Summer is great if you have something to do and not end up spending 7-10 weeks watching Netflix alone in your bed. Trust me, you’ll regret that when you go back to school and everyone else have made amazing memories over the summer.
Maybe you’re saving up for college or something and aren’t going to travel or do anything expensive and exciting. But that does not mean that your summer is doomed to be boring. You are in charge of what will happen in your summer and you probably want to get the most out of the free time you finally have. Dedicate this summer to create memories no matter what your budget is.
I’ve made a list of free and cheap activity ideas you can do alone or with friends or family this summer:
1. Make a summer scrapbook
Print out the pictures you take, save the theatre ticket, cut out pictures from magazines and put it in a cute notebook. Scrapbooking is – just like journaling – an amazing way to save the memories and live life more detailed. You can do this with your best friend, brother or sister, or alone.
When I was younger my mother forced my brother and me to write vacation diaries. We used to find it really boring but when I read them now I don’t find it as a waste of time at all. It is so funny to read what you did and be reminded of how your life was back then. If you don’t want to do it for t he person you are right now, do it for the person you’ll be when you read it in a couple of years.
2. Have a bonfire
Bonfires are perfect for the colder summer nights where you don’t necessarily feel like partying but just want to spend some quality time with your friends. The only expense is if you want to have marshmallows or have to buy the wood.
I love bonfires! Some of my favourite memories are from bonfire nights with my family or my friends. In Denmark, it is especially a good idea because of the weather. It can be hot during the day and crazy cold in the night where the bonfire will warm you.
3. Go to the beach/lake
Depending on where you live you probably have a beach or a lake not too far away from where you live. If the weather is good, there is nothing better than spending a day at the beach or lake with a book and some friends. Just remember sunscreen!
I have a 10-minute walk from my house to a beach and I cannot tell you how much time I’ve spent there during the almost two years I’ve lived here. It is such a nice place to spend time with friends, get an ice cream and then go home when I get tired.
4. Movie night
Sadly, the weather is usually not great every day – at least not in Denmark. So for the rainy nights where you want to hang out with your friends or family movie nights are perfect. You can just watch a movie you already have or stream one on Netflix.
Personally, I have planned to host a Harry Potter-marathon with my boyfriend this summer. We’ll invite some HP-friends over and watch all eight movies. We’ll probably end up splitting it up so one person brings soda, one bread and so on. This way it won’t cost one person a bunch of money to host a movie night.
5. Go to parties
Summer is the season of partying so instead of sitting at home you should go to some of the many parties. Usually, there are big parties by the beach where everyone can come but if you don’t have any of those where you live, ask some of your friends if they know of any parties. It’s always funnier to arrive at a party as a group than alone so take your friends with you and have a good time.
In Denmark, you can buy alcohol from you’re 16 years old which means that it is very common to start drinking as 15-16-year old. I used to drink a lot last summer but this summer I want to stay sober as much as possible. Drinking is fun but it is way funnier to actually remember what happened and not always be drunk when you go to bed. Want to join me having a sober summer? #sobersummer16
6. Redecorate your room
In the summer, you have plenty of time to think about your dream room and actually, redecorate to get your dream room. You can choose to spend money on buying new décor items but you can also search on cool DIY’s and make it all yourself.
I am a HUGE fan of DIY’s and redecorating! To me, there is no better way to spend a day than cleaning my room and then redecorating it. I have a tiny room so I don’t have many options to choose between when it comes to moving furniture. So when I redecorate my room it is usually smaller changes that no one else notices.
7. Go for a walk
Walking is a great way to give your brain a break without laying in bed. If you have a dog it is a perfect reason to go for a walk but you can just walk by yourself. You want to make a little amount of money while doing it you can walk someone else’s dog.
I find that the best decisions in my life were made while walking. Either with my mum or my dog. I find it easier to see things from a different perspective when I go for a walk. So if you’re about to make a huge decision in your life give walking a try. Maybe you’ll find the answer?
8. Girls’ night in
Have a girls’ night in instead of out. Invite your friends over and tell them to bring some homemade snacks. It is important to spend time with people that care for you and support you no matter what so a girls’ night in is a perfect way to spend some quality time with your besties.
Personally, I am so bad at actually spending time with my friends. I don’t know why but I just find it really difficult to find the time. My best friend lives 1,5 hours with public transport away and I am not very close with the girls at my school. It is definitely my goal to get better at hanging out with friends this year.
9. Make bucket lists
Bucket lists are great for visualising your dreams and actually remembering them when you have to make life-changing decisions. After a year or two you’ll be able to see how many of your goals you achieve and analyse what works for you and what doesn’t. This is important in the future where you’ll know yourself and your habits better so you can create more realistic goals and easier achieve them.
I made a bucket list for my first year in the gymnasium (the Danish version of high school) but I didn’t look at it every day so I kind of forgot about it during the year. So make sure to look at it almost every day to remind yourself of your goals and dreams. I made one for this summer as well and also one with things I want to do before I turn 25.
10. Find a new hobby
If you know you’ll have too much free time this summer or the next school year, you should try to find a new hobby. Ask your friends to try their hobbies with them or sign up for a class in something interesting. A hobby can also be a sport or something you do alone at home. Try to Google some hobbies and find one or two you want to have in your life.
I write on a book and I’ve been writing on different books for the last five years. My hobby is to write. That is also why I started this blog (I wanted to get better at writing in English). It isn’t a hobby I do with my friends but I have found some friends my age who also write via the website Movellas. I joined Movellas in 2012 and I have so many memories from my time there.
I hope this gave you some ideas to activities you can do this summer.
What is your favourite thing to do in summer?
Stay happy, stay beautiful
– Ellie xoxo
//POST FROM JUNE 2016//