It’s not hard to see why so many of us regard summer as our favorite time of year. The weather is consistently gorgeous, there are ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and travel conditions are optimal. Despite the stage being set for three months of first-rate fun, a fair number of us wind up feeling like we could have done more by the time fall rolls around. Anyone who’s tired of feeling a sense of regret at the end of the season should do everything in their power to make the most of summertime. So, if you’re looking to make this a summer to remember, put the following tips into practice.
Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Now that COVID-19 vaccines are readily available all across the U.S., you have no excuse not to get vaccinated. At present, every American is able to get vaccinated for free at a wide range of pharmacies, clinics and specialized vaccination facilities. The sooner you’re fully vaccinated, the sooner you can start enjoying your summer. So, if you’re interested in having a comparatively normal summer this year, there’s simply no way around getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
Failing to get vaccinated is both dangerous and socially irresponsible. Not only can this place your health at serious risk, it stands to sicken – and possibly even kill – others. Additionally, if you refuse to get a readily available vaccine – one that’s free, no less – you have no business going out in public, especially not without a mask. If you truly want life to return to normal, it is essential that you do your part and get vaccinated.
Spend Time Outdoors
It’s easy to see why summer is regarded as the prime season for outdoor recreation. Between the cloudless skies and abundant warm weather, conditions are consistently optimal for spending time outside. If you’re looking to reconnect with nature, the summer months are the perfect time for nature hikes and camping trips. Additionally, if you’re a fan of cycling, there’s no better time of year to embark on long rides. Anyone looking for an excuse to convene with friends, neighbors or family members should consider stepping up their game at the grill and holding a backyard barbecue. (Of course, for the safety of everyone in attendance, you and any guests you invite should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.)
Spending time outdoors can also expand to spending time on the water. Whether you’re interested in doing some fishing or taking a pleasure cruise around the lake, summer is the time to pull your boat out of storage and hit the water. In the interest of maximum safety, make sure to apply sunscreen whenever you intend to spend more than 15 minutes out in the sun and to reapply it as directed. Furthermore, if you ever find yourself becoming overwhelmed by the heat, promptly take a break in a comfortably cool area.
Try New Things
Summer is a great time for trying new things and broadening your horizons. So, if there’s a trip you’ve been dying to take or a fun activity you’re longing to indulge in, this is the season to follow through. Additionally, if you live in a state in which recreational marijuana use is legal, you may want to experiment with new strains during the summer months. For example, if you’re interested in taking the Grape Pie strain for a test drive, speak to an expert at your local dispensary.
Reconnect With Friends and Family Members
Due to the favorable travel conditions and agreeable weather, summer is a popular season for visiting loved ones and enjoying get-togethers. If there are special people in your life that you’ve lost touch with or simply wish to spend more time around, devote a portion of your summer to reconnecting with them – provided, of course, everyone involved is fully vaccinated.
Throughout the frosty winter months, many of us actively anticipate the return of summertime. After being cooped up indoors all winter long, the return of clear blue skies, warm weather and perfect travel conditions can effectively heal a winter-weary brain. Unfortunately, no matter how much some of us love summer, we always wind up feeling as if we could’ve done more once the season comes to an end. So, if making the most of summertime is among your foremost priorities, the pointers discussed above are likely to come in handy.