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How to Survive the Summer


By Simon Thompson
 
     
By Elizabeth Whittingham

Discover a new hobby

Summer is the perfect opportunity to discover a new hobby due to the amount of free time that you’re going to have.

Being at university can sometimes feel a little stifling as so much effort is focused on one subject, therefore it’s good idea to take summer as a chance to learn something new or to take back up a hobby that you had to give up to go to university in the first place.

Get fit

It’s pretty standard during university for your health and exercise to fall by the wayside, when you aren’t out partying and drinking, you’re probably working non-stop, not exercising, snacking and relying heavily on coffee.

So, make sure this summer that you focus on your health, get plenty of sleep, start an exercise plan and enjoy cooking again, they’ll be plenty of time for BBQs!

Go on holiday

Summer is the ultimate time to jet off on holiday, so get booking and packing!

The cheapest place to head off to, if you’ve got a beach holiday in mind-is Sunny Beach resort in Bulgaria.

Although not the most obvious choice, it’s taking over places like Ibiza and Magaluf as the party capital and it’s perfect if you’re just looking to head off for some fun in the sun with friends.

There are also many other resorts that are also offering beach holidays at affordable prices such as Greece and Turkey, you can head over to holiday price comparison sites to get the best deal, remember the package holidays are usually your best bet as everything is paid for in advance, meaning you don’t really have to reach into your pocket much during your stay.

Head off travelling

If you’re looking to partake in something more adventure based, then you can always head off travelling for the full eight weeks off of university.

Interrailing is a great option, you can pick up a pass for under £300 to travel Europe with in one month, there are plenty of different routes to take and the whole thing is pretty flexible meaning that you can tailor the trip to your own interests and head to different cities for as long as you like.

You can also head off travelling to Thailand, the ultimate student travelling destination due to its affordable way of living, extensive terrain and beautiful landscapes.

Check out our Student Life Guide article here on why Thailand is the ultimate student destination for budget travel.

Go on road trips

Summer is the perfect time to head off on road trips! Check out our guide over on Accommodation for Students for the best UK based road trip destinations, from the sandy beaches of Cornwall through to the rolling hills of the Peak District.

Do some reading

Do some reading! As a history graduate, I found that my time at university was mainly spent reading the books that I had been told to read, meaning that my love for fiction fell by the road side.

Take your time off university to reignite your passion for reading, sunbathe on the beach and read what you want to read, no matter how lighthearted.

Pamper yourself

Revising and working non-stop at university can really take on toll on any kind of pamper routine you used to have.

So, university is over and now it’s time to pamper yourself, because you deserve it, don’t you?

Whether it’s holding a pamper evening with friends or treating yourself to a trip to the salon, embrace your free time and focus on what makes you feel good, and if that is having perfectly painted nails, then go for it.

Head to a music festival

Head to a music festival this summer!

With countless festivals to choose from, the festival options really are endless.

Not only are festivals the perfect chance to see some of your favourite bands live, they’re also brilliant for spending time with loved on.

Check out Student Life Guide’s article on all the best things to pack for a festival.

If you’re a little short on money, then check out our guide here to volunteering at festivals, meaning that you can have the festival experience without spending the money!

Go Canoeing

Get on the water and go canoeing this summer.

Head over to the British Canoeing site to see where your closest canoe hire place is and get going! The Lake District and Hay on Wye are beautiful places to explore this summer on the water and there are always opportunities and lessons available if you’re completely new to it all.

Keep a diary

Summer is such a long period of time and one that deserves to be documented. If you’ve tried and failed in the past to keep a diary then now is the time to give it a proper go.

Print off pictures, document key events and simply give it a go, keeping a diary can be a pretty addictive process so you might end up filling it in every single day.

Whatever the outcome, you’ll hopefully have some pretty epic memories to look back on at the end of it all.

Get back in touch with friends

University often means that you get separated from friends from home, being unable to see them for sometimes long periods of time.

During summer, take the opportunity to reconnect with them, book a holiday together or head off on a road trip.

Failing that, simply head for a coffee with them to catch up and to see how their life has been going, it’s always important to reconnect with one another.

Get outdoors

Aim to spend at least half an hour of each day in the summer out-doors, not only is walking and fresh air great for your mental health, but with the weather so wonderful lately, it seems a shame to spend time indoors, get outside with friends and family, head to the park and maybe have a BBQ or pack a picnic.

 
 
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