journeys. With a few summer excursions under my belt, these quotes have been the ones to resonate with me, thus far.

“The best journeys answer the questions that in the beginning you didn’t even think to ask.” 180 Degrees South.

“Leave the road, take the trails.” Pythagore.

“Nothing adventured, nothing attained.” Peter McWilliams.

“None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” Persuasion.

“Jobs fill the pockets, adventures fill your soul.” Jaime Lyn Beatty.

“Hope is not born on mountain tops, but in valleys when you’re looking to the heights and peaks you have yet to climb.”

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather.

“Between every pine is a doorway to a new world.” John Muir.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Anita Desai.

“The world is too big to stay in one place and life is too short to do just one thing.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

“Of all the paths you take in life make sure some of them are dirt”
“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.”
“Life is about courage and going in to the unknown”

Although Merriam-Webster’s dictionary includes danger in the definition of the word “adventure,” the most important phrase in my opinion is “an exciting or remarkable experience.” These experiences we have should be shared, making storytellers out of us all. They shouldn’t be left in notebooks, scribbled down on pages.

These journeys make up a big part of our own storybook. I guess what I have come to the conclusion after scrolling through multiple inspiration quotes about the outdoors, and just travel, adventure, etcetera; in general, is that it’s okay to question things and take paths that lead you to answers you weren’t expecting to arrive at.

Taking the dead end doesn’t make you reckless or irresponsible, it just leads you to a place where maybe not all go. In short, adventures and journeys are just a snapshot in the culmination of our life story. I for one hope that the knowledge attained by failure, by love, by taking dirt paths will not go untold but will serve as a inspiration of other fellow wanderers seeking a life of adventure and spontaneity, and sometimes all you need to spark the fire toward taking off on a crazy ride, is a good quote.

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My Future Is Unpredictable And That's Totally Alright

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations.


For six months, I had plans to study abroad in the Dominican Republic during the fall semester of junior year. Filling out what seemed like endless applications and paperwork, searching for travel ideas on Pinterest, and writing a class research paper on the DR's relationship with its neighboring island, Haiti, I was prepared to live and learn about Dominican culture hands-on.

Then on the Thursday before Finals Week last spring, I read my email. My study abroad program in the DR had gotten canceled. In the span of 30 seconds, my future had taken a new course. Less than a week later, I was submitting papers to study abroad in a new country where another adventure awaited: Ecuador.

If there's anything I've learned in the past year, it's that life is unpredictable and we can't control it. The future is unknown. But-

Who wants to know exactly what's going to happen in the next few years? I mean, I believe it's good to have a direction, but you don't have to have the entire journey pinpointed straight to the core. You meet people, you get inspired, you see things, you have experiences. And you go from there. (Though, I totally respect people who have clear ambitions and stick with them their entire lives.)

Where I was a year ago was a completely different path than where I find myself today. Last summer, I worked four different internships/jobs in the span of three months. A year ago, I would never have guessed my following summer unfolding with an immersion trip to India, a solo adventure to Taiwan & Hong Kong, and becoming a certified yoga instructor. A year ago, I hadn't met half of my best friends. A year ago, I hadn't seen poverty in a third-world country. A year ago, I wasn't even sure I wanted to major in Environmental Studies.

Just because I don't know what the future holds doesn't mean I can't set goals. I have a destination, an idea of where I'm headed and where I want to go. While abroad in Ecuador, I want to learn about sustainable development and coffee production as well as enhance my Spanish skills.

As I prepare for study abroad in Ecuador, I'm going in with no expectations. I know the format of the program. I'll be taking classes and living with a host family and then doing an internship at a farm. Otherwise, I have no idea what's going to happen. And that's what I'm looking forward to the most. The spontaneity. The unexpected. As one of my good friends would say whenever he doesn't have formal weekend plans, "I'm improvising." And you know the one rule of improv: Always say yes.

¡Hasta pronto, Ecuador!

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