No summertime sadness: 8 things to do before summer is over

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We’re racing against the clock and drinking all the rosé we can until it’s just as tacky as wearing white after Labor Day. Summer is nearly over but our tan lines aren’t dark enough and our adventures aren’t fulfilled enough. We have just a couple of weeks to go and it’s about time we made the most of it.

Make it a summer to remember by topping it off with just the right combination of whatever would be perfect to you.


1. Take a spontaneous day trip

Google a destination nearby and take the drive out there solo or with friends. Head to the train station and just pick a town. Take a quick flight if you have the whole weekend and really be impulsive. The end of summer deservers some spur-of-the-moment magic and you never know what the destination will bring!


2. Check off summer lists in your respective city

Check out your city’s Thrillist page or local media sites to see what other folks are recommending you do this summer. See if there’s anything you haven’t checked off wherever you live and add it to the bucket list.


3. Try something new outdoors

Kayaking? Paddle boarding? Outdoor fitness class? Tai Chi? Bike trail? Whatever it may be, try it. Do something new that you’ll look back on and associate with this summer. You don’t have to be great at it, just giving it a shot is a feat worth celebrating.


4. Do a rooftop bar crawl

Summer is rooftop season no matter where you live. Grab your friends, hit up your favorite spots, and trade off who buys rounds where. The view and the memories are always worth taking in before it starts getting too cold to enjoy.


5. Get yourself on a boat

This mayyyyy not be possible for everyone. But if you can swing, then what are you waiting for? It’s summer’s quintessential vice and it’s worth taking advantage of.


6. Host an end-of-the-summer party

You may as well end with a bang. Why not get all of your favorite people together and celebrate another sun-kissed season? Host a luau, work on your margarita game, or go all USA for Labor Day. Whatever you do, cheers to the end of something wonderful.


7. Watch a sunset without Instagramming it

At least one, just find yourself a nice little spot by the water, on a roof, at the park, wherever, and sit – alone – and enjoy the sunset. They always seem to look more beautiful in summer, anyways.


8. Catch up with friends you haven’t seen

Everyone goes away in the summer and it’s hard to make plans. So, when summer is winding town, and everyone’s coming back, now is the time to reconnect and catch up about what adventures everyone has been on and make some last minute ones of your own.


And when summer is over, just remember there will be so much to fall in love with in autumn. So, prepare your body for pumpkin spice, spiked cider, and keep your summer body all year round. Give your skin a detox with natural oils to calm the summer’s touch and get back into the swing of things at work.

Look back on the summer fondly, know that you took advantage at every turn, and remember that you’re a better person than you were at the start of it.

“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”  —L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams