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100+ Free Zoom Backgrounds: Work & Social

Zoom Background_office space

Are you bored of boring Zoom backgrounds? We are, too, so we’ve created a selection of popular Zoom wallpapers for you to download.

Just right-click your Zoom background of choice and save it to your phone or computer.

Topics include home office backgrounds, hobby themed backgrounds, funny backgrounds for social calls, and holiday Zoom backgrounds such as Christmas, Hallowe’en, July 4th, Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The styles vary from 3D backgrounds, images and cute graphics.
Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

Also, looking for ideas for games to play on Zoom? Check out our popular guide.

Hosting a quiz and need some trivia rounds inspiration? We’ve got that here too.

Let’s look at the extensive list of Zoom virtual backgrounds, free for you to use.

Professional Zoom Backgrounds

The following free virtual backgrounds for Zoom are ideal for business conference calls as they imitate large office spaces and small, working from home rooms.

Zoom Background_office space

Desk with World Map Zoom Background

Zoom Background_office with map on wall

Large Office Zoom Background

Zoom Background_professional office

White Room Zoom Background

Zoom Background_office

Abstract Backgrounds

Next up we have cool Zoom backgrounds for casual meetings and chats with friends.

Zoom Background_streamers

Swirly Pain Zoom Background

Abstract Zoom background with pink and green swooshes

Blue Lines Zoom Background

Zoom Background_abstract With pinks blues and yellows

Funny Zoom Backgrounds

In this section, we present hilarious Zoom backgrounds which are guaranteed to get a giggle.

Just ensure you are using them in the right setting!

Zoom Background_potato

Poop Emoji Zoom Background

Zoom Background_poop emoji

Dancing Zoom Background

Zoom Background_older lady dancing

Funny Face Zoom Background

Zoom Background_mask with fluffy eyebrows glasses and nose and tie

Scientist Zoom Background

Background_mad scientist

Frogs Zoom Background

Zoom Background_frogs looking down pants

Face Zoom Background

Zoom Background_crazy eyes lips pink background

Funny Animal Backgrounds

Carrying on with the light-hearted theme, we have adorable backgrounds featuring cute animals pulling silly faces.

Zoom Background_sheep smiling funny

Monkey Zoom Background

Zoom Background_monkey Laugh

Cat Zoom Background

Zoom Background_cat with smiling face sticker

Cow Zoom Background

Zoom Background_cow stick out tongue

Celebration Zoom Backgrounds

The following fun backgrounds for Zoom cover a variety of holidays and milestones such as birthdays, baby showers, and national holidays.

We’ve also included winter holiday Zoom backgrounds for festive calls and catch ups.

Birthday Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background_pastel balloons

Happy Birthday Zoom Background

Zoom Background_happy birthday

Bunting Zoom Background

Zoom Background_bunting

Balloons Zoom Background

Zoom Background_balloons on strings

Baby Shower Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background Baby Shower bunting

Baby Blocks Zoom Background

Zoom Background Baby shower blocks

Holiday Zoom Backgrounds

‘Tis the season!

If you are planning a Christmas video call, check out our quiz rounds guide to grab our free Xmas quiz.

Christmas Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background Christmas bells

Lights Zoom Background

Zoom Background Christmas lights

Bell and Baubles Zoom Background

Zoom Background Christmas

Ugly Sweatshirts Zoom Background

Zoom Background Christmas Ugly Sweatshirts
Zoom Background Christmas ugly sweatshirt
Zoom Background Christmas ugly sweatshirt red

Angel Backgrounds

Background with angels
Zoom Background Angels wearing pink
Zoom Background Angel Wings
Zoom Background Angel Praying

Hallowe’en Zoom Backgrounds


Zoom Background Halloween zombie
Zoom Background Halloween witches hat
Zoom Background Halloween house
Zoom Background Halloween Web
Zoom Background Halloween Pumpkins

4th of July Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background_usa july 4th
Zoom Background_us july 4th items
Zoom Background_us color fireworks

You may also like our guide to the best places to visit in the US in July which includes July 4th and events.

Juneteenth Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background_juneteenth hand
Zoom Background_juneteenth fist

You may also like our guide to the best places to visit in the US in June which includes Juneteenth events.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Zoom Background_indigenous day
Zoom Background_indigenous headdress
Zoom Background_indigenous print

You may also like our guide to the best places to visit in the US in August which includes National Day of Mourning events.

Travel Zoom Backgrounds

Ready, set, jet!

Let’s get lost in these travel-related and destination specific free Zoom backgrounds.

Zoom Background_suitcase

Road Trip Zoom Background

Zoom Background_road trip

Plane and Passport Zoom Background

Zoom Background_plane passport

Luggage Zoom Background

Zoom Background_Luggage

Paris Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background_paris street
Zoom Background_Paris Eiffel Tower

Hawaii Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background_Hawaii Map
Zoom Background_Hawaii

American Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background_USA map
Zoom Background US flags

Europe Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background europe map
Zoom Background Europe landmarks

Africa Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background Africa map
Zoom Background_Africa map

Asia Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background Asia map
Zoom Background Asia landmarks

Nautical Zoom Backgrounds

Ahoy there!

Looking for an anchor Zoom background?

Really? Tell us why in the comments!

Zoom Background_nautical items

Sailor Hat Zoom Background

Zoom Background_sailor hat

Anchor Zoom Background

Zoom Background_anchor

Knot Zoom Background

Zoom Background_rope

Nature Zoom Backgrounds

Enjoy our pretty nature backgrounds next.

Zoom Background_leaves

Flowers Zoom Background

Zoom Background_flowers

Lotus Zoom Background

Zoom Background_leaf

Cherry Blossom Zoom Background

Zoom Background_cherry blossom

Air Zoom Backgrounds

It’s time for zen with these calming Zoom backgrounds.

If you know the meeting is going to get heated, change the vibe with fluffy clouds and floating bubbles.

Zoom Background_sky

Sunset Above Clouds Zoom Background

Zoom Background_clouds

Ocean Bubbles Zoom Background

Zoom Background_ocean

Bubbles Zoom Background

Zoom Background_bubbles

Space Zoom Backgrounds

Let’s kick off the nerdy Zoom backgrounds with Space, nebulas and aliens.

Beam me up!

Zoom Background_nebula

Astronaut Zoom Background

Zoom Background_spaceman

Earth From Space Zoom Background

Zoom Background_earth

Alien Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background_aliens

Spaceship Beam Zoom Background

Zoom Background_alien ship

Cartoon Zoom Backgrounds

Batman or Superman?

Zoom Background_batman

“Wow” Cartoon Style Zoom Background

Zoom Background_wow cartoon

Woman Superhero Zoom Background

Zoom Background_superhero

“Oh” Cartoon Style Zoom Background

Zoom Background_oh cartoon

Superman Style Zoom Background

Zoom Background_superman

Disney Zoom Backgrounds

How cute are these Disney wallpapers?

Zoom Background_mickey mouse disney

Snow White Style Zoom Background

Zoom Background_disney snow white

Cinderella Style Zoom Background

Zoom Background_disney cinderalla

Cinderella Castle Style Zoom Background

Zoom Background_disney castle

Harry Potter Zoom Background

Hello there muggle!

Which Harry Potter wallpaper does the sorting hat choose for you?

Zoom Background_harry potter on broom

Sorting Hat Zoom Background

Zoom Background_harry potter sorting hat

Hogwarts Luggage Zoom Background

Zoom Background_harry potter luggage

Harry Potter Memorabilia Zoom Background

Zoom Background_harry potter items

History Zoom Backgrounds

Throwback wallpapers incoming.

Zoom Background History globe

Old Ship Zoom Background

Zoom Background old boat

80s Zoom Backgrounds

Zoom Background 80s

80s Stereo Zoom Background

Zoom Background 80s stereo

Anatomy Zoom Backgrounds

Look into my eyes, and heart and lungs.

Zoom Background_anatomy

Z-Ray Style Zoom Background

Zoom Background_body

Brain Outline Zoom Background

Zoom Background_brain

Pink Zoom Backgrounds

On Wednesdays our Zoom screens wear pink.

Pink Rose Watercolor Zoom Background

Zoom Background_pink rose

Pink Swoosh Zoom Background

Zoom Background pink swoosh

Pink Polka Dots Zoom Background

Zoom Background pink dots

Light Pink Zoom Background

Zoom Background light pink

Vibrant Pink Zoom Background

Zoom Background bright pink

31 Fun Games To Play On Zoom with Friends & Coworkers

Women typing on laptop with red wine for Zoom games

Staying in but still want to be social or planning a work event and need virtual Zoom games to impress? Here are 30 games you can play on Zoom and other conference call apps. All you need is a video calling device, audio, a pal and the occasional prop. So let’s take a look at the best virtual games to play on Zoom and how to play them.

