Many of us spend the entire year eagerly anticipating the glorious return of summertime. Since this season is synonymous with agreeable weather and vacation, the sky’s the limit when it comes to summer fun. However, by the time fall rolls around, many of us begin to worry that we failed to make the most of the summer months. If you hail from an area known for bitterly cold autumns and winters, you’d do well to relish summertime to the fullest, as there are certain activities that can only be enjoyed during the time of the year. Anyone looking to make this a summer to remember should consider the following options.
Embarking on Hikes
With its abundance of gorgeous weather, summer is the perfect season to reconnect with nature. So, if you’ve grown tired of being trapped inside all winter, now is the time to put on your hiking boots and take in some beautiful natural scenery. Regardless of where you’re based, odds are there are nature trails that are perfect for hiking within driving distance of your home.
As an added bonus, hiking can prove enjoyable on a number of fronts. In addition to providing you with an opportunity to appreciate nature, hiking can double as an invigorating summer workout activity. Furthermore, since hiking generally doesn’t cost anything (outside of good boots and other supplies, of course), it’s among the most cost-effective summertime outings. Whether you’re aiming for a fun family day trip or looking to reconnect with friends, a good hike can be just what the doctor ordered.
Visiting Amusement Parks
Since amusement parks tend to be based outdoors, there’s no better time than summer to enjoy them. In fact, depending on where you’re based, summer may be the only season in which you’re even able to visit amusement parks. If you and your crew are interested in visiting the same park(s) multiple times throughout the course of summer, purchasing season passes can be a great way to save money. With amusement park admission prices going up across the board, patrons would be wise to jump on any money-saving opportunities that present themselves.
Keep in mind that you’re likely to experience a case of sticker shock the first time you see the price tags for season passes. While there’s no denying that they’re expensive, buying season passes is almost always more cost-effective than paying individual admission fees multiple times over the summer months. Additionally, in the interest of maximum safety, make sure that you and your family members are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before proceeding to visit any amusement parks this summer. Furthermore, make sure to comply with any mask rules that are in effect at the parks you visit.
Taking Long-Overdue Trips
For many of us, summer is the ideal season in which to travel. The warm temperatures and lack of snow and ice makes road trips far more feasible than they are during the winter months. In addition, many airlines, hotels and resorts offer convenient packages to summertime travelers. So, if there’s a trip you and your crew have been eager to take, there’s no better time to head out than summer. Not doing enough traveling – or any traveling – is one of the most common regrets people have at the conclusion of summer. As such, if there are any destinations you’re dying to visit, now is the time to act.
Heading Out on the Water
Because of its seemingly endless supply of beautiful weather, summer is also the perfect season for heading out on the water. Whether you’re looking to cruise lakes, rivers or oceans, summer is the best time to pull the old boat out of storage. Conversely, if you’re currently in the market for a new boat, look for models that feature a Dyna Foil stabilizer.
It’s easy to see why so many people hold summer in such high regard. After spending a frosty winter cooped up indoors, being able to engage in outdoor recreation, take time off work and enjoy long-awaited trips represents the light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, by the time fall rolls around, many of us feel as if we’ve let the season pass us by. So, if you’re looking to get the most out of your summer, put the previously discussed pointers to good use.