These days, the natural human yearning for excitement and adventure is just as strong as it’s always been, but more and more people are opting to fulfill that desire by retreating into virtual space, and playing video games instead of actually going outside.

There’s nothing too surprising about that. The digital world as a whole has become significantly more advanced in recent years, and a lot of the video games out there today are incredibly deep, immersive, and rich in storytelling.

But, no matter how engaging a game may be, allowing yourself to get too caught up in it can mean that you miss out on a lot of the real-world adventure that life has to offer.

So, get out of the house from time to time – here are some ways to entertain yourself other than by playing video games.

Visit an escape room

Escape rooms have been a growing trend in recent times, and all the evidence seems to suggest that there are only going to become more and more popular as time goes on.

An escape room, when all is said and done, is something like being in a thriller, mystery novel, or Indiana Jones film, in real life. You and several friends get locked into a themed chamber – i.e. Egyptian pyramid or mad scientist’s laboratory – and have a set time limit to identify clues and figure out how to escape the room.

A quick web search for things like escape room locations near me is likely to turn up plenty of results, so why not get some friends or family together and try it out?

Get together with some friends (or strangers) and play some tabletop games

You could be forgiven for thinking that the golden age of tabletop gaming lies some years in the past, but these classic, low-tech games are currently actually enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

Across the world, boardgame and tabletop gaming cafés are springing up all over the place, and new games such as Codenames and Exploding Kittens are spreading like wildfire and becoming immensely popular.

Video games are, generally speaking, about putting you in a world someone else has already created, and getting you to explore it on your own. Even MMOs typically involve you sitting alone in your own bedroom.

Tabletop games, on the other hand, are a great way to socialise and connect with people face-to-face, and exercise your imagination.

Go hiking

A major reason for the popularity of many videogames, is the fact that they allow people to “get away” and explore exotic new lands that they had never seen, and could scarcely have imagined, before.

But the real world is filled with assorted wonders that no video or photograph can do justice to.

Going out hiking and exploring is a great way of reconnecting with the wonders of the world around you, and finding the extraordinary in your own back garden.