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.
A classic for each of us
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!). Others are better with working on crosswords 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