The weather is getting warmer, and I don’t know about you, but my feet are itching to get into some flip flops. Is it summer yet?
Personally, I just survived one of the harshest winters in years (if you live in a warm climate, I hate you), combined with a crapload of work and stress. Once summer hits, I’m going to call Benjamin Linus and ask him to freeze time so I can stay in July forever (pardon the Lost reference- I’m kind of obsessed). I am currently making a To-Do list to make sure I enjoy every possible moment during the upcoming summer months.
1. Music Festivals!
Once, I almost passed out due to the sweltering heat at the Warped Tour. So worth it. Music fests are a great way to hang out all day with thousands of strangers and listen to live music from not one, but several of your fave bands… or to discover new groups that you simply NEED to download on i-Tunes, like now. If the festival spans a few days, make a road-trip-slash-camping-trip out of the ordeal with your favorites, and leave all of your worries behind.
A friend from England invited me to the Exit Fest in Serbia, featuring Moby, among others. And to be honest, Serbia sounds fan-f**king-tastic right now. But, let’s be honest. What college student can afford Serbia in this economy? Check out Starpulse for a rundown on festivals that might be coming to a city near you!
2. Drive-in Movies!
When the air changes and I know it’s officially summer, I immediately crave a silver screen feature under the stars, complete with lawn chairs, blankets, and soccer-mom-vans that are oh-so-convenient on carload night. Way more fun that being cooped up at home with a stack of Netflix orders, and cheaper than going to the cinema (you get two movies for less than the price of one!), the drive-in is a longstanding summertime tradition.
It’s too bad that many drive-in movie locations have buckled in recent years, but Driveinmovie.com has a listing of current locations across the country.
3. Keg Parties!
Whether it’s a high school reunion in your hometown or the dudes across the hall just got their own duplex, summer is the prime time to party. Pool parties, hot tub parties, bonfire parties… the possibilities are endless. Plus, since so many people are on break or taking vacations, you’ll never run into the same crowd twice. You might meet someone new who’s visiting a friend at the party, or run into someone from school you haven’t Facebooked in forever. Besides, you can finally wear halter tops without freezing your buns off on the walk home.
I’m just going to lump all aquatic activities into one category.
Swimming Pools. Beaches. Lakes. Hot Tubs. Slip N’ Slides.
Jetskiing. Tubing. White Water Rafting. Chicken Tournaments.
I can’t wait to alternate my vintage style Juicy Couture one-piece (with a little ruffle to hide the thighs I wish were more toned) with the bikini that makes my cleavage take the focus off of said thighs. As much as I’m looking forward to weekend beach trips, I’m also excited to work up a sweat at the gym and come home to dive straight into my parents’ in-ground pool. My skin is going to get so prune-y it’s ridiculous.
5. Road Trips!
This can apply to any of the above. But road trips are pretty much the best part of summer. The driving part is sometimes even better than reaching the final destination when you factor in the windows-down-sing-alongs, pumping your fists feverishly to make truck drivers blow the horn, and bonding with your pals because you’ve been couped up in a car for hours on end and will talk about anything to make the time pass.
Organize a road trip to a music festival, a crazy party, or a beach town. Invite a group of low-maintenance, fun-loving friends, and set out on an adventure. (Note: I say low-maintenance because you don’t want a princess who complains about rest area bathrooms, lack of electrical outlets for her hair straightener, or the fact that you keep driving through dead zones and she can’t call her shnookums and tell him how much she misses him already).
With the possible exception of the music festivals, all of these totally fun events can happen pretty much spur-of-the-moment. I plan to live totally spontaneously this summer in order to make the most of every sunshine-filled day that passes. What’s everyone else looking forward to this summer? I want to add to my list….