Before we dive in, we wanted to let you know that we’ve created a series of virtual online games so all you have to do is purchase, download and play!

Check out our Zoom quiz store for 80s, 90s and 00s trivia packs including rounds on general knowledge, music, movies and TV. Plus our newest challenge – the Scotland Trivia Quiz.

Zoom games come in a whole variety of types, can be played with one other player or huge groups and last anything between 10 minutes to a full day or night. Let’s find out more…

Note: We (Gemma and Craig) will keep adding to this post when we discover more light-hearted activities to play over the screen so bookmark this page and keep coming back. Have any online games to play on Zoom that you want to add to our guide? Email us gemma[at]

Fun Games to Play on Zoom with Friends & Colleagues

We have identified which games can be played with family, the best options for co-workers and the online games to play with friends. The latter being a little cheekier!

1. Name in the Bag/Guess Who?

You know that popular Christmas Day game where you put the celeb names on post-it notes and stick it on someone’s head?

Then your loved one has to guess who it is?

Well, Name in the Bag is not just for Christmas!

You have to be creative and turn the game around a little by choosing a celebrity for the player. 

Don’t let the player see who they are until they’ve guessed correctly or run out of guesses!

There is the popular app version called Heads Up which you can download on Android and on Apple but it might be a little fast-paced for video call software.

While all of the below ideas are not specifically Zoom games for adults, we do have a dedicated guide for kids.

A screenshot of a Zoom game for friends. Four adults and two dogs looking to Zoom screen.

2. A Day In Paris For Paris Fans – Travel Zoom Games For All 

This game has been hugely popular with families looking for an alternative group virtual tour.

This unique virtual tour is aimed at groups of people who are looking for a fun way to build their team skills.

The one-hour Zoom tour is led by an experienced guide who whisks the group off to the City of Lights and throws in challenges along the way.  

I got my pals together and joined a call to test it out and it is a hoot. Our virtual guide was Herbert (‘erber), not only was he knowledgeable about Paris he knew lots about our home countries which made us feel really connected.

The famous restaurant, La Maison Rose in Paris. Pink building with green shutters and door at the corner of a Montmartre street.

He plays on the typical stereotypes but also tears them and throws in local tips for your future itinerary.

He’s not a fan of Emily in Paris, the Netflix show, as it is too cliché he says. I feel you all judging our cliché outfits below!

You can ask your guide anything about Parisian culture, no question is too out there.

Sacre Coeur Paris

If you want to learn more about Parisian culture, visit the city’s beautiful attractions and have a laugh with your coworkers or friends and family then this tour is for you.

It lasted just over 60 minutes, you book the best time when you sign up and it is delivered via Zoom and Zoom breakout rooms. Book your spot here.

Companies have been using this team-building game for onboarding new members of staff when they can’t meet in person. A lighthearted icebreaker!

Herbert and the team also tell me that their Paris tour is being used as an option for a Zoom conference virtual after party so if you are in charge of the social activities after your virtual event, this could be it!

So whether you are planning a night in, virtually, with pals or a work event, it relevant to both audiences.

Here’s me, in the hat, and my pals pulling our best ‘Parisian smile’. Get ready to strike a pose! Are you booking a tour? Tell me in the comments below.

Read our Paris travel guide here.

Zoom game Paris for a day. This Zoom game can be played with friends or coworkers. Experience what life is like in Paris during this one-hour virtual tour.

3. The Trip, Played On Zoom With Host Or Self-Hosted

The Trip is a puzzle game created by 100 Point Challenge.

If like us you are dreaming of faraway places that you can’t get to right now, then The Trip is the game for you!

The Trip is about connecting, collaborating and solving your way around the world – one puzzle at a time.

The game begins with a master puzzle and then ten smaller mind bending problems to solve – a fun mix of visual problems, word puzzles, riddles, and number games.

Each of the problems gives you a clue towards reaching the final destination and completing the game.

Honestly, the final master puzzles are crafty!

This is the perfect group game for those who like puzzles, riddles, and other kinds of challenges that require a little bit of wit and some friendly competition.

It can be played on Zoom but also on other platforms like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Webex and Skype.

The Trip puzzle game by 100 Points Challenge

There are two ways to play The Trip.

The facilitated game is hosted for you by experienced online game facilitators from the 100 Point Challenge.

This is ideal for virtual work events and meetings where you can bring in an external facilitator who will lead you and your team through how to play the game, and take care of all the event logistics for you.

Prices start at $189 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”) and they can cater to large groups. Find out more here.

The 100 Points team has facilitated games for 6 and 200 people at one time, using multiple facilitators.

However, most people play in teams of 4-5 with the added time-based competition, where large groups play together.

The Trip 100 Points Puzzle Zoom Game Group

Although it costs slightly more than the self-facilitated version, they take care of all the event logistics which take the pressure off you and you can also play the game yourself.

Then there is also a DIY version which requires you or someone from your group to take charge.

The self-facilitated version of The Trip is priced at $49 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”).

With this, you get access to an online game platform with a video walkthrough explaining how to deliver the game and all the instructions needed. Find out more here.

100 Points Challenge Games

I have played three of 100 Points Challenge online games, The Puzzle (review below), The Riddle and now The Trip.

We managed to smash through the challenges that The Puzzle and The Riddle presented at around the 40 minutes mark but The Trip beat us!

Slightly embarrassing considering what I do for a job.

Nonetheless, the night was a success and my friends enjoyed the travel-themed rounds.

Can you do it in under 40 minutes?

This is the ideal online party game for people who love to travel.

Girl looking at a map with river in background
Planning our next trip. Image take from things to do in Ljubljana guide

4. The Puzzle – Best Games to Play on Zoom with Coworkers

The Puzzle is a challenge game created by 100 Points Challenge.

The game is predominantly a team-building challenge played among friends and colleagues in remote settings.

There are ten rounds of puzzles and a ‘master puzzle’ which teams have to work out to win.

The Puzzle can be time-sensitive (40 minutes) if you want to add some heat.

The Puzzle game for Zoom and other conference calls. Image shows an eye and lots of different colors.

There are two ways to play.

Firstly, self-facilitated (DIY) where one member of the team takes the lead, records the scores and keeps the time.

This is the cheapest option at $49 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”).

Click here to purchase.

All you need is an email address where the instructions and documents are sent to.

The facilitator needs around 20 minutes before you play to read over the information and to get preapred to host.

Use the share screen function on the likes of Zoom to explain the game and then share a unique link to the puzzle game page with all the players.

This DIY option is popular for companies wanting to keep their event in-house or families and friends looking for a virtual gathering.

The Puzzle Self Facilitated Zoom Quiz

The second option is to pass the host responsibility over to the 100 Points Challenge team.

This costs from $179 (and save 10% using the code “2SCOTS”), depending on your group size. To purchase you just need to reserve a date here.

The facilitator will talk all team members through how to play the game and ensure everyone gets involved.

This is most popular with companies, since there is a team building element making it one of the best games to play on Zoom with coworkers.

100 Points Competition The Puzzle Facilitated Game

I played The Puzzle with six friends so we decided to take the team element out of it and work through the puzzles together.

It took us around 45 minutes to complete and although a few puzzles were worked in within seconds, the team still struggled to figure out the mater puzzle for a long time.

I’m keen to play again with the team element and time constraint added.

100 Points Challenge know what they are doing having worked with giants such as Google, Spotify and Ikea.

Customer service is speedy too, I had to ask a question about the master puzzle an hour before we played and the team got back to me quickly.

This was a welcomed change to our normal pub quiz style Zoom chat and I think it would be one of the better online team games for work too.

Player+roles The Puzzle

5. A Christmas Puzzle

The makers of the hugely popular online challenge, The Puzzle (see below), have created a new Christmas game for Zoom!

A Christmas Puzzle is a team problem-solving challenge that aims to bring groups of people together, whether that be coworkers, friends, or family, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year celebrations.

It’s not only popular with companies, lots of families have been getting together, virtually, through this challenging yet fun game.

There is no need to download anything for A Christmas Puzzle as the challenge is set online.

All you need to do is choose a time, invite the gang, set an additional Christmas jumper challenge, and engage your brain while your facilitator leads you through the fun! That’s Craig and I (Two Scots Abroad) in the second window, I’m wearing red.

