For as long as I can remember, summer has been a time for productivity—whether it be through reading a book per day, going to summer school, taking an online math class, studying abroad in a foreign country, or getting a job to pay for college.

 

Still, it’s important to remind myself (and you) that summer is also a time for creativity and relaxation. It’s the perfect time to collaborate with friends on a new artistic project, catch up on your favorite TV shows, and just breathe.

 

Below, I’ve put together a number of ways you can relax, create, and basically channel your favorite indie movies:

  • Have a picnic on the lawn in your backyard.
  • Go berry-picking, and then bake a pie with those berries.
  • Frolic through fields.

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie - Despy

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie – Despy

  • Tan on your rooftop.
  • Have a photoshoot in a thrift store.
  • Wear heart-shaped sunglasses.
  • Make virgin sangria.
  • Watch as many sunsets as you can.

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie - Despy

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie – Despy

  • Go to a local fair.
  • Invite your best friends over for brunch. Make waffles or pancakes.
  • Tie-dye.
  • Buy sparklers (Later, light said sparklers).
  • Have a water fight on a blistering hot day.
  • Buy sunflowers. Lots of them.

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie - Despy

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie – Despy

  • Skateboard.
  • Make friendship bracelets.
  • Stargaze.
  • Have a campfire. (Trader Joe’s sells vegan marshmallows now!)
  • Have a yard sale.
  • Take a trip to a beautiful place you’ve never seen.

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie - Jessica Andersen

    How To: Turn Your Summer Vacation Into an Indie Movie – Jessica Andersen

  • Cover your arms in colorful temporary tattoos.
  • Explore new restaurants.
  • Go to art museums.

 

This list is by no means exhaustive, but I do hope it offers some ideas on how to make summer 2016 the best one yet! Be productive if you must, but make sure you have some fun, too!