Let’s face it, we’re all going a little stir crazy without being able to travel, and in some cases, even leave our houses to visit people! Thankfully, we live in a digital age where software like Zoom exists to make virtual hangouts a lot easier.
If you’re struggling to come up with creative ideas to make these online get-togethers more fun, keep reading…
#1 Game Night
If you’re a fan of playing board games with your family or hosting a game night with friends, this is still possible online! While some options are free, and others cost money, I highly recommend any of these ideas for a virtual games night:
Jackbox TV – This works best if you have one person purchase the games and host their screen on Zoom from an iPad or TV
House Party– Here you can play the popular game Heads Up!, made famous by Ellen Degeneres. Also, it’s free and the website has other fun and easy games to play!
PlayingCards.io – Here you can play Cards Against Humanity online and other fun games! It’s even more fun if you’re on Zoom at the same time.
No software needed – Charades, 20 Questions, Would You Rather, or Never Have I Ever.
#2 Online Airbnb Experiences
Airbnb Experiences are hosted by locals in destinations around the world, ranging from food tours to history walks and everything in between. During this time, they’ve pivoted and have created incredible online experiences to enjoy at home. While there’s something for everyone to enjoy, I would recommend signing up for a cooking class with a friend or two, and participating together from your individual homes! Read all about my favorite online Airbnb Experiences here.
ALSO! If you’ve never used Airbnb before, sign up through here and you’ll get money off your first Airbnb apartment booking or experience.
#3 Happy Hour
This is a great idea for anyone, but especially co-workers! Just because you can’t go out after work together for a quick drink, doesn’t mean you can’t do so online. Get creative, make a fun cocktail (great recipe book!), and go around the “room” and share what you’re drinking. Perhaps every week you can make a cocktail from a happy hour spot in town that you love.
#4 Book Club
Monthly book clubs were popular before quarantine, and there’s no reason you can’t still do this via Zoom! Perhaps it can be a weekly or bi-monthly occasion now that we all have more time. Some of my favorite fictional travel-themed books include Lunch in Paris, The Austen Escape, and A Portrait of Emily Price. If you’re not a big reader, host a film club or even tv show club! There’s so many great options to binge right now, read more.
#5 Movie Night
Pop some popcorn and get cozy with your computer to watch a movie with friends! There are amazing extensions you can download for your browser now to watch movies together, my favorite being Netflix Party on Google Chrome. The movie will play for the same time as everyone, with a chatroom on the side. Or, you can have one person share their screen stream a movie for you while on Zoom as well!
#6 Weekly Trivia
Create some fun competition and host a weekly trivia night! I’d recommend having one person be the host on Zoom, asking questions verbally or creating a Powerpoint Presentation. Make a google doc form so they can easily submit their answers for each round. If you have a big group and want to break up into teams, you can create breakout rooms on Zoom where your team can go in and discuss privately, then rejoin the main room.
#7 Pick a Theme
Did you recently have to cancel a trip? Let’s say you were going to Paris but had to postpone – host a Parisian themed night on Zoom! Dress up, choose a fun background, and make some French food for yourself. Go around and discuss your favorite French films or books, and maybe brainstorm more ideas to add to your travel bucket lists. My favorite place to pick out the perfect Zoom background is Canva – check out their fun background templates!