Published on June 13th, 2018 | by Sarah Jubb
10 Ways To Avoid The World Cup
The FIFA 2018 World Cup officially begins tomorrow and millions of people across the globe will eagerly follow the path of national teams as they compete for the trophy. But while it may be a source of pleasure for many people, it can be a source of annoyance to others!
It is likely to be hard to avoid coverage of the World Cup with 64 matches featuring 32 teams being played out across a month. But there are plenty of ways for people to try and avoid watching these matches if they’re not interested. We’ve put together 10 ways that people can avoid the World Cup, so look and start planning your time now!
1) Have a BBQ
With the United Kingdom expected to have a warm June and July, it’s the perfect weather to embrace a barbeque. Whether it’s in your local park (if they’re allowed!) or simply in your back garden, they’re the perfect way to socialise. Invite some friends or family round and use the time to get together while enjoying delicious food.
2) Find A New Hobby
It can be easy to fall into a rut with hobbies, with many simply being done just because you’re used to it. But the World Cup presents the perfect time to find and take up a new hobby. With hundreds available, it could be anything from discovering a passion for fishing or taking up the time-honoured tradition of stamp collecting.
3) Discover A New Boxset
For those who prefer spending a night in instead of going out, then why not consider discovering (or re-discovering) a boxset of a television show? With streaming apps such as Netflix and Amazon more popular than ever, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone to fall in love with. Whether it’s a series of documentaries or even catching up on Game of Thrones, it’s the perfect way to avoid the World Cup!
4) Take A Weekend Break
Okay, work with us here, we know that this is both time and money consuming but it can be the perfect way to reinvigorate family ties or friendships! The UK has plenty of beautiful places to visit, from Edinburgh to Cornwall and they offer plenty of culture from historical sites to culinary delights!
5) Have A Cultural Day
The UK is home to some of the best museums in the world, with the British Museum being the most visited attraction in the whole of the country. Even better news is that national museums have free admissions, meaning they can make cheap days out as well. The Switch House at the Tate Modern in London was also featured in the Landmark Buildings Presentation Pack, so why not discover it for yourself?
6) Watch Other Sporting Events
While the World Cup is going to be the focus of many people, and many news outlets, throughout the next month, it’s important to remember there are other events happening too. Royal Ascot will feature racehorses who may become racing legends while Wimbledon will be showcasing the best of tennis. So if football isn’t your thing, then why not watch some of the other events occurring too?
7) Take Up A New Sport
The UK has a long sporting tradition. Recent successes in both the Olympics and Paralympics have encouraged many people to pick up a new sport. There is a huge range of sports available to try, from martial arts such as taekwondo to cycling and they give the added benefit of helping to live a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re interested in picking up a new sport to invest your time in, then why not look at the UK Sport website to see the wide range available to try. Who knows, you may discover a hidden talent that could lead to an illustrious future!
8) Amble Along The Countryside
We mentioned that the UK is home to some wonderful areas to explore, and you don’t need to spend a weekend to find them. With plenty of countryside to explore, from the Scottish Highlands to the Yorkshire Dales to Snowdonia, there’s sure to be accessible countryside for everyone.
The National Trust operates parks and places of historic interest across England, Wales and Northern Ireland while the National Trust for Scotland offers many scenic Scottish places to visit. Why not take a look and find your perfect countryside day out, you may even see some species that have been reintroduced to the UK!
9) Have A Picnic
A simple picnic can be the perfect way to catch up with friends or family while enjoying the atmosphere of a park, or even a city. For a more classic approach, consider including some traditional British picnic staples such as scotch eggs, Cornish pasties, Battenberg cake, strawberries and more!
10) Go To The Seaside
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside! As an island nation, the UK has plenty of outstanding beaches to visit. From popular beach towns such as Brighton to traditional towns like Weymouth, there are plenty of places to visit. There are also many Blue Flag awarded beaches such as Whitby, Mablethorpe Town and more so why not enjoy a day at the coast? It could be as part of a day out with the family or you could participate in one of the many beach cleaning events that occur?