Sitting and waiting to thaw out from a deep freeze can give you cabin fever. If the weather is cold enough and lasts awhile, you could be trapped at home for a long period. A strong cold with moisture in the atmosphere could bring unyielding travel conditions such as slick and icy roads. Wishing for a sunny island escape is fun for a few minutes; but reality sets in pretty quickly.
Just because you know it’s best to stay home doesn’t make it any more fun to do. There are ways to ensure that you’re not trapped in an ice prison, though.
Here are a few mobile apps to help you pass the time.
Amazon Kindle App
Books are always a popular option if you’re stuck in the house because of rain, snow, or the cold. But if you don’t have a traditional book case or a cadre of books sitting around the house, the Amazon Kindle app is a nice option. You can use it on an actual Kindle device, or through any smartphone or computer.
You can try out Kindle Unlimited free of charge for 30 days and there is a nice selection of free titles. Amazon usually has a good sale on some of the year’s best selling options too. Whether you’re into non-fiction or dramatic science fiction novels, there is a diverse selection of books to pick from.
Not into books? One of the more popular apps for old & new movies, as well as TV shows, is Netflix. If you already have the app on your phone or TV, you’re likely already familiar with how it works. If not, payment options start at just $7.99 per month. There are even Netflix original series, like “Bloodline” and “Orange is the New Black”, that you can binge on when you’re waiting for the all-clear to go back outside. There are also documentaries and other non-traditional programming you can enjoy.
If you like access to what is playing on traditional channels right now, Hulu is another great streaming app. Primetime TV shows that aired the night before are available and options include networks like Fox, NBC, CBS, and other major ones. Hulu also offers exclusive access to old episodes of popular TV shows like “Seinfeld” and “Law and Order.”
What better to do on a cold, icy day than to play games? The good news is that there is an app for just about any type of game you could imagine. If you like multi-player games, pick a soccer or adventure app. If you’re feeling strategic, a nice game of Texas Hold ‘Em may be a good fit. There are even apps for classic games like Monopoly and Pictionary. Many games even work offline once you’ve downloaded them, for those wintry days when your internet may be sketchy.
Getting stuck inside isn’t the end of the world. In fact, you may even find yourself so engrossed with your apps that you’ll wish for an extended snow day.
What are you favorite apps for passing the time?