You don’t need to break the bank this summer to go out and enjoy yourself. Here’s our top 10 ideas for fun in the sun.
Here at Hitachi Personal Finance, we’ve put our heads together to come up with the ultimate guide to cheap summer weekends that are fun to do by yourself or with friends and family.
1. Explore a new city
Discover somewhere new by visiting a city you’ve never been to before. It can be as cheap as you want it to be, as you can choose how far you go, how you get there and how much you spend.
If you don’t want to pay for a guided tour, do your research and create your own by visiting all the famous landmarks. And if your budget stretches, top it all off by finding a nice place to grab some lunch.
2. Go for a dog walk (even if you don’t have a dog)
With busy lifestyles increasingly becoming the norm, more and more of us want to enjoy the company of man’s best friend without the responsibility. BorrowMyDoggy is an online community that allows you to do just that - enjoy the occasional stroll in the park or a hike in the countryside without the full time commitment.
3. Take part in a treasure hunt
Geocaching is exactly that but on an international scale! All you have to do is download the app (available on both apple & android) and prepare for a fun weekend adventure searching for hidden treasure while exploring new places you didn’t know existed.
4. Enter a photography competition
This a great idea for either budding photographers or Instagram enthusiasts. Get yourself online and search for photography competitions and get snapping away.
5. Picnic in the park
First, visit your local market or farm shop and buy some deli-style treats, then head down to the nearest park and unpack your picnic!
6. Host a bake off
Invite all your wannabe baker friends round to enjoy an afternoon of tea and cake sampling in the garden. Ask everyone to bring their signature bake along and keep anonymous for some healthy competition.
7. An afternoon of foraging
Admit it, we all did this as children. Going out and finding wild blackberries to eat and then heading home with stained hands. Why not try and recreate that moment by using the Woodland Trust Foraging Guide to find wild berries and plants to make into delicious jams or just jazz up a home cooked meal? Ensure you follow the Responsible Foraging Guidelines.
8. Head out on a bike ride
Put on your helmet, fill up your water bottle and go enjoy the great outdoors while getting some exercise. A bike ride is one of the best ways to spend a sunny afternoon so round up your friends or family, find a local bike trail and get pedalling!
9. Find an open mic nightpedal
Whether its comedy, music or poetry, find a venue near you and go enjoy a night of free entertainment. There are plenty of venues scattered about so you won’t have to travel far. These nights are usually for new talent to road test their material on the locals, and you never know… one day you might see them on stage at The O2.
10. Go to the beach
When the sun is out, round up your friends and family, pile into a car and head to the closest beach. You cannot beat the seaside - fish and chips, splashing about in the water and building an epic sandcastle. What more could you want?
We hope you have a fab summer whatever you choose to do but remember… you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time!!
If you enjoyed this article then why not tweet us at @Hitachi_Finance with your summer plans this weekend
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