5 Things You Should Do Over Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is the glorious three months of warm weather (or 3 weeks if you are from the Midwest, like me) that we spend all year looking forward to. School is out, the days are longer, and there is always something to do. After spending the rest of the year cooped up inside, we all want to get out and live a little.

With the Holidays, weekends at the lake, and carnivals every summer, it seems like there is always something going on. Before you know it, you will blink and it will be September already. What are the must-do's on your summer "bucket" list? If you plan out your summer break ahead of time, you will be able to make sure you get everything in that you want to. Here are a few things that you should do before fall comes back around.

Have a Bonfire

This is a no-brainer. There is nothing that goes together better than a warm summer night and a crackling bonfire. Gather a bunch of logs, ingredients for s'mores, and your favorite drinks, and get the fire going! Don't forget to invite your favorite group of people, and have the time of your lives. Just make sure your fire is completely out before you leave it- you don't want to kick off your summer with a forest fire.

Take a Road Trip in an RV

Who doesn't love a good road trip? Hitting the road with some good friends and good tunes is the definition of freedom. Packing into an RV makes it even better- you don't have to worry about where you are going to sleep, and you have your own kitchen right there! Who doesn't love to take a nap and get a snack while traveling cross country? Don't have an RV? This RV guide helps you determine when it's a good time to get one. Some of the best destinations are right here in the United States, so no need to spend an arm and a leg on airfare when you can get there on your own time in your own ride!

Go to a Festival

Whether it's near your home town, or you stumble across it on your road trip, you need to hit up a festival this summer. Festivals are like huge theme parties, and everyone is there for a good time. If you find the perfect festival, there will even be live music. Let your hair down and dance the night away, because by the time winter rolls around this will be a fond memory.

Visit Your Nearest Beach

Some people think beaches are overrated, and I disagree. There is a reason why everyone flocks to the beach on the hottest days. Nothing makes the heat a little more bearable than laying in the sand while feeling the mist of the waves on your back. This is something you can do that is virtually free, and therapeutic at the same time. Make sure to protect yourself though, because skin cancer would be a real bummer from a day out in the sun.

Go for a Hike

While I'm on the subject of free and therapeutic, hiking comes pretty close to relaxing on the beach. If you like getting close to nature while seeing some breathtaking views, you need to go on a hike. Whether you pick your nearest mountain, forest, or state park, you will leave with a sense of clarity and peace. Make sure to wear your best shoes, and pack the essentials, because hiking can also be dangerous if you don't plan properly.

No matter what you end up doing this summer, you won't regret it. Summer is a time to be carefree and enjoy the fresh air while you still can. Before it's over take that road trip, hike up that mountain, or dance the night away. Life is too short to miss out on these things, and some of the best memories you'll never forget are made in the summer.

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