The best things to do this summer, close and far. The best things to do this summer, close and far.
BY JULIA WENGIER Year after year, students are granted around two months of no school with which they do as they please. Some go... The best things to do this summer, close and far.

BY JULIA WENGIER

Year after year, students are granted around two months of no school with which they do as they please. Some go big and embark on an expensive, memorable trip. Some choose to take it easy and stay home, watching television with friends.

A common problem, however, is not knowing how to spend the abundance of time. In many cases, students will actually stress about doing something each day to make the most of their time. For those who wish to do more with their summer break than sleep all day, there’s a world of low-maintenance (and high-maintenance) activities to partake in.

Summer vacation is a popular time for travel. Families who enjoy going all out should look into beautiful destinations such as the Hawaiian islands, Alaska, Mexico, Brazil, Paris, London, Venice or any other culturally different places that have yet to be visited.

States on the mainland of the United States that can prove to be enjoyable vacation sites are California (home of Los Angeles and San Francisco), New York (home of New York City), Illinois (home to Chicago), Louisiana (home to New Orleans) or Washington, D.C. It’s important to remember while choosing a vacation destination, considering places that have unique experiences to offer is crucial to a fun and memorable vacation.

Visiting extended family could also be considered when planning out one’s summer. When school is out for most schools nationwide at the same time for an extended period of time, this should be taken advantage of to visit loved ones who live in a different area.

For those who wish to stay local in terms of vacationing, South Florida is a hotspot for a variety of destinations. Orlando and Tampa, just a few hours away, are home to many tourist attractions like the Walt Disney World Resort (with four theme parks and two water-theme parks to choose from), SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and the Universal Orlando Resort (encompassing both Universal and Universal’s Islands of Adventure). The Florida Keys are also a small road trip away from South Florida, a popular and easy place to visit in the summertime.

No trip is necessary to enjoy summer vacation, although. For those with a tight budget or no desire to be gone for more than a day, other enjoyable activities include going to the beach, as Cooper City is situated about a half-hour drive away. Students should take advantage of the proximity and spend some days at the beach with friends, family or a significant other.

Students can also use summer break to their advantage by gaining work experience, not to mention making money. Taking up a summer job can help with college applications, future job applications, more experience and of course, more money.

Everyday little activities include getting food with friends- breakfast, lunch, dinner or smaller bites like a smoothie or ice cream. Going to the theaters to see highly-anticipated summer blockbusters or simply watching any movie at home are also options, with or without friends. There’s time to pick up a hobby, like baking, playing a musical instrument, playing a sport or writing.

The long break allows for just about anything, but not everything has to be done, and not everyday must be a big adventure. The bottom line is that students should spend their time enjoying themselves rather than worrying about the best way to relax. There are endless possibilities when it comes to summer, but it’s important to remember to complete those summer assignments.

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