06/30/2012 09:25 pm ET

Summer Ideas: 'Paradise Without A Plane Ticket'

What are your summer vacation plans? Are you jetting off to some exotic beach resort with your family or friends? If so, I will be insanely jealous when I see the 467 pictures you took while there. But if not, don’t worry, I’ve become a bit of an expert at creating my own paradise on the cheap, and I also hit up my fellow Rookie staffers for tales of their own near-arrests adventures to provide you with a list of activities that will keep you so entertained that you’ll forget that you’ve been wanting to go to Hawaii ever since you were 10 and your aunt brought you back those amazing parrot earrings.

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