The air is warm, the sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the clock is ticking. Don’t let summer pass you by! Maybe you’re busy with a summer job, internship or classes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the weather. And while you’re out, here are some things i[x] has found for you to do that will enhance your summer experience.
Vacation in Atlanta
Just because you’re trying to save money doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. Tourism is the fifth largest industry in the state, according to georgia.org, and Atlanta is a city tailored to fit any and all budgets. The “city pass” allows you to visit five of Atlanta’s top seven attractions, all at a discounted price, including the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Studios and Zoo Atlanta! Also, you can stop by atlanta.net/visitors/specialOffers.html for gift cards for Buckhead dining and shopping destinations.
Bonnaroo is $300 per ticket. Lollapalooza is sold out, and the secondary market has some tickets going in the $1000+ range. And that’s not including gas, food, etc. Why not stay local instead of breaking the bank to attend a concert or festival out of state? Atlanta is bringing a ton of A-list entertainers including Daniel Tosh, Brad Paisley, and Ke$ha to town at venues like the Fabulous Fox Theater, Georgia Dome, and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Check out atlantaconcerts.net for tickets. And check out atlanta.net/festivals/festivalsSummer.aspx for information regarding local jazz, art and food festivals, some of which are free to attend!
Outdoor Sports & Rec
If you’re looking for a way to maximize your dollar by getting into shape, competing with your friends, meeting new people and enjoying the summer sun all at the same time, then perhaps a local intramural sports league or outdoor activity organization is for you! Whether you’re looking for football or cornhole, intramural or pick-up, tournaments or charity events or anything in between, Atlanta has you covered. Check out zogsports.com/atl/home.aspx, atlantasportandsocialclub.com, or atlanta.sportsvite.com/leagues for more information, and get out there!
If you have some spare time and you’d like to make the world a better place (while simultaneously making your resume a better document), then lend a helping hand to any one of a number of organizations dedicated to improving the community. You’d be amazed at what a tremendous effect just a few hours of your time can have, and how much impact your small effort can have on both the people you’re helping and you yourself. A sense of accomplishment knowing you made a positive difference in someone’s day can be a very rewarding feeling. If this appeals to you, just check out volunteermatch.org, meetup.com/atlantavolunteers, greatnonprofits.org or just type “volunteer Atlanta” into a search engine to find a cause or organization that appeals to you. Check out the i[x] website (georgiasownnext.com) and Twitter feed (@georgiasownnext.com) to find out what philanthropic and charitable events the credit union is involved with, and to see if any of our volunteer opportunities spark your interest.
Whatever you choose to do with your summer, remember to be safe, be smart with your money and enjoy yourself!