Keep yourself busy during the vac

The greatest thing about being in school has to be the extended holidays. And you need them after exams, that’s for sure. When you daydream about these holidays you picture relaxing by the pool, chilling in front of the TV, waking up at noon and spending countless waking hours in your PJs. And that’s exactly what you do… for the first two weeks. But after that, being lazy can get a bit much.

So, what do you do when you get over the whole “being a lazy ass” thing? Well, here are a few ideas:

Be a tourist in your own city – And in South Africa during summer that means making your way to one of our many blue flag beaches or hiking up one of our beautiful trails. Go to the aquarium or visit an amusement park. Or sip cocktails at the Waterfront. Whatever tickles your fancy. And if you want to add a little more fun to the mix, why not put on your best (or worse) foreign accent and make up a backstory?

Get active – Get your friends together and start a “just for fun” sports team. Or maybe take up a yacht course in Cape Town. There are so many great hiking spots in this country, so if you choose to start a hiking club, you’ll be spoilt for choice. South Africans have a habit of moaning about the cold all winter long, so why not get out there and enjoy the sun? Just remember the sunscreen lotion.

Explore your creative side – Whether you want to start a fashion blog, paint a masterpiece or write a book, exploring your creative side can be a great way to spend your summer vacation. You never know what you may get out of it. You never know, your random holiday blog could actually end up making you some money.

Get work experience – This may not seem like the most exciting thing to do with your free time, but it may be a really good idea. Getting work experience is making an investment in your future. When you graduate you’re going to need to find a job and even a little bit of experience will make all the difference. Plus, the extra pocket money could make it all worth it in the end.

All in all, you’ve got to enjoy these holidays while they last because once you enter the working world you’re going to have to get by with 15 days a year. So, make the most of your December, whether you’re investing in your future or getting out there and enjoying the sun.