Keeping Long Hours of Travel Short on Boredom with Fun Travel Games

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Kids can’t stay like this for long.

Travelling to different places is a fun and exciting way to spend a vacation with the family. However, you may find that the journey to your destination is filled with lots of time and little to do whenever a trip involves long distance travel on cars or trains. Unless you are travelling on board one of qantas business class planes, planning activities for the journey should be part of your travel plans to keep your family holidays boredom free and interesting from start to finish.

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Old tab, for watching films…

So what do you do when you travel by train? Travelers who don’t get motion sickness while travelling may entertain themselves by reading a book or magazine (that’s me!), working on crossword or Sudoku puzzles (son 1), and watching movies on a portable DVD (hubby). You may also bring along portable game consoles or gadgets for kids who can’t live without their video games. Those who are prone to motion sickness are better off sleeping during most parts of the journey.

Classic games that promote bonding in the family are the best travel games that parents can teach their techie kids. It can be a refreshing change from the impersonal gadget games that they are used to. Travel friendly board games for classic games like backgammon, chess, monopoly etc. are easily available in toy stores. A deck of cards can also pack loads of fun for a family trapped in a moving train for long hours. Numerous card games like Go Fish, Crazy Eight, Poker, Slap Jack and others, can keep both kids and adults preoccupied in the entire trip.

There are also word games that you can play with kids of varying ages like the game we call Starting Letter Factory. The game starts by choosing a letter and a category base for the words (i.e. Letter D, animals). Each player will give a name of an animal that starts with the letter D (i.e. dog, donkey, etc.). A player who runs out of animal names gets taken out of the game and the last player standing is the winner. Older kids can make the game more interesting or challenging by adding a consequence for the first person taken out of the game like singing a song or doing a favor for the winner. The first player who gets taken out of the first round usually starts the second round of the game.

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It is best to choose a train cabin when traveling with kids.

Family travel games that allow interaction between kids and adults are the most fun games that you can choose for long hours of traveling by train or car. However, keep in mind that there are also other passengers in the train and be conscious with the amount of noise or movements that your party makes on the train. Long journeys can pass quickly when everyone is travelling with fun company.

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While kids are busy playing, mommy does drive by shots.

9 thoughts on “Keeping Long Hours of Travel Short on Boredom with Fun Travel Games

  1. I travel on a weekly basis. Although it’s not that long, it’s still about 1.5 hours. And most of the time, if I’m not asleep during the trip, I look out the window gazing at the scenery or perhaps watching a movie. The games for kids will come in handy when I need to travel with the children. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m still single but I have 4 nephews/nieces. I just went home last year so everything with kids is so foreign to me.. hehe. went on a family trip lately and the kids have all their gadgets in the car and yet they keep on as asking every 30 minutes “are we here?? are we here??” hehe..

  3. Last night I got an email from a friend who sent it on board a train from Vietnam to Bangkok, then again this morning, on another train from Bangkok to Malaysia. The boredom sounded less 🙂

  4. My eyes has a very low tolerance on motion movements. I get dizzy if I read when inside a moving vehicle. Even looking for something in my bag, say about 5 staright minutes of looking something in bag, I get dizzy easily. And it doesn’t go away easily too. I have to take paracetamol to remove it. So when I travel, I usually sleep or bring lots of chips. Haha!

  5. my kids enjoy long travel as long as they bring with them a good book or their handheld gadgets, it was me who is always problematic during long travels because of the motion sickness lol

  6. I rarely go traveling and if ever i do it is only during breaks. My family isn’t really the adventurous type when it comes to the local country. But we do go hiking and road trips whenever we visit our homeland.

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