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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.

Make Traffic Happen Laura Lynch Gemma Armit

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

Wee Scotland Stays

This week I launched another side hustle called Wee Scotland Stays, a Facebook page where I share cool accommodation from around Scotland, daily!

If you like laid-back lodges or luxury glamping trips, history castles or quirky city apartments, give us a follow, tag your pals and share if you see a stay you like.

John o Groats Boat Houses North Coast 500 Scotland_

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, if you enjoyed this join me at @twoscotsabroad on Instagram for daily stories about my dog, travel, social issues and being a self-employed online marketer.

Bloggers! Join us at Make Traffic Happen Facebook group, it’s free!

Cheers,
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.  

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Quiz Round Ideas: 54 Quick, Fun & Easy Examples

Quiz Round Ideas

Looking to try a few new pub quiz round ideas and keep your pals on their toes? This guide outlines fun quiz rounds for general knowledge, picture rounds, music and the unusual so you can plan your trivia night quickly and successfully. So whether you are planning a pub quiz online or in person, a fun family trivia night or a virtual work event, let’s get this party started.

Ps. I’m a former-teacher, hence this ridiculous list of starter and plenary tasks jazzed up as pub quiz ideas!

CBA creating your own quiz? Don’t bother! We’ve made quiz packs for you!

Check out our new quiz store featuring Scotland, 80s, 90s and 00s trivia rounds. 

All quizzes include six rounds of general knowledge, music, movies and TV, a fancy dress lookbook and Spotify playlist. 

We’ve also got quiz topics for Scotland fans!

Prefer to put together your own Zoom quiz ideas? Keep reading.

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Pub Quiz Round Ideas

While we call the following pub trivia, many of these ideas can be used as family quiz questions so feel free to adapt if you are playing with younger players.

I’ve used quite a few in my classroom with different ages and stages.

I’ve also played them as pub quiz rounds so you can ramp them up or calm them down depending on your audience!

General Rounds

1. Who Am I?

One of my fave games from teaching – summarise a person, place or object and the teams guess who or what.

For example:

  • Former beauty queen, now a TV presenter who has interviewed a prince – Oprah
  • Population 5.4 million, national animal is the unicorn – Scotland
  • Conference call software with filters – Zoom
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Street art mural – Aberdeen Nuart

2. Order! Order!

Place landmarks, countries, political leaders etc into a correct timeline.

For example:

  • Capital cities by population
  • List the US presidents starting from Nixon

Unusual quiz categories don’t have to be complicated!

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DUMBO in New York

3. Things By Height

Rank mountains, skyscrapers, bridges, or people in height order. One of the easiest quiz categories.

For example – Rank in order of height, smallest first:

  • Empire State Building (NYC)
  • Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
  • Eiffel Tower (Paris)
  • The Shard (London)
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Eiffel Tower, Paris

4. Skyline

Guess the skylines from images, videos, audio or hand drawn efforts.

Portland Skyline
Portland, OR skyline

5. Missing

Remove lyrics from songs, words from quotes, text from stories and players decide what is missing.

6. Strapline

Guess the movies, books or ads by their famous straplines.

Examples include:

  • Who you gonna call (Ghostbusters)
  • Escape or die frying (Chicken Run)
  • You’ll never go in the water again (Jaws)

7. Mythical Beasts

Describe the mythical beast and let the teams guess where it can be found.

For example, Nessie Loch Ness Monster in Scotland.

This a good round for kids. If you’re looking for more family-friendly options, here’s our guide to Zoom games for kids.

Nessie Tea Strainer
Nessie tea strainer from our Scotland gifts guide

8. How Many Legs?

How many legs does a *name of animal* have?

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9. On This Date

Name the event, players guess the date. Or vice versa.

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Barcelona at sunset

10. Drinks and Cocktail Quizzes

Name the cocktail and players create the recipe or vice versa.

Match the famous cocktail to the country.

Identify which cocktail an actor or actress drinks in famous movie scenes.

Name the craft beer or wine, guess where it’s made.

