It’s August, and it seems like everyone is already looking forward to fall. Don’t get me wrong, fall is great, but if you’re like me, you aren’t ready to let go of summer yet. So while everyone else is telling you to bust out the hoodies and pumpkin spice lattes, here’s [NUMBER] things you absolutely MUST check off that summer bucket list before it’s too late!
1. Swim in something that isn’t a pool.
It may not be reasonable for some of us to get all the way to a beach to swim in the ocean, but everyone is bound to be at least within a few hours of a lake, pond, creek, quarry, or some natural body of water. Throw caution to the wind and dive right in! (Well, okay, first check how deep it is, then dive at your own risk). With sweltering August temps, late summer is the perfect time to finally check this off your list.
Or, you could try a make-shift pool!
Okay, so you won’t really be able to swim, but this still seems way fun! All you need is a truck, a tarp, and a hose. Then you can add chairs and umbrellas and beverages at your discretion.
2. Stargaze from the bed of a truck.
While we’re on the subject, if you haven’t done this yet this summer, do it. Get as far away from civilization as you can. Bring blankets, pillows, and a special someone. Roll the windows down and blast country music on the way there, but then take a moment to take in the vastness of the stars in silence. Have a deep conversation about your futures, fears, favorite memories – anything. There’s just something about being outside at night in the summer, and if you haven’t had that yet this summer, you need to!
3. Go to a country music festival.
Sure, Stagecoach and Country Jam already happened, but festival season is far from over! There’s still time to experience this crucial summer event.
Lockn Festival in Virginia is September 4-7, and features Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, among others. Tickets are still available on their site, and start at $109.
Ramble Jam in Minnesota is September 12-13, with headliners Chase Rice on Friday and Josh Thompson on Saturday. You can still get advance tickets for $49 through August 13th on their site!
Americana Music Festival in Nashville, TN is September 17-21, featuring Greensky Bluegrass, The Avett Brothers, and many others. Tickets are pretty steep starting at $365, but hey, it’s Nashville.
4. Go on a road trip.
A road trip doesn’t have to be a huge, week-long, cross-country adventure. You can get the same thrill and fun in an overnight trip. Here’s how:
- Choose your destination. Find a city or spot about a 4-6 hour drive from your starting point. Look for concerts or shows in the area, or just choose a place with great nightlife.
- Book a motel. You’ll only need it for the night, so go as cheap as you can. Cram all your friends into one room. Heck, you could even sleep in your car. Remember, it’s not about comfort, it’s about the story.
- Pack. Put a toothbrush and a change of clothes in a backpack. Bring snacks, a cooler full of drinks, and some music.
- Be spontaneous. Leave in the morning so you have all day to get there. Then, if you see something you like, go for it. Photo ops, scenic routes, and anything with “World’s Largest” make for great memories. Use your phones as cameras, but nothing else. Facebook can wait, you’re on a road trip, dang it!
- Share. Split the cost of gas, the motel, snacks, and tickets, and take turns driving. It turns out a one-day road trip can actually be pretty feasible, and super fun.
5. Spend a day doing nothing.
For just one day, live like a cat. Move only from nap to nap, just following a sun beam. Have food brought to you, if you can. You may start to feel that nagging feeling of needing to do something, but you can push through it. Whatever you do, do it aimlessly: listen to music, browse Pinterest, read a magazine. Whatever else you need to do can wait a day. Your body will thank you for the relaxation.
Have you done any of these? Is there anything else everyone should do this summer? Let us know in the comments!