It’s slightly morbid to start thinking that the summer is already halfway through. Although, I’m much more of a fall person. Regardless, the summertime is usually the perfect time to get away with a bunch of adventures. Despite there being half the amount of summer left, there is still time to pack some much needed adventure in there. After reading this month’s issue of Travel + Leisure- The Adventure Issue, I was inspired to put my own twist to the test. Instead of thinking the summer is half over, I’m going to manifest that the summer is half full. We need to fill this summer up to the brim, and I have 8 ways to keep those summer adventures alive!
It’s amazing the amount of people who don’t travel for whatever reason. I believe that traveling is an important part of life, and everyone should do it frequently. It provides a lot more good than the price tag is worth. Sometimes it can be that week vacation break that gives you the motivation to perform better at work. Traveling also provides a undefinable amount of inspiration that is essential to everyone, no matter your occupation. It can also illustrate your preferences that you didn’t even know you had. Traveling tells a story and each adventure is different. If you don’t travel, you’re life story loses depth and meaning.
Now I know money is always an issue when it comes to traveling. With that being said, I created this post with the mindset of not spending that much money. I did include some more expensive options, but for the most part these are budget friendly options. So let’s get started!
1. Travel to a place that you would one day like to call home.
For example: After I visited Nashville, I could seriously see myself living there. During the end of the summer, I believe I will be making a week long stop there to see if it would be possible. Could I actually live here, or is it just a vacation destination? Can I find a job here? During this week, I will be figuring all that out. I challenge you to do the same! It gets you outside of your comfort zone and moving forward into the future. Life is all about transitioning from one phase to the next, and we have to start being proactive about this as millennials. What city can you see yourself living in?
2. Go to a concert out of state.
This is always a go-to option of mine, when I want an adventure. A concert in general is always a wild ride, but experiencing it in a different atmosphere sometimes makes it even better. You are unsure of the location and the customs of that city. It makes the experience that much more authentic and adventurous.
3. Take an impromptu camping trip.
Because Ben, my boyfriend, is avid thru-hiker, camping and hiking has become a very common adventure for us. Sometimes we go for a couple days, and make it a weekend getaway. Other times we just want to get outside and enjoy some beers by the campfire. Nothing beats the smell of a campfire, right? Plus, it’s a super cheap alternative to staying in a hotel.
4. Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
I’ve have had an itching to go to Canada lately. I follow a lot of Canadian Youtubers, and Jessica from Diary of a Toronto Girl, taunt me through their feeds. (P.S. You should definitely, give her a follow. She’s truly an amazing blogger). Between Niagara Falls, all the national parks, and beautiful mountains, it’s been at the top of my bucket list as of late. I realize that this could be a pricier trip, but sometimes you can’t put a price on adventures. Plus, Canada just turned 150 years old! If that’s not an excuse, I don’t know what is.
5. Do something that scares you.
Nothing beats the feeling of getting over a fear. It allows you to have more control of your life and it opens up the possibilities to everything. Think about it. What would you do if you weren’t scared of it? Whether it’s flying on a plane or traveling alone, make that fear your b!tch this summer. For me, I’m definitely more on the shy side of personalities. Putting myself out there at blogging events or even just meeting new people really intimidates me. Therefore, this September I will be attending New York Fashion Week! I know that doesn’t sound very scary, but it couldn’t be a bigger social event. I’m super excited, but at the same time nervous about putting myself out there at the various blogging and fashion related events. With that being said, PLEASE let me know if you are going! I would love to meet up with you and take on NYFW together!
6. Get in your car and just go somewhere.
The best kind of adventures are the spontaneous ones. Am I right? What’s simpler that getting in your car and just driving without a destination or a plan in mind? Sometimes, you just have to let your mind wander and be open to the possibilities. If you want to take it a step further, make it a road trip! In a post last month, I talked about how Ben and I took a road trip through some of the southern states without a single plan. All I have to say, is that it was one of the best adventures I’ve had all year. If you want to read about it more, check out this post!
7. Get an adventurous workout in.
Now I realize this one sounds a little strange. Basically what I’m trying to get at is, take hike, go on a bike ride, or even go canoeing! Get outside and do something good for your body. Do something fun too, because if you are enjoying it you’ll burn even more calories. It’s basically a win-win situation!
8. Don’t have a passport? Go somewhere in the US that you’ve never been.
Last but certainly not least, pick a state you’ve never been to before and go! Depending on how much you want to put into this adventure, you could go as far as Hawaii or as close as a neighboring state. The point is to travel and experience a new place. For me, I would definitely go towards some of the North-eastern states, like Rhode Island or Maine. Or maybe somewhere out west like Colorado? Pick a place on the map, and just go!
Basically there is no excuse for you not to travel and be adventurous now that I’ve given you some ideas! Don’t be any of that 54% that gives up their vacation days. Use them to your advantage, because we all need time to live a little. I hope this helps you fill your remaining summer plans up, and let me know some of the adventures you plan on doing!
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