Alternatively, let the professionals take control for an hour.

Our friends at Woyago host a 60-90 minute, host virtual alcohol tasting party and add some cheese into the mix too.

Fierce Beer Aberdeen

11. Baked

Name the meal and players create the recipe or vice versa.

Match the famous meal to the country.

Identify which meal/snack an actor or actress eats in famous movie scenes.

Match the food product with the celeb endorsement. This could be done via images as well, by blanking out the celeb’s face.

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Haggis, a Scottish meal

Picture Round Quiz Ideas

Looking for ideas for quiz picture rounds to bring some visuals to your virtual quiz? Here’s our faves.

12. Guess Who – Kids

Collect baby pictures of all team players and present for guessing.

Alternatively, source celebrity baby pics if you can’t get images from players.

13. Picture Timeline

Players have to sort the images from oldest to newest.

We did this for my brother’s birthday quiz using images of Scotty Oh through the ages. Cute.

Family Photos for Quiz
Family photos

14. Guess The TV/Movie Set

From the sofa scene in Friends to Winterfell, challenge your teams to name the correct show’s set.

The BBC have collated rounds of images for you here.

BBC Empty Sets Images
BBC studios

15. Game Show Picture Round

My friend Gordon used this picture round idea. Freaking tough I tell you.

Be mindful of who is taking part as some quiz shows will look different around the world.

16. Guess The…

Celeb pets, book covers, record sleeves, movie posters, sports stadiums, epic dance scenes, waterfalls, historic castles, cereal boxes, the list is endless.

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Football game in Vancouver

17. Up Close and Personal

Zoom into an image really close and let the players suss out whose skin they see.

Can also be used on landmarks, products, cars, logos etc.

18. Look Into My Eyes

Pics of famous peepers, zoomed in or made blurry.

Famous eyes to consider: Bowie, Elton John, Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany flicks), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

19. Armchair Travel

Use Instagram Stories green screen feature (free) to photoshop you in different locations and have your teams guess where you went on vacation.

To do this, have your holiday images ready in an easy to find place on your device.

Log into Instagram, choose the Stories circle at the top, scroll until you find the green screen filter.

Next, add an image by selecting the ‘add media’ button.

Make sure your camera is in selfie mode and take a selfie of the attraction behind you. See below image as an example of me in Edinburgh. Terrible picture of me but you get the idea!

Green screen Instagram Edinburgh

20. Headlines and News Stories

Players guess the story from the ridiculous headline or newspaper front page.

See the Daily Mail UK for examples.

21. Ye’ Dancing?

Draw or say the instructions to famous dances, players guess the dance and song. Could be combined with Un-rap That (below).

Examples:

  • Macarena,
  • 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Saturday Night
  • Cha Cha Slide
  • Gangnam Style

22. Emoji Round Ideas

This is a personal fave of mine and it features in the TV show round in our decades’ quiz packs.

Use the emojis on your phone to create emoji challenges and then save to Google Docs.

You can then either download to PDF and send out or screenshot and add to Google Slides.

Alternatively, here’s a website which lets you copy and paste emojis.

Here’s a list of enjoy round ideas

  • Destinations
  • Businesses
  • Careers
  • Movies
  • Songs
  • Nature
  • Bands
  • Food
  • Drink

Everything Edinburgh has created a puzzle pack which you can download here.

Emoji Round Quiz

***** NEW**** The Puzzle

If it’s your turn to create a quiz and you really can’t face it consider buying this 45-minute game, The Puzzle, or even getting them to host it for you.

100 Points Challenge has created this team building challenge to play remotely among friends and colleagues.

It involves ten rounds of puzzles and ends with a ‘master puzzle’ related to the previous rounds, one of the most challenging quiz rounds with a twist.

If you want to cool the pressure, you can remove the 40-minute time limit.

We took around 45 minutes to finish and the master puzzle threw everyone.

Facilitator Handbook_ The Puzzle

It’s up to you how you play it.

You can either choose to self-facilitate (DIY).

This is where a member of the team is in charge and records the scores/keeps time.

