5 Tips to End Your Summer with a Bang! #OperationInTouch

5 tips to end your summer with a bang operation in touchThe dog days of summer are coming to an end and a lot of families are finishing their summer adventures. However, if you’re like me, the end-of-summer means preparing for a TDY and spending the rest of this season without your spouse. Instead of being dramatic and channeling my inner Celine Dion, I’m planning to end my summer with a bang! I’ve put together an awesome agenda that will keep me going through my husband’s TDY. Consider these 5 tips for your end-of-summer list, especially if you’re spending it solo.

5 Ways to End Your Summer with a Bang

Embark on a Weekend Trip
Grab your friends and schedule a day or weekend trip. Is there a nearby winery you’ve wanted to try? Or a beach where you can mellow out? What better way to decompress than with your best buds? If you’re like me, who is a HUGE baseball fan, catch a game before the season ends. My weekend trip will consist of a bus ride to New York City to see my beloved Yankees play. I’ll be staying with my old friends and watching the game with them.

Consider taking the bus to your destination. It’s a great way to avoid driving by yourself. It saves money in some respects too. For example, driving from Washington, D.C., to New York City would run you about $50 each way in tolls (yikes!). If you book an intercity bus service and schedule at off-peak times, your trip can run about $50 round trip– plus you don’t have to pay for gas. Also, many MWRs offer bus trips to drivable destinations. My installation, Fort Belvoir hosts daytrips to NYC and Atlantic City. Check your local installation’s MWR or ITT office for more details and future dates.

If it’s difficult for you and your friends to find a bus route to your must-go location, wrangle everyone together for a road trip and then split the trip costs. Be sure to plan your route ahead of time, so tolls don’t surprise you and you’re able to budget accordingly.

Start a Brand-New Hobby
To pass the time I would typically spend with my husband, I’ve decided to start a brand-new hobby. I was inspired by our many adventures here at our duty station as well as the several tokens and brochures we picked up every time we did something new. All the stuff from our trips around town are beginning to pile up and it would be helpful to arrange them in a more orderly fashion. That’s when scrapbooking came to mind…

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