The gay community is diverse in so many ways, and that includes preferences when going on holiday. While many prefer indulging in outdoor activities, others prefer keeping it indoors and enjoying their time that way. But are there fun activities to do indoors?
Yes, there are countless indoor activities that you can enjoy during a gay holiday. These can be as simple as playing video games with friends or dancing the night away to music. You can also go out to venues at your destination for things like escape rooms, murder mystery parties and more!
Check out this guide to dive deeper into the most recommended indoor activities for a gay holiday. As you reach the end, you’ll also discover a few essential considerations to remember when making holiday plans!
Top 10 Indoor Activities For A Gay Holiday
You don’t have to force yourself outdoors just to have a good time on holiday. That’s especially true if it’s the middle of winter and going out isn’t the easiest thing to do.
Don’t believe it? Well, this list will prove it to you.
Here are the top 10 indoor activities for your next gay holiday!
1. Video And Board Games
The past few years have shown that more and more adults are embracing their inner child by indulging in video and board games. That’s become evident with the growing gaming industry and the thriving market for classic and independent board games.
That can be an excellent opportunity for your next gay holiday!
Pack your favorite gaming system and a few extra controllers and bring them to your destination. Or, get your friends to decide which board games to bring along.
These activities can fill your hours with fun and friendly competition, creating memories that will last you a lifetime!
2. Karaoke And Talent Shows
Suppose your friends are more into music and singing than games. In that case, consider hosting a karaoke or talent show as part of your holiday!
You could buy or rent compact karaoke systems and microphones that fit conveniently into your luggage. Then, set it up in moments and plan your session over drinks later in the evening.
Don’t limit yourself to karaoke, either. Being on holiday with everyone in a relaxed mood presents an opportunity for everyone to show off their talents!
Standup comedy, magic, dancing; it’s the perfect time for your travel buddies to shine!
3. TV Or Movie Marathon
Some people have hectic lives and no time to enjoy TV shows or movies by themselves, let alone with a big group of friends. That’s why another fun indoor activity you can plan for your next gay holiday is a TV or movie marathon.
For example, you can plan the entire holiday around the idea of watching a TV or movie series from start to finish together with people who haven’t seen it.
With platforms like Airbnb, you can even book a place to stay that has an impressive TV or entertainment room specifically for this purpose!
4. Virtual Gathering
Unfortunately, there will always be situations where some people can’t gather on holiday. The pandemic in recent years was a perfect example of that.
However, you might also have times when one or more of your friends and everyone else can’t make it to the holiday.
Just because that’s the case doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the fun. You can host a virtual gathering instead!
A webcam and a laptop are all you need to host a virtual gathering with friends near and far. Plus, if you have a little technical know-how, you could host the online gathering using a big-screen TV instead.
5. Cooking And Baking Together
If you don’t want to rely on too much tech for fun indoor activities, don’t worry! You can do plenty of things with your partner or group to bond and enjoy your time away.
Cooking and baking together are perfect examples. For instance, you could book accommodations that come with fully-equipped kitchens.
Then, buy the ingredients once you arrive and plan a menu together. That would make for countless hours of fun as you prepare dishes and baked items to enjoy later.
Suppose you’re willing to splurge a little extra on this activity. In that case, you could hire a professional to coach you and your travel buddies!
The skills and knowledge you develop while on holiday will be the best souvenirs to take home with you!
6. DIY Arts And Crafts
Another fun indoor holiday activity you can do with your hands is arts and crafts. Think of it as making meaningful souvenirs you can take back when the holiday is over. Those crafts will remind you of the wonderful time you had during that vacation.
Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is one example of a fun arts and crafts activity to do on holiday. Not only is it a fun challenge to learn and master, but it’s also affordable and doesn’t require many materials.
Of course, there are countless other arts and crafts you can indulge in. Many people also make cards and other things they can send to friends and family over the holiday season.
For the more artistically-inclined, a holiday would be the perfect time to indulge in some painting, photography, and so much more. There truly are so many different options you can choose from.
7. Escape Rooms
Suppose you want an indoor activity to do at your holiday destination that’s fun, challenging, and gets you out of your hotel or accommodations.
In that case, you’ll want to consider escape rooms! As the name suggests, these are fun places where organizers lock you in a room and force you to solve puzzles to escape.
There are plenty of escape rooms to choose from, and each place also has several themed rooms. Some common themes you might find include World War II, prison escape, and so many more.
Do a quick search online to find the escape rooms at your holiday destination. Then, call ahead to book an escape room so you’re not disappointed when you arrive!