This costs $49 – click here to buy. Provide your email for instructions and puzzles.

The Puzzle Self Facilitated Zoom Quiz

The person running the show will need 20 minutes to read over the instructions.

To play, just use the share screen function on the Zoom to show the puzzle PDF.

Alternatively, give the players the password to sign on and see the puzzles on the secret website.

If you want to take part, get 100 Points Challenge team to facilitate for you.

This way costs $179. To do it this way, you just need to reserve a date here.

100 Points Competition The Puzzle Facilitated Game

I played The Puzzle a little differently since we only had six friends getting involved.

Instead of competing, we collaborated as one big team.

I’d to play again in teams to add the combative element!

100 Points Challenge has worked with giants such as Google, Spotify and Ikea so they are legit.

Customer service is quick to respond so if you have any issues on the run-up to the game just give them an email as I did.

Thanks to 100 Points Challenge for provided a self-hosted game for us to try and review.

23. This or That Quizzes

You may have seen the popular ‘this or that’ quizzes on Instagram.

Well, the same idea can be adapted for your fun quiz night just provide a question and two images then get the players to decide if it is option A or B, this or that!

For example, which food can pregnant woman not eat – brie or cooked blue cheese…

Music and Audio Round Quiz Ideas

24. Classic

Guess the song title and the artist name. Easy if you know it!

25. Classic + Something in Common

Guess the song title and the artist name with a twist – add an overarching theme such as body parts or a destination.

26. Intros Round

Everyone’s fave music round game, play just enough for teams to guess the song and artist.

You can do this with pop songs, songs from TV shows, movies, etc.

27. Music Mashup

Take a number of songs and mix them up together.

Check out Popb*tch for daily examples.

The Only Truth Is Music Motel sign Austin

28. Guess The Theme Tune

OK I stole this from a music teacher I follow on Instagram.

His account is private so I won’t tag him.

Examples – Pinky and the Brain, Narcos and X Files.

Even better if you can play it!

29. Speed It Up

Play tunes really fast. Our decades’ trivia packs have this option as well as the tradition intros for the music round!

You can choose quiz topics for your music rounds too.

For example:

  • Something in common
  • Countries
  • Decades
  • Genres
  • Gender
  • Ages
80s Quiz Callout
80s quiz round

30. Slow It Down

Opposite of speed it up.

My friend, Jen G, combined Speed It Up and Slow It Down and sent over the audio.

It’s way harder than it sounds.

Now I have Bucks Fizz’s Eurovision song in my head. Sorry!

31. Finish Me Off

This music round provides part of a song and the players guess the rest.

32. Un-Rap That

Stolen from Jon Snow on the Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, deconstruct a song and make it into a news story.

33. Rap That

Take a story or an event and make it into a rap.

34. Face For The Radio

Play a quote from a famous face and the players guess who it is and what they are talking about.

35. Quote Me On That

Play a quote from a movie, TV show, political speech etc and players write down who said and where they said it.

36. Say My Name, Say My Name

Bleep out the name in the song and leave the surrounding lyrics.

Consider:

  • Jenny Don’t Be Hasty – Paolo Nutini
  • Jolene – Dolly Parton
  • Fernando – Abba

37. Cat Karaoke

Thank you to my pal, Gemma T from the Hipflask Hiking Club for recommending this music round.

Sing a song as you would during traditional karaoke but replace the words for meows.

Please tag me on social media @twoscotsabroad.

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Cat in pram in Hungary

Interactive Quiz Rounds

38. Pictionary

Draw the presented topic using Zoom’s screen share.

39. Handy Household Items

Sunken House Paris Montmartre
The drunk building in Paris

Players have to be the first to grab identified household items or items beginning with the stated letter or item that represents a topic, etc.

40. Charades You Say?

Charades are not just for Xmas!

Act out the topic and let the teams guess.

41. Scene!

You provide the scene, the teams reenact the still. You award points.

42. Scene By Me

You act out the scene, film it or take a photo and present to team players.

They guess the movie and the year it was made.

