Summer is here and it should be awesome; so stop wasting it. Here are a handful of quests, pilgrimages, trips, expeditions and splurges that are sure to turn any summer dream into a reality. So whatever you’re into — always remember it’s better in summer.

  1. Rent an RV and take it somewhere. There are 29,000 campsites in 401 national parks, 221,000 campsites in 7,800 state parks, and 4,300 campgrounds in 155 national forests — and that’s just in the U.S. That’s a lot of open space to explore.
  2. Take a road trip. You don’t necessarily need an RV to hit the open road. Take a trip to the beach, go see the world’s largest ball of twine or gaze at the world’s largest frying pan. Why? Because you can.
  3. Grill something unique. Fire up the grill … it is summer after all! Get outside and grill something fun. Mix it up — appetizers, side dishes, main dishes and desserts — your backyard burner can be utilized for all of it.
  4. Enter a food-eating contest. Can you eat a large pizza by yourself, a dozen pancakes for breakfast or a half-gallon of ice cream as a snack? Perhaps it’s time to belly up to the table at an eating challenge. Put your mouth where the money is, find your niche and then eat it.  
  5. Crash a summer wedding. What’s not to love? Free booze, beautiful people and live music — it’s like a formal that you don’t have to pay for. Just remember to wish the couple a lifetime of happiness.
  6. Build a tree house. Just remember to choose the perfect tree — it will be the foundation for your hideaway.
  7. Hang a hammock. If building a tree house is too complicated, hanging a hammock is far less complicated. Sit back, relax and read a book (or three).
  8. Play in water from a fire hydrant. If you can tell me a better way to waste 1,800 gallons of water a minute while simultaneously lowering the water pressure of the surrounding neighborhood … I’m all ears.
  9. Light something on fire. Fireworks. Campfire. Civil War cannon. Buy it, build it or find it — and then light it on fire.
  10. Do nothing. Every entry on this list is a suggestion — this is a demand. This is the sole reason for which summer was invented.