The best way to beat the winter blues is to look forward to the summertime. Start making your big summer plans now. Dreaming of warm sunshine will take your mind off the snow, and making fun plans will give you a light at the end of the cold tunnel. Then, when summer comes, you’ll be organized and stress free! Here are some ideas to jumpstart planning mode.
You don’t need to plan a lavish trip to Hawaii (although you could). If you’re planning to fly somewhere, buying tickets early will save you money. Planning ahead will also give you more options when choosing where to stay. Many resorts and vacations homes offer different rates at different times during the summer, so looking early is key. Plus, if you’re like many of us and your New Year’s Resolution is to cut a few pounds, a future vacation might keep you motivated.
If you have always dreamed of going on an international vacation, start planning that! Those usually take a while to arrange, especially if you need a passport or you’re coordinating several different destinations. You can use the extra time you’ll save planning ahead to find the perfect things to do while you’re abroad, or plan a budget for your dream vacation!
If you’re on a tighter budget, plan a mini-vacation. Find a place within driving distance and plan a weekend trip there. Even a short vacation close to home will be something big to look forward to when it’s still snowing in March.
Coordinate with friends
Since you’ll be planning your fun summer plans with plenty of time to spare, get some friends in on the action and plan something together. You know their summer schedules won’t be booked quite yet! Vacationing with friends is super fun and it’s less expensive if you’re able to split costs with them. Just make sure to invite someone you’ll still be friends with after the vacation.
Look at what might be going on in your area this summer. Check out different venues around you for concerts and shows. Start budgeting now for those high-priced concert tickets. If you put away a couple dollars each week, you’ll have plenty by showtime.
Plan a garden
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of summer, wishing that you could go out to your garden and pick fresh tomatoes? Well, usually by the time we think of those things it’s too late to plant that garden. Not this year! Start researching and planning your garden now. Scout out a perfect place to plant it, and begin preparing the soil as soon as the snow melts. If you’re not very confident in your green thumb, test it out now by trying a cocktail container garden.
Stop staring out the window at the gray skies and snowy lawn, and start making your fun summer plans. Once they’re set, make the necessary arrangements for babysitters or time off.
Let us know if you have any summer activities already planned in the comments below!