Your group will be divided up into teams that compete against each other in breakout rooms before coming back into the main room to find out who has won!

There are a series of 10 puzzles to tackle before cracking the overall ‘master’ puzzle. You can use Google search for the master puzzle only so it really does bend your brain during the challenge.

Tasks include visual questions, riddles and problem-solving questions. It’s really fun!

The facilitator-led A Christmas Puzzle Zoom game starts at $180.00 and all you need to do next is book a time slot here.

This is the most popular option with companies.

If you’d prefer to be in control of the game, there is a self-facilitated version of A Christmas Puzzle priced at $49 which is purchased here.

This version is most popular with families but do consider that one member will be the host so they will miss out of the action. Or, if you’ve got FOMO, like me, you can do what I did and not look at the answers so you can join in too.

The game itself is a 40-minute time-based competition but the facilitated version schedules a 1 hour – 1 hour and 15 minutes call in total for the game session.

This includes time for a quick warm-up, rule explanation and time to go through the answers at the end.

The majority of teams are able to solve The Christmas Puzzle (or get close) in approx. 35-40 minutes.

I rallied up the troops and played A Christmas Puzzle to try it out for this guide.

While we were heavy eye-rolling at starting up Zoom call quizzes again after a five month break, we all agreed it was really nice to get together again, with a festive twist.

Like with original The Puzzle below, we decided to play as one team. I didn’t look at the answers which meant I could play along too.

It is doable but if you are playing with work you will definitely want to add the competitive team element!

This game is a really nice way to celebrate Christmas together without leaving the home and it is ideal for companies who are planning a virtual Christmas party!

A Christmas Puzzle 100 Puzzles

6. Online Cook Club With Authentic Italian Chef

If you are looking for more than just virtual games to play on Zoom, set up your device in the kitchen and chat while making a dish.

Why not learn from an actual chef in Italy?

There’s a two-hour pasta making class online with Nonna Live.

Nona Live Pasta Making Classes Teacher

Just select a date for your live stream lesson with an authentic Italian cook.

Not only are you learning new skills and creating a meal to eat, but you are also supporting a local business that can’t do in-person lessons.

Nonna Nerina is an 84-year old grandmother offering virtual cooking classes. How cool is that?

Nona Live Pasta Making Classes. Nona with her granddaughter making pasta in the kitchen in Italy.

When Nonna is not available, her granddaughter, Chiara, takes the class so you are in good hands regardless.

Each day there is a specific meal in focus so if you enjoy making live lasagne why not try gnocchi?!

Here’s a review:

“I am a Chef from the USA and this is exactly what I wanted. I specialize in pasta and even I got to learn about how to make pasta by hand. This is geared towards people who have never made pasta from scratch but it’s a fantastic experience nonetheless.” ~ Zachery, USA.

That’s not all! For every class, Nonna Live will provide a warm meal to a child in need.

They have partnered with local non-profits to provide underprivileged children access to nutritional food.

Millions of children face hunger every day, and Nonna Live is committed to ensuring children everywhere don’t go to sleep hungry.

So you can book your online pasta-making class live from Italy here and know you are donating to charity too.

Looking for an international tour? Check out these tours from home around Rome, Venice and New York.

→ Schedule your cooking class here.

Nonalive Italy Cooking Class

7. Virtual Escape Rooms Challenge

Remote Adventures Escape Room challenges you and your coworkers or friends to get out in under 60 minutes via Zoom or your preferred conference call!

There are a number of virtual escape room challenges such as a prison escape, find the gold, or recover a stolen painting during a 60 minute adventure.

Remote Adventures Virtual Escape Game Group Images

My friends and I (above) got together to play the heist escape game and a few things surprised me.

Firstly, this was my first experience at an escape game and I was actually pretty good at it.

The game involves getting through different rooms and solving different kinds of puzzle using forms of communication and numbers.

Secondly, it was way funner that I thought it was going to be.

Sure, it was a challenge but we were all full of energy and smashed it!

We only used one of our three lifeline tips and managed to find the art in under 48 minutes.

Remote Adventures Virtual Escape Game Group Image. A group of players smile at the Zoom screen with The Heist written underneath the image.

TEG Remote Adventures uses its years of experience building 19 physical escape rooms across the USA and has moved the challenge online so players can participate from anywhere in the world!

Prices start at $30 per player (plus tax) and games can accommodates up to eight players per game. Minimum purchase is four players.

If you have a bigger group, they can accommodate up to 500+ by splitting the large group into teams of eight.

To start the game, reserve a time slot here and you’ll receive an email with the video call information.

Get the group on the video conference call at the agreed time and The Escape Game host will guide you through the virtual escape game challenge!

One of the guides will be the escape room with a live camera feed waiting on your instruction.

Online Virtual Escape Room Games-2

Work with your team to direct your guide through the adventure.

Pick up clues in your digital dashboard to solve puzzles and complete your mission in 60 minutes!

Sounds fun, right? Reserve your booking here.

Read our new guide for more online team building games.

Other reviewers say that The Escape Room is ‘well-crafted’, ‘reworked to play remotely’, ‘an enjoyable 60 minutes’.

Online Virtual Escape Room Games

8. Seasonal Craft Making

  • In charge of coming up with the Christmas Zoom party and not sure where to start?
  • Wondering what on earth the family can do to celebrate Easter together?
  • Struggling with spring break at a social distance ideas?

Consider a calming yet festive wreath making party or similar for other seasonal events.

Contact a local maker workshop and ask about their online options.

Games for online use can be be traditional activities with a virtual twist.

Thrifty Homemade Gift Ideas

It is likely they will provide a list of items or post items that you need to make the craft in question out to you.

The workshop is most likely executed over a group video call such as Zoom.

Alternatively, ask attendees to purchase a wreath making kit such as this one (US / UK) or similar and take charge of the craft.

A calming seasonal or Christmas virtual event!

We have seasonal wallpapers in our Zoom backgrounds guide if you want to jazz up your backdrop!

Note: For Zoomsgiving (Thanksgiving) and Christmas, Zoom lifted the capped 40 minutes time on free accounts so you can spend lots of screen time with your loved ones playing our virtual games!

We’re hoping it will be a recurring offer for special holidays. 

Wreath making craft table

9. Tasting Party Via Video Call

Wine, whisky, beer or gin! What’s your tipple?

Contact a local drinks company and request a delivery of specific drinks items the team has to test.

Or create a drinks wish list on your preferred shopping site for the group to buy.

Then let the friend/coworker who sees themselves as a connoisseur host the virtual tasting party.

Niagara Wine Tasting_

Alternatively, let these professionals from France host the wine and cheese tasting remote party event for you!

60-90 minute virtual wine and cheese tasting sessions can be booked as part of a Zoom call with a Parisian.

The French delicacies are delivered overnight so you can book last minute if you’ve left the planning a little too late…

During the session your group will learn about food history, cheese science and the cultural impact of wine in Europe.

Sagrada Familia Reflection in Wine Glass

The tasking session includes four cheeses Chèvre, Camembert, Ossau-Iraty and Comté which are paired with three different wines.

The wines include Château Bourbon La Chapelle Médoc 2012, Château Gillet Bordeaux Blanc 2017 and Alchimie Côte de Brouilly 2015.

This wine and cheese tasting event is brought to you by the same company that hosts the Paris tour (above) so it is sure to be a hit with family, friends and work.

The only downside is that this virtual alcohol tasting Zoom game is only available in mainland US.

Need something seasonal? Team it up with a naff Christmas jumper or fancy dress competition!

A sophisticated yet fun virtual happy hour!

Beer Flight Lazarus Austin Craft Beer Brewery_

10. Houseparty – Free Zoom Games, One of the OGs!

Free, fun and fast to set up, Houseparty is a game available on IOS, Android, Chrome and Mac.

Coined ‘Facetime plus games’, the software is a video call software and quizmaster rolled into one. 

Play Heads Up (like Celeb in the Bag), Pictionary and Quick Draw. 

I’ve found the Android app works better than the IOS on my Macbook.

Sometimes my friend couldn’t start a game but I could.

Be patient and you’ll get there!

I never hook up free apps to other apps like Facebook etc. Don’t want to share content between apps.

Houseparty was one of the best virtual games used by young adults and is a suitable option for Zoom games for two.

Houseparty app downland screen. Yellow waving hand on red screen.

11. Jackbox – Perfect Online Game To Play With Friends on Zoom

Once everyone has exhausted HouseParty they move on to Jackbox!

