Top 5: Take road trips, go camping during summer

By Anthony Szudarski

The semester is just about over, and I’m extremely grateful for that fact.

Here are my top five suggestions on what to do with your summer vacation.

No. 5: Just relax

Take the time to catch your breath and do nothing for a while.

While some of us will be working or even taking classes over the summer, take whatever time you can to breathe and get to your special little zen place.

Try and finally catch up on all that sleep you missed during the semester or do whatever it is that makes you happy.

“I’m looking forward to going to some concerts, working and just hanging out with my girlfriend,” said junior accounting major Timothy Matesi.

No. 4: Enjoy the weather

Even though we’re in the Midwest, it should be getting warm out quick, so make sure you enjoy it while you can.

We only get the sunshine for a few months and then it’s back to snow and slush. So, get that vitamin D and start a base tan because as soon as the sun’s gone you’re going to miss it. Junior psychology major Ashley Howell knows what I’m talking about.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the good weather. It’s been too long,” Howell said.

No. 3: Work out

Part of this goes with enjoying the weather, but go for a jog, bike ride or long walk whenever you get the chance.

I find it difficult to keep up with exercise when the weather is crappy and I’m sure some of you do, too.

Take some of the time you have this summer to start a program or play some backyard games with friends and family.

I’m sure they’ll enjoy it, and your body will thank you by the end of the summer.

No. 2: Go camping

Before I enrolled at NIU, I used to live in the Middle of Nowhere, Wis.

I always have a blast camping with friends in the summer. While I certainly enjoy a good urban environment, a nice camping trip can be a great getaway.

Grab a tent, some food you can cook over a bonfire and good friends and leave the computers and TVs behind for a while.

Make memories and get up close and personal with Mother Nature. Just be sure you don’t start any forest fires when you’re out there.

No. 1: Take a road trip

I highly recommend taking a week of your summer to take a road trip.

That’s how I spent my spring break, and I couldn’t have done anything better.

Pick a destination, pack a bag and go. Enjoy the sights, take too many pictures and find some places you never knew existed along the way.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover your future home or something unique you’ll talk about the rest of your life.