For the sake of productivity, so much of our lives are now planned down to the finest detail, but where is the romance in that? Vacations are planned months in advance — even trips to the grocery store are executed with logistical precision to save time.
Most of us are bound by job and family responsibilities even in summer; however, you can still reclaim life by jumping in the car (or bus), either alone or with your loved ones, and set off on a day trip destination.
A common myth is that to enjoy a break requires a budget, but that is untrue! An adventure this weekend could be as simple as packing a lunch basket and venturing to the park for a quiet afternoon under the trees. Wherever you choose to go, pick somewhere you’ve never been before. New experiences are renewing! Here are 5 ideas:
1) Summer fruit picking
Even the largest metro areas have access to agriculture farming. Do a search for your city and nearby farms for fruit picking (strawberries are coming in season in most places right about now!). An afternoon in nature will renew your soul, and the fresh fruit you enjoy at home the rest of the week will be among the sweetest you’ve tasted.
2) Picnic in the park
Pack up a lunch or snack and head to a park or forest for a small hike and a bite. Spending time in nature will make your minutes seem to last longer. Don’t forget to bring a book!
3) Bring the outside –> in
If your home is lacking green, search online for the nearest plant nursery to your home. Venture out to source a plant to bring back to your apartment or home. Nothing brightens a home like a splash of green from live plant. Not only will you be outside exploring, but the plant you bring home will be a lasting souvenir of the day.
4) Festival Mania
The local summer fest season is upon us. Venture to any small town this summer, and you have a good chance of running into a parade or local celebration. Jump online to see where some of the nearest ones are to you. Not only will you get to experience a new town, but you’ll be supporting local communities! Win-win!
5) Bike Nation
Don’t have a car? No problem! Grab your bike or rent one, and hit the road. I always have one of two destinations in mind when I set off on my bike: either ice cream or margaritas. Seeing a city or countryside on a bike gives you a perspective you cannot see from a car.