Ah, July. A bittersweet month, marking the middle of the summer. Because July is typically the hottest month of the year, it’s only right to knock out some of those fun outdoor activities you’ve been dying to do all year. Whether you’re taking a break from school, or just taking a break from the cold, don’t let the summer flash before your eyes. Let the countdown begin.
Go hiking or camping
These are the kinds of trips you don’t have to plan out months in advance. The spontaneous ones end up being more fun, anyway! Get together with a group of friends, find a trail or a camp site, pack a lunch and explore. Start early in the morning to beat extreme heat and be sure to dress for the occasion. This is such a fun and easy way to become one with nature. You may be hiking to get the perfect view or have the ultimate leg-day, but it’s always more fun when you’re with a great group of people.
Make frozen treats
One of the easiest ways to make a hot day cooler is sipping on ice-cold lemonade or getting a few scoops of your favorite ice cream. But, what if you learned to make an array of desserts guaranteed to fight even the hottest month of the year. Autumn (from http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com) gives us “20 Easy Cold Treats to Try this Summer.” My favorite are the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream sandwiches fresh out of Mel’s Kitchen. You can make this a day project with the fam or invite some friends over for a serial treat-making night. However you decide to cool off, don’t forget to share your recipes!
Go late-night swimming
Who says swimming is reserved for the daytime? Take a midnight drive out to the beach, meet up at a friend’s lake house or host a late night pool party in your backyard. Make sure to check the weather in advance and plan for a warm night with clear skies. During the summer, everything seems to be especially fun at night, so take full advantage of the warmest nights of the year and take a dip after hours.
Make a movie
You don’t have to be a pro to document the awesome things you decide to do this summer. Before we say goodbye to beautiful weather, endless activities and the best excuse for lazy days, let’s show the world what summer’s really about: an unforgettable time with friends. Maybe it’s a beach trip that you want to remember forever, or the concert of the summer that you can’t wait to show your friends from back home. Nothing says summer like the stories that share it all.
It’s July, so it’s safe to say a lot of you have already crossed this one off of your summer bucket list, but if you’ve yet to hit the road in spontaneous adventure, what are you waiting for? Road trips and summertime go hand-in-hand. When else do you have the freedom to take a few days and get away with a group of friends? Pack a cooler and a camera and get ready for the weekend of a lifetime (well, at least until next summer’s road trip)!