We are officially in the throws of summer, which means many of us are actively seeking out opportunities for fun activities. One complication of COVID-19 era life, though, is that it is now more challenging than ever to get together with friends, family, and adventure partners. Here are a few things that you might therefore feel up to doing without anyone else needing to be involved.
With all of the following ideas, please keep your own safety and comfort in mind: choose places that feel safe to you, and make sure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you back.
If you’ve never paddle boarded before this may seem a bit daunting, but I believe SUPs (stand up paddle boards) offer an incredibly accessible adventure. Most towns have an outdoor store that rents them, so you can talk to the staff there to learn more about the specific board you’d be renting. Many rentals are inflatable, so you can ask for a demo on how to pump it up. Some cities, though, have man made ponds with rental gear right on location, and these setups may have hard boards requiring no inflation. Either way, taking a paddle board to a still body of water is about as safe an adventure as you can have, so trust in yourself to pull it off.
Always remember to have a life vest on board with you, and get out there and have some fun!
I know that it can feel awkward to make a reservation for 1, but it can also be an incredibly fun endeavor. Personally, I love to try new food and people watch while out to eat solo. It can also be a fun treat to yourself if you’re used to cooking every day and want a little break. Choose a restaurant with a view (summer means outdoor seating!) and enjoy observing the crowds around you.
Have you ever Googled things to do in the area in which you live? You might be surprised to find all sorts of things nearby that you never even knew existed. Find a waterfall, hike, hotspring, scenic point, or nearby art gallery, and make it your destination for the day. Gather some snacks, download some good music, fuel up your car, and let yourself simply explore. Maybe your drive takes you to a nearby town where you discover a fun book shop, or maybe it takes you winding through the countryside. Try to aim for no more than 3 hours in one direction (more than 6 hours of drive time in a day can be intense), and enjoy the chance to see some new scenery.
Picture your town’s main street. How many of the shops have you been into? How many of the museums or cultural sites have you visited? If you’re like most people, you do those things while visiting other towns, but have not done it in your own town. A fun way to spend the day, then, could be to imagine yourself a tourist. Walk the main drag of town to visit shops and museums and the like. You might just stumble upon your new favorite place.
The goal here is to do something fun and adventurous all on your own. If being out solo is new to you, this might feel intimidating, but it can also be incredibly empowering.
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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