As an entrepreneur or a working woman, finding the time and money to enjoy summer can get complicated. Those with fast-paced, demanding jobs with long hours can really struggle to find quality time with their loved ones. Money can also be an issue. If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you may not have the finances required to treat yourself to anything too fancy. Creating fun quality time doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming; there’s plenty of ways to have fun on a budget.
Walks in Nature
Those lucky enough to be close to areas of natural beauty should take full advantage. Walking is free and incredibly beneficial for both your health and mind. Hiking is usually inexpensive, too, and can even be free a lot of the time.
Whether it’s just you and your partner or your whole family, trekking through the beautiful countryside is a simple but wonderful vacation that everyone can enjoy. There are plenty of places to do a day hike (or even just an hour so) and longer trails where it could turn into a weekend-long adventure.
Glamping is a great choice for those who want to get out into nature but don’t want all the stress of setting up a campsite. This is a form of camping that seems more “luxurious” than your average camping. There are typically other accommodations already set up that you’d normally find in a camper or even a home. Glamping offers a way to get a bit of nature without giving up the basic necessities your home has (shower, beds, heating, etc.) You can walk in, drop your bags, focus on the fun, and relax.
Glamping doesn’t have to expensive either. There are several cheaper options if you look hard enough.
Make the Most of Your Backyard
You don’t have to travel during the summer; you could stay right at home if you have a good-sized backyard. It’s what you do with the backyard that counts.
There are tons of incredible activities you can play with the family, including an obstacle course, make stovetop smores, play cornhole games (https://www.cornholeworldwide.com/custom-cornhole-games/), buy a paddling pool, or have a water fight. With the right attitude and right people, you can make it one of your favorite summer things to do and favorite hangout spots. The opportunities are endless.
Take Short City Break
If you live in a country with exciting cities and towns nearby, why not take a short break to one of them this summer? You don’t have to fly off to the other side of the world to have a good summer. There are likely plenty of adventure spots around you.
Sometimes exploring your own country can be just as fun as exploring a new culture. You will be surprised at what your own local region has to offer if you give it a chance. Do some research on the areas around you or just start driving and see what happens!
Learn Something New
Depending on the type of people you and your family are, you could opt to all agree to learn something new this summer. This could include anything from mountain biking to surfing to painting and more.
Learning new activities together can help a family bond and only requires a few hours a week to enjoy. If you are a couple with no children, learning to dance or cook together can be a romantic adventure.
You will need to commit to learning the new skill, but once you know what it is, you can build it into your busy schedule and make it work. It won’t feel like work when you are with all your family and having fun trying new things.
What are some other ideas to have fun on a budget this summer? Let us know in the comments below!
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.