Fun Summer Holiday Ideas for Teens
I broke up from college almost a month ago now, and although I’ve been grateful for this break and the opportunity to relax, there have been those inevitable days where I’ve been bored out of my mind, even though I’m usually quite good at keeping myself occupied. Now that schools have broken up too, I know there are probably quite a few teenagers who are in a similar position. And so, with the last month to come up with ways to occupy my time, I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve been doing in the hopes of giving you some ideas, too.
- Have a clear out
I know this sounds boring, and admittedly makes me sound like a nagging mum, but having a clear out was one of the first things I did after breaking up for college and it honestly made me feel so much more relaxed. I packed away anything I wanted to keep but didn’t want to see over the summer that related to summer, so that I wasn’t constantly reminded of it during my break. It’s also a great opportunity to sell anything you no longer want, giving you money for the summer ahead.
This suggestion is more for those in their last years of secondary school or college as liability insurance usually stops people employing anyone under 16 (yes, even when volunteering). Doing this is a good idea because it provides you with a reference, something which is relatively important when you enter the job market and start looking for jobs in the future. Whilst the idea of working in a charity shop may not spark your interests, there are many volunteering opportunities around if you look around. For example, this summer I am volunteering in an animal rescue centre once a week, which I’m really enjoying.
- Series/Movie Marathon
Tell me, is there anything better than having the opportunity to binge watch seasons of your favourite TV show or have a movie marathon of cringe-worthy romantic comedies from the 90’s you definitely wouldn’t have watched otherwise? This idea is perfect for those days when you can’t be bothered to get out of bed, when all you want to do is cuddle down in your duvet and let the day pass you buy. It also makes the perfect alternative to expensive cinema trips with your friends when money is tight, with the only expense being a Netflix subscription or DVDs and optional snacks.
- Reading / Reading Challenges
For those of you who are bookworms who have to put their desire to read everything in the library on hold while a college or school year takes place, or those of you who are interested in new hobbies, why not check out the local reading challenges being held? They’re often offered at the local libraries, with different competitions for people depending on their age, offering a competitive incentive as well as encouraging you to read books that might be out of your comfort zone. Reading is also proved to enhance and improve your vocabulary, which is always a bonus, too.
- Do an Online Course / Learn a New Language
I’m not saying you should devote your summer to learning things when you’ve been given the chance to get away from that for a while, but what’s the harm in furthering your knowledge in something you’re interested in? I’ve been doing an online psychology diploma over the last two summers, and it’s taught me so much about a topic I was already interested in. I only devote an hour or two to this whenever I get around to it, and it never really feels like work because, unlike school curriculum’s, I dictate when and what I learn.
I’ve also been teaching myself Spanish super irregularly on the free language website Duolingo for years. Although this isn’t the quickest process if you aren’t dedicated towards it, I’m now able to recognize simple Spanish phrases in written and spoken text, which is always a great feeling.
So there are some of the ways I’ve put my summer to good use. I hope they can inspire you or give you some ideas about doing something that might not have crossed your mind otherwise. If there’s something you’ve been doing this summer that I haven’t listed here and you think should’ve been included on my list, or would be included on your list were you to make one, please let me know in the comments below.
I hope you’re all enjoying your summer’s so far and aren’t getting too bogged down with boredom!
Until next time,