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21 Summer Ideas That You May Not Have Thought Of Already

25 May 2016

Summer is a time for lying on the beach, eating ice creams and drinking Pimms. Or, if you live in the UK then Summer is a time for daily prayers to Mother Nature to please, please provide us with at least a week of glorious sun, or we'll all move abroad and they'll be no one left to rain on.

And for those of you who are studying and have three whole months for Summer, this is particularly important for you. So you've reached the end of your University year and you think: 'damn, I probably should've found a job or internship or something.' Then you speak to friends who did organise their Summer way, way in advance and you feel even more lost and bitter.

Well have no fear, my 21 unusual (but also not that unusual) Summer ideas are here. 

I'm here not only to create fantastic rhymes like the one above but also to give you a couple of my favourite ideas for making the most of your summer.

If you're one of my readers who has a full-time job and is reading this with a mind full of resentment then just remember, being a student means exams. The exams are gone. So is Summer, but so are the exams. And yes, before you ask, some of these ideas might be a bit 'random' or 'unfeasible' and blah blah blah. Just give them a go, why don't you?

1. Buy a kayak

Or just rent a kayak, or a canoe, or a rowing boat, or a sailing boat. Water is fun, water sports are fun, boats are fun.

2. Take a trip with workaway.com

This site looks interesting, you basically go and volunteer somewhere for however long, and they give you accomodation and usually food. It's usually somewhere reasonably remote and they want your help with renovations, gardening, housework, DIY etc. Just make sure you check out the reviews for the host first!

3. Volunteer at a local animal shelter

I don't really know how this works, but animals are cute and we all love them, so why not help a nearby shelter out for a week or two? 

4. Become an au-pair

I can't vouch for this myself, but if you're good with children and you fancy moving abroad somewhere for a while, then au-pairing is a fantastic option. I know lots of people who have done it from the age of about 18 and although some said the kids were tricky (young boys in particular), it's a great way to cheaply explore a new city/country.

5. Borrow a doggy

I will not be doing because I'm lucky enough to have my own little angel of delight back home, but I know of people who have signed up and it looks like the ideal situation for someone who can't have their own dog.

6. Go to laser quest

I haven't been for so long but there was a time when laser quest was the thing to do. When I was like, 13. I imagine nowadays I'd probably be at the bottom of the scoreboard but I do distinctly recall rising to the top on my first ever go. Some say beginner's luck, others say she's got skills.

7. Go skydiving

#YOLO #Sorrynotsorry #livealittle

8. Go on a wine tasting course

This would be ideal in a hot country, but the UK have wine tasting courses too! Or you could just host a wine tasting night and stay in the comfort of your own home and get really, really drunk.

9. Set up a load of dates

Dating can be fun, and you can try out all the bars you've been wanting to go to.

10. Learn how to perfect meringue

It's actually not hugely complicated so long as you have a bit of patience, but it is very impressive and people think you're an absolute goddess if you nail it.

11. Learn to fish

I can't say I've ever been fishing, nor have I ever really wanted to go fishing. Some people love it though and I wouldn't say no (well..) if I was invited on a trip!

12. Learn to code

I genuinely did this one Summer when I was 13 and I won't shut up about it ever since because people are very impressed.

13. Start dance classes

This is the second year in a row that I haven't danced at all and I feel kind of sad. Why not try salsa? Or ballroom?

14. Go camping somewhere really random

Like in a (safe) field somewhere in a remote (but also safe) part of the UK.

15. Sign up for a 10k run

I will do this next year. Probably. Maybe.

16. Plan a lastminute.com holiday

Why don't you go on lastminute.com, or secretescapes.com, or any of the other sites like that and try to find the absolute best deal possible. Grab a willing friend or family member, if all your friends were more organised than you and booked their summer plans already.

17. Go on a photography course

If you're a blogger then this will be ultra handy. I would do this, but I still don't actually own a DSLR camera. How tragic.

18. Learn to press flowers perfectly

I did this when I was like, five and it was really fun.

19. Get involved in a reading challenge

Last year I turned the guest bedroom into my 'reading room', piled up 20 books and read one throughout the whole of my Summer. That is what you call dedication!

20. Visit University friends from far, far away

Or just the other side of England. Or the same side of England. Whichever, whatever.

21. Learn to knit

So I made half a scarf when I was 17 or something like that, and I really regret not making the other half because even though it was quite ugly, it was cute and I was proud.

What are your big plans for this Summer? Are you thinking of doing anything you having done before? Anything that's a bit out of your comfort zone?


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