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Things everyone will be doing and what you should do instead

Summer is so close you can almost taste it, and that means summer holidays and weekends are nearly upon us and, if you’re lucky enough to have a few days off, you’re excited for those extra days to relax. But that’s not usually how it goes. You’ll feel obligated to go out and do something or see something, and you’ll regret it when you arrive at a location layered with people.

Don’t kid yourself and wait until the last second. Have some backup ideas ready early on so you can avoid the crowds. Remember that the masses can be predictable, so here are four things you know everyone else will be doing and four things you should do instead.

Everyone is Camping

People love a getaway. Wouldn’t it be lovely to head into the mountains, away from the people and the noise and the problems? Well, stop right there because all those noisy people will be hiding out in the same campground. Unless you have private land dividing you from the city folk in the forest, pick a less popular time than a holiday weekend to pitch your tent.

You Should Hike

On a long weekend, the people staying in town tend to gravitate toward restaurants, bars, and other manmade establishments. The middle ground where you can escape them is by going on a nearby hike. And because the nature of hiking is to keep moving, if you run into another group or two doing the same, you’ll be out of each other’s hair quickly.

Everyone is Catching a Movie

An extra day at the weekend means a rush to the theater box office. This is especially hectic when a holiday weekend coincides with the release of a blockbuster. There’s no way to avoid a peak time because the entire day is pretty much a steady flow of movie-goers.

You Should Have a Backyard BBQ

Run by the grocery store for your favorite burgers, chips, and other grilled favorites. While everyone is fighting over popcorn and rolling their eyes at the one person who can’t stop talking mid-film, you can hang out in your backyard with family and friends soaking up the sun. And if you’re in the mood for a film, Netflix is bound to have something you can stream from the couch.

Everyone is Hitting the Amusement Park

Who wouldn’t love a full day hopping from ride to ride, eating fair food, and laughing with their friends? Exactly. The place will be packed and the lines will be monstrously long. Halfway through the day, you’ll realize how frustrated you are with the slow walkers.

You Should Get Out Early

Nearly anything that will be packed the rest of the day will be a ghost town first thing in the morning. If your heart is really set on riding that rollercoaster eleven times in a row, plan to be the first one at the park. When the crowds show up for their tickets, you and your friends will have already hit the spots on your wishlist.

Everyone is Crawling the Park

If the public school has a Monday off, you can guarantee families will be strewn out across every inch of grass in the park. You’ll have to navigate the altered flight paths of frisbees, forgotten flip-flops, and even a mother cradling a child’s broken arm as they head to the family doctor. The park is a war zone, and it doesn’t need any more casualties.

You Should Visit Locals’ Favorite Hotspots

Avoid everyone’s family drama by searching out the locals’ favorite spots outside of the city. Because they’re less well-known, you won’t have to worry so much about fighting the crowds. And the locals’ secret destinations have some of the best views.

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