Great Reasons To Celebrate Being Single This Summer

If your relationship just came screeching to a crashing halt or you weren’t in one to begin with, have no fear. Summer is pretty much the hottest time to be single (pun intended), so let down your hair and enjoy. After all, you certainly don’t need a man to have a great time, no matter what anyone else thinks.

  1. You’re flexible when day drinking excursions just won’t quit. Laying by the pool and having cocktails is fun until you show up drunk to your man’s house for a dinner date and get into a fight over nothing. Being single this summer means day drinking can become night drinking with no stress, and that’s how we like it.
  2. Plenty of tourists are single, too. Whether you’re the tourist exploring a far-off land or you happen to meet someone in your home city, vacay flings can be awesome. There’s no pressure because you know it’s not going to go any further, so you can truly enjoy living in the moment. Opportunities like that don’t come around often, so enjoy!
  3. Your body is on point. All that single free time you’ve had over the past few months was partially spent in extra hours at the gym. And hey, even if it wasn’t, you’re hot — that’s about more than a number on the scale. Bathing suit season won’t even know what hit it this year because you’re out there looking fine as hell.
  4. No jealous fights at pool parties. Sometimes just your being hot in a bikini is enough to send a slightly jealous guy over the edge… even if you haven’t returned anyone else’s lingering glances. Being single in the summer means you get to be eye candy to whoever might look your way without having to deal with jealous rants.
  5. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want. Not that boyfriends hold you back, but when there’s an extra person involved in the decision-making, it can get a little more complicated. This summer is all about you and what you’re feeling. Live it up!
  6. You won’t feel guilty accepting random invites. When some hot guys invite you and the girls onto their boat, you don’t want to feel guilty about it. Imagine all the awesome Instagram photos you can take! When there’s no guy on the scene to consider, you really can go wherever the wind takes you. It might even lead you to a party where there’s a hot guy waiting.
  7. There are so many dates to be had. The summertime is ripe with easy and cheap or free date ideas, so you might find yourself getting asked out more often. From concerts in the park to visits to local museums, there’s no shortage of things to do where you live. You can have an amazing time doing these things on your own or even go with a new guy.
  8. You don’t have to clean up if you don’t feel like it. There are so many fun things to do that sometimes picking your bathing suit up off the wet floor isn’t a high priority, and no one is going to harass you about it. You don’t like to live in filth all the time, but sometimes it’s nice to just think, “Eh, I’ll clean it up later.”
  9. You’ll experience way less stress. As awesome as they can be, relationships can also be stressful. In fact, researchers have found that when women get married it lessens their life span by 1.5 years. Hmm… Maybe the key isn’t just being single in summer but being single all the time. Something to consider…
  10. You can fake tan with wild abandon. If you avoid the real sun and opt for the safer fake tan option, you’re familiar with complications such as drying time and accidentally turning your sheets orange. A guy might be annoyed by that, but when you’re the only one in your bed, it doesn’t matter.
  11. You can check any dude out. There are just fewer clothes around in the summer and more beautifully tanned skin. Sometimes a girl wants to do a lot of looking even if she doesn’t plan on touching. There’s no harm in that, is there?
  12. You don’t have to make time for anyone’s family but your own. And your own family can be plenty. No mandatory summer trips to the lake house with your boyfriend’s parents. Sure, it’s lovely to feel like you’ve been adopted by a guy’s loved ones, but it’s also nice not to have to juggle too many engagements that you’re really not interested in attending.
  13. You’ll have plenty of uninterrupted TV time. It’s summer so watching trashy TV all day on Sunday feels pretty acceptable. No fighting for the remote or trying to find a couch where sports aren’t the only thing allowed. Being single in the summer means waking up hungover, grabbing a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel from the bodega, and then vegging out on the couch all day.
  14. You can eat ice cream in your underwear if you’re roasting. Okay, maybe a dude would actually find that attractive, but it’s not your top idea of sexy.
Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog and magazine genres. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Look for article links, updates, (and the occasional joke) on Twitter @KateFerg or @WriterKateFerg, or check out her personal blog