Jackbox Games has a variety of individual games and games packages for sale.

Packages include bluffing games, drawing games, fill in the blank, sound effects and trivia.

Jackbox can be played over every device going from laptops to game consoles, phones to desktops.

Jackbox Games to play on zoom-

We played Fibbage using Zoom.

Fibbage is really similar to the Psych! (see below) where the identified person secretly shares the truth to an answer and other players create believable lies.

Points are awarded for finding the truth, fooling others and bonus points for being funny.

Everyone answers their own secret question then the game commences.

Quiplash is another popular option.

The game throws up a statement and players reply with witty answers.

Players then vote on the best answer.

Jackbox Fibbage

12. Harry Potter Virtual Locations Tour For Potterheads

All aboard Hogwarts Express.

Next stop is Edinburgh!

Take a virtual tour of Scotland’s capital as you follow in the footsteps of JK Rowling.

Find out which cafes Rowling wrote it, wander through the very graveyard the award-winning author took inspiration from and visit Edinburgh’s very own, Diagon Alley, the colourful Victoria Street.

The Potter Trail Virtual Tour

Dive deep into Potter trivia during this private 1-hour virtual video tour over Zoom.

The tour is priced at £40 but we have an offer for you…

Quote ‘twoscotsabroad5’ at checkout you will get 5% off!

Any referral commission received will be added to The Potter Trail’s donation to Scottish Trans Alliance in reaction to JK Rowling’s recent actions.

Sign up here and reserve your spot here.

Harry Potter steamtrain going over Glenfinnan Viaduct

13. Outlander Virtual Tour of Scotland, Oh Hey Jamie!

Want to follow in the footsteps Jamie and Claire Scotland without leaving your home?

All you need is access to Zoom and 1-2 hours to devote to Jamie. Not hard, right?

Mary’s Meanders have been running award-winning tours including their Outlander classic tour for six years.

They know their stuff and you can join them!

In this online Outlander tour, you join the guide and fellow Outlander fans via Zoom.

For more information and the booking form, click here. Tell them Two Scots Abroad sent you.

Highland Explorer Outlander Tour

14. Cards Against Humanity Online

This is not a game to play with your grandparents.

The infamous Cards Against Humanity can now be played online.

Set it up over the likes of Zoom (see below) for multi-person virtual play.

Cards Against Humanity is a dark card game where players match ridiculous statements which are often close to the bone!

Hours of fun and cringing. One of the free games to play on Zoom which is magic because times are tough for some.

Cards Against Humanity Online

15. Psych! For Quick & Easy Zoom Games With Friends

Psych! is a game app by The Ellen Show team which Ellen describes as the game ‘where you make up fake answers to real trivia’.

The way we describe it is Cards Against Humanity with you and your friends, being the stars of the show.

Psych Game App

This is a 3+ person game and best played with friends you know well.

It’s meant to be an in-person game but can be played over video call to keep pals connected.

One of the funniest Zoom games for friends.

Did you know that Ellen owns the popular game Heads Up? Take to the stage, Ellen!

There are a couple of free games on the app including And The Truth Comes Out.

During it, the app throws up a statement about one member which you and your friendly privately create answers for.

The first one we were asked was ‘What is Gemma T’s most annoying habit’ – this game is not for sensitive people!

The system then gathers all the answers and you vote on your fave but you can’t vote for your own.

Points are then added up.

Note: One of the online games to play with pals who are not offended easily.

Psych Game

16. Just Dance – To Get People Moving

Thanks to my sister-in-law for this recommendation!

Download Just Dance to your laptop or desktop and also add the app to your phone.

The phone then acts as the controller.

Play over Zoom to enter ‘party rooms’ and dance together.

There’s a huge range of music from disco to Disney.

Now obviously there has to be an element of competition!

Points are gathered and the winner takes home the glory.

So whose handbag is going on the ground during this perfect zoom party game?!

Just Dance Over Zoom

17. Caribu For Kids and Families Chatting Virtually

Looking for a fun way to connect with the kids in the family?

Caribu is an app was awarded the ‘best invention of 2019’ by Time Magazine.

This app allows absent parents and grandparents to read to and interact with children for a monthly fee.

Games include drawing and reading so they are educational as well as fun.

Looking for more games to play on Zoom with kids?

18. Karaoke, Kinda!

I’m not joking! There are hundreds of karaoke songs on YouTube.

Grab a Bluetooth mic UK / US or a hairbrush and let the battle commence. 

Karaoke on YouTube

19. Dine Together, Virtually

Pre-agree on ingredients or see what’s in the store cupboard and choose a recipe from Jack Monroe, Bootstrap Cook UK / US

Stress out together while you cook and then chill over the meal. 

You are definitely sitting two metres apart during this dining experience!

Perfect for date night too. 

I’ve now seen so many dates do this. Super cute and no taxi home required!

20. Film/Book Club/Netflix Party 

Saturday nights in don’t have to be boozy. 

Grab a gang, pick a book and discuss the main themes. 

I’ve recently taken part in the Femspectives weekly film review.

We privately watched the film on Netflix before the chat, then spoke about the themes for an hour via Zoom.

Each week the organisers will put up films for us to vote on.

You can keep up to date with new callouts here on their Facebook.

What about a Netflix Party?

With this addon, you can watch a movie or show with friends and have the option to write comments to each other.

Zoom Meeting Example

If you love reading, check out my friends Sonja and Phil’s Scotland Book Club where each month members read a new Scottish novel and discuss it in a private group.

Authors also join the couple for book discussions over Zoom.

21. Yoga With Yours Truly

Move over Adriene, we’re all YouTube stars during this testing time!

Place your device so you can show off your Cat-Cow while others follow along.

Or you could all just follow Adriene because she’s the best. 

Alternatively, sign up with a local trainer. Many PTs and instructors have flexed their flexibility skills during this crazy time and are now offering lessons online.

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22. Pub Zoom Quiz Ideas

Quizmasters ready? Contestants ready? 

It’s time for the weekly virtual pub quiz. 

This is one of the most popular Zoom games, easy to create and gets everyone involved.

Rounds may include:

  • General knowledge
  • Guess what the emojis spells (films, terms etc)
  • Picture round: closeups of photos, chronological order, odd one out
  • Music intros
  • Zoom has a whiteboard functionality for a Pictionary-style round
Emoji Round Quiz

Or check out my free guide to 53 pub quiz round ideas because, after months of quizzes, things are getting stale!

Alternatively, let us create the quiz for you. All you need to do is choose your quiz, purchase, download and host.

Topics include Scotland, 80s, 90s and 00s.

Selection of devices showing trivia quizzes

Each of our quiz packs includes:

  • 6 rounds of general knowledge, music, movies and TV
  • 2 bonuses to keep you on your toes
  • 1 fancy dress lookbook for a themed night
  • 1 hour long Spotify playlist to send attendees to get ready to
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Remember the round of drinks to go with the rounds of questions. 

See our section on How to Use Zoom below for a quiz round idea using virtual backgrounds.

From experience, if you are the host and marker, it is best to have the answer written or printed out before the quiz.

I felt a tad overwhelmed and did the count the next day.

There’s a number of local pub quizzes going virtual.

Check Twitter or do a quick Google search for your favourite pub. 

Know of a pub quiz online? Tell us in the comments below.

This is the perfect option for Zoom games for large groups.

We played it with the whole family for my brother’s birthday.

Pub Quiz Zoom

Here are a few:

Christmas Trivia Quiz

Looking for a Christmas Zoom quiz? I created this festive quiz which you are free to use.

The link will prompt you to create your own copy.

The quiz has four rounds and includes:

  • Christmas Movie Round
  • Christmas Song Emoji Round (my fave)
  • Christmas Songs Double Speed Intro
  • Christmas Charades, Pictionary or Act It Out

Let me know you if you use it!

23 *Insert Word* Bingo

Like the traditional game of bingo?

You will need cards and a dabber but unlike the normal game, you put on a TV show, film or maybe a crap political speech that currently happens daily and using your pre-arranged bingo boards you cross off words as they are said.

We used to do this at uni during election party leader televised talks. Aye, I’m cool. 

How to win

  • Complete a line – cross off an answer in each box in a line across you card
  • Full House – cross off all boxes on you card

Or just play everyday bingo. Here are the cards UK / US.

Pinterest has printable cards for lots of themes here

Quick Do It Yourself Online Bingo 

I used to play this with the kids at school to start a lesson or test knowledge. 

Create a box with three up and three along. 

