We are at the peak of summer, enjoying the sun, warm weather and hopefully time with friends and family. However, with last year’s hassles, finding cheap deals can help to maximize the season without straining your budget. Also, as COVID-19-related restrictions are lifted in many areas, it’s still important to stay vigilant and do your part to keep everyone healthy. Check out these ideas to enjoy safe, low-cost summer fun!
Plan a stay. Take time to deliberately unwind and spend time in your home and community. Click here for ideas!
Cook an exotic meal. Where is your dream vacation spot? Find and make a recipe from the place you want to travel to the most. Feeling extra ambitious? Prepare a three-course meal from the locale!
get out. Soak up as much sunlight as you can (safely, of course!). Whether you’re enjoying a cup of coffee on the front porch, having a barbecue or picnic with friends, or hiking and camping in a nearby state park, enjoy the warm air and extra hours of light before you miss the opportunity!
local food. Enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables from your backyard or farmer’s market is one of the joys of summertime dining.
Disconnect. One of the benefits of vacation is the ability to pull the plug. Turn off phone notifications and take time to respond to non-essential texts, phone calls, and emails, even if you’re at home or at home. Maybe visit your local library for a new book and spend some time outside reading.
Spend time with your loved ones. Organize a family game night or invite your friends to enjoy your new recipes. After so much isolation over the past year, socializing in safe ways can be very beneficial for your mental health.
Create a summer playlist. Choose the music that will help you get into vacation mode. Play it often to maintain the relaxing feelings.
Do nothing! And by that, we mean taking the time to RELAX. Clearing your mind can be one of the most difficult challenges. Instead, spend time outside in a hammock or chair and let your mind wander as you enjoy warm summer evenings.
Try a few of these ideas this weekend to enjoy the summer and enjoy this season…all without digging deep into your wallet!