A recent study has proven that a well-planned vacation is better than knocking around aimlessly while the days slip by. And while a military-style plan won’t make it really feel like a vacation, here is a fun list to help you find a happy medium as you get creative and challenge yourself this summer.
You can download a printable version of the list here.
1. Immerse yourself in a lake (or the sea).
3. Make up a camping ‘team name’ for you and your group of friends.
4. Organize a night hike.
5. Plan a themed picnic.
6. Practice the Swedish nature concept gökotta.
7. Practice shinrin-yoku.
8. Try your hand at kayaking or sailing.
9. Test your nerves by cliff jumping.
10. Walk barefoot.
11. Sleep in a tent.
12. Pick berries.
13. Try rock climbing.
14. Venture into a cave.
15. Visit a national park.
16. Light a campfire.
17. Learn how to use a compass.
18. Go cycling.
19. Hug a tree.
20. See an animal you haven’t met in real life before.
21. Organize a treasure hunt.
22. Find a high place with a view (a rock, a skyscraper etc.) and enjoy the scenery with a drink.
23. Go stargazing (or hunt for shooting stars).
24. Spend a day in hammock.
IN THE CITY
25. Swim in a pool.
26. Visit a water park.
27. Taste all the ice cream in the city and judge which is the best.
28. Repeat for pizza.
29. Grab a book and spend an afternoon reading in a cafe.
30. Choose a book you’ve already read and give it to a random person.
31. Organize a surprise trip for a friend – just tell him or her what clothes to pack.
32. Visit a summer festival.
33. Walk through your neighborhood and choose a house at random. Jot down the address and send the owner a postcard with a kind message.
34. Take a photo on the stroke of every hour.
35. Visit a gallery. Prepare by looking up information and fun facts about the painters whose works you are going to see.
36. Join a volunteer organization.
37. Invite a friend from another city/country and play guide during his/her stay.
38. Pretend to be a tourist in your own city.
39. Research the history of your street and neighborhood.
40. Cook a foreign meal.
41. Say “yes” to every offer you get for a whole day.
42. Start learning a new language (it could be for free).
43. Embark on a mystery trip. Let one friend drive while the other, with their eyes closed, navigates by saying something like: “Turn left, go right at the second exit”.
44. Get lost on purpose.
45. Close your eyes, turn the map of your region a few times and then point to a random place – your next destination!
46. Go on a solo day trip. Enjoy your own company.
47. Walk every street in your neighborhood or city.
48. Research your family roots.
49. Hitchhike to a neighboring town.
50. Looking for more creative travel ideas? We’ve compiled a book with 203 travel challenges for you to mix, stir and tweak to create your own personal adventures! No matter whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned traveler, you’ll find some inspiring ideas within.