We know it’s been a difficult 18 months for the tourism industry and everyone personally too.

Add in another snap lockdown, protests and an earthquake for good measure and things can get a little much.

So, we asked our team what they use to give them a little mood boost. And because we know that a good recommendation is better than scrolling through Netflix or Google for hours, we compiled a list you might like to check out.

Games Night

  • Cards Against Humanity, family edition. Recommended by Tracy
    “My tween-aged kids laughed like I hadn’t heard in ages at the absolute silliness of it. I think it’s really well aligned with the Gen Z sense of humour and honestly, I spent more time laughing at them laughing at the game. Our favourite was: “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m…..soup”.
  • Virtual fun: Garticphone online drawing /guessing game. Recommended by Elise, tested on TGGB staff fun night.
    “We play this game with friends all the time on a regular weekend zoom catch-up. No log-in or profiles required and no cost! Just log in, invite friends and get drawing. By being on zoom at the same time your group will be able to laugh out loud at the ridiculous drawings. We played this with the entire team a few weeks ago and it was a massive success, everyone loved it!” Just go to the website to get started https://garticphone.com/ 

  • Harry Potter Cluedo. Recommended by Abbey.
    (there’s a massive HP theme in my family at the moment)
  • Catan Board Game. Recommended by Bonnie.
    “You build roads and new settlements that eventually become cities.”

Good reads

  • Honeybee. Recommended by Tracy.
    “One of the best books I’ve read in years. Although the content is sometimes gut-wrenching with concern for the characters, overall I felt uplifted and joyous about how humans can have a positive impact on other humans. In this time of ugly online conversations and protests that look a lot like riots, it’s a nice reminder that most people are inherently good”
  • Braving the wilderness. Recommended by Narelle.
    “The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone. True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” – Brene Brown – Ted Talk phenomenon and #1 New York Times bestselling author.
  • Believe In yourself and do what you love…
    “fifty bite-sized and practical tips on how to live a more fulfilling and purposeful life” – Kate James – Life, business and leadership coach.
  • The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, VE Schwab. Recommended by Bonnie.
    “A girl makes a deal with the dark and becomes a faceless muse”
  • Boy Swallows UniverseRecommended by Elise.
    “The way this book is written it took me a few tries, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. Pretty intense at times, the main character Eli manages to get through some massive challenges without losing his outlook on life, brilliant!”
  • Harry Potter. Recommended by Abbey.
    “Re-reading all the old favs, never gets old!”

Not much of a reader, why not try Audiobooks while you clean the house, go on walks or sitting in the sun. 


What’s on the telly?


Sounds good… (podcasts or music)

  • Podcast:  The Imperfects – From Hugh van Cuylenburg. Recommended by Narelle.
    “the man behind The Resilience Project, his brother Josh and comedian Ryan Shelton. All about how perfectly imperfect we all are. Constantly comparing ourselves to others can not only be exhausting, but extremely harmful. When we share out struggles, we start to realise that everyone, no matter how successful, has something they are battling with”.
  • Podcast: Hamish and Andy podcast. Recommended by Tracy.
    “you can pick this up anywhere from episode one, I’m currently two years behind, and it’s just fun and laughs and shenanigans and an escape from the daily grind. I sometimes get funny looks from the dog for laughing when we’re alone in the middle of a walk.”
  • Podcast: Get Sleepy. Recommended by Elise.
    “When my brain won’t shut up, this helps me fall asleep. It works, 97% of the time I’m snoozing after the first 5 minutes .”
  • Podcast: Radio Rental. Recommended by Bonnie.
    “A selection of real-life horror stories and near misses”
  • Podcast: Off Menu. Recommended by Isla
    “Comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their magical restaurant to each choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink.”
  • Music: The Forgotten Edge by Molly LewisRecommended by Bonnie.
  • Music: Sour by Olivia Rodrigo. Recommended by Elise.
    “I usually don’t love pop music, but I love that Oliva has spat-the-dummy and isn’t scared to share her vent to the world.”
    ” Also loving live gigs, bringing energy to my lounge room every weekend, the louder the better.” 
  • Music:  Good old 90s early 00’s Teeny Bopper mix. Recommended by Abbey.
    “This week it has been Bruno Mars remembering that time (a long time ago) that we were able to venture out to watch LIVE music.”



  • App: Insight Timer. Recommended by Narelle.
    “Perfect for free meditations to start the day off well or forgetting to sleep or sleeping better and just for general mindfulness.”
  • App: Business Deal. Recommended by Elise.
    “this one should be in games too, but this is an online version of Monopoly Deal (best card game ever), can play with three other friends live”
  • Socials, who to follow: The Betoota Advocate and The Shovel. Recommended by pretty much everyone.
    “making light of the news.”
  • Socials, who to follow: @iamthirtyaf. Recommended by Bonnie.
    “Funny reminders of the past”
  • Socials:  @Jimmy Rees and for travel ‘missing’ @Drewinsky as he has nearly been to every country in the world. Recommended by Isla.
  • Socials: Cricut for Beginners & AddictsRecommended by Abbey.
    ” I just purchased a Cricut a machine used for cutting paper, felt, vinyl, fabric and other materials for crafting, so have been checking out this page for ideas.”

Hopefully you like some of these! Stay well, team tourism.