Provide more terms than boxes so in this case, more than nine terms.

Individuals choose terms and add to boxes.

You call out the definition (not the term) and the contestants then score off when they’ve guessed the correct term. 

♥ News just in! The world-famous Bongo’s Bingo is kicking off bingo in the house! Check for dates and times here.

I went with pals to a Glasgow event and it’s wild. 90’s music + bingo = fun!

Gemma playing Bingo

Me, Gemma, winning at bingo and a tad tipsy!

24. Host a Kid’s Zoom Party

How do I keep a group of toddlers entertained through a screen? How do I stop them all speaking at the one time?

Are you having a panic attack thinking about how to host a kid’s party on Zoom?

You are not alone! I’ve even had a professional kids entertainer get in contact asking for ideas.

I asked around my social circle and here are the top tips for hosting.

  • Make use of the waiting room before allowing everyone into the main Zoom chat party
  • Speak to every kid individually to create a quick connection before the entertainment kicks off
  • The mute button is your best friend, ask another adult to help you out
  • Keep the games short
  • Use the “spotlight” function on Zoom to highlight kids

Fun Games to Play at a Kids Zoom Party

  • Musical statues
  • The Hokey P/Cokey
  • Teach a simple dance
  • Karaoke
  • Scavenger hunt with clues
  • Alphabet scavenger hunt where kids find items beginning with letter A and so on

For more ideas, check out our post games to play on Zoom with kids.

25. Try a Trivia Game

You don’t have to manually create virtual games to play over Zoom. 

Let the software do most of the work with Trivia Maker.

  • Launch the game 
  • Start the call
  • Share a screen
  • Get your game face on

Games can be work-related, child friendly, themed or general knowledge.

You can try it for free but it’s a premium game. 

26. Hat’s All Folks 

One last suggestion, make a call fabulous with a hat.

Thanks to my pal Kirsten and The Union team for that one!

The Union Edinburgh on Conference Call

→ My friends Megan and Scott have some fun quizzes on their travel site. To find out which animal you are, play the game here.

Board Games To Play Online

You may be familiar with the following free virtual games online.

27. Monopoly

Do you have what it takes to build an empire?

This classic fast-paced board game can be dusted off and played online with family and friends via the App Store or Steam.

Review are mixed, some saying that the game works well, others finding it too glitchy.

28. Clue

Looking for fun family games online? The classic ‘whodunnit’? board game, Cluedo can be found online.

Was it Miss Scarlet with the candlestick in the study or Mr Green with the rope in the ballroom?

Test your powers of deduction to find out.

29. Codenames

Competing spies try to select the cards which represent their agents through codes without revealing agents from the other side or choosing the assassin card.

To play Codenames, select a room and choose the number of words that you want.

Share the link of the game with friends.

This appears to be quite a tricky game so maybe not the best virtual family game depending on kids age and stage.

30. Backgammon

An oldy but a goody, the goal of Backgammon is to be the first player to remove all of your checkers from the board.

This is a free online game which can be access here.

Just hit start game and send the code to the other player.

There’s a nifty schedule tool if you want to play in future.

31. Catan Universe

This free online board game can be played via smartphone or PC and with multi-players.

There are handy tutorials for those unfamiliar with the original game.

Languages available include German, English, Polish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese.

Get started at the official website.

Zoom Conference Call

Video Call Software

There are lots of video call software options and some you may already have on your phone.

Group Call Facebook Messanger

How to Use Zoom

Now a household name, Zoom is keeping people connected outside of the office! Talk about doing more than your day job, eh Zoom team?

  • Download the app
  • Open and click ‘join a meeting’ – you don’t have to sign up to enter
  • You can also sign in or sign up at this stage on mobile
  • Type in the meeting ID which the person who has set it up will have. Add your screen name
  • The arrow on the desktop version shows the people you’ve spoken to before
  • Type in the meeting password
  • Say yes to audio if you want to go in speaker on
  • Say yes to the video if you want to go in with video on
  • Use earphones if you can to help with sound quality
  • If you are having issues with connectivity try getting closer your router, switch off all other WiFi connections, use the LAN cable to directly plug into the laptop if the model allows it
Join a Zoom meeting

Zoom Tips

  • It’s nice to switch your audio off unless you are speaking
  • This stops others having to listen to you take a drink, sniff and other natural bodily noises!
  • To do this hit the mute button/picture of the microphone at the bottom of your screen
  • You can also hover over your image on desktop and select mute
  • If you need to leave the meeting temporarily you can block your screen off by hitting the stop video button next to the audio
  • If you click ‘chat’ a column appears where you can type to people in private or to everyone in the group
  • On mobile, this is probably accessed by hitting the three dots [Apple]
  • How does Jim have a jazzy background?!
  • Click on the arrow next to ‘stop video’ and select ‘choose virtual’ background
  • Upload your image of choice, this function could be used in a quiz
  • You can also share your screen so it shows what you are looking at, just hit ‘share screen’
  • Zoom has a whiteboard so you can draw/play Pictionary
  • If you require more than the free 40 mins, you can pay for a one-month subscription
Zoom Meeting Screen
Setting interactive backgroun on Zoom

How to Start a Zoom Call

  • Sign up and confirm email activation in your inbox
  • Complete personal details and create a password
  • Here you will be given a personal meeting URL
  • You can also invite others at this stage and an email will hit their inbox with details
  • Starting a meeting later? No problem
  • Sign in, select ‘schedule a meeting’
  • Complete the details and take note of the meeting ID

Zoom Games FAQs

What are Zoom games?

Zoom games are traditional or online games that you can play over a video conference calling software such as Zoom.

The software needs to have some form of screen sharing capability to allow the host to share the game with other players.

Some games are hosted by a professional, others are played among friends and family.

Zoom doesn’t have games built into its software, hence why we put this guide together.

What are the requirements to play games over Zoom?

Everyone can sign up for Zoom for free, however, your time on a conference call is limited to 40 minutes.

If you want to spend more time playing games on Zoom, one member of the group will need to sign up.

If your friends work from home, it is likely someone will have access to a premium account already so ask around.

If you do need to sign up, you can pay and cancel monthly.

Over the festive period, Zoom dropped the capped time to allow everyone unlimited access.

Everyone participating will need access to WiFi or 4/5G. The stronger the connection, the better the quality of the line.

You will also need one of the games above to pay!

Final Words 

Basically any game can be transformed into a virtual version with a little bit of imagination. Knit club, fight club, dance club whatever your vibe just please remember to include everyone, especially those who are vulnerable to loneliness during this challenging time and don’t assume the loudest in the group is fine. The extroverts will be finding this change hard too. Stay safe, have fun, tag me @twoscotsabroad 

Many of these Zoom games for adults can be adapted to for kids too! Tell me below if you’re using them.

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» Looking to get lost in travel inspiration? Start here.

Note: We can’t guarantee the safety of apps discussed in this guide.

Disclaimer: I was personally invited to try my partner’s games to provide a first-hand experience for you. This includes Paris For a Day, The Puzzle, The Riddle, The Trip, The Potter Trail, and The Escape Game.

Stay Fit While Working From Home in 6 Steps

Working out at home exercise items

Looking for tips on how to stay fit while working from home? Working online, TV apps and games to play on Zoom – the temptation to move from designated office chair to dreamy sofa then off to bed can be strong! Most people WFH like myself need some helpful advice on things to get them moving throughout the day to help keep the weight off, mind healthy and motivation rolling.

Stay Fit While Working From Home Tips

Here are some things that have helped me, a digital content creator who works from home, create some balance when it comes to keeping fit.

If you’re looking for general working from home tips, click here.

1. Create a WFH Routine and Stick to it

Even if you don’t have to clock on for work, commit to a wake-up time and create an achievable routine to stick before you switch on your laptop or even check your phone.

Shower, get ready, switch on a tracking app or fitness watch, enjoy breakfast such as oats and fruit, overnight oats, eggs, or yoghurt and fruit then do some exercise.

This could be a morning walk and/or your designated exercise time.

Now that I work out at home, I prefer to work out after walking the dog in the morning. When I attended classes, I did this just before dinner.

Find a rhythm that works for you. The key is to create an achievable morning routine that you want to wake up to and can also stick to.

Don’t beat yourself up if you struggle to do it for the first while but do keep trying.

Bass Rock Dunbar Scotland Bowie Dog

2. Plan Meals and Go Grocery Shopping

Most weeks, I plan my meals and do a big grocery shop once a week.

If I leave working out what to eat until the last minute I end up eating junk food.

