Ever been at home on holiday, free from uni stress but struggling to come up with what to do?
As summer is looming and warmer days are coming, it is time for students to get excited for the break that is anticipated all year. But what is there to do around town? Don’t worry here at D*scribe we’ve got you covered with some easy and fun ideas for the holidays.
In no particular order:
1. Go to a festival
The first thought that comes to most people’s mind when hearing the word “festival” is an alcohol filled party in the middle of nowhere. However festivals can be so much more than that, as there are many different types including ones for food, animals and even plants.
Some festivals that are coming up are:
- Say Cheese Festival at Prahran Market on October 28.
- Hauntville Halloween Festival at Burnley Circus Park in October from the 19-28.
- The Makers Festival at Kingston Park in Moorabbin on December 2.
2. Road trip
Imagine rolling down the car windows and feeling the spring breeze across your face as your friends sing along to a blaring pop tune that is on the radio, whilst trying to navigate to a town you’ve never been to before. Road trips are such a fun way to spend time with friends and get out of your comfort zone and routine. It enables you to detach yourself from your local area and embrace the adventure of exploring our amazing country!
3. A day/night in the CBD
There are so many things to do in the CBD that it would be impossible to list, so plan a day to visit and see where it takes you. You never know what you might find or where you’ll end up – maybe the Queen Victoria Market or the Eureka Skydeck. The CBD is always bustling so grab some friends and enjoy a night out on the town, you deserve it after all the study.
4. The beach
As the weather gets warmer a walk along the beach is needed after a stressful semester; clearing your mind and being able to focus on nature is a very calming activity. The sun isn’t just for tanning but for soaking up precious vitamin D that is needed for bodily functions. The beach is the best place to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.
5. Movie marathon
Sometimes it is nice to hang out with friends and stay in watching movies with LOTS of food. As a lot of you would still be working over the holidays, this is a nice way to relax but at the same time be able to see friends and catch up with them.
Helping others in your community by volunteering will help increase your confidence and sense of accomplishment. You are able to meet new people and explore interests you may have with different types of work. In doing so you will gain valuable experience that can also be a great way to build your resume.
The easygoing environment of a picnic or barbecue with friends or family in the park is a relaxed setting to socialise and have some fun. This will get you out of the confinement of your house and into the serenity of nature, and who says you can’t go alone? Take some time for yourself and meditate or read a book in the park it will help with reducing stress.
8. Visit a museum
There are so many museums that it might be hard to pick just one to go to, but it depends what you are interested in. Going to the museum is a great way to appreciate not only history but unknowingly learn new things without having to study. Museums Victoria has a range of exhibitions that you can visit, and using your student card will get you free entry!
9. An escape room
Getting together with friends can be hard as many may only have limited time in a day, due to work and other commitments. Escape rooms are allotted a certain amount of time to be completed, so it won’t take up your whole day. It is a great team building experience, but be warned the environment is a little stressful as the limited time creates pressure. There are many places in Melbourne that offer this experience, but after trying the alchemy room at TRAPT escape rooms (which has a bar) in the CBD myself, I definitely recommend it!
When you finally have a bit more time on your hands you can shop to your heart’s content. Make sure to keep a budget so you don’t get any nasty surprises after spending a few hours at the shopping centre.
11. Play sport
Keeping active is really important for your health, especially over the holidays. Getting some friends together and creating a team or simply catching up to play some backyard basketball is a fun way to socialise and keep active.
12. Try something new
Whether it be a new local cafe, an extreme sport or trying to get a summer internship – trying something new is fulfilling and makes us feel good about ourselves. Routines can be hard to get out of, but challenging yourself and avoiding repetition can really enhance self-worth and positivity. So give it a shot!