How to Have the Best Summer 2017: Ultimate Guide for you & your Friends

Yay, it’s summer break, and once again you have no idea what to do, correct?

Every year we tell ourselves that we’re gonna have the best summer ever. We set our expectations really high, but usually end up disappointed when the break ends and tell our friends that we did “literally nothing” all summer long. Am I right?

Now, I don’t want to be one of those writers who would now put something along the lines of “Well, after reading my tips you’re going to have the best summer break ever” or “Keep on reading to find out how to have the best summer ever”, because I find that a little cheesy and fake. However, I will say that after reading at least one or two of my points, I will have hopefully influenced you to get out and actually do something exciting this summer!

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1. Beach day(s)

Starting off with a classic, go to a beach. But, don’t go to the beach you go to every time. Use the technology of our time and google up some other nearby beaches that are potentially just as good as your go-to beach.

I know not everyone has ‘nearby” beaches and it might take a couple of hours to actually get to the next beach, however you could plan a “beach weekend”. Rent an Airbnb or book a hotel at that nearby beach and spend the weekend there with your friends. Or, rent a mansion for a weekend! I remember my friends talking about how they’re going to do that in the summer, because apparently there’s a bunch you can rent for super cheap across Canada.

2. Rooftop bars

Going to a rooftop bar in the summer is honestly one of my favourite things to do. I’m not exactly sure what it is about them but the “chill” vibe up there is something I crave and am addicted to. Using the word “chill” kind of makes me cringe, because it’s not a word that I word normally use, but honestly it’s the best way to describe the whole rooftop bar experience. A lot of them have couches and and comfortable seating, which makes having a drink and talking with your friends so much more enjoyable. And if they don’t have couches and cushions, who are they?

Obviously, if you live in a small town or if you don’t like going to bars, than this one isn’t for you. However, there are a bunch of rooftop places in different cities without bars. WHICH is also very enjoyable (when there aren’t a lot of tourists). What’s better than being up high on a quiet rooftop overlooking a busy city.

Plus, a lot of great Instagram opportunities. 😉 

3. Go out for breakfast

With school being in the morning, you obviously don’t have a lot of opportunities to go out for breakfast. I guess if you skip or have a spare in the morning you could go out for breakfast. But I obviously don’t encourage doing that. Use your spare for studying 😉

Find a cute quiet café, in or near your city and grab a bite to eat with your friends (or on your own, like me right now haha). I suggest finding a non-chained café, just because they’re usually cuter and there aren’t typically as many tourists as in the chained ones.

And again, cute cafés are usually very photogenic, which means more Instagram opportunities! (as you can tell I’m currently really obsessed with Instagram . I mean, who isn’t?)

5. Read more books

Not usually a person who would say that, because I’m not much of a reader. Although I really want to be! I just get really distracted and think of other things while reading and forget what had just happened in the book. Maybe I just haven’t found a good book yet?

But, with school and university you don’t really get much time to read books that you’re interested in. I mean, unless you’re a fan of reading Romeo & Juliet scripts or To Kill a Mockingbird or Frankenstein than you got to read books that you’re interested in all year round. Lucky you.

But like I said, for the majority of us, we didn’t have much time for ready books that we like. So, now’s obviously your time.

Pick out a book you want and find a park, a beach of just a comfortable spot in the house to sit and read. Put the cell phone far far away (my problem) and give yourself a couple hours to read peacefully.

Try setting a summer goal, for how many books you want to finish reading over the break!

Does anyone have any good book suggestions? I’m really into comedy and drama, so if anyone has any good book suggestions, please comment them down below. I was thinking about reading Amy Schumer’s “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo”, it looks really funny. 

6. Have a plan

This tip isn’t really a specific thing “to-do”, but try and have a plan. For the day, for the week, for the month, or even the whole summer break.

Now, I’m not saying you should have your every hour of your day planned, but a consistent sleeping and eating schedule, would be good. That’ll keep you awake throughout the day and not leave bags under your eyes. You’ll also feel so much more accomplished and overall just better about yourself. I always feel bad, if I go to bed at around 2am, and wake up around 10-11am, and am finally ready for the day at noon. I just feel like the day is pretty much wasted, and who likes wasting a summer day? No one!

Also, if you constantly go to bed late, and then one summer day you have to go to bed and wake up early, you will struggle. Trust me. I’ve been there done that. I still struggle with going to bed and waking up at decent times, however I’m working on it!

7. Trips to the Market 

I haven’t been to the market in ages, which kind of disappoints me because I really love going to the market.

The market always has amazing things to buy, and a lot of it is homemade and fair trade. Lots of stands selling delicious foods, bath products, clothes and a lot more. There’s so much that they sell, I can’t even list it all right here.

When I do make it out of bed in time (which is rare) and go to the market early, I personally love all the bakery goods that are made freshly. Nothing’s better than eating a warm soft pretzel or croissant straight out of the oven!

Markets are usually on the weekends, so just search when and where the closet market to you is, if you don’t already know.

8. try something

Another tip that’s not specific. Do something you’ve never done before. If you keep doing the same things over and over, your life will get boring and no one wants to live a boring life.

I keep reading and hearing the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt “Do one thing everyday that scares you”, and I really think everyone should do that each day. I’m a person who doesn’t step out of their comfort zone often enough, and I usually regret every chance I missed. However, I will confidently say that I have stretched my zone and am working on stretching it even more. Life is way to short, take chances!

So yeah, back on the topic of summer.. think of something you and your friends can do that you’ve never done before. Maybe a photoshoot downtown? Test your heights and try sky diving or a hot air balloon ride? Ever been waterskiing?

There’s so many things you can do. If you can’t think of anything, search Pinterest and you’ll either find something to do in a matter of minutes, because you already found the perfect activity, or in a matter of hours because there’s just so many things to do and you can’t choose.


I hope you got some ideas on how to spend some of your summer break. I’m going to end by saying that summer is yours and do whatever you want. Make the most of your summer break, have fun, be safe and don’t waste it! Again, life is to short!

Comment what you have planned this summer!

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  1. June 16, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    First of all, I get that whole Instagram thing. I would die for good locations like the ones you have in Germany. Secondly, what program did you use to get the affiliate links?

    • Dominick Jones
      June 26, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      I’m sure there are amazing locations all over the world. It just takes some searching!
      To get the affiliate links I use a bunch of different programs. I’m an, Airbnb and ShopStyle affiliate!
      Just google the website and the word “affiliate” next to it and the programs and sign ups will appear!
      – Dominick

  2. June 22, 2017 / 5:52 am

    this is such an amazing list,
    I have my last School day and exam today and am summer happy,
    to spend my vacations. Thank you for this amazing list.

    with love your Amely Rose

    • Dominick Jones
      June 26, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks so much Amely. And I hope you did well on all of your school exams!
      Have a great Summer!
      – Dominick

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