Candy, chocolate, white bread – I am obsessed with sugar and have to keep this under control to help maintain a healthy working from home/keeping fit and happy balance.

Drink lots of still water to keep hydrated.

Cutting out sugary drinks is a relatively easy way to kick off your new healthy outlook and balanced eating.

Pancakes River Bothy Cafe in Berriedale North Coast 500 Scotland_

3. Check Out MyFitnessPal App

When WFH pants are getting a tad uncomfortable, consider tracking what you are eating using a free app such as MyFitnessPal.

You can add meals so if you go for a similar breakfast each morning you don’t have to repeat food items every day.

If you’d prefer guidance on what you should be eating to see steady weight loss, consult a nutritionist or health professional to help guide you on how to use a weight loss app best.

Some nutritionists have online consultations which means you don’t have to carve travel time into your day to meet with them once a week or month, ideal for those WFH.

4. Find an Exercise That Gets You Moving

Everyone differs when it comes to exercise and luckily for us, there are heaps of options when it comes to finding ways to move that are fun.

You don’t have to buy into the fad exercise of the month even if everyone on social media is doing it!

When we find something we like, we are more likely to commit to it and it’s totally OK to try other things out to keep your new exercise routine fresh and exciting.

There are lots of free ways to try exercise classes on YouTube.

Consider the following kinds for WFH classes:

  • Yoga
  • Body Balance
  • Low Intensity Training (LIT) – don’t have weights? Start with tins!
  • High Intensity Training (HIT)
  • Band workouts
  • Dance
Yoga with Adriene_

Take a break and get outdoors with the following:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Swimming

If you are willing to invest in exercise, it is worth checking out personal trainers (PTs) in your area or online.

If you put money where your mouth is, there is a good chance of sticking to it.

PTs are a great option for beginners who need shown the ropes (literally) and are looking to build their confidence.

Advanced exerciser fans use PTs to push themselves when they begin to plateau.

Working out at home exercise items

5. Invest in Fitness Trackers and Watches

Analytics and data will become your keep fit best friend!

Watches such as the Apple Watch US / UK or Fitbit (US / UK) track your steps, exercises and can connect with other users so if your friends use the same tracker, you can keep each other company and motivated!

I have reviewed both the Fitbit and Apple Watch and personally prefer the Apple Watch.

Its technology feels more sophisticated, the connection between other Apple devices is seamless and you can also do other neat actions such as take a photo or receive calls.

With Apple Watch you may receive free access to Apple Fitness for a period of time which is a bank of exercise classes recorded in LA featuring classes such as HIT, dance, core and strength.

New classes are updated each week.

What is really cool is how your Apple device knows to connect to your Apple Watch when you start a class on Apple Fitness.

This reminds you to put on your watch and start the exercise app on it.

The Apple Fitness screen reflects the data on your wrist. Crazily sophisticated syncing!

Don’t get me wrong, the Fitbit is pretty and tracks movement but the Apple watch feels more robust and capable.

The only downside to the Apple Watch is having to charge it most nights however, you get attractive bedside charges which double up as alarm clocks or phone, watch, earphone combo chargers.

6. Use Social Media Apps During Social Times Only

If picking up the phone to check social media apps is your morning magnet, be strict on yourself and only allow social checks during social hours such as morning breaks, lunch and after you switch off for the day.

Switch on app usage and screen time stats to assess how often you are using your device and consider what else you could do in that time like moving!

Consider purchasing an alarm clock if switching your phone alarm off is too tempting. TikTok can wait! Your healthy routine is more important.

Do you have friends using fitness watches/activity trackers? Why not connect through the device and keep each other motivated!

12 Simple Virtual Team Building Activities: Icebreakers + Challenges

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If you want your in-house staff members and remote teams to feel more tight knit than ever, virtual team building activities are the way to go. These games will help you leverage enthusiasm, vision, and purpose by bringing people together for some crowd-pleasing activities.

Team building games for remote workers strengthen communication skills to emphasize a shared identity in any organization. This is even more necessary now due to social distancing and people working from home so that nobody is left feeling isolated and unsupported.

Here is a list of the best strategically designed premium and free virtual team building games that will have your employees roaring with laughter and engagement to boost motivation. All you need is Zoom or Loom to start having fun today.

Looking for a trivia quiz that’s ready to go? Check out our quiz store for our decades’ quizzes.

Purchase, download and host. It’s as easy as that.

90s Quiz Callout Cellphone with 90s Quiz text against pastel coloured background

Virtual Team Building Activities For All

1. Rose and Thorn Icebreaker

This is one of the best team building games for large groups to serve as an opening icebreaker so that people can get to know each other better.

Each person should get a minute to share their rose statement (anything that makes them feel happy or grateful) and their thorn (a challenge they are currently facing).

For example, a person may say that their rose is starting a new position at the firm or a place at college and the thorn might be not getting to meet people face to face.

Or their rose might be getting a Peleton bike for Christmas and the thorn is getting over the fear of starting classes!

As an employer or team leader, this team building game will provide plenty of insights into people’s lives, especially with things they usually may not share during meetings.

More examples for roses (grateful) – thorns (challenge):

  • Latest iPhone – fear of breaking or losing it
  • New haircut – styling it can be hard
  • Training for marathon – hitting that wall
  • Instant Pot gift – how on fiery pressure steam ‘ell do you use it

There is also a ‘pruning’ follow up. Team leaders or fellow members could offer up support suggestions.

It’s also a nice way for members to connect with each other in future…

Hey, Laura! How is the new veg patch coming along? Did you manage to fix your soil problem?

Share your rose and thorn icebreaker experiences below in the comments!

You might also like our free Zoom backgrounds which you can download and add as your wallpaper.

Group Call Facebook Messanger

2. The Critical Thinking Game

This game is one of the most fun staff meeting ideas where you can use a lateral thinking exercise to ask people questions and have them make a difficult choice under pressure.

The questions you can ask are – “What are the 3 things you would bring to a deserted island and why?”

Give each person only 2 minutes to think about their answers, then go around taking turns to discuss them.

You will be amazed by how differently people think and plan their lists.

Some answers might be humorous, while others could be very practical.

During this exciting get to know your coworkers game, people might instantly bond if they share the same items or thought process.

Rishiri Islnad

If you want more than an icebreaker, make it a bigger project by adding layers.

Give team members roles that match or don’t fit their CV skills and experiences.

Set the scene on a strategic island with specific resources like the TV show Lost or The Wilds.

Another challenge is to move the goal posts at specific times during the challenge.

Challenges may include:

  • A storm has caused damage to progress so far
  • $X humanitarian aid has been offered – how would the team divide it up?
  • Friendly neighboring country has sent resources but something has to go…

Add time limits and external pressures to put the heat on.

Ask groups to evaluate their performance as a team including their academic goal and social (soft skill) goal.

This is straight out of the Cooperative Learning teaching toolkit, a phenomenal resource for trainers.

3. A Team-Building Activities For Travel Fans

Looking for something less college and more wordly? Straight out of the travel guidebook without leaving the comfort of you own home, teams can visit Paris and learn more about Parisian culture!

This group conference call takes the pain out of organization as the Parisian host does everything for you.

All you need to do is select a date and get ready to learn about the city of Paris, French food, art and celebrities!

Crepe and Nutella Paris

Played over Zoom, the local host meets the team over video call and sets the humorous tone of the hour-long call.

They split larger groups into teams and use the ‘rooms’ function of Zoom for pre-set challenges.

Since it is expected smaller groups complete these tasks, it the perfect onboarding virtual game for companies employing new team members.

Here is an example of one of the challenges “the Parisian smile”. That’s Gemma from Two Scots Abroad in the hat and black and white top.

Onboarding virtual team games

This entertaining virtual team building game has been hugely popular with companies moving their Christmas parties, onboarding process and annual conferences online. Sound familiar?

They have worked with likes of Airbnb, Chanel, Netflix and Two Scots Abroad!

Find out more and reserve your spot in Paris for the day.

Moulin Rogue Paris_

4. Virtual Open Mic Night

Since this game may be a little daunting for shy and introverted people, you should always give everyone prior notice instead of surprising them at the last minute.

For this get to know your coworkers game, each person is given the opportunity to showcase their talents and learn about each other’s skills.

Ask each participant to either read a poem, write a joke, play their favorite instrument, or even just narrate a story that interests them.

Las Penitas Leon Sunset Nicaragua Band

Spend about ten seconds between each performer to give them all a round of applause.

