These days it feels like everything we do comes with a financial cost. Playing video games, heading to the cinema, watching a show – all of them require you to spend some of your hard-earned cash. However, there are thousands of fun activities that you could do with your friends and family (or solo) that don’t cost you a dime.
Whether you want to stay at home and keep yourself entertained or head out around your city and explore like a tourist, here are seven fun, free activities for you to enjoy.
According to TechJury, there are now 2.2 billion mobile gamers worldwide. Believe it or not, this makes mobile gaming the most popular gaming segment globally, head and shoulders above both console and PC gaming. So, why not jump on the bandwagon and enjoy some mobile gaming from the comfort of your own home?
These days there are thousands of free options on the app store that you can download and play immediately. And don’t worry, these games aren’t some cheap knock-off apps that you will want to delete right away. In fact, some of the world’s biggest game developers have jumped onto the free app scene, which has resulted in huge titles such as Call Of Duty, Final Fantasy, and Fallout hitting the app store.
Sometimes, it’s nice to take things back to the basics. Therefore, why not pick up a deck of cards and play some of your old favorites with your friends and family. It’s believed that there are between 1,000 and 10,000 different card game variations (using a standard 52 deck), so you will never be short of options. Furthermore, card games have been known to provide various benefits, such as increased neural plasticity, stress relief, memory vitality, and improved problem-solving skills.
Don’t have a deck of cards? No sweat! You can play a wide variety of fun solitaire games on SolitaireBliss.com for free using either your desktop, laptop, or smartphone.
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity akin to a real-world treasure hunt. Using a GPS such as your mobile device, you can take part in a global hunt for caches and stashes of hidden objects around the world. Users go out to points of interest and deposit items for others to find and explore. Once you find it, you can leave your item or simply leave the item there for others to find on their hunt. While this may sound like a joke or something played by a few, geocaching has become a huge (and rather serious) pastime for millions of people worldwide, so why not download one of the apps and give it a try?
If you live in a big city or near a popular tourist attraction, you may be able to find a free walking tour that you can take part in. These tours operate using a tipping system, which means that you can go for free and then offer a gratuity to the tour guide at the end (if you enjoyed it). Taking walking tours is a fantastic way to learn more about your local area and its history. Even if you’ve lived there for your whole life, you can bet there are plenty of hidden secrets and gems of knowledge that have passed you by, just waiting to be discovered.
Following on from the last point, heading to the museum is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon getting to know more about your city or local culture. Depending on which part of the world you are from, you may be able to hit up the museum any day of the week and enjoy a full day out free of charge. However, if your museum charges, give them a call to see if there are days/times with free entry (usually early in the morning or on Sundays).
Taking time to get outside in nature provides a wide range of benefits. According to the Yale School of the Environment, if you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or worried about the environment, one of the best things you can do is to go out in nature. And the best part? It’s free. Simply put on your shoes, tie up your laces, and head out there and go exploring your local area.
If possible, try and get out into a forest or an area with a lot of greenery, as this is supposed to give you the maximum benefit. However, if you’re in a city, a simple walk around the park while being mindful of the beauty surrounding you will suffice.
If you want to take things up a notch, then check out the app AllTrails, which provides a ton of different hiking, cycling, running, and backpacking routes for you to enjoy.
Although our world is becoming increasingly commercialized and materialistic by the day, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy yourself for free. With these seven activities, you can explore your local areas, boost your brainpower, and reduce stress and anxiety, all without breaking the bank. Whether you want to challenge yourself to an online mobile game with someone from the other side of the world or enjoy your hometown as if you were a tourist, sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and outside the box thinking to enjoy yourself without handing over your cash.
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