For many of us, spring break marks one year since the start of something truly unprecedented: the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we seem to be approaching the light at the end of the tunnel, it is still undoubtedly important to abide by safety guidelines. As we all know by now, the threat posed by the coronavirus has made safe socializing quite difficult. Luckily, the past year has shown that alternative options are plentiful, and adapting to our circumstances is feasible.
Ever since the cinema was created over a hundred years ago, people have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of viewing films at their local movie theaters. Despite the risky nature of visiting such
establishments, watching movies with your friends is still very much possible. Disney Plus’s GroupWatch, Hulus’s Watch Party, and Amazon’s Watch Party are featured within their respective applications, allowing subscribers to easily stream television shows and movies with their loved ones. Teleparty, a Chrome extension, enables its users to sync their viewing through Netflix and HBO as well. Individuals can watch along with their friends, send messages in a chat section, and even call separately if they wish to talk. Feel free to turn off the lights, grab a cozy blanket, and prepare some overpriced snacks to replicate the ambiance of an authentic cinema experience!
Finally, a great way to spend time with your friends is to join a group call and do an activity together. This is especially appealing because of its flexibility; you and your friends can choose to do something you all enjoy, or even something you have never tried! Whether it’s painting, baking, gardening, scrapbooking, doing yoga, dancing, or playing sudoku, partaking in activities is almost always better with some company. Take this as an opportunity to learn something new, discover your hidden abilities, and have some quality time with your loved ones.
As spring break begins, be sure to put this time to good use and build better relationships with your friends and family. Aside from the options outlined here, there are an abundance of opportunities to grow closer with others without the dangers of close proximity. Regardless of what you decide to do this spring break, please remember that having fun and staying safe are not mutually exclusive. Have a happy and healthy spring break!