Instead of: Picnicking at the park
Try: Hiking to a scenic spot
When you’ve only got a few hours of prime sunshine, spending that time planning a hike, rather than pitching your blanket in the nearest park can feel like a potential dealbreaker. However, if you do some research in advance (say, while at work on Tuesday) on where the best hikes are near your city, you’ll be able to plan out the day accordingly. That way, come 2pm Saturday, you’re pouring a glass of wine and nibbling on some cheese next to a waterfall, instead of worrying about a pigeon stealing your sandwich. (Just make sure you bring out what you bring in!)
Instead of: A beach day
Try: Surf lessons
Some summer weekends, all you’re going to want to do is lie on a beach, and that’s 100% fine. But this should be the summer you challenge yourself to pick up a new skill, too. So, in between snoozing with some sand between your toes, schedule a surf lesson. Whether you’re in the epicenter of the surfing world on the West Coast, or just hanging out at the Jersey Shore, there are plenty of places for a beginner to learn the waves. Plus, they’re conveniently located next to beaches, so if your arms get tired after one too many wipeouts, you can still take that nap under an umbrella.