5 tips for making the most of summer
Let’s face it, summer is totally the best season. Whether you’re a sun worshipper, beach bum or just love ice cream that much, summer brings with it an undeniable sense of optimism, seduction and free spirit among us. But the long, warm days of summer come and go quicker than a bad fashion trend. Luckily for you (and for me, too), there are SO many ways to get the most out of summer. Below are some of my favourite tips and, until now, some of my best-kept secrets!
1. Be a socialite
(not in the Paris Hilton circa 2002 sense)
Instead of um’ing and ah’ing, and then eventually declining social invitations (I’m totally guilty of doing this), get in the habit of saying ‘yes’ more. Leave the excuses at home, and embrace the opportunities to socialise. It’s a good way of expanding your social circle, meeting new people, making more friends and filling up your social calendar. Don’t sell yourself, or the value of your company, short – be a girl in demand!
2. Get off the grid
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and spend some quality time with mother nature. Australia is full of national parks, rugged coastlines, endless beaches and natural wonders – the perfect remedy to de-stress, detox and re-set yourself. It’s easy to forget how pretty nature can be, and how beautiful it sounds, so get off the grid, go outdoors, go for a hike, chill, take it easy, or even camp – your mind (and mental health) will thank you later.
3. Write a wish list
Yeah I know, the couch is comfy, I get it. But save couch time for when it’s cold and rainy outside (if you live in Melbourne, this could actually be ANY time of the year). Set aside a couple of hours on a weekend, make a summer wish list and start ticking boxes. Let your imagination run wild with activities, and make sure to include something you won’t forget – jump out of a plane with a parachute, or jump into the water with sharks (or a croc if you’re really brave), hug a koala, sail a coastline, go cliff jumping, chase waterfalls, pick strawberries, ride a horse along the beach, go star gazing – the options are endless, but it’s YOUR wish list, babe!
4. Make weekends really count
This is my best-kept secret (until now)! You know how sometimes public holidays fall on a Tuesday or Thursday? Take that day in-between off work, and hellooooo 4-day weekends! Believe it or not, 4-day weekends are perfect for a road trip, or even a cheap overseas weekend. Asia is always on sale, and the shorter flight times mean you can jet-set somewhere exotic without cutting into your annual leave (or your savings)! How about drinking a cocktail in the famous infinity pool in Singapore? Or, would you rather do a quick visit to Angkor Wat? Even better, do a jungle hideout in Bali, or spend the weekend snorkelling around a Pacific Island! It’s your weekend, make it count.
5. GRL PWR
You don’t need boys to go on cute dates; date your girlfriends instead! You know those enviable girls on Instagram that are always somewhere new, and doing something fun with their gal pals? They’re totally having a GRL PWR SMR and we should all follow their lead. Gather your girl gang and schedule a bunch of summer dates – scenic picnics, go glamping, do something posh (polo, anyone?), visit a winery, set up a cinema in your backyard with loads of fairy lights and pillows, dress up and go to a high tea, or relax and recharge at some hot springs. Just don’t forget your camera and a gorgeous smile!
XO Sonja Steffen @eststeffen