I easily spend hours and hours on end online, browsing and scrolling through social media. Although this is fun and a nice way to relax, sometimes it can get a bit much. Do you feel the same? If so, check out this list I made. It includes 5 fun things to do online, whilst avoiding social media apps. Have a look!
1. Find a good holiday deal
This is one of my favourite things to do online! Whether you intend to actually book a holiday or not, it’s great to just browse and scour the internet for good deals. You might find a nice looking place you’ve never heard of before! Have a look at countries you might not initially think of (maybe even the UK!), or consider a cruising holiday. There are plenty of good holiday deals out there all the time, you just need to take some time to find the best ones.
2. Play online games
Playing a game is a fun way to spend some time online. If you are 18+, you can play bingo from the comfort of your home! Do you have a lucky number? Mine is 26! Or try your luck on the online slots, some of the most popular ones are Starbust and Rainbow Riches. There are always plenty of new customer offers out there to give you a top up on your deposit. But make sure you set a budget before you start and stick to it, hopefully you’ll walk away with some extra pocket money!
Remember to bet responsibly and for help, go to gamcare.org.uk.
If you prefer free games, why not go back to the old classics like Solitaire, Mahjong (my favourite!) or Pac-Man? You can play most of these for free online on your smartphone or computer. They are a classic for a good reason – they are super fun!
3. Browse cooking or baking recipes
What better way to spend time online than to brush up your cooking skills? BBC Good Food is a great place to start looking, whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook. With thousands of recipes online, you will be signing up for Masterchef in no-time! They have how-to video’s on basic skills, healthy nutrition advice and lots more. And with recipes categorised in family size, dietary needs, cuisines and more, it couldn’t be easier. At least you’ll get a tasty meal out of your time spent online!
4. Read an online magazine
When you think of reading a magazine, you might expect to go to the shop to buy one. But we are living in 2020! Most magazines are now available online – some for free, others for a small fee. You don’t even need an e-reader as plenty of them come on your smartphone or computer. Whatever your interest is, magazines come in all topics: crafts, music, cars, fashion and so much more. Get a subscription to your favourite for a guaranteed enjoyable couple of hours online every month.
5. Start a blog!
If you are looking for something fun to do online, why not start your own blog? This way you can document your thoughts, experiences or escape the real world with some fiction writing. You might end up writing a great novel! Even if you want to keep your blog private it’s a nice thing to do: see it as an online journal or diary. We all know writing is a great way to clear your head, so if you’re avoiding social media this can be an extra boost to get some mindfullness.
These are some of the things I like to do when I’m online without endlessly scrolling through social media. Which one will you start with?