The last few months have taken a toll on everybody who has been stuck at home - especially us parents. Whether you’re a stay-at-home dad or a work-from-home mom, spending more time at home with your family was ideal during the first week of school. As much as we all love our kids, it's safe to say sometimes you simply need an escape from the life of glitter-filled clothes, sticky toys, and childrens’ story books! Here are six at-home activities for when you need a break from your kids:
1. Try experimenting with home-made cocktails
Bring out the inner mixologist in you! Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, you can never really go wrong with mixing alcohols. Aside from the stress-relieving benefits of enjoying a delicious cocktail on a Monday evening, some might say that half the fun comes from making that drink yourself! Whether you’re looking for something fruity, something with a little bit of spice, or just even just a classic, Pinterest - the holy grail of online inspirations - has you covered!
2. Explore the streets of Amsterdam or Budapest - from home!
Experience destinations from home through live, interactive video calls with remote guides around the globe! Do you often find yourself planning family vacations around cities with kid-friendly hotels, or those near theme parks? When was the last time you went on a spontaneous travel adventure? Port is an up and coming travel app that lets you join on-the-go tours virtually, from the comfort of your couch! Simply choose where you want to go, and be carried away on one of our remote tours, where you can also meet like-minded adventurers and socialise with locals across the globe!
3. Bring out the adult board games
There comes a time when you’ve just played too many games of hide and seek. If you are looking to revive your true competitive streak, 7 Wonders Duel and Codenames are my go-to board games for 2! They are both ideal games to play and pass time with a loved one, and can keep you entertained for hours at a time. If you’re not looking to invest time in learning a new game, you can always go back to a classic game of Blackjack.
4. Catch up on some reading with wine
Amidst the daily ruckus of a household with small children, I often find myself lacking when it comes to self-care. Some days you simply need to enjoy a quiet evening by yourself. Pick up that book you were meaning to carry with you this summer vacation and open the bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a “special occasion”. My personal recommendation: Falling Off The Map by Pico Iyer, paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon (kept for 45 minutes in the fridge) - thank me later!
5. Binge the last 2 seasons of Scandal that you were too busy to watch
Maybe you’re not in the mood to start a new book. From time to time, we can all get swept away with work for days - even weeks - at a time. It’s time to snuggle into bed, hold on to that bottle of wine, and binge watch the past few episodes of a TV show you haven’t been keeping up with. You deserve some me time!
6. Take this time to plan your next family vacation
Planning a family vacation is one of the most time consuming jobs when it comes to formulating the next summer plans. Use this time at home to plan your trips ahead and decide where you want to visit in 2021!
Port is also a great platform to help you ease your trip-planning stress. We want to help you experience a taste of the places you’d like to visit and inspire you to explore the world! Coming up with the ideal itinerary for travelling with children is a tedious process and you don’t know for sure what to expect. Through Port, you can experience a live preview of the travel destination you hope to visit, and ask all your pressing questions to a local guide that we connect you with. Travelling with loved ones should be memorable, so plan ahead with our virtual guided tours and get a true taste of the cultural experience.