In case some members do not want to do a live performance, they can also record their talent on Loom and send you the video to play during their turn.

All they need to do is sign up to Loom before the event and allow the software access to their computer’s webcam and microphone to record a short video.

Live a Great Story Art New Orleans_

5. Group Puzzle Challenge

This facilitated challenge by 100 Points Challenge has been super popular among teams from the start of the year.

The online challenge takes place over Zoom and the host talks you through ten mind-bending puzzles which then form the overall ‘master puzzle’ which teams are encouraged to use Google for.

Facilitator Handbook_ The Puzzle

The group is split into competing teams who are set against the clock for additional pressure.

Teams usually complete the puzzle around the 40 minute mark.

This is the perfect virtual team building challenge for businesses who want to see how their employees perform in tricky situations while keeping the vibe light.

Facilitated/hosted games are $179 and you can reserve your time here.

100 Points Competition The Puzzle Facilitated Game

6. How Well Do You Know Your Team?

If you are a team leader, this might be your favorite game for large groups to get to know everyone and discover random facts about them.

This can also be one of the best fun staff meeting ideas with the theme “About Me.”

You can ask each person questions such as what food they would eat for the rest of their lives, their favorite holiday destination, or even ask about what movie they love and why.

The answers to these questions may also help you organize incentives for top employees in the future.

Alternatively, you can also collect everyone’s responses (only keeping the players’ names to yourself) and encourage the whole team to guess who the displayed answer on the screen belongs to.  

This also works with baby pictures. Want more of these quick trivia style ideas? Check out our guide here.

Friends on Zoom

7. Virtual Show and Tell Icebreaker

When it comes to virtual team building games, this is one of the most exciting choices.

Each Zoom attendee can have 5 minutes to present an item that means a lot to them and explain its uniqueness.

For example, someone can show the audience and discuss their favorite book and why they love it so much.

Or they can show off a souvenir they brought home from their most recent holiday abroad.

Examples may include:

  • Instruments
  • Jewelry
  • Pets
  • Art

A Two Scots Abroad freelancer pulled out a trumpet and played My Heart Will Go On during this task.

A ‘wow’ moment.

A year before committing to full time blogging, Gemma had worked alongside the freelancer as a teacher and never knew he played the trumpet!

These virtual challenges give opportunity for team members to open up in a safe space.

Team leaders need to create a community which ensures trust beforehand for these types of activities to work well however, the show and tell props give quieter members something to hide behind and a focus to talk about.

It can also curb the more outgoing members of the group from consuming all of the space too. Win win.

Why not add wine and cheese? Break the ice with a sophisticated tipple. This popular virtual wine and cheese tasting session lasts 60-90 minutes and is available to mainland US.

Four cheeses and three wines are delivered overnight to participants and a Parisian guide talks attendees through the history, culture and funny stories about wine and cheese from France.

Camper Fortrose on North Coast 500 in Scotland_

8. Show and Tell Photography

This game is like the above mentioned, but this time everybody must take a single snapshot of something meaningful and talk about why they chose to photograph that specific subject.

Everyone can have 5 minutes each to use their smartphones and take a picture of their desk space, children, pets, favorite outfit, or anything they are fond of and want to share with the team.

After the game, you can have everyone send you their photos to create a digital collage that can be emailed to each participant as a memento.

Make sure to gush about everybody’s pictures equally and ask questions to let them know that you are paying attention to all their creative ideas.

Otherwise, people may not feel motivated enough to participate in future virtual games.

Bowie, husky German shepherd on Ben Vorlich munro in Scotland.

9. Virtual Escape Room Adventures

This is one of the best paid virtual team building games for groups of 4 or more.

For 60 minutes, players can collaborate to do an online escape room and solve a series of exciting puzzles.

The Escape Game Remote Adventures boost teamwork and communication skills because everyone is stuck in the same tricky scenario and must bounce ideas and listen to each other to play the game correctly.

Online Virtual Escape Room Games

There will be a live camera feed showing the room, and participants will have to look around to find clues and try to escape within the time limit.

The Escape Game costs approximately $30 per player, but it is worth the money because it is one of the most fun and unique virtual team-building experiences you can invest in.

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10. Current Events Virtual Team Building

For this game, you will need to prepare a current news story to give the team to read before starting, and then discuss their thoughts for 10 minutes each.

During these 10 minutes, no one else can disrupt the speaker despite having different opinions.

Every participant should have a fair go explaining their own individual thoughts, and then at the end, you can set aside some time for a group debate.

The story you choose can be anything – Business, Politics, Global Events, Entertainment, etc.

Remember to have a moderator to mute everyone aside from the speaker, especially someone who can break up any arguments.

If you know the team well, a disruptive version of this activity can be used.

When the speaker is discussing the topic, team members can put their hand in the air if they feel they are umming and ahhing too much or if a fact is incorrect.

The latter wouldn’t work with personal pieces.

Washington DC. Cherry Blossom

11. Virtual Trivia on QuizBreaker

Everyone loves trivia because it is an excellent opportunity to exercise a person’s quick-thinking abilities and general knowledge.

For the best trivia virtual team building games, you can use QuizBreaker. This web app can curate up to 100 questions that are carefully researched about a chosen topic.

By inviting your participants to QuizBreaker, they can also skip the questions they are unable to answer.

This will save you a lot of time. Instead of researching the subject yourself and coming up with creative questions and answers, QuizBreaker does all the work for you.

QuizBreaker costs 3 USD per month for each user, and you can also create the teams you want on your account to send them an invite. Y

You can also set up a challenge and a weekly leaderboard to celebrate the top trivia winners.

12. Virtual Scavenger Hunt with Scavify

Who does not love a thrilling scavenger hunt? It is impossible to resist a day of fun while interacting with each other as players solve numerous challenges.

Your team will jump at the chance to take part in this activity.

Through Scavify’s mobile app, participants can shoot photos and videos, answer questions, scan QR codes, and even provide feedback without leaving their homes.

It is one of the best virtual team building games for remote members.

Scavify generates all the challenges for teams to complete and monitors all progress for you.

It is also one of the top-rated virtual team building games for large groups and has been used by companies like Cisco, Google, eBay, Exxon Mobil, and CVS Pharmacy.

Author’s Note

By engaging with employees through these virtual team building games, you can understand their strengths and weaknesses more effectively.

This will be beneficial in the long term when you need to delegate tasks to individuals.

Your remote staff members will be grateful for the opportunity to play these games and appreciate your leadership qualities to bring them all together for some fun and excitement.

Most of the team building Zoom games are free, but the paid ones on third party platforms are worth every cent because they boost communication, trust, cohesion, and productivity like no other.

Where else would someone get to play an escape room during this pandemic if not for a virtual platform that is carefully designed to challenge their mind and team-building skills?

Even though people love remote work for the flexibility it provides, it can get lonely at times.

The lack of emotional connection with coworkers may demotivate some, and they may also feel undervalued as though the company has forgotten about them.

Therefore, virtual teams that need a strong bonding experience will cherish these games to no end, and you will notice the results in their work performance and positive moods.

What’s your recommended remote team building activity? Tell us in the comments below.

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The best virtual team building activities to keep remote team members connected, motivate new on-boarding employees and promote community!

About the Author

Shipra is an extrovert who loves all kinds of virtual games, which is why she has picked her favorite ones for your teams to enjoy as well. She will come to work for your company just to play the virtual Escape Room.

Top 100 Women In Tourism in Scotland Winner

Top women in tourism winner

There’s no denying that things have been tough in tourism this year. At times I’ve wondered what’s the point especially, with VisitScotland data predicting that 2019 levels of tourist activity are unlikely to return until 2023.

This week, things were looking particularly bleak with the early dark nights, trodden autumn leaves on the ground and grey tones taking over blues skies, but then an email dropped into my inbox that brightened up my miserable puss…

I’m one of Scotland’s Top 100 Women in Tourism!

What’s really lovely about this announcement is that someone in the industry nominated me. 

Thank you to Susan Russell, Chair of Women In Tourism who popped into my inbox to tell me I’d made it to the Top 100 Women in Tourism. 

Bullers of Buchan Abderbeenshire

An Introduction 

Hiya, I’m Gemma Armit from The Kingdom of Fife, and the owner of Two Scots Abroad. The other Scot is my husband Craig. He doesn’t do anything for TSA bar occasionally looking good in front of the lens for me.

Craig and I met in 2012 and pretty soon into our relationship decided that we wanted to travel together. 

