Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 6th April 2020

Travel-Themed Activities For The Home

Whilst your holiday plans are on hold, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge your love of exploring the world.

Villa Plus, a leading villa holiday provider, shares these five travel-related activities that you and the family can enjoy at home during the Coronavirus lockdown period:

1. Sort and print your old holiday photos

If you can’t get away right now, why not take a trip down memory lane instead? Now’s a great time to finally sort through those hundreds of holiday snaps gathering digital dust on your phone or camera.
After you’ve picked out your favourites, you can get them printed to display around the house. You’ll find all sorts of fantastic photo products available to order online – from canvases, calendars and fridge magnets, to cushions, mugs and even chopping boards!

2. Learn a new language
Always wanted to take up Spanish or refresh your Italian? Now is the perfect time to brush up your language skills and not only impress your friends and family, but also be able to communicate with locals who’ll appreciate your efforts to speak their lingo.
There are plenty of ways to start learning from the comfort of your sofa, like mobile apps, online courses and YouTube. And many of them don’t cost a penny.

3. Discover your dream holiday destination
Now is the perfect time to get inspired and start planning your next dream holiday. Europe is a great place to start, with something for every member of the family - from Croatia to the Greek Islands, the French Riviera, or Spain’s trusted beautiful, popular resorts and beaches.

Each one has its own unique culture, history, cuisine, natural beauty and things to do. So, get researching and start planning!

4. Find some handy new travel accessories
Love a good gadget? Then head online to browse the latest accessories designed to make your overseas adventures that bit easier. There are loads of useful gizmos that’ll save you time, money and hassle on your next villa holiday.

Nifty gadgets such as packing cubes will neaten up the suitcase of any messy packer. Or, try out a collapsible reusable water bottle to stay hydrated on day trips, and protect the planet at the same time. Spend some time researching and see what’s out there.

5. Get competitive with a travel-themed game
Sometimes you just can’t beat a good old-fashioned head-to-head at the kitchen table. Whether you want to build a railroad or traverse a desert, there are countless travel-themed games out there to keep everyone entertained.

Or for the ultimate in fun, nominate a Travel Quiz Master and test the extended family’s geographical knowledge in a group video call. Split into teams and let battle commence!