Summertime is supposed to be a fun time, but it’s not really a whole lot of fun to be sweltering in the heat doing nothing interesting while your friends are out gallivanting around the world. So what can you do to enjoy summer, without having to run up your credit card bills or spend a fortune? Here are some tips that life coaching experts recommend:
Look for free or cheap summer-specific things to do in your city
Do you have things you always mean to get around to doing in your town in the summer, like checking out Shakespeare in the Park or the symphony’s outdoor performances or a local food festival, but you just have not gotten around to doing these things? Well, there is no time like the present. Look in your community for some of the many fun summer-specific event that there are, and make it a point to do one of those things every week.
Act like a tourist in your town
Along those lines, there are plenty of year-round things to do in your city or town. For example, I recently walked Manhattan’s High Line, an old elevated railway line that has been converted to a beautiful park. It is something I have been meaning to do more often – the flowered plants in the park bloom at different times, so it means a different experience every single time you visit it. Anyhow, I saw two tourists taking photos of each other, so I offered to take a photo of the two of them together. As I was doing so, the wife mused about how much there is to do in New York City, and wondered if people visited the great attractions all the time. I thought to myself that I had all these great things to see and do in the city, yet I did not do many of them. Anyhow, it is something to think about – consider what tourist attractions are in your town, and get to them now.
Consider taking three-day weekends
If you cannot afford to take a week-long vacation, think about how you can take a three-day weekend at a location within driving or public transportation distance. And make it a real break away from your life; spend your time enjoying the time away, not checking your email every five minutes.
Do that staycation
If you have leave time coming to you, but not a huge amount of money to spend, you can do that staycation. Incorporate the things suggested above, like finding free or cheap things to do, acting like a tourist in your town, and taking a mini-vacation. But also consider doing even more simple pleasures like just going to the movies or binge-watching a TV series like Arrested Development. You can get some exercise classes in that you have not have time for, or spend time in the local pool.
To learn more about tips on how to enjoy your summer, you might want to talk to a life coach.
Lisa Swan writes on a variety of life and career coaching topics. She lives in New York City.