Ways to keep your mind busy when traveling
Traveling is exciting but often it is more because of the anticipation of getting to your destination rather than traveling itself. Whether you are driving, going by plane, train, bus or ferry, the travel can be time consuming and even though sometimes for instance driving to your destination is a part of the trip, the hours can go by just a bit too slowly. No worries though, if you feel yourself getting bored or restless on your trip, then keep on reading and get some great tips as to how you can keep yourself occupied when traveling longer distances.
Get out that smartphone or computer
They might be a bit too time consuming sometimes but the time consuming part is perfect when traveling. Your smartphone is a great way to get hours to fly by and finally you can spend all that time without feeling guilty about the fact that you should be doing something more productive. So get that phone out of your pocket and go crazy on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media apps. You can also play your favorite game, try a fun online casino or watch your favorite movie or show on Netflix. According to an article from NBC News, traveling abroad reduces your stress levels. So kick back and enjoy that traveling time while relaxing and having fun on your phone. It feels even better, knowing you are doing something good for yourself.
Read a book
One of the best ways to make time fly by is by reading a really good book. Getting sucked into an exciting book can make you lose track of time and it is thereby a great way to make your trip seem less boring. If you are the type of person who gets carsick or you would just like to be a part of the fun as the driver, then no worries. Just find your favorite book as an audio book. Sometimes they are read aloud by famous people or the author themself. It is a great way to get that excitement of reading a book but without the motion sickness. There are so many options, and if you are traveling with children there will without a doubt be a great book to keep them occupied and happy as well.
Apart from playing games on your phone, you can always get out a physical board game or a deck of cards to pass time. Depending on how you are traveling, you can play different kinds of games. Sometimes it’s possible to play games together on the screens you often have in front of you on planes, and if you are driving to your destination there are a bunch of fun games to play in the car. You can go nuts with “20 questions for the professor”, play the license plate game or if the kids are getting a bit too noisy, you can always bring out the quiet game and really encourage those kids to try to win. They will be having a fun time trying to beat each other and you get a bit extra quiet time to relax your head.
Plan your vacation
As mentioned earlier, you might as well get something useful done while traveling to your destination. Research your destination and plan all the things you would like to see and do. That way you can really optimize your time and make sure you find time for all the stuff you do not want to miss out on. You can also have everyone who is going on the trip with you come up with one thing each which they would like to do or see. That way everyone has a say and you get to do different fun stuff.
Make a great playlist
There is really nothing better than just putting on your headphones and listening to some great music. It’s a great way to relax when traveling and it makes the whole trip more durable. Make an awesome playlist before heading out on your travels and enjoy many hours of great music. Listening to music is also a great way to fall asleep when traveling, as you can block out other noises and just focus on the music as you drift off. If you are going by car you can make a playlist depending on who you are traveling with. Pull out all the nostalgic hits when going on a roadtrip with your old college friends or find the best family hits when traveling with your family. You can even do a music quiz and have all the others guess the title and artist or you can find fun categories as colors or cities, where the contestants for instance have to guess a certain city based on the artist, title of the song or just some of the lyrics.