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Let's Not Waste This Summer: a 30+ Bucket List for You

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Another summer is around the corner again, but the summer of 2022? Definitely should not be a waste, since we are, finally, hardly restricted by Covid-19 anymore. Here is a 30+ bucket list to help you make the best of these wonderful 3 months.

#1. Try out new restaurants and dishes

Let's go out of the ordinary this summer with our food choices and go for even the most unexpected ones: For your usual tea, add more ice, less sugar, or bubbles and pudding, and it's already different!

Restaurants that you have planned to go to forever but never went to? Now is the time, for summer is a season of surprises and promises if you give them a chance.

#2. Learn new skills

They're not necessarily the most important ones, but really anything you have wanted to acquire and were too busy to. A few examples are: photography, videography, graphic design, skateboarding, sewing, dancing, doing backflips...

#3. Glow-up challenge

This is gonna be difficult, but it's gonna be worthwhile because a summer glow-up will provide you with every confidence necessary to slay the upcoming school year.

This year, let's not sleep in every day and do exercises, work out, skincare, drink a lot of water, have a diet if needed, and treasure our body and mind with the care they deserve.

#4. a friends-only vacation

Get together with your best friends, pick a location, book the tickets, get packed, and off you go, without any adults to become your own adults.

Mess up plans and miss a bus, go shopping at 11 p.m and deep talk at 3 a.m, don't be afraid of an imperfect vacation and it's gonna be unforgettable!

#5. Change your room aesthetic

Redecorate your bedroom for good vibes and breathe into it some new life.

#6. Go to waterparks

Waterparks are the most fun places to hang out with your friends and family and escape the burning temperatures of summer.

#7. Discover new coffee shops

If you are a romantic person or someone who concentrates on life's little moments, you have probably realized that coffee shops are more than just their menus. Therefore, each one is special with its distinctive designs and structures.

You can Google search for them, or like I always do, just choose a random number on a road and start counting coffee shops until you arrive at that number for a pleasant surprise.

#8. A Summer Job

For a teen, there are just endless things to spend money on, so why not have a summer job for such miscellaneous expenses? It depends on where you live also, but some recommendations are being a tutor, a babysitter, walking dogs, or a waiter.

#9. renew your closet

A year going by means your styles have changed in some ways, and summer is the best time to renew your closet! You can give away or sell the clothes that you no longer need, buy new ones and reorganize the closet by color or pattern, etc...

#10. Host a bonfire

Host a bonfire outside your house with marshmallows and chocolate for a cozy summer night.

#11. Go Camping And Sleep Under The Stars

What's more wonderful than lying under a ceiling full of stars? With the warmth of summer, you will not have to worry about being cold at night, but remember to choose a safe spot.

#12. Learn an instrument

It's never too late to learn an instrument, especially on such a long break. As we have a lot of leisure time in summer, learning by ourselves is also recommended.

#13. Watch Sunrises and Sunsets

The hectic life speed makes us neglect the magnificent beauty of everyday sunrises and sunsets, so as you have a little more time to yourself this summer, don't forget to spend some moments contemplating them.

There might be a tremendous source of calmness and soothing you never knew you needed.

#14. Create Drinks

#15. Tie-Dye Stuffs

It's just fun to do by yourselves or with friends, and don't just limit tie-dye to T-shirts. They could be anything: scrunchies, scarves, tote bags, pillow cases...

#16. Water Balloon Fights

This is one of my favorite activities for summer, since it is always exhilarating and refreshing. Make sure to capture a lot of good photos too!

#17. Get Closer To Your Special One

Rather than just a casual date, spend some time planning a fancy one to make your partner feel special!

#18. Make A Summer Scrapbook

Since it is gonna be a great summer, let's take a lot of photos and keep those memories in a scrapbook. It is also for honing your art skills too.

#19. Spend Quality Time With Your Family

Go on family trips, make big dinners, board game nights, family road trips... It is the time to understand your family better, because before you know it, you may go off for college or move to somewhere far away.

#20. Go On A Scavenger Hunt

#21. Go On Spontaneous Road Trips

If you pick up a call from your friend inviting you on a spontaneous road trip, don't worry about where to stay or a detailed plan, just get packed, get some cash, and hit the road, you will find it more exciting than any planned vacation before.

#22. Finish A Giant Puzzle

For a sense of accomplishment

#23. Favorite Movies Marathon

#24. Healthy Wednesdays!

Since it is summer and vacation time, you may have an unhealthy eating habit, and that is okay. However, remember to set out at least one or two days a week to eat and live healthily!

#25. Things that benefit your college application

Prepare for the SAT, do voluntary work, or start working on your college essay. Summer offers plenty of time and space for the best ideas to spring to mind.

#26. Go To An Outdoor Concert

#27. Participate In A Mass Dance

It can be a small one in your neighborhood or a city-scale one, but make sure you at least try joining a mass dance once in your life.

#28. Get A Temporary (Or Not ) Tattoo

#29. Plant A Tree Or Flowers

#30. Practice Mindfulness

You don't have to meditate every day, but try to incorporate the act of mindfulness into the little things that you do. It is a way to maintain your positive energy, understand yourself better, and also develop a stronger inner self.

#31. Refresh Yourself

Lastly, do anything you feel like doing and take your mind off all the struggles and difficulties you have had to cope with the past few months.

If you deem it necessary, ask for advice from someone to wash away the disagreement or scars from this school year.

This summer, let's refresh and revitalize ourselves!

Linh Vuong
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Linh is a Vietnamese high school student, currently living and studying in the U.S. She has been passionate about writing for a long time and hopes her writings could, in a way, light up your today and tomorrow.