Summer is such a strange time of year because it’s different for many people.  Take for example anyone associated with schools from teachers to parents whose daily routine has changed dramatically.  Many teachers have the summer off (badly needed after a year of virtual/hybrid instruction) so this is an extended vacation but there are plenty of others who work a second job from servers at local restaurants, lifeguards and beach attendants to painting houses and everything in between.  For parents who don’t work it’s trying to find something to do for their school-age children for ten weeks and if they do work then it’s even a greater challenge.  It’s not easy.

Of course summer does mean vacation for many whether it’s simply staying home and enjoying our beaches and more or traveling which is clearly picking up after a year where nobody went anywhere.  Despite the heat plenty of people head to Disneyworld which I insist is not a vacation but a week of agony.  I know you Disney people love to visit time and time again…I went twice and am dreading the thought of being forced to go when my 2-year old grandson gets a bit older.  I will volunteer right now for “pool duty” when that time comes.

More than anything summer means a lifestyle change for many as they look to take advantage of longer days.  While we are starting to lose some daylight it’s still nice to after dinner have a couple of hours to spend outside and when you think of how short days are in the winter you don’t want to waste them.

Of course last summer was a “lost one” due to the pandemic and it seems like we want to make up for that.  We have learned more than ever not to take time for granted because it is precious and certainly not guaranteed.  It’s only 60 days until Labor Day so enjoy it while you can.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.