Traveling is undoubtedly one of the most exciting things ever. You get to go and see other countries, you meet some amazing people, and you’re kissing the 9 ‘til 5 life goodbye in the process. It can seem like a dream come true, but the reality of traveling does bring with it many boring moments. Waiting for an airplane, or a bus, or a train, and then actually getting through the journey, can be difficult.
However, there are some ways to keep yourself entertained whilst traveling, to make those hours fly by (sorry). Here’s how you can do it.
Get in some Zzzs
Not everybody can sleep whilst they’re traveling, and those who can are envied by everybody else. At worst, we actually dislike those snoring, drooling travelers amongst us. However, you don’t have to be one of those people, and you can get yourself a travel pillow and catch some Zzzs whilst you’re on the move. Let’s be honest, this is the most enjoyable way to pass the time, and who doesn’t want to wake up at their destination feeling refreshed and ready to get out there?
Whilst there are some methods of transport where human interaction is pretty frowned upon (the subway or tube, for example), there are also many opportunities to make some pals, especially on long distance train rides. Why not strike up a conversation with your neighbor, and see what stories they have to tell you about their travels? The best thing about getting out there and seeing the world is meeting these new people, and they could end up being your friends for life.
If you’re a bit of a wordsmith – or you’re just the sentimental type – then you may want to write some letters to your loved ones whilst you’re traveling. Think about your experiences; what has changed you whilst you’ve been out there, and what do you miss the most about the people that you love? Receiving a letter from you will be a great surprise for them, and it gives you an opportunity to say a little more than you probably would over a text. It fills up that traveling time, too!
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than getting on the plane, and seeing those movie screens on the seats in front of you. Watching some films could really help to pass the time quicker, and most planes have the latest options for you to choose from, alongside some classics. If you’re in the car, or on a train, however, then you may want to check out some mobile movie apps to keep you entertained on the go. There are plenty of them out there, and a lot of them are free, too!
Read a book
When you’re a lover of traveling, you’ll know that there is nothing more essential than having a good book on hand at all times. Whether you pick them up from bookstores as you’re out and about, or you plan out your reading before you hit the road, make sure that you have some good titles under your belt. Perhaps you could bring a travel guide with you if you want to get clued up on the country you’re visiting, and you’re not a novel lover, but either way this should be an addition to your travel bag.
Listen to podcasts
For those who can’t read on planes, trains, or in cars, there are plenty of podcasts to pass the time that won’t bring that sickness feeling to your trip. Whatever you’re interested in, there probably is a podcast out there on it, so whether you’re a history buff or a politics junkie, then check out your options and download some onto your phone. You’ll come out of the other side of your journey feeling like you’re an expert on a brand new subject, and who doesn’t want to feel like that?
Learn the lingo
Wherever you’re heading to, it’s a good idea to learn some of the language. In fact, if you don’t make an effort here, there is every chance that the locals will just think that you’re rude, which is not what you’re going for. On top of this, how are you going to get around the country if you can’t say the basics? Read up on the lingo before you get out there, and learn things like please, thank you, and where’s the bar/toilet. These are 3 invaluable phrases that you ultimately can’t be without.
So, if you want to stay entertained whilst traveling, then keep these things in mind!
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