So the uni 3 month Summer Break is finally here and, unlike last year where I spent it in an office cubicle in 25 degree air conditioned air, I have nothing serious planned. Sounds dangerous right? So many times I’ve arrived at the end of a plan-less summer – begging time to come faster so I can return to uni.
What happened? Did we simply hyper inflate our expectations to those typical Hollywood adventures – aspiring yet totally unrealistic? (Honestly, who can save animals, travel across a continent to beat the bad guys, and STILL have time to have the sweeping summer romance – all within 2 hours of viewing time?!)
But I can be stubbornly optimistic and….well, when the pen for my final exam is dropped for each year, this is what I have in mind for every summer break:
But…reality looks more like this(credit):
My tips to having an awesome, totally non-regrettable SUMMER BREAK:
- FIrst, plan plan plan! You usually hear the whole “failing to plan is planing to fail” thing close to exam dates and such…but I believe that concept applies to everything. Forget to plan your dinner – oops Maccas again guys! Forget to plan for trips? Don’t blame anyone if credit cards get swiped, bookings cost 50 times more and you run into serious argument mode with your travel buddies. Shit just happens when you’re stressed.
I find lists the best way to go – and what better than the amazingly functional and mobile EVERNOTE? – free on mobile and computer it’s an invaluable tool for when you’re working on the go, when inspiration strikes at the most inconvenient times (public transport anyone?) and when you’re forever losing bits of paper. Play around with it – you can categorise, prioritise and organise all your bits and pieces. This way, you won’t have an excuse for forgetting to complete your 20th to-do list because you “can’t find it anymore” (:P)
- Inspiration time!
A really funny thing I find with me is that when I’m stressed pre-exams, I have 2 streams of thoughts going on – one that is constantly streaming reviews and dotting down information; the other, planning things to do when exams are over. So by the time I’m done, I have already set aside plans and am ready to go.
Of course I’m always keen for ideas – and the clichéd star gazing and road trip doesn’t always cut it. Googling Bucket List Ideas is a fantastic way to start! Sites like bucketlist.net give you ideas to suit all budgets – from getting a tattoo and donate blood to learn to surf and visit the Pyramids in Egypt.
We’re young and the world is our oyster…so why not pile heaps on our plate?
- And action!
So honestly, the biggest reason for downfall is our laziness – really, that’s all! The span on 3 months appears endless…and today always seem to be a good day to chill and do nothing. But the 3 month still has an expiration date – and really, I always just ask myself: do I want to return to uni, missing the workload?
For all you chronic procrastinators out there:
Procrastination is the thief of time
Wonder the magic behind how some people can sustain amazing social life, family life, travelling and juggle their careers/high results? They understand the dangers of “putting things away until tomorrow”.
And when you have a definitive list of things to accomplish over the summer that will challenge you, and help develop you into an more mature, focused YOU – that’s really a summer worth spent.
Oh, of course – beach trips are a must, along with unlimited supply of ice cream!
So slap on the sunscreen and sunnies – and make today exciting.
Stay tuned! Travel ideas for students on budget coming soon! 🙂