8. Murder Mystery Night
Have you ever considered family-friendly roleplaying as a fun holiday activity? Well, you can do that by hosting or attending a murder mystery night.
These events give each participant a role, and only one will secretly be the ‘murderer’. Then, everyone will play their roles to solve the mystery and identify the killer!
There are several ways you can enjoy this fun indoor activity. Firstly, you might be able to find a murder mystery party hosted at your holiday destination. You can make a reservation for yourself and your travel party, dress up in costumes, and enjoy the evening there.
Alternatively, you can buy murder mystery game kits and host a party yourself! Put out food and drinks and play the game according to the kit’s instructions for hours of fun with your travel group.
9. Dance And Music Party
Planning a fun indoor activity for your next gay holiday doesn’t have to be too complicated. If you’re stumped and don’t know what to do, you can plan a dance and music party.
Throw caution to the wind and dance the night away by dimming the lights and blasting your favorite tunes.
Of course, stay respectful of the neighbors wherever you’re staying. You might even make new friends by inviting some of them to join you!
10. Planning And Brainstorming Session
Suppose you have an important event happening in the future. You and your partner might be planning a wedding, or your friends might want to strategize starting a business with you.
Whatever the case, your holiday could be a fun, low-pressure way to plan and brainstorm for that future major event!
Companies always do these kinds of activities during what they call ‘retreats’. They essentially go on holiday to a place that’s different from their usual environments and let their best ideas flow.
You can do the same as well. Leave the serious thinking and decision-making for later. During your holiday, brainstorm freely and let the best ideas come to you!
Things To Consider On Your Gay Holiday
Going on holiday is all about letting go of your worries and enjoying yourself as much as possible. Despite that, there are still a few things you should consider to ensure that you stay safe without anything ruining your plans.
That’s especially true for gay holidaymakers who might be traveling to an unfamiliar or foreign place.
Here are 5 crucial things to consider when planning your indoor activities for a gay holiday:
Do Your Research
First and foremost, you must always do your basic travel research or due diligence on your intended destination. That means looking into the destination where you’ll be having your holiday and understanding its openness to gay people or the LGBTQ community as a whole. Ideally, you should be choosing a destination that’s safe for gay travelers.
Once you’re sure you’re going to a safe destination, it’s time to research where you’re staying and where you can enjoy indoor activities.
For example, in some cases, you can’t make a lot of noise in your accommodations. Instead, you’ll want to enjoy those indoor activities at the appropriate venues, like bars, clubs, escape rooms, or anything else mentioned earlier.
Understand The Rules
Every holiday destination has written and unwritten rules, so you’ll want to understand them before you arrive. That is part of the research that you’ll do while planning the trip, as well as when you arrive at the destination.
For instance, you can speak to staff and local members of the LGBTQ community to understand what is and isn’t allowed. They will likely be the best people to give you advice about enjoying your gay holiday and indoor activities safely.
Careful With The Noise
Suppose you decide to enjoy some of the indoor activities described earlier inside your holiday apartment, house, villa, or other accommodations. In that case, you must be careful about the noise.
You and your travel group will probably get a bit noisy once everyone is having lots of fun. That’s true even if you’re doing something as harmless as playing video games together.
Unfortunately, that could rub the neighbors and even the authorities the wrong way.
So, be mindful of how much noise you make and manage it as best as possible.
Take It Outside
Remember that all the activities described earlier can be hosted where you’re staying while on holiday, or you can go out and enjoy it at a place that provides those activities.
So, if you’re worried about making too much noise or not having space where you’re staying, don’t be afraid to take it outside.
For example, you and your friends can go to a karaoke bar instead of doing it at your rented holiday home. The same is true for cooking and baking together, which you can do at a place offering group lessons.
Designate A Responsible Traveler
Lastly, remember to designate at least one ‘responsible traveler’ in your group. That person’s job is to stay sober and alert, ensuring that your travel group is always safe.
Think of it as a ‘designated driver’ but for gay traveling. They’ll ensure that everyone is having a fun time without getting into any kind of trouble.
Depending on your group size, you could have more than one responsible traveler. They can take turns to ensure everyone has a fair shot at letting go and having the time of their lives!
As you’ve seen from the list above, there are plenty of indoor activities that you can enjoy for a gay holiday. You can host many of them yourself, but it’s possible to do them at venues around your destination.
No matter which activities you choose to enjoy, always remember to do your research and stay safe at all times. Be sure to not make too much noise if you have neighbors, and above all, have fun!