From taking a virtual tour to museums, visiting theme parks online, to learning a new language, and more, these are 11 productive things to do during the lockdown which will help itch the travel bug and teach you new things.
Many parts of the world are observing lockdowns again for curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Those who are quarantined at home might be struggling to find ways to keep themselves entertained or busy.
I have figured having the Internet at home during lockdown is important for survival and to stay in touch with your loved ones. That’s exactly why family and I have upgraded our Spectrum mobile plans.
The good part is thanks to the Internet, there are so many things you can do online to pass time. Ready for suggestions? Here is what you can do:
1: Explore Virtual Museums
Did you know that you can explore a myriad of virtual museums such as the National Museum of Natural History in DC and the British Museum in the UK? These two museums are offering online experiences. Viewers can learn about the many exhibits in the museum from the comfort of their homes.
2: Take Virtual Tours
Theaters and opera houses are physically closed but you can take virtual tours via Google arts and culture. If you have always wanted to explore arts and culture, now is your chance.
3: Visit World’s Popular Theme Parks
You can also transport yourself to the most popular theme parks around the world including Disney world. They are giving 360-degree tours via Google street view. Wouldn’t it be great to bring the magic of the theme parks into your home!
4: Take an Online Course
Many colleges including Harvard, Yale, and Ivy League are offering free online classes during the pandemic. Explore their academic calendar and take a course.
Platforms such as EdX and Coursera are offering free online courses in a variety of subjects. Use the abundant free time you have to acquire a new skill.
5: Become a Chef or At Least Learn How to Cook
If cooking is a domain that remains unexplored in your life, the pandemic is the best time to take cooking lessons. Watch the movie Julie and Julia for some inspiration!
Famous chefs such as Antoni Porowski have started sharing a series of recipes on Instagram. Trying new recipes will be like therapy, which is exactly what most of us need in these trying times.
6: Play Games with Friends Online
Those who are social birds must be having a hard time in isolation. Take advantage of your phone. Download game apps such as Draw Something or Words with Friends and invite a friend to play these games online.
It’s a great way to keep in touch, practice social distancing and stay sane. This is a perfect way to kill time without the blues.
7: Participate in Virtual Medication
In these tough times, it’s imperative to take care of your mental health. Participate in virtual therapy and medication classes. So many apps have been developed for that now. Go explore them online and download the one that you think is best for you.
8: Learn a Language
Apart from getting entertained, use this free time to hone new skills such as learning a new language like Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, or any other. The best part is you don’t even have to pay to take a language course.
Go to YouTube and write down “learning Arabic” or any new language you are interested in, and you will find so many online tutorials.
The second option is to download a language learning app. These apps have immense features to help you learn a language at the comfort of your home faster.
9: Practice Nail Art
Who says you shouldn’t take care of yourself in quarantine? Use this time for a little self-care such as learning grooming tricks. Not all of us are great at nail art, right? Buy an at-home nail art or manicure kit, Google some nail art tutorial videos and start working on your nails
Check out Essie’s website for tips and tricks too. Start from the basic designs and once you have mastered those, show your friends that you are a nail art pro!
10: Update Your Resume & Professional Accounts
It’s a great idea to update your resume and write a cover letter. Clean up your social media accounts and make them look professional. Create an account on LinkedIn and if you already have one, make sure it’s updated.
11: Start Writing an Online Journal
A great way of venting your feelings is to start journaling. List down your goals and your best and worst thoughts. You can also start writing a daily diary to feel better.
Journaling is another great therapy that doesn’t cost anything. It’s highly recommended for those who don’t have anyone to talk to.