5 ways to get rid of spring break blues

Hollyann Gardner

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

   Are all your friends away on exotic vacations, while you’re stuck at home? Have all the good movies been watched already? If this is your case, and you are just plain bored this spring break, here are five fun and practical ways to pass the time. Good news: all of these are free and can be done from your own home.

Make something new and exciting to eat/drink. You probably have a variety of random items in your pantry and fridge. So use your inner chef skills and put something crazy inside a tortilla. Make a smoothie out of the unexpected. Can’t think of your own recipe? The websites myfridgefood.com and supercook.com will both give you recipes based on what’s already in your pantry, and nothing but what you already have.

Do some karaoke. The YouTube channel Sing King Karaoke (youtube.com/user/singkingkaraoke) has hundreds of different instrumental versions of popular songs, new and old, with lyrics on-screen. If you don’t like singing out loud, the free app Musical.ly has many different short clips of popular songs that you can lip-sync to and make videos. In addition to music, it also has a bunch of popular Vines and other funny audio clips that you can act out.

Take photos of anything and everything. You don’t need a fancy camera to do this – most of the newer smartphones these days have extremely nice HD cameras. Take photos of your pets, newly-bloomed flowers outside, or your lunch. You can also have a photo shoot with a sibling or friend! Just find a nice location, like a spot in your neighborhood. One of the most fun parts of taking photos is when you can edit them with filters. My personal favorite way to do this is with the free app VSCO Cam. If you’re not sure how to edit a photo well, several different Instagram accounts have tutorials for different ways to edit specific types of photos. Some examples of accounts like this are @ibestfilters, @filtr.s, and @bestfiltrs.

Research your favorite celebrity, food, etc. If you are curious to know what someone did before fame, how your favorite restaurant was founded, or how the author of your favorite book came up with the story, find out! Wikipedia is the automatic place everyone goes, but there are other resources: famousbirthdays.com is great for famous people, goodreads.com is nice for researching books and authors, and history.com is perfect for researching historical facts and events.

Explore your surroundings. Whether you live in a big city, out in the country, or just a regular suburban neighborhood, there is surely something interesting to find somewhere around you. Take a walk, get some exercise, and see new sights. You don’t have to be in the Bahamas to be a tourist.

Hollyann Gardner is a freshman home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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