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5 ways to keep yourself entertained on road trips

Written by Fiona

March 28 2022

Long road trips can sound like fun, but it’s easy to get bored if you don’t have something to do during your journey. Just as you plan your packing list and itinerary, you should also make time to decide on activities that will keep you entertained while you travel between destinations.

Here are a few ideas to stay entertained while on road trips. Of course, these ideas are for the passengers, rather than drivers:

Listen to podcasts

Why not use this time to learn something new or delve further into the topics that really interest you? Podcasts are a great way to stay entertained and you can easily find hours and hours of audio content on a specific theme. 

One great podcast for travel enthusiasts is The Travel Diaries with Holly Rubenstein. This podcast interviews celebrities and explores the travel experiences that have influenced their work, special guests have included Michael Palin and Dev Patel.

If you need some inspiration for your road trip adventures, then the podcast Zero to Travel with Jason Moore is one to add to the list. In this show, Moore interviews a range of explorers and finds out about the epic journeys that they have taken around the world.

The show also covers practical travel advice such as budgeting and safety tips.

Also, if you are looking to take a trip to some less explored places then the podcast JUMP with Traveling Jackie will be a useful resource. In this podcast, Jackie shares hidden gems around the globe and insider travel tips.

Online gaming

While this isn’t an option if you are the one driving, for passengers or drivers taking a break at a service station, playing online games on your smartphone or tablet will help to pass the time. Some games are better suited to road trips than others, with those that have simple rules and lower tech spec requirements great for gaming on the go.

One such game for taking your mind off the distance of travel still to go is online slots. There are thousands of slot games available to play on the internet and each have different themes and unique features. 

These games give you the chance of winning large jackpots and many sites have great welcome offers and bonuses for new players. Puzzle games are also very road trip worthy, such as apps like Candy Crush Saga, Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga will help to keep you entertained.

While gaming online will give you the best range of options, try to have a few offline games downloaded onto your phone just in case you have any issues connecting to the internet or run out of mobile data during your trip.

Play 20 Questions

If you are on a long road trip with friends or family members then this is the perfect opportunity to play a group game to help you bond and to pass the time. One simple travel-friendly game is 20 questions. With this game you do not need a pen or paper or any equipment, just a bit of creativity and inquisitiveness. 

In this game, one player must think of something, such as a place or a person. The other players can then ask up to 20 questions to aid them in guessing what it is. The player can only answer either yes or no to each question.

Each member of the road trip can take it in turns to be the one to think of something. This game works best when there are between two and four players.

Make a road trip playlist

For many people, having great music to listen to has a huge impact on the road trip experience and can make them feel more excited and upbeat. If listening with others, make sure you pick tracks that everyone will enjoy.

The music you choose will influence your mood and energy, so you might wish to put together different playlists for different parts of the journey. For example, softer music with a slower beat can help you wind down in the evenings, while fast tempo tracks can hype you up ready for the adventure ahead.

If travelling as a group, you can take it in turns to act as DJ and have control over the music. Why not also have a sing-a-long karaoke session and belt out some of your group’s favourite songs?

Listen to stand-up comedy

Lastly, another great form of road trip entertainment is listening to stand-up comedy. You can easily find this on streaming platforms and online sites such as YouTube. 

If travelling alone and missing your loved ones back home, listening to some comedy is bound to cheer you up and take your mind off things for a short while. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures on your trip, so that you have plenty to show to friends and family when you return home.

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