Whether you’re in a long term relationship, live with a house full of men, or merely are friends with lots of fellas, the World Cup being on means only one thing – many women have become World Cup widows. Long nights of solitude, no one wants to do anything social unless it involves going down to the pub to watch two countries you’d never really heard of before kick a ball for ninety minutes, and lager louts hanging around in pub gardens when all you want is a white wine spritzer and to soak up the last rays of the evening. World Cup widows, fear loneliness no more. England are out, which inevitably means less people will now be interested in the football. But if you’re still struggling, here are some fun things to do until the World Cup ends which you and other World Cup widows can enjoy.
Note: this is a football free zone.
If you can’t beat them, join them!
Swap football for tennis. Get yourself ensconced on Henman Hill with a picnic rug, some Pimms and the classic strawberries and cream and cheer on Andy Murray to victory.
Buy a festival ticket
Glastonbury kicks off today, but if you weren’t organised enough to get involved don’t worry – there are still plenty more festivals coming up this summer including Lovebox, Wireless and Bestival to name a few.
Book a weekend away
I know this sounds extravagant, but if you know where to look, this can be surprisingly cheap. Deals websites like Groupon, Wowcher and Secret Escapes have a load of weekender breaks, at a very reasonable price.
Plitvice Lakes Croatia from our Editor Sophie’s trip
Plan an extravagant dinner party
Do it old school and properly – handwrite invites and send them snail mail. Source flowers and arrange them with taffeta in cute vases. Think about a seasonal menu, get creative and try something new. With lots of wine, of course.
Appreciate your new found silence to pick up a hobby which will expand your mind. Read that book you’ve been meaning to pick up for months or download an app to learn a language (I heartily recommend Duolingo, which is free on the App Store and very user friendly).
See, turns out that this World Cup business isn’t too bad after all. In fact, it’s looking like it might be a whole lot of fun!
By Jessica Moffatt-Owen