Ava Sambora, the 25-year-old daughter of rock star Richie Sambora and 90’s TV icon Heather Locklear, is no stranger to the spotlight. Known for her appearance in Judd Apatow’s 2012 comedy, ‘This Is 40,’ she also gained recognition for her YouTube series @SummerBreak, where she documented her summer experiences. In a 2015 interview with Teen Vogue, Sambora shared her top tips for making the most of the holiday season.
Venture Beyond Your Comfort Zone
Breaking free from the ordinary, Ava Sambora advised stepping out of your comfort zone during the holidays. Reflecting on her own experiences, she explained:
“I like anything that gets me out of my comfort zone. One thing I tried recently is paintballing. I mean, who wants to get blasted with balls of paint? It sounds painful, but it was so fun, and I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.”
So, Ava prompts us to embrace novel experiences, whether it’s a thrilling sport like paintballing or a calming new hobby, adding an adventurous twist to the holiday season.
Embrace The Energy Of Live Performances
Live music seems to play a significant role in Sambora’s summer adventures. Not only she attended popular festivals like Coachella, but she also eagerly anticipated different musical experiences like the dance-themed Hard Summer Fest:
“I love going to festivals and concerts. I’m going to Hard Summer Fest, and I’m so excited. I’ve been to Coachella before, which has kind of a hippie vibe, but this one’s dance music, so it’ll be totally different.”
Her suggestion to fellow holiday-goers: seize the chance to immerse yourself in the energy of live music events.
Create Your Personal Holiday Anthem
Music is a recurring theme in Ava Sambora’s summer tips. Besides live music, she also suggested creating a personalized holiday soundtrack:
“I really like rap and alternative, like The Weeknd, and I can do a little bit of country. I like girl artists, like Miley Cyrus, and I’m also really into Zedd.”
With a diverse taste that spans from rap and alternative to country, Sambora says a great soundtrack is important to set the holiday mood.
Rise Early And Shine Bright
As someone who values making the most of her time, Sambora advised against oversleeping during the holiday season. She believes in seizing the day and making the most of the long, sun-filled hours:
“It’s fun to sleep in on weekends during the school year, but in the summer, I like to start the day early. Get up and get going.”
Disconnect To Connect
Despite documenting her summer break on YouTube, Sambora understood the importance of disconnecting from digital devices. She suggested balancing the desire to capture memories with the need to fully appreciate the moment:
“There’s a fine line. You want to capture the moment and remember it, but at the same time, there are some things that are surreal — the moment is so beautiful — that you just want to experience it.”
Celebrate Sunshine With Outdoor Activities
Finally, no summer holiday guide would be complete without some sun-soaked fun. Sambora is an advocate for beach days, be it for boating or cycling:
“I really enjoy going to the beach. I’d meet up with my friends and drive down and spend the thing doing beachy activities, like boating or riding bikes around.”
You can watch Ava’s biography in her own words below.