How to Plan an Epic Summer: My Summer Bucket List

Creating a summer bucket list makes me sad knowing that it most likely will not happen due to the current situation in regards to COVID-19. I thought I had everything figured out this summer. I had plans to travel with my roommate, attend a 1975 concert and participate in my first internship; everything was planned to the T! I thought I was going to have the ultimate summer. However, instead of focusing on what could have been, it gives us that much more time to plan the most epic summer for 2021! Thanks to TikTok, I’ve already been compiling a list of places I want to visit and things I want to do next summer so I thought, why not share it with you all?

1. Travel

Last summer was my first summer home from college and I spent the whole three months either bored or traveling. I wish I had a job or taken a summer class to keep me occupied, but I decided to use that extra time to travel with my family! In my eyes, nowhere is too far. If you have your sights set on traveling, then start saving! Some of my dream destinations in North America include…

  • Canada (either Montreal, Tornto or Quebec)

  • Austin, Texas

  • San Francisco and San Diego

  • Utah

  • Lake Tahoe

2. Go to a concert!

Like I mentioned earlier, I was supposed to go to a 1975 concert this summer but sadly that is most likely not happening. Either way, concerts can be an investment, but I believe they’re 100% worth it! I would rather save and spend my money on experiences than on more clothes that I don’t need. Besides, who doesn’t want to see they’re favorite artists perform live?

3. Do an internship

One way to have a productive summer is by doing an internship! Whether it’s your first or your fourth, internships are a great way to gain workplace experience without the stress of school on top of it. Websites like Indeed and Handshake make it so easy to find companies and organizations who are looking to hire interns. Plus, it’s a great way to earn money (if it’s a paid internship) and get college credit!

4. Get a summer job

This one is obvious, but another way to stay productive during the summer is to get a job. You can save up the money you earn for a trip you’ve always wanted to go on or for a concert! Maybe you have always wanted to get your own apartment but never had the funds. It’s also great for college students to work over the summer to collect some extra spending money for the upcoming semester. 

5. Study abroad! 

Long before I started college, I knew it was inevitable that I would study abroad. The idea of being able to travel and take classes at the same time drew me right in! The great thing about it is that most tuition and room & board costs are the same as it would if you were living on campus! Personally, it has always been a dream of mine to study abroad in Japan or Australia. If you could study abroad anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Don’t get discouraged because most of your summer plans have most likely been cancelled! One thing I’ve learned from this crisis is to just go with the flow. This too shall pass and hopefully things will go back to normal sooner rather than later. Just hang in there! 

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