How do you spend your nights? Of course, you have to sleep, but how do you spend your time before that?
Without a doubt, we all need a break after a long and stressful day of work. We need to have an activity that can help us relax and refresh our minds for the next day of work or a new week ahead if it is on the weekend. For most people, that means being glued to the phone until they fall asleep. But how much fun can that be? And how relaxing is it?
Scrolling through your phone before you sleep may seem relaxing, but in reality, it is not. In most cases, it always ends up doing just the opposite- straining your eyes and brain, causing more fatigue.
There are countless better and more fun ways to spend your night than on your phone. For now, we will highlight just 7 of them.
Let’s dive in!
1. Try Cooking an International Meal
One way to have fun at night is by cooking an international meal. You can do it all by yourself, but that won’t be as exciting as when you have company. So, if you feel like going out, you can plan the event at one of your friends’ houses; if not, you can invite your friends over to your house. Alternatively, you can do it exclusively with your family in your home. Whatever makes you happy.
The idea is pretty simple. Pick a country that interests you; do some research on it. Find a meal that is unique to that country and some music too. For instance, let’s say you choose Italy. In that case, you can serve risotto al Nero di sepia also squid ink risotto and set the mood with some Italian music. The goal is to create an environment that makes you feel like you are dining in Italy or any other country that interests you.
In line with that, anything that can bring out that feeling more will come in handy to make the night even more fun. That includes a painting, clothing, or some décor.
2. Hold a Themed Movie Night
Watching movies is always fun; it is even more when you do it with friends or family. And that is why a movie night is such a good idea.
There are several ways to go about this;
You can go out to the movies, which can be very expensive. One ticket can cost you approximately $20 and even more if you buy anything like soda or popcorn.
If you still feel like going out but cannot afford to spend that much, you can plan a movie night at one of your friends’ houses. Prepare snacks and popcorn by yourselves to minimize the cost.
If you don’t feel like going out, you can invite your friends over for the movie night.
You probably have an endless list of movies in your Blue Rays and DVD collection. Pick a theme that you and your family or friend will enjoy, then choose the list of movies to watch. Be sure to plan for the whole night to watch those movies back-to-back. You may also want to check out free movie streaming sites to increase your options and maximize the fun.
3. Play Games
Board games have been around for some time, but they still make it to the list as one of the most fun ways for anyone to spend their night.
Some of the best games you can play include
- Ticket to Ride
- Trivial Pursuit
- Mouse Trap
- Apples to Apples
- Cards Against Humanity
- And many more
Just visit your local game store and pick a game that appeals to you and your family or friends. You can also find some of these games on Amazon and most online stores.
The best part about board games is that you get to interact with everyone you are playing with, remember previous experiences, and laugh about them all night long. While at it, you also get to save some money because board games are affordable.
4. Play Pool
Shooting pool is a lot of fun whether you have been doing it for ages or you are a first-timer. It is a perfect way to spend your night.
Most billiard and pool halls rent out their tables at an hourly rate. You can pick a few of your friends, book a table for the night and share the cost amongst yourselves. Others charge per person instead; make sure you ask first.
5. Have a Bonfire
A bonfire event is another way for you and your friends to have fun at night.
Light a bonfire, sit around it, talk and laugh through the night as you sip some drinks. It cannot get any better than that.
You will need a place to light your bonfire. If this is not an option in your neighborhood, do not panic; you can always buy or build your own firepit.
6. Play Card Games
Playing cards is fun and a great way to spend your nights.
There are plenty of games you can play. These include
- Crazy Eights
- Go Fish etc
All you need is a deck of cards, and you are good to go.
The best part about card games is that you can play many of them with friends or just by yourself.
7. Earn Some Extra Cash
Earning cash always feels good; having fun while at it feels even better.
Maybe you are in debt and want to get out of it, or you want to save some money to buy a new home. Or maybe your income is not enough to cater to your bills.
There are plenty of things you can do at night to earn some extra cash;
- Become an Uber driver
- Play games
- Watch videos
- Take surveys
Doing these things may not make you rich instantly, but it will help you get some extra money in your pocket and ease your financial burden.
Hopefully, you find a way to have fun at night from this list. But these are not the only options available.
Your ideal activities will depend on your preferences and your specific situation.
If, for instance, you live alone, you can choose something like getting rid of clutter in your home, volunteering, or reading.
If you have family, you can hold an exclusive family event or something engaging like a cooking contest with both friends and family.
And if you are on a tight budget, you will want something less costly like playing cards, a movie night, or a bonfire at home.