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Your summer bucket list for personal growth

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As the school year comes to an end, students everywhere are excited to take a break from classes and enjoy some much-needed relaxation. 

Summer is definitely a season that many of us look forward to every year, and it can be so much more than just a time to rest or hang out with friends. It can be a time for personal growth: you can explore unique opportunities to expand your horizons. With longer days and warmer weather, there is more time to engage in activities where you can extend your comfort zones into growth zones.

Here are just some ideas for summer adventures you can try:


Exploring the world helps you open yourself up to new perspectives, ideas, and ways of thinking, which can help you develop in unexpected ways. It can also help you improve your well-being, gain confidence, and learn more about yourself and your capabilities.

Can’t wait to set off? Plan for a meaningful experience. Don’t just hit up the typical tourist destinations. Seek out lesser-known areas and visit areas rich in history and culture, such as ancient ruins and museums.

Additionally, immerse yourself in the local culture by living in a homestay or hostel (rather than a typical hotel)—this can greatly boost your chances of interacting with locals. That will help deepen your understanding of the place: its customs, traditions, and more. You can also explore the local cuisine by trying new foods and attending food markets and festivals.

Read books

Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, books can provide valuable insights into different perspectives, experiences, and knowledge. This makes reading an excellent way to increase self-development— you can also improve your critical and creative thinking skills in the process. To initiate your reading journey, find a genre or topic that captures your curiosity.


You might want to take advantage of the break to gain practical experience in your chosen field and make valuable professional connections. All these can provide you with the chance to explore career paths and develop new skills, with those experiences making you more marketable to potential employers and job-ready after you graduate.

Learn new things

Consider expanding your knowledge by joining an online course, a workshop, or a seminar. Committing yourself to learning experiences like these is a great way to develop your skills in a particular area or branch out into new subjects and interests. You also get to challenge yourself and keep your mind sharp during the summer months.

Develop hobbies

Summer is the perfect time to pursue interests you may not have had time for during the busy school year. Whether it’s picking up a new hobby or building on an existing one, take the opportunity to focus on your passions: it could be cooking, writing, gardening—anything.

You might also want to join online communities or groups to connect with other like-minded people and gain inspiration and support.

Set aside time each day to focus on your hobbies and make progress at your preferred pace. By taking the time to focus on your passions, you can discover skills, explore new avenues of creativity, and better understand yourself. 

Go on a staycation

Even if you prefer to stay at or close to home, summer can still be a time to explore locally, and this can be just as enjoyable and rewarding as any far-flung trip—with one of the biggest advantages being how much you save: you don’t have to pay for flight tickets. Plus, you can use that money to indulge in local experiences such as dining at a new restaurant, taking a day trip to an attraction, and discovering hidden gems.

Certainly, you can still recharge and rejuvenate without leaving your current community. You may be surprised at how many great activities and attractions are available right in your own backyard. To make the most of your staycation, consider staying at a hotel or vacation rental. This can create a sense of escapism and relaxation and help you learn more about yourself, even if you’re just a few miles from home.

Practice mindfulness

Being mindful means being fully present and aware (but not critical) of your surroundings, thoughts, and emotions. You can achieve this by engaging in yoga, meditation, or other activities that require your full attention and connect you to your body and mind. Ultimately, incorporating mindfulness into your summer routine can help promote a sense of inner peace and well-being, helping you grow as a person with better self-awareness.

Whether you’re travelling to a new country, interning at a local company, or simply taking time to read, rest, and recharge, summer can be a time to discover passions, develop new skills, and cultivate professional goals. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities for personal growth, whatever you choose to do. Make the most of this season!