This time of year, it’s common to want to curl up on the sofa at home and shelter from the cold outside. With so many Christmas gatherings going on and activities on offer, it can often feel like there is a lot of pressure to go out and socialise or spend lots of money. However, if you’re looking to have a few hours of quiet to yourself and want to save some money, there’s a number of things you can do to stay entertained at home too.
Thanks to the world wide web, there are now so many things you can do online, from shopping to entertainment, socialising and so much more. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the things you can do to find some extra excitement online.
Watch videos on YouTube
YouTube has a huge amount of content available from collaborators across the globe, meaning you’ll never get bored of exploring. In fact, you’ll probably get lost down a rabbit hole and end up watching videos for hours. Whether it’s cooking channels, home renovation videos or gaming channels, there’s something available to suit every taste.
Try out online casino games
The popularity of online gaming has exploded in recent years. As smartphones have improved, so has the quality and quantity of games available. Recently strategy games are particularly in demand. While online casinos are attracting new players each day. The convenience of heading online rather than to a brick-and-mortar alternative is proving to be a hit. From blackjack to poker, slot games, roulette, baccarat and so much more, online casinos enable you to play from the comfort of your own home, without judgement from other players.
What’s more, there are many sign-up deals and bonuses for new players that mean you can choose a site that suits you, without having to commit and deposit any cash in the meantime. You’ll also have a great deal of chances to win compared to in a brick-and-mortar casino as online casinos not only have larger jackpots but also offer more free spins and bonus games.
Listen to a podcast
Want to do something productive with your time? Listening to a podcast is a great way to pick up on a new skill, indulge in a passion or get mental clarity on an issue you were having. Podcast downloads have risen at a staggering rate over the past few years, every topic you can think of is covered, from sports games to self-education. You can use self-education to get tips on money management, self-meditation, language learning, parenting and many other topics where you can listen to subject matter experts.
You could also download some podcasts for offline listening later and then pick back up on it when it’s convenient. Podcasts are a great thing to listen to when travelling or working out so you could use your time online to research some great podcasts you’re interested in and download them to your phone.
Track local wildlife
Ever wondered where a great white shark is swimming right now? Or want to track down a pod of dolphins out of curiosity? OSEARCH is an online tool that allows you to keep track of ocean animals around the world by showing you where they are currently and where they have been recent.
For the real animal fans out there, you can even find out their name, weight and length. Additionally, if you’re a surfer or enjoy other watersports then it’s also ideal to know where certain wildlife is for peace of mind and to ensure you don’t cross paths.
Explore live cams around the world
Feeling the travel bug but can’t travel at the moment? We’ve all been there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore some far off destinations. If you need a change of scenery, sites like YouTube and Explore have live cams that you can watch from around the world.
Some of the best live cams include:
- The live puppy playroom
- The kitten rescue sanctuary
- The Giglie bridge in Venice
- The Gorilla Forest Corridor in the Congo
Research new recipes to try
The great thing about the internet is that it’s full of resources on just about everything, but especially cooking recipes. Christmas is all about indulging in heart-warming food and drink without feeling guilty about it and where better to find the latest Gordon Ramsay recipe than on the internet.
You could also look up Christmas cocktails and mocktails to make and then easily order the ingredients you need online. Sites like Ocado even allow you to automatically add a recipe’s ingredients to your basket for added convenience.
Listen to a Ted talk
Look for another productive activity? Ted talks cover just about every topic you could think of and can teach you some interesting things that make you question the way you think and perceive the world. Ted talks are always incredibly motivational and could give you the extra energy you need to start a new project or business venture that you’ve been thinking about for a long time.
Overall, there are so many fun things to do on the internet that it’s not really possible to get bored with it. With access to the whole world, there’s no need to be glum about staying at home this winter as with the above tools, you can go wherever you want, find out about anything you like and find new levels of motivation to enhance your life.
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