Being 24 years olds means the days of luxurious six week summer holidays are now behind me. Summer holidays usually meant just spending time lounging around and spending quality time at home.
Looking back, if I had the time again, there may have been some things I would have done and make the most out of the time I had. I hope this would help some of you this summer who want to make the most out of your summer.
One of the best thing I ever did growing up was volunteering. I started volunteering once a week for my local council play services. From there I was provided with so many opportunities to volunteering with an a political charity to landing my first job at seventeen. Visit your local council website to see what opportunities there are in your area. Vinspired
also have some fabulous ideas, it just depends on where you would personally like to spend your time.
Find somewhere to volunteer in areas you are interested in such as theatre, your local hospice, your local library, wherever tickles your fancy. Not only will this help you make use of your spare time but it will also look great on your Resume (CV).
Explore your local area
I have been living in my town since I was four years old and I still find new places I have never come across. For a small town that probably says a lot more about me than it does about the town but take some time to explore what your town has to offer. Go check out the local parks, most towns have a museum and landmarks that we often take for granted.
If you feel like you have explored everywhere hop on the train to your nearest city and just spend a couple of hours looking around.
For people who are not naturally inclined to visit museums I can see your eyes rolling but hear me out. Museums are full of creative places that do not cost anything to look around. There can be this perception that museums are simply linked to science, especially when I was growing up. This is not the case. There are museums dedicated to fashion, politics and other specific topics you may have an interest in. Google search 'Fashion Museums in *insert town/city here* and see what comes up.
Read a Book
You all know I love a good book. When I was in my second and third year of university, I rarely had time to read for pleasure. When I did, I wanted something light like a magazine. (The pines of an essay based degree) so when the holidays came around, I would make up for it. Make a list of books you want to read and open the first one that peaks your interest. If you want to get in to reading and don't know where to start, I have some videos on books I am reading over on my Youtube channel.
Binge on Netflix
Never under estimate or take for granted the time you have to binge watch a TV show. I honestly cannot believe how much TV I was able to watch or how many films I went through. Now if I did that, I tend to feel guilty so relish that time and catch up on all the shows you have wanted to catch up on. My old time favourites are Friends, One Tree Hill to name a few. I will do a Five things to watch on Netflix at some point with more current things if that is something you would be interested in.
I could go on and on but I will leave it here. I hope you found this useful and realised there is plenty to do over the summer regardless of your budget. Make the most of your time and enjoy it while you can.