The lockdown is still in place in most countries around the world, and it looks like it’s going to be some time before we’re allowed to travel without restrictions. We also still need to isolate for coughs and high temperatures. To make life a little easier, here are a few ideas to make the most of the time.
1) Travel the world… Virtually
There are two key ways to do this. The first is with virtual reality headsets like the Oculus or Google Cardboard. Depending on your headset and model, you can explore the world with 360 degree vision using Google Earth VR, Wander, or apps like National Geographic. You can even experience a tour of the Chernobyl exclusion zone using this app.
The second way is to take advantage of virtual tours like this Harry Potter tour. YouTube videos can also transport you – with a little imagination – to picturesque train rides around the world, like this one in Switzerland and this one in Japan. You could choose to explore the British Museum through an interactive application within Google. If you use Google Arts and Culture, you’ll find this presentation about Hawaii or this one about Alaska. The 360 photos and high quality videos, combined with insightful speakers are really worth a watch.
2) Play games against your friends, or the computer.
Again, virtual reality headsets like the Oculus allow you to take part in multiplayer games. You can even socialise virtually if your friends also have the device, and if you’ve all installed Altspace VR.
Outside of VR, websites such as Tapletopia and PlayingCards enable you to play board games and card games with your friends.
3) Try virtual speed dating
Some might say you need to be brave to try it. Others might say it’s easier to try this type of event online. There are larger websites hosting online dating, but for smaller online speed dating events in your area, check out EventBrite.
4) Go to the theatre… Also virtually
Never has it been easier to attend the theatre. From the comfort of your living room, you can now watch Andrew Lloyd Webber shows (full length performances are only available for 48 hours from every Friday at 7pm). Alternatively, why not watch Jane Eyre by Blackeyed Theatre? If none of these are taking your interest, keep an eye on upcoming performances here.
Stay safe, and have as much fun as you can.