Chicago Theatre
Chicago Theatre sign

Funny Quiz Round Ideas

Looking to keep it lighthearted? Here’s funny quiz rounds to play with.

43. Who Won The Race

Ask players to choose a number between 1 and X.

At the answers reveal stage play a race video from YouTube and whichever number wins, gets the point.

Example of a T-Rex race here.

44. Whose Hat Is It Anyway?

Find famous people in hats, cancel out the celeb and guess the hat.

Heads to consider: Aladdin, Sherlock Holmes, Blossom and Queen Elizabeth.

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45. Whose ‘Tache Is It Anyway?

Same as hats but with moustaches.

Taches to consider: Tom Selleck, Borat, Hulk Hogan and Lionel Ritchie.

46. Whose Hair Is It Anyway?

Consider: Marge Simpson, Walter White, Jennifer Aniston and Grace Jones.

Other themes include guitars, houses, workout DVDs.

47. Yoga or Schmoga

Present a series of yoga terms mixed in with made up words and see if your friends know their cat cow from their cowabunga.

Yoga | Hammocks | Costeno Beach Surf Camp Ecolodge, Colombia
Yoga at Colombia’s Costeno Beach

Unusual Quiz Rounds

48. Place Or P*ss Take?

Similar to Yoga or Schmoga, find unusually spelled or spoken town names, mix the questions up with absolute nonsense and let the players decide if it is a place or a p*ss take.

Check out this list of Welsh towns for starters.

49. Guess The Meet Cute

Everyone loves that scene when a couple meet for the first time.

Describe the meet cute and players guess the movie and actors.

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Kiss at Barcelona

50. Colour Me Pretty

Players have to guess the colours for logos, sports teams, animals, lakes around the world, etc.

51. Literal Movie Names

Give movies a new name by describing what actually happens.

For example, man runs through life (Forrest Gump) or magic nanny entertains kids (Mary Poppins).

Interesting Quiz Rounds

52. Spelling Contest

It’s time to go back, way back, back to school for a spelling bee contest.

How many people can spell a lot?

53. What The Fuzz

Blur out iconic locations, famous door numbers, brand logos etc.

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The Painted Ladies in San Francisco

54. Who Said That?

Screengrab a tweet, Instagram or Facebook callout by a celeb or team players and then teams decide who said it.


Christmas Quiz Rounds

Here’s a fun four round festive quiz which you are free to use.

The link will prompt you to create your own copy.

It has four rounds:

  • Christmas Movies
  • Christmas Song Emoji Round
  • Christmas Songs On Speed Intros
  • Christmas Charades, Pictionary or Act It Out

Let me know you if you use it!


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Disneyland, Paris at Christmas

Quiz Themes

Dressing up is not optional!

Quiz Categories

  • Sports
  • Entertainment
  • Food & Drink
  • Geography, Location & Travel
  • Science
  • History
  • Art & Literature
  • People
  • Music
  • Religion
  • Technology
  • Animals
  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Botanical
  • Landmarks

Frequently Asked Questions

How many rounds in a quiz?

It’s entirely up to how much time you have to play the quiz rounds and how much interaction you will have with players.

For example, we can get through all six rounds of my fun themed quiz rounds, which you can purchase here, without alcohol but as soon as you add booze into the mix we cut out a round or two.

How do you keep scores?

I prepare a table beforehand and write down the team names/members on the left hand column and create a grid with the quiz round ideas at the top.

Who does the marking?

We tend to work on a trust system where the players mark their own answers and message their results via text or private comment on Zoom.


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How to Work From Home Successfully in 12 Easy Steps

How to Work From Home Successfully

Working from home (WFH) may now be a popular household term but not everyone is fond of the concept! If you are struggling with routine, productivity or getting in your groove, my guide on how to work from home successfully offers tips and routines to help you find your rhythm. 

A Little About Me

Hi, I’m Gemma Armit. I run two online businesses, but that hasn’t always been the case.

In 2016/17 I was still working full time as a high school teacher while working on my travel site and online SEO business at night and weekends.

