Top 20 Winter Activities to do at Home
Winter looks a little different this year as the pandemic has put a hold on many winter activities that we would normally enjoy doing. However, there are still many ways to still enjoy the winter season. Below, we’ve curated a list of Top 20 Winter Activities to do at Home. Here are some ways to make the best out of our new normal.
What can you do indoors in the winter?
Satisfy your wanderlust
Travelling for the holiday season isn’t ideal due to the ever-changing restrictions in place, but there are still several activities that you can do from home to see, experience and learn about the world.
1. Try recipes from around the world
Travel the world without leaving your kitchen by cooking some authentic dishes around the globe. Try your hand at an entirely new cuisine, like Thai or Vietnamese to discover robust flavours, or make your own Margherita pizza and reminisce about your last holiday to Italy.
2. Virtual museums and attractions
While there’s nothing quite like seeing world-renown art pieces in real life, the current predicament of the pandemic makes it challenging to do so. Fortunately, Google’s Art and Culture Project has collaborated with more than 2500 museums and attractions over the world and made it possible to visit them virtually. Now, art connoisseurs and culture fanatics can admire their favourite pieces and artefacts from the comforts of their own home. Check out our blog on some of the best museums and attractions that you can visit virtually.
3. Listen to a travel podcast
Podcasts have taken over the media landscape and grown exponentially in the last few years. Discover your next bucket list destination and plan your future trips by listening to some travel podcasts. We recommend Zero to Travel, one of the most acclaimed travel podcasts in the industry. Their episodes vary from travel tips and travel news to featured destinations. The Rough Guide is another podcast that brings their extensive travel knowledge to offer a series of thought-provoking episodes.
4. Disney Themeparks
Bring the magic of the happiest place on earth to your home by going on some virtual Disney rides. Enjoy riding on some of Disney Theme Parks’ popular rides, such as Frozen Ever After, Peter Pan’s Flying Ride, The Little Mermaid Adventure, and more.
5. Plan your next holiday
Planning a trip can be just as fun as going on one, so why not take the time now to plan out your next holiday? Find some travel inspiration from our various destination blogs and read our step-by-step trip planning guide where we take you through the measures of planning a trip in the COVID-era.
Learn Something New
Being in quarantine is the best time to sharpen our skills, expand our knowledge and immerse ourselves in something new. Here are a few activities that you can do from home to develop your skill set and enhance your learning.
6. Learn a new language
Now is the perfect time to learn a new language, whether it be for your future travels or to add to your repertoire. With language applications like Duolingo and Babbel that have speech recognition and dialogue training, it’s easier than ever to pick up a new language.
7. Online courses
Signing up for online courses is another way to enhance your learning at home. There are many platforms online which offer recognised courses for free. Coursera, for example, offers more than 3,800 courses from the world’s highest-ranking universities, technology institutes and more. Enroll in one of Yale’s free online courses, such as The Science of Well-Being or learn Python from Google.
8. Take a virtual tour of NASA
NASA is now offering free virtual tours of space. The organisation has curated a collection of explorations ranging from the international space station to the TRAPPIST-1 star system. Go on an adventure with NASA and learn more about space exploration through their online exhibits and interactive virtual tours.
9. Watch webinars
An appealing medium of learning, webinars have become more popular this year due to the current predicament. A great advantage of webinars, similar to the online courses is that it gives viewers the opportunity to learn from experts and professionals from across the world. There are many free webinars available online.
10. Watch documentaries
Watching documentaries is another great way to learn about important issues and add depth to your understanding of various topics. Whether your passion is for travel, social justice, or the mass media, there’s a documentary for that.
In current times it’s essential to stay positive and do things that you enjoy, and as the saying goes, “creativity feeds the soul”. So here are some activities that you can do at home this winter that will unlock your creativity.
11. Paint with Bob Ross
Get your creative juices flowing by joining Bob Ross as he paints scenic landscapes using oil paints. Episodes from the late painter’s hit television show, which ran from 1983 to 1994, is now available on YouTube. Happy painting!
12. Start a blog
If you have a passion for writing, why not start your own blog? Check out our top 12 tips for travel blogging. Alternatively, check out our travel blogs for some inspiration.
13. Winter vegetable garden
Channel your inner green thumb by growing a winter vegetable garden. There are plenty of vegetables that grow over winter like carrots, spinach and peas.
14. Create a photo book
Creating a photo book is a great way to record your travels and document your life experiences. Here are few ideas on what you can do with your holiday photos.
15. Take up knitting
Learning to knit is not as difficult as you might think, and it’s the perfect winter activity as you can knit sweaters and scarfs for you and your loved ones. If you want to get really creative, you can also make knitted artwork to hang around your house.
Get into the christmas spirit
Christmas is almost here, so get into the christmas spirit by doing the following activities.
16. Make some delicious winter drinks
Winter is the time for warm drinks, so experiment with your favourite holiday beverages. You could add some red wine to your hot chocolate, or spike your eggnog with rum. Here are some delicious recipes that you can try.
17. DIY snowglobes
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Create your own snowglobe with simple household items, some can even be hung on your christmas tree. This is an activity that the whole family will love.
18. Make your own Christmas tree ornaments
When it comes to your christmas tree, the more unique it is, the better, so why not create your own tree ornaments? Check out these DIY christmas tree ornaments for some inspiration.
19. Bake a pie
Baking a pie is a great (and delicious) way to get into the holiday spirit. No matter your expertise in the kitchen, you will surely find a recipe that suits you online. Find some delicious pie recipes here.
20. Christmas movie marathon
Last but not least, the best way to get into the christmas spirit, is ofcourse, by binging your favourite christmas movies. There are plenty of options to choose from such as Home Alone, It's A Wonderful Life, and many many more!
Enjoy doing some of our home activities and make the most of this unique winter season. We hope that these activities will keep you busy during the current lockdown.
As the year slowly comes to a close, remember that the transition period for the UK to leave the EU will also end. Read our blog on How to Travel After Brexit so you are well-prepared for your future travels. To get updates and be notified of changes in the travel industry, sign up for our weekly newsletter.