How to survive long travel days

While travel is an exciting and adventurous prospect, the reality is that during your travels there will be moments of boredom and tedium. These usually happen when you’re travelling between destinations on planes, trains, cars and boats. The slower the travel the more hours you may have getting there and these travel days can drive you nuts. There are of course plenty of ways you can make your journey more enjoyable and relief the boredom. I’ve asked a number of friends what their tips are for passing the time. Here’s what they had to say.

Write a book! Don’t read one!

This is an interesting prospect, I know many who say reading is relaxing but if you’re like me you’ll often find reading, especially long journeys, can be tiring, both on the brain and propping up that book for hours on end! This was until a friend of mine said “Well you’ve always wanted to write a book, why not start when you’re bored?”. They say we all have at least one novel inside us so take a notepad and a pen and use this time wisely to start jotting down ideas for your book. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece from day one, in fact all good writers say your first draft will go straight in the bin! But using this time to flesh out plot lines, character traits, twists and turns can be a very rewarding experience. You’ll soon find an idea for a book coming to life and you can of course stop whenever you just want to look out the window and get some more inspiration.

Start your first novel

Play games

Its an oldie but a goodie! Travelling especially on long train journeys is a great time to play some games with friends and usually have a good laugh in the process. These days there’s even more games at your finger tips as we all carry our smartphones around with us, packed full of gaming opportunities. You could look out for bingo sites if a game of chance takes your fancy, or try the latest video game blockbusters. There’s also plenty of multi-player games these days so you don’t have to be that guy with his eyes glued to his phone the whole time. Just remember to bring a charging brick to keep your phone topped up on power! Whatever game you decide to play you’ll be surprised how quickly time passes when you’re having fun! Be sure to bring a pack of cards with you, probably the most versatile of any game you can carry!

Playing games on the train

Meet new people

It almost sounds too obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t see mass transport as a chance to meet people and learn new things. In reality there are plenty of people on cruise ships, scenic train routes and even buses who are all doing the same travel you’re doing, all from different walks of life and all probably thinking they’d like to spark up a conversation too. So don’t be shy, say hello to your travel neighbours and share your life experiences. I know countless people (including myself) who have made friends for life by simply saying hello. Remember most people in the world are friendly, generous and happy, you never know you might just discover something you never knew before, all thanks to your fellow travel buddies.

Make friends when you travel

I’d love to hear your tips for making the most of long travel days. What do you do to keep sane? Who have you met and what games did you play too? Leave a comment below.