In 2013 we tested the waters with a 5-week trip to Southeast Asia. Since we survived sipping Slings in Singapore, hiking Sapa in Vietnam, swimming in rooftop pools in Cambodia and a massage from a prisoner in Thailand we decided to plan a bigger trip together.

Over the next two years we worked hard, lived by the ‘Canada or crap’ philosophy and saved £20K regardless of attending seven weddings in one year!

Waterfalls in Pai, Thailand
Hiking Sapa Valley in Vietnam, Craig, day bag, flip flops, bug spray, water bottle, native woman.

An 18-Month Career Break To Travel

In March 2015, we pressed pause on our lives in Scotland and embarked on a career break from our jobs as Modern Studies teacher (me) and gas engineer (Craig).

We kicked off our travels partying in New Orleans and discovering new bands South by Southwest festival in Austin.

Then we backpacked around Peru, Bolivia and Colombia before flying over to Cuba where we really started to feel the impact of travel burnout.

I Love You So Much Wall | Ten Cool Things to do in Awesome Austin
Classic cars Havana | 10 things to do in Havana
Classic car tours in Havana

Luckily our next destination was six months in Canada where we lived in a 70s campervan for the summer, cleaning toilets and changing beds at a lodge on BC’s Sunshine Coast.

Soames Hill Gibsons Sunshine Coast BC

Autumn and winter was spent living in Vancouver with frequent visits from friends and family, lots of coffee and craft beer and a surprise engagement on Hallowe’en, my favourite holiday.

Craig proposed under the fake stars at the MacMillan Space Centre using a plastic straw cover shaped into a ring which I had been carrying attached to my day bag for months.

A Vancouver Engagement

An Austin Elopement

I said yes and we eloped to Austin, Texas the following March. Our wedding officiant, Sarah, married us at Lou Neff Point.

Lou Neff Point Austin Wedding Special

I wore yellow and Craig wore a tartan tie. In 2017, Sarah flew to Scotland to attend our big Scottish wedding party at Thomas Morton Hall (Leith Theatre). And that’s the beauty of travel.

An Austin Elopement - Lou Neff Point, Ladybird Lake - Corey Mendez Photography I Long Term Travel Planning

After our wedding we headed back to Europe, strapped for cash we based ourselves in Eastern Europe before heading to Spain then Portugal and home back to teaching, house buying and adopting our dog, Bowie.

Two Scots Abroad Is Born

During our travels, when I was supposed to be on a career break, I was fumbling around with Wordpress, speaking to fellow travel fans on Facebook and sharing stories from our big adventure on Instagram.

As a newbie blogger, I was lucky to stumble into a supportive community of like-minded content creators who helped show me that blogging is a viable business.

In 2016, I learnt how to rank on Google (search engine optimisation), traffic exploded, I started making money and I began to realise my worth as an online marketer in tourism.

Gemma Kimono Seto House Wakkanai_

Since then I’ve been creating ridiculously useful travel guides on Two Scots Abroad, engaging with my community on Facebook and Instagram and teaching fellow bloggers how to rank on Google too.

In 2018, I quit high school teaching and since then I’ve been publishing travel guides and packing lists at Two Scots Abroad and sharing my SEO knowledge with my friend Laura, at Make Traffic Happen.

Since returning, Craig and I have had exciting campaign opportunities such as working with ScotRail, Calmac Ferries, Visit Aberdeenshire and Nuart Aberdeen to market what’s on our doorstep, we’ve trained as astronauts at NASA space camp in Huntsville and road tripped through Hokkaido in Japan.

I’ve also had interesting speaking gigs at TBEX (Ireland, Czech Republic), Traverse (Italy) and Braw Blogger Conference (Scotland).

Hama Woods Nuart Aberdeen Street Mural Trail
Craig Mount Asahidake Hokkaido_

While campaigns are fun, I make most of my income from my website. I monetise through ads and affiliates which requires interested users reading my content and booking tours and accommodation or purchasing travel gear through my affiliate links. 

Train Like an Astronaut at NASA Space Camp, Alabama

Everything Edinburgh

In April this year I launched my new brand, Everything Edinburgh, a friendly resource for locals and visitors. 

While an Easter launch was always the plan, the pandemic changed our focus slightly.

Instead of publishing content for tourists, we created helpful posts for locals such as food and drink deliveries, walks under an hour and where to find free gardens and parks.

New Town edinburgh

When Scotland’s lockdown rules loosened, we developed our tourism content to encourage Scots to become a #HameTownTourist and support local companies such as walking tours. We also have a handy guide on what it is really like to visit Edinburgh in 2020. 

QR Scan menu Rose Street Gardens Bar Food Edinburgh

Blogging in 2020

While promoting Scotland to Scots is great, I can’t lie, monetisation is at its best when North Americans can travel. Restrictions on travellers from the USA has had a detrimental impact on travel guide traffic, associated income and motivation.

Fringe Performer on Royal Mile Edinburgh_

Seeing locals flaunt lockdown rules while they enjoy the cushty monthly pay packet and pension schemes enrages me. Self employed creatives are being hit hard and not just financially.

When you own a business you create (at least) a three year plan and to see goals be cut short by something out of your control is crushing.

Every self employed person will tell you that the key to success is mindset. 

It has taken a lot of time and energy to get here and it is an ongoing emotional rollercoaster, but I am trying to not focus on the actions of people I can’t control, regardless of how much impact it has on my business, and work on what I can. 

Queens View in Perthshire

Thank You

Being a content creator has taught me three things.

Firstly, you need to be flexible and constantly be ready to hustle. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term pivot, it has been the only way for small businesses and the self employed to survive this year.

Pringles and Gemma Salt Flats in Bolivia

Secondly, you won’t get far if you are not resilient. Ignore the Twitter gang who think blogging is not a viable business, say no to the agencies who selfishly keep all of the marketing budget to themselves and don’t be afraid to work your worth.

Sagrada Familia Ayre Hotel Gemma and Craig

Finally, being a content creator is about being part of a community. I am very lucky to have support in the international blogging industry and more localised friendships in Scottish travel blogging.

A day doesn’t go past where I slide into another blogger’s DMs for a rant or reassurance.

Scotland Travel Bloggers

So if I was on the podium, in a cute tartan dress, I’d be giving a shout out to all the fellow travel content creators and their side hustle projects seeing them through this shitshow that is 2020.

And thank you to whoever nominated me! This was a truly lovely surprise.

Thanks for reading.

Gemma Armit
Two Scots Abroad 

Barcelona Cathedral Night Gemma_

Here’s the official word from WITS:

Celebrating Tourism Leaders in 2020

During what has been one of the most challenging years to date for the Scottish tourism industry, Women In Tourism today announce the 2020 Top 100 Women In Tourism.  Following the inaugural Top 100 which was launched in 2018, today’s announcement recognises not just individual achievements over the last year, but the combined passion which has supported the sector throughout 2020.  

Reflecting a diverse industry which drives the Scottish economy and delivers the warm welcome which visitors from all over the world recognise and celebrate; the 2020 Top 100 includes those working within hotels, destination organisations, tour operators, marketing agencies and visitor attractions.  

Glasgow Duke of Wellington Statue

During an unprecedented year, the Top 100 gives special recognition to those working on behalf of the Scottish tourism sector, including colleagues from the Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Association of Scottish Self Caterers, HIT Scotland and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

In ensuring the sector continues to be heard, Kate Nichols from Hospitality UK receives special recognition as the only addition to the list from outside Scotland.  As a key voice of tourism and hospitality, Kate has worked tirelessly to ensure individuals and businesses are heard and continues to lobby on behalf of the industry.

Ellie Lighthouse Fife, flowers, grass, blue skies

Commenting on the 2020 Top 100 Women In Tourism:

Susan Russell, Chair of Women In Tourism, said: “2020 has been an unprecedented year for not just tourism, but our way of life as we know it. Today’s announcement gives us an opportunity to recognise colleagues across our industry who go above and beyond on a daily basis.  

The Top 100 reflects the sector as a whole – from Shetland to the Scottish Borders and the Outer Hebrides to Fife, and while we recognise the challenges facing our industry, today’s announcement is an important moment to celebrate and thank everyone for all that they have done, and continue to do.”

The inaugural Women In Tourism Top 100 was announced in July 2018 in response to the Caterer Magazine’s Top 100 Most Powerful people in hospitality which recognised only 13 women.  Sadly, many of those in the 2020 Top 100 are no longer in the roles attributed in the list due to the impacts of COVID-19.  

Update: I was also on the list in 2021!

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