Things To Do During Summer Break If You're Not Traveling

9 Things To Do During The Summer WithOUT Traveling

How to enjoy your summer vacation even if you won't be traveling this summer.

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Summer break is coming for a lot of students, which means that it's time to start making plans for what to do during the summer! A lot of students may be making plans to go on vacation or a short trip during the summer. But for others, vacation may not be happening this year. A lot of students will often be busy working or may find themselves with a low budget, whether it's due to student loans or the expenses of the semester.

However, just because you may not be traveling doesn't mean that you can't enjoy your summer break. Here are nine ways that you can still enjoy your summer without traveling!

1. Travel to new local places in your hometown

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If you know a few places in your hometown that you've never visited before, you should check out going to one during the summer! Whether it's a restaurant, bar, or museum, trying out a new location near the place you live is a perfect way to enjoy the summer without traveling! It will also help you with learning more about the place you live and trying new things!

2. Go swimming

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The best thing to do when you're stuck with no vacations during the summer is to plan on going swimming! You can search for a local pool to go to. With swimming, you can try out any new swimsuits you bought or try getting a tan. It's a great way to still enjoy the summer even if you're stuck with no plans on traveling.

3. Wine tasting

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If you're over 21, another activity that may be fun is to try wine tasting. The best part about wine tasting is that most of them are free, and the ones that aren't free generally aren't too expensive. If you don't like wine, you can try beer tasting instead. So if you enjoy wine tasting or have always wanted to try it, you should plan on going during your summer break.

4. Attend a concert or play

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If you have the money and are able to go to either a concert or play, you should consider buying tickets. And if you can't afford to buy tickets, you should try looking for a local band that's playing at a restaurant or at a place that is located near where you live. Going to a local band is free, and it's a great way to enjoy music without having to pay a huge expense for tickets to a concert!

5. Go to the movies

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The great part about summer is that there are a lot of summer blockbusters that are released in the movie theaters! A lot of movies are coming out this summer including "Aladdin," "The Hustle," "Spiderman: Far From Home," "Fast and Furious," and so many others! And there are also a lot of Netflix and Hulu movies that come out during the summer. It's a great time to either go to the movies or plan a movie night with friends at your house!

6. Prioritize working out

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During the summer, there are a lot more opportunities to find time to work out. You can go hiking, go for a jog outside, or ride a bike. There are plenty of ways that you can spend time exercising that are different from the traditional method of going to the gym. It's something that will keep you occupied during the summer.

7. Plan a party with friends

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This a great way to enjoy being stuck at home during the summer! If you have friends that aren't too busy during summer break, you should think about hosting a summer party at your house! You can host a pool party, or if you don't have a pool, you can have a general summer party where you can have music, games, and summer beverages.

8. Go shopping with friends

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If you enjoy going shopping, you should plan a trip with your friends to go shopping sometime. Or you can simply go by yourself. If you have the money and are able to, you can plan on going to a local mall or an outlet.

9. Go to an amusement park or the zoo

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Finally, if you live close to an amusement park, you should consider visiting at least once during the summer. Going to an amusement park with friends, family members, or by yourself is a great way to enjoy your summer, especially if you love riding rides! It's also a great way to exercise since you walk around a lot at the park. If you can't afford to go to an amusement park, you can also check out the local zoo. Going to the zoo also is a great way to exercise, and it's a great place to go when you don't want to spend too much money during the summer.

If you find yourself with no travel plans this summer, try any one of these ideas to still get the most out of it. It can be hard to make travel plans, especially if you're busy working or can't afford to go on vacation. However, there are plenty of ways that you can enjoy the summer at home, and if you follow these tips, you'll be able to start enjoying your summer vacation!

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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10 Of The Cheapest Insta-Worthy Places To Travel This Summer

All right in the U.S.!

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Everyone wants to travel this summer, but where can you go without spending too much? These are some of the cheapest locations in the United States that you can go where I still feel there is plenty to do to have a good vacation. For other ways to spend less on a vacation, check out this article.

1. Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, and luckily for us, it isn't that expensive of a trip. There are plenty of hotels and Airbnbs in the area. So the most expensive part is getting there, depending on where you are coming from.

2. Glacier National Park

As you can see from the picture, this national park is absolutely breathtaking. If you are up to an outdoor adventure, this is definitely a great place to go.

3. Williamsburg

It is a beautiful yet newer historical town. It is ranked the best place to go in Virginia. Also, if you like amusement parks, Bush Gardens is there!

4. Portland

Not only is it a beautiful city, it is great for foodies! There are plenty of beautiful parks and museums.

5. San Antonio

Possibly the most beautiful place in Texas. There are many great eateries, parks, and historical sites like the Alamo.

6. New Orleans

From WWII museums to all the art and culture the city is known for, there is so much to do! You can visit Studio B or Mardi Gras World and many other exciting places.

7. Memphis

Go and visit the birthplace of rock n' roll at Sun Studios and all the other music places! If you love music history, this is definitely a city for you! You can also go and see the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum.

8. Sequoia National Park

If you love hiking and nature, you should visit these wonderfully large trees. They are incredible. You can also go to Moro rock to get a wonderful view. The best part is, it is FREE!

9. Colorado Springs

From the Olympic training center to the pure beauty of nature, there is plenty to see in Colorado Springs. You can go see the red rocks or explore the city. And while you are there, stop by the U.S. Air Force Academy.

10.  Salt Lake City

Obviously, you know about the Great Salt Lake, but there are a bunch of other things to see here. A few things are Temple Square, the Museum of Fine Arts, and all the gardens they have.

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