Entertainment for Long Haul Trips
Catch up on your favorite TV shows/Movies
Refer to my previous post on some great apps to watch shows on the go by downloading movies and shows to watch at a later time.
Enjoy a snack or a mini meal
Enjoying a nice healthy snack while traveling can be quite comforting. There is so many reasons to pack your own lunch, airplane food doesn’t taste great, if you travel by bus you are very limited to what you can actually buy which is usually fast food or overpriced gas station snacks, if you’re traveling by train such as Amtrak you’ll have a nice experience but yet pay for overpriced airplane food. Take my word and pre-pack a snack or small meal.
Play card games
Some of my favorite card games such as Phase 10 and Skip-bo are great for traveling. It’s also a good thing that you can play with as little as 2 players since there is limited space available to play on whether you travel by bus, train, or airplane.
Become a photographer
No matter what form of transportation you are taking look out your window and take lots of pictures! After you can take your time editing and posting on social media, but enjoy the scenery and take in everything you see along the way! One of my biggest regrets was not taking pictures of the beautiful windmills in the Netherlands while on a bus ride to Amsterdam. I had just pulled an all-nighter in Paris with plans to sleep on the bus, I trusted that my camera was charging (which it wasn’t) and missed out on taking some amazing shots!
So don’t be a dummy like me, charge all your electronics and take as many pictures as you can, you won’t regret it! (Unless you have limited storage then you might!)
Read a book
Simple enough, a popular first choice when it comes to staying busy.
I personally get motion sickness when I don’t keep my eyes on the road so I prefer to listen to a audio-book, a great app for audio-books is Audible. Now if you read one of my previous posts about using offline apps to download tv shows and movies and decided to subscribe for Amazon Prime you’ll be able to get Audible for free! You'll be able to stream from a rotating group of more than 50 audio-books. You can also listen to ad-free content including podcasts
Coloring books aren’t just for kids now, bring along a activity book to entertain yourself for hours on end! I personally found a wonderful coloring book with a spiral bound which took me a while to find. You can purchase my favorite coloring book here!
Along with coloring books there are multiple other types of activity books to bring along with you such as Sudoku, word searches, crosswords, and many others!
Organize your life
You have hours ahead of you, why not take the time to organize bills, plan an itinerary for your next trip, write an email to an old friend, write in your journal or start a journal, set some goals for the next few months, delete old emails that are taking up space in your inbox (sure it’s not fun but hey at least you’re doing something proactive!), make a small list of movies you want to watch on your next long trip, write out a new bucket list and if you don’t have one start one!
If you chose to start a bullet journal and need ideas click here!
Play games on your electronics
Here’s a small list of games you can download to play offline:
Plants vs. Zombies
Giant Boulder of Death
Take a long nap
When traveling to a different time zone this is a must for me! It might be near impossible for some but some noise canceling headphones, a comfortable eye mask, and a comfy head rest will do the trick!
What I’ve done in the past is wear ear plugs then wear noise canceling headphones over my ears then play some soft music, it works every time! Not even the loudest baby will wake me!
When I say meditate I don’t mean taking up the aisle doing full yoga, but simply sitting still, closing your eyes, taking deep breaths, and enjoying the silence. Sure you might think I’m explaining how to take a nap but there is multiple reasons why you might like to meditate on any transportation, whether you have anxiety like myself and you just need to take a few breaths in during turbulence or if you need to center your mind because there’s just too much going on with your thoughts. Practicing meditations will help make your travel overall more enjoyable.