Life is very abnormal right now. Summer doesn’t feel the same, but I’ve decided not to view that as a negative thing. Instead, I’ve decided that it’s important to flex my creative muscle. I hope this post inspires you to do the same. Depending on your location, you may not be able to turn up at day parties or brunch like you’d like to but there are other ways to make the most of this summer. No matter where you are, I’d avoid large crowds without a mask completely. Remember this is a global pandemic so there are millions of people feeling the exact same way you are. As the weather gets warmer, the urge to travel becomes stronger for all of us.
Being inside my apartment all day on a beautiful sunny 80-degree day is upsetting but it’s better than being sick. A lot of international borders are closed and it’s completely within reason. The United States has reported more than 2.7 million cases of coronavirus and over 128,000 deaths – more than any other country. But that doesn’t have to stop you from exploring a new destination in the U.S., hanging out in your backyard, or venturing out (if you’re brave) to certain countries whose borders are open. In this post, I’m going to provide some ideas for fun things to do this summer.
1. Take a road trip
Many people are nervous about flying this summer and I completely understand why. Instead of flying, consider renting a car or if you have a car getting your car serviced then taking a road trip. Consider visiting friends or family, going camping or glamping, or renting an Airbnb for a weekend. Just remember to wear your mask, frequently wash your hands, and of course sanitize everything. It’ll be a nice change of pace to go on a little getaway as long as you take the right safety precautions. Here’s a couple of useful apps for your road trip:
- To find public bathrooms, use Bathroom Scout or Sit or Squat
- To find food, use Yelp or TVFoodMaps
- To find gas stations and rest stops, use Gasbuddy or iExit
2. Enjoy outdoor activities
Studies show that it’s more difficult to catch COVID19 from outdoor activities than indoor ones. That’s why NYC has been looking like the streets of Paris. Every restaurant is creating an outdoor space to entice people to dine with them. Being outside allows you to more easily social distance from others. My family and I had a Juneteenth BBQ and it was so fun to see everyone, and I felt safer being outside the entire time.
I’ve been opting for outdoor events when I want to mingle with others. Picnics in the park, backyard barbecues, riding bikes, laying out at the beach, or pool can be fun. Also, there are outdoor movie events happening across the country. For instance, the Bel Air diner in Queens is offering drive-in movie events. If you are in NYC, here’s a list of restaurants open for dining.
3. Plan a small get together
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has okayed small gatherings of people. I feel much more comfortable having a couple of friends over for cocktails and a game of spades than hanging out at a bar with strangers. To each their own but as long as you keep your distance and have a small group together who’s in good health then I think you’re fine. Plan a game night, movie night, scavenger hunt, paint and sip, etc.
4. Travel internationally
If you’re feeling brave, there are some international places you can travel to including Antigua, Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and St. Lucia. Aruba will welcome residents of Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean islands (excluding the Dominican Republic and Haiti) on July 1st. Americans will be able to visit the island starting July 10th. Puerto Rico will open its borders on July 15th and Turks and Caicos will open on July 22nd. Mexico’s slowly reopening state by state.
Europe’s borders remain closed for Americans. Most Asian, African, and South American countries’ borders are closed but there are some exceptions. I personally am not traveling anywhere internationally until next year but for the people out there who want to, just be safe. I read this interesting article about a couple who recently visited Jamaica and had a safe and good time. For more info and updates on international travel from the U.S Department of State, click here.
5. Virtual events are still fun
You can still have fun connecting with friends online. Get creative and plan a virtual game/trivia night, happy hour, or cook a meal together. There’s also plenty of virtual events that I’ve enjoyed as well. You can look on Eventbrite for events or follow me on IG, I like to share events on my IG stories.
6. Do a spa day at home
While many spas are reopening, their services will probably be limited. You can order everything you’ll need for a spa day at home and pamper yourself with a facial and mani/pedi. You probably complained before about not having the time for self-care, not you can make it a priority.
7. Invest in your personal development
Y’all know I couldn’t not mention investing time in your personal development. Summer is a wonderful time to learn a new skill, exercise, learn a new language, cook a new recipe, start a business, read, take a course, spend time researching and learning about what you’re passionate about.
The bottom line is summer is different this year but you can still do things you enjoy if you just get creative with your approach. I hope you enjoy your summer!