Greetings fellow PFers, I am a rising senior in undergrad (physics) and am preparing to apply for graduate school for next year. My undergrad institution does not have many graduates that go on to graduate school so I'm in a bit of a pickle as far as advice on this matter goes. I've read some other threads, but would really appreciate some personalized advice. Anyway, I am just wondering what some of you did in the summer between undergrad and grad school. I have no idea where I'll be going or if I'll be required to attend my hypothetical grad school in the summer (for a bridging program or something), but because of the uncertainty I'd hate to apply for an internship or summer research opportunity. Continuing research at my undergrad institution isn't an option really, since my professors are usually out of the country in the summer. One thing I expect to hear is "travel the world", since it may be the last time I get to do this. I was actually planning a trip to Europe, however my parents shot this down right quick (a pretty serious disappointment, I was really looking forward to this and have been saving for several months), so it's time to explore other options. And of course, getting paid for something would be ideal. I do have TA experience (TA'd for ~15 sections of physics I, II, and III), but I'm not sure that universities would be willing hire a new grad student as a TA before they begin taking classes. Please offer ideas/experience/sarcastic remarks/opinions!