15 Ways to Fight Summer Boredom

     Summertime is upon us, as I’m sure you’re well aware, and I couldn’t be happier.  With the arrival of summer I am always so happy to think about the possibilities.  Your summer might be packed with exciting travels or you might have a lot of fun plans with your friends in town.  However, if you don’t have a lot of plans, the sudden abundance of free time has the potential to quickly turn into boredom.  I absolutely hate feeling bored in the summer, so today I’m sharing fifteen summer boredom busters!  Let’s get started!

#1: Go to the pool.

     Going to the pool is perhaps the most cliché, well known summer activity, but it can be a ton of fun!  Invite a friend and bring a deck of cards and some snacks to guarantee a few hours of classic summer fun.  Don’t forget to pack sunscreen!

#2: Take a little day trip.

     If you have a beach, lake, or big city within a couple hours from you, grab a friend and hop in the car!  Charlotte and Asheville are fairly close to me and taking day trips to either of them is always super fun.  If you have a camera, be sure to bring it along, as well as some spending money for roadside snacks.

#3: Surprise a friend.

     Imagine how cool it would be to return from a weeklong trip and find your best friend sitting in your driveway with a box of donuts.  Why not do this for yours?  You could use this same idea if you have a friend with a summer birthday or just want to surprise them for fun.

#4: Try a new sport.

     Maybe one of your friends plays lacrosse, why not go to their house and play with them? I’m sure they’d be happy to give you some lessons on the basics.  It’s always fun to try something new and this is a great way to get some exercise with a friend!

#5: Try a DIY.

     DIY videos are all over YouTube, so pick out one you like and try it yourself!  The DIY might be for room decor, clothing, or a gift.  What better time to give it a try than now?

#6: Read a book.

     If you’re anything like me, you have practically no time during the school year for just-for fun reading.  Take advantage of your free time and read a book you’re interested in or have heard a lot about.  This summer I’m going to read Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple, a book that I’ve seen all over Instagram over the past few years and am super excited to read.

#7: Get a summer job/internship.

     If you’re old enough and have a lot of time on your hands this summer, you should apply for a summer job!  Think of a place near you that you visit frequently, have a passion for, or just enjoy being at.  See if they’re applying by checking their website or asking an employee next time you go.  Summer is also a great time to get an internship, these look great on college applications!  Think of a business near you that aligns with what you think you want to study in college and shoot them an email!

#8: Find a few blogs you like and read them consistently.

     Not only do I love blogging, but I love reading blogs too.  You can find blogs about just about anything, including recipes, book reviews, fashion, exercise, school, short stories, music, politics, the list goes on.  Once you find a blogger you enjoy reading from you’ll look forward to every post, a lot like you look forward to a new episode of your favorite TV show or a new video from your favorite YouTuber.  A few of my favorite blogs are A Sunny State of Mind, Lonestar Southern, Kelly in the City, The College Prepster, The Road Les Traveled, and Live the Prep Life.

#9: Start a VSCO and become dedicated to it.

     Okay, this one probably sounds silly considering the majority of girls have a VSCO, but this can be so much fun!  Use your camera or iPhone and get a little artsy.  Make your VSCO something you’re really proud of as a “photographer.”  I’ve recently gotten super into VSCO and I love the way mine looks right now, check it out here!

#10: Go on a picnic.

     Stop by the farmers’ market, pick up some fancy snacks, and go with a friend to a pretty outdoor area near you (this could be a mountaintop, middle of a field, park, or even your backyard!).  Be sure to bring a camera because picnics are so photogenic.

#11: Go camping in your backyard.

     Set up a tent in your backyard, take a lot of blankets, flashlights, and snacks, and camp out with a friend or sibling!  Take it to another level and leave your phone inside to truly enjoy each other’s company.

#12: Tie-dye shirts.

     Everyone knows how to tie-dye, plus it’s super cheap and tie-dye is super trendy right now!  Invite a bunch of friends over and tie-dye shirts together!  You don’t have to stop at tee shirts either, socks are also super tie-dye-able.

#13: Have a movie night with friends.

     Rent a chick flick and have your gal pals over for a fun movie night!  Pop a ton of popcorn, make cookies, and bring out a ton of blankets for maximum fun.

#14: Go to a workout class.

     I’m not really a huge workout person, but I love going to Zumba with my friends!  If you’re a member of a local gym (my family has a YMCA membership), you should try out a fun workout class this summer!  I highly recommend Zumba because I find it super fun (mainly because I’m terrible at dancing and it’s hilarious) but there are many other fun options like yoga and spin class that sound great too!

#15: Try new recipes.

     I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of cool recipes you’d like to try on social media like Pinterest, Buzzfeed, and YouTube during the school year, but never had the time.  Now’s the time to try them out!  Master making those crazy snacks so you can easily make them for your friends and family during the school year.

That’s all for today, I hope these fun activities help cure your summer boredom!  Thanks for reading!

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