In 2017/18, I reduced my teaching contract to part-time to free up more time for the websites and to assess whether I could quit classroom teaching altogether.

In August 2018, I made the jump to online work only and since then have frequently shared the peaks and troughs of working at home with my Instagram audience (Two Scots Abroad) and Make Traffic Happen Facebook group.

I used to organise and manage classes of 15-32 students every 45 minutes, 4-6 times per day Monday to Friday, so why was managing just one, myself, such hard work? 

I’ve now refined my routine and made peace with myself during downtimes, and I’m confident that regardless of why or how you work from home, you will pick up a few handy tips from my guide below.

Eiffel Tower Gemma standing windy

A Little About You

I understand that not everyone’s circumstances are the same. I just wanted to say, hey I see you!

I am not assuming that everyone has a ‘free for all’ timetable, many of my friends are still working the traditional 9-5 from home.

Some of them are trying to adjust to weekdays with kids too; hats off to you!

While not everyone’s work rhythm is the same, I hope you can pick and choose from the ideas below to help improve your productivity and lift that life-in-limbo feeling.

Working From Home Successfully Tips

1. Create A Designated Space

The first tip for working from home is nothing revolutionary.

To help make space mentally, you need to create space physically.

Set aside an area of your house which acts as your workspace.

Make it work functionally and aesthetically.

This means having some form of desk or table, a chair and space for your laptop or computer.

I personally like a mouse mat, phone stand, coaster, notebook and pen on my desk too.

While this isn’t an option for everyone, I brought down the barrier I had created about working in the office when I decorated it and removed the large second-hand temporary desk for a neater one.

I felt I could breathe more easily in the space I had created.

I changed the way I sat too, positioning the computer in front of the window to stop the glare across the screen.

If you are limited for space, stick up a couple of pictures that make you feel happy around your work area.

Don’t get me wrong, having the opportunity to work from bed after a heavy weekend is one of the benefits of working from home but this should not be your routine.

Not only is it damaging to your mindset, it is also terrible for your posture and back.

Plus, I dropped a cup of tea on my laptop working from bed. It never recovered. Ouch.

I sometimes enjoy setting up the laptop on a box in the kitchen and creating a standing desk for a bit of break from the norm.

So now we’ve talked about where you are going to work, let’s work out a routine.

Office Space

2. Set An Alarm

My name is Gemma and I am a sleep monster.

Honestly, it does not matter what time I go to bed at I can rarely drag my a*s out of bed before 8am.

I’m not going to say what time you should set an alarm for because everyone works differently.

I have blogging friends that get up at 10am and work through to 8pm and do so efficiently.

It took me a very long time to allow myself to settle into my routine, so let’s take a look at it.

Egg timer

3. Create a Routine, Include Exercise, Get Fresh Air 

I used to feel guilty when I wasn’t at the desk at 9am, but in reality, I don’t have to be, so I finally made peace with that decision and this is currently what my day looks like for most of the week. 

  • Wake up around 8am
  • Check phone, reply to easy messages and sometimes go through social media channels
  • Quick shower
  • Put gym gear on and work out with Joe Wicks on YouTube at 9am
  • Shower then do yoga with Adriene on YouTube. Yes, two quick showers. People can’t believe this
  • Walk Bowie the dog, have breakfast, clean my hairy house
  • Around about 11-12pm I start work on the computer
  • I stop for lunch for about 30-45 mins, usually watching a TV show on my phone
  • I switch off the computer around 7-8pm
  • Dine and watch TV with Craig
  • Dip into social media during that time

Do I follow this routine every day? No.

Do I feel better when I follow this routine? 100%

I’m going to talk more about some of the themes in my routine below.

Note: Previously, I used to do yoga in the morning and a fitness class at night around about 5 or 6pm so I would start earlier. I was guilty of jumping back on the computer after class though.

Yoga with Adriene_

I asked some friends who have jobs where they have to be at the desk at specific times to share their routines too.

  • Workout at 7am – cardio and then core
  • Shower at 8am 
  • Coffee and log on for 9am
  • Full staff conference call at 9.30am
  • Protein shake at 11am
  • Big walk at lunch – sometime between 12 and 2
  • Lunch – make a point of having it in the kitchen away from the laptop
  • 50 squats – usually around 3pm, keep dem glutes fired up!
  • Team conference call – 4pm, for blethers only and no work chat
  • Log off – have been trying to be good and no later than 6pm
  • Evening workout – either more cardio or kettlebells and bodyweight, with core
  • Dinner – between 8 and 9pm
  • TV, mindful colouring-in until 11pm

* TikTok 3-4 times throughout the day

Working out at home exercise items

  • Get up at a reasonable time, but allow myself a bit of a longer lie, so around about 8am
  • Log into the laptop and check that nothing urgent has come up or to see if I need to be on any early meetings
  • Shower and get dressed, in loungewear obviously!
  • Make a cup of tea and breakfast, take it to the office
  • TV on, news usually in the background, helps me just to have a bit of noise going on, like in the office
  • Work, calls, maybe stick a washing on
  • 12:30 take the dog a walk, need the fresh air
  • Make lunch, tidy kitchen
  • Back at desk for 1:30, work/calls etc
  • Meetings usually finish about 5pm
  • Spend some time clearing out emails
  • Tidy up the office and spray something nice around as I like it to smell fresh in the morning!
  • Ensure everything you need is out of the office to stop you creeping back in and answering ‘just one email’
  • SHUT DOWN LAPTOP AND SHUT THE OFFICE DOOR
  • Massive commute to downstairs to chill for the rest of the night

Here’s a dedicated guide to keeping fit while working from home.

Coral desk white keyboard

4. Get Dressed

As the saying goes ‘dress for the position you want, not the position you have’.

The threads you don for your working from home day will determine your mood. I promise you!

I used to work at the desk at Avis Rent A Car, and when I put on the blazer it was time to work!

My mindset changed and I was no longer just Gemma, I was Gemma that upsold you insurance and gas and Gemma that found damage and charged you for it.

Man, I am glad I don’t do that job anymore.

But surely one of the positives about working from home is wearing gym pants?

Heck yes, wear your comfies for the first week but eventually you are probably going to start lacking in motivation.

I personally find the way I present myself has a big impact on my mood.

It’s also a free weight control identifier!

While I don’t put on make up every day, I will put my face on if I’m feeling a bit meh.

Shower. That should go without saying.

Poor personal hygiene is a sign of neglect and while you may be electing not to wash, eventually that could turn 360 and be a sign of feeling down.

Hot showers are mood changers.

Plus, we’re going to the effort of washing the skin off our hands, why would you not shower?!

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5. Diet and Water Consumption

Eat well and eat often.

Plan your meals, avoid the biscuits and buy healthy snacks.

Getting up and away from your desk to grab healthy snacks, glasses of water and hot drinks is recommended to get you moving.

Drink water. Lots of it.

I am guilty of not drinking enough so I bought a nice glass and bamboo straw to increase the intake. It’s sad but it works!

Tree Tribe Bottle Gift

6. Set Goals and Record Goals

I personally set quarterly goals, weekly goals and daily goals.

This helps me keep on top of my workload which I need to create myself.

I share my weekly goals with my Facebook group every Monday during the goals thread.

I then evaluate those goals on Sunday.

I write out my daily goals and score them off once completed.

The key is to create realistic goals that you can do in one day.

Office space employee goal setting

Don’t underestimate how long admin tasks can take and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t complete your goals.

You are only human and unless you are spending the majority of the day on Netflix and TikTok, give yourself a break.

If you are spending the majority of your day on Netflix and TikTok then maybe you need a day off!

The thing with goals is you have to complete them for them to be successful.

I also make use of whiteboards which hang up in my office, as well as a month to view calendar which is pinned to my door.

All of my events and meetings are added to my phone calendar too.

If you are working with, or managing other people, check out Asana or Trello.

Both offer space for your team to share instructions and update progress of projects.

7. Stay Connected 

Video calling software and apps such as Zoom and Google Hangouts have made staying connected while staying indoors easy.

If you work as part of a team it is likely that you’ve already taken part in a conference meeting and hopefully, a work pub quiz too!

Zoom is ideal for conference calls as it allows up to 100 people to join a chat (you have to pay for premium if your meeting is longer than 40 minutes), you can mute the audio while someone else is speaking, share screens and message the group or privately.

You can also change your background. Jazzy!


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Group Call Facebook Messanger

8. Stop Scrolling Social Media

Staying connected isn’t just about formal meetings though.

A quick five-minute chat or share of a meme via Facebook messenger or WhatsApp sometimes helps break the work block.

However, logging onto social channels to chat to others can be detrimental to your workflow if you get sucked into unnecessary chat or start to scroll.

I close out of all social media channels when I’m doing the big jobs of the day or I’d never get anything.

There’s always a piece of gossip, joke or work question lurking behind that app and I am weak when it comes to procrastinating!

If you are feeling anxious I strongly suggest you limit your time on Twitter as it can be a hotbed of hate.

My friend Amanda, who is a full-time freelancer, adds this tip for those who really can’t trust themselves!

Move your social media apps into a new folder and save them to another screen on your phone so you have to swipe to get them.

Two birds Twitter logo

 9. Limit Screen Time 

Overall, it is worth noting that with the increase of screen time for work, it is wise to limit your social screen time.

This is especially true for those who can’t sleep.

If you find yourself bouncing between apps ask yourself, is this really relevant?

Other things to try instead include listening to a podcast, reading a book or baking banana bread. I hear the Western world is going for a world record…

Here are 40 things to do at home to help keep you sane while you can’t travel.

Shakespeare and Co Bookshop Paris_

10. Silence or Background Noise?

Everyone’s working style differs but I’m a completely silent worker.

I like the hum of the computer for company and that is all that is welcome.

If I’m doing easy tasks like Pinterest pin creation I’ll sometimes stick on a TV show on my phone.

Desk with computer

11. Other Challenges

There will be other challenges that come with every industry which I won’t even pretend to understand but I do sympathise.

Please feel free to drop any issues you are facing in the comments below and I can ask around for tips.

Or if you have a solution to a problem I’ve not discussed, hit the comments.

For example, my friend who manages teams is used to people swinging by her desk in the office to say hello, chat for five and ask a quick question.

There’s no way to officially do this when working remotely so members of the team were blocking out 30 minutes of the schedule to ask the quick question.

My friend asked her manager if there was any way around this and an email was sent out to the department asking people to refrain from blocking out time for this.

Teaching friends have complained about the number of emails that they are receiving as most of their morning is being spent replying to them and not working with students online.

Laptop blue wall

12. Positive Sleeping Patterns 

I’ve heard from quite a few friends and followers that they are struggling to sleep.

I do not blame you. The way that information has been shared has been fast and frantic.

My personal experience was rough for the first three weeks but now I feel settled.

Having a routine, creating goals and knowing I can still write content (albeit not travel-related) that helps you makes me feel useful again.

My best advice for those who are struggling to sleep at night are as follows:

  • Set an alarm at the other side of the room
  • Get out of bed, shower and get changed
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat well, reduce beige and sugary foods, eat healthily
  • Do not drink coffee from the afternoon onwards
  • Skip the wine at night
  • Do a mix of cardio and yoga exercises to tire yourself out
  • Have a bath at night with the lights lowered, don’t wash your hair
  • Skip screen time
  • Spray some lovely lavender spritz UK/US on your pillow
  • Go to bed
  • Repeat

Note: I don’t use this myself but others find the headspace meditation app useful when they are struggling to sleep.

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Final Words

I am hopeful that my tips will help those now staying safe at home as they embark on a new way of working.


Now that many nations and international companies are adapting the way their employees work, it will be interesting to see how much of this change becomes permanent, providing flexibility for workers and families while reducing costs for management.

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