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There’s just something special about summer. Even without a three-month break from work allowing us to be out and about until dinnertime every day like we did as kids, the warm weather still draws us outdoors every free moment — until the temperature spikes to near or above triple digits.

When the heat is on, it can be hard to keep your cool; however, you can feel relief in no time by following the tips and tricks below.

Your Environment

• Air things out. If you feel safe enough to sleep with the windows open, then let the night air cool things down. Come morning, shut the windows to keep the hot air out.

• Rearrange the room. When you move into a new apartment, make sure nothing is blocking the vents or registers that would prevent the air-conditioned air from circulating.

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• Get fan-atic. Even if your housing has A/C, a ceiling fan or one on a base will distribute the chilled air, making things a bit more comfortable.

• Shut it down. Turn off appliances when not in use. Electronics like computers and printers generate heat that can warm your living space even in sleep mode. Avoid cranking up the oven, too. Instead, stick to the stovetop or microwave (or, even better, fire up your outdoor grill to cook dinner).

Yourself

• Check the clock. Avoid heavy duty exercising during the hottest time of the day, which is usually between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Instead, get moving early in the morning or wait until evening. On days when the temperature peaks at 100, or when the humidity is overbearing, it’s okay to skip your daily jog.

• Mist away. Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge. Spritz away the heat while enjoying the sunshine or right after you come inside.

• Layer on the cool. Pop your body lotions in the refrigerator for a bit before using. This will feel particularly refreshing on hot, tired feet.

• Pass on the caffeine and alcohol. These types of beverages will dehydrate you rather than offer relief. Instead, sip on some ice water with a squeeze of lemon to quench your thirst. (In fact, research from Ohio State University shows that the citrus scent can even improve your mood.)

With this cool-down know-how on your side, you can still have fun in the sun!

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Anne Baye Ericksen is a professional writer who has contributed to Healthcare Traveler since 1996. She resides with her family in Simi Valley, Calif.

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One of the many great things about being a healthcare traveler: You get to experience new communities like a local—enjoying everything from regional cuisine to unique landmarks—for the duration of your assignment. And in the summertime, you can also enjoy a number of outdoor concerts and other events, free of charge, at cities throughout the country.

If you’re fulfilling a contract in or near the Big Apple, for instance, check out the “Today” show’s Summer Concert Series, which take place at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. While you’ll need to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for any of the gigs (see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041478/ for dates and artists), you get to enjoy performances by popular musicians without spending a single cent. Coldplay is slated to take to the stage this Friday, June 27, and upcoming shows include performances by Rascal Flatts, Natasha Bedingfield, and Celine Dion.

On assignment at a facility in or close to the Windy City? You can see a free “theatrical spectacle” (think “Cirque du Soleil”) at Navy Pier’s Gateway Park on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The American premiere of Compagnie Transe Express’ production of “Maudits Sonnants” is presented as part of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s World Stage Series. The hour-long aerial performance is set to start at roughly 9:00 p.m. on both nights and will feature a musical chandelier brought to life by performers who ring bells, beat drums, and swing on trapezes. A fireworks display over Lake Michigan concludes the event.

If you’re honoring a 13-week commitment in Flagstaff, Arizona, you should know that the city’s Downtown Business Alliance is presenting a free flick every Friday night through September 12 at Heritage Square. “Movies on the Square” starts at 6:00 p.m., and each film is preceded by live entertainment. This Friday, you can see a Middle Eastern-style dance performance by the Gypsy Chicks before watching “The Bee Movie” under the stars atop your own blanket or lawn chair. Additional upcoming movies include “The Last Mimzy,” “October Sky,” “Evan Almighty,” “Nacho Libre,” and “Lady and the Tramp.”

To find out about no-cost events in and around your assignment location, check bulletin boards at supermarkets and the local library, ask permanent staff for recommendations, and contact the area Chamber of Commerce or Convention and Visitors Bureau. And if you’d like to share information about freebies in your contract locale with fellow travelers, please leave a comment with the particulars.

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