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Plans for the summer holiday
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Kimberley Dodge

July 23, 2018

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We all know the routine: school has finally finished for the summer and it’s time to gear up for six weeks of endless road trips with friends and summer outings. Yet, somehow the holidays roll around and all of your exciting adventures seem to melt into numerous days of sitting at home, enduring the hours of boredom with only Netflix for company. Don’t get me wrong, Netflix can be a great companion, but there are only so many seasons of various TV series that you can binge watch before you start to go stir crazy from being boxed in by the same four walls. Alas, this summer I have made a commitment to myself to make it as jam-packed as possible, pursuing exciting plans continuously to prevent any case of the six-week summer blues. Being the first summer holidays that I am able to drive, I intend to fully exploit the freedom my new license offers me. So, in order to help cure your own case of holiday tedium, I would like to share with you some inspiring ideas to kick off your summer adventures.

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Beaches, BBQ’s and best friends

Despite good old great British weather being utterly unpredictable, the current humidity from an unexpected heatwave has opened up a vast number of outdoor summer activities. Why not make the most of this unusual heat by rounding up some mates for a trip to the seaside, complete with arcade attractions, sea paddling and tasty fish and chips? Or, if the coastline is too far out of reach, why not locate a nice spot for a nice picnic with your close friends? Some local parks may even have barbequing facilities, perfect for you and your pals to get grilling! However, if you and your friends are all exceedingly lazy, pick up a take-out pizza or Nando’s to-go for an extra easy picnic. Taking a football or rounders bat is sure to top off the day with competitive spirit and outdoor fun.

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Something a little quieter?

I do understand that the adventurous and active outdoor lifestyle is not everyone’s cup of tea. Sometimes, you just fancy doing something a little more leisurely over a jam-packed day of food and fun. For something more your speed, why not hit up some cool museums: it’s honestly not as boring as it sounds. As you can probably tell, my friend and I definitely had a good time taking photos in Oxford’s Natural History Museum. If museums aren’t your thing, maybe visit an art gallery or architectural landmark. Find out what events are going on in your local area, there’s guaranteed to be a whole host of exhibitions, food markets, festivals and history fares to fill your diary up fast.

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Rain, rain, go away…

Inevitably, this glorious weather will not last, meaning indoor plans may be required to occupy your time instead. However, the gloomy outdoors does not need to rain on your parade, with a variety of options available to fill those drizzly days. Why not catch a glimpse of holiday paradise by going to an indoor water park or swimming pool? Or book tickets for the latest film to hit the cinema with some friends? If the dull days give you an aversion to leaving the house, try inviting your mates over for a games night or movie marathon. Hours of endless Monopoly bickering or watching the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy is sure to get you out of your rainy-day slump.

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With previous summers of tedium behind us, we can now approach the anticipated six-weeks armed with adventures and exciting ideas to beat the holiday boredom blues. Come rain or shine, you’re guaranteed to make the most of free time by sharing it with friends, family and fun activities. Whether you are able to drive or not, there are always ways to create an adventurous summer.

I hope you all have an amazing six-week holiday, filled with lots of amazing memories!

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By Kimberley Dodge

'For me, driving means freedom. I passed my test a year ago and so I’ve been enjoying getting where I want, when I want. I’m now 18, so having my own car has given me a lot more independence: I no longer have to rely on the taxi of mum and dad!'  See more posts by Kimberley

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