If we do this today, we can travel again tomorrow. But even for the most extreme introverts, a few weeks of isolation might leave you trying to strike up a conversation with your houseplants. There are still several ways to create some semblance of a social life right now – albeit virtually – and, surprisingly, they’ve left us feeling more connected. Here, a few of our favorite tips.
Choose your preferred video-conferencing platform (we like Zoom, but Google Hangouts and Skype are also great), invite your friends, whip up a cocktail, and settle in for a round – or three. Bonus points if you assign a theme to the fete: tiki drinks only, an Italian-inspired aperitivo hour, or even a black-tie affair. (Some of us could use an excuse to change out of our sweatpants for a few hours.) Sure, we might still be drinking alone in our living rooms, but the conversation will sparkle just as much as if you’re at the bar down the street – or if you use one of our Zoom travel backgrounds, canalside in the middle of Amsterdam.
Like a virtual happy hour, but with a little competition thrown in. The Party Packs from Jackbox Games include everything from classic trivia showdowns to interactive drawing challenges and wacky murder mysteries. Everyone uses their smartphones to join an online “game room.” Usually, you’re all together, but here’s a social distancing hack: Buy a Jackbox Party Pack for Mac or PC, set up a Zoom meeting with friends, launch the game, and use Zoom’s “Share Screen” setting.
For parents with children at home – and a genuine need to keep them entertained – set up a game-themed virtual playdate for kids and their friends. Have everyone print out bingo cards, nominate a designated bingo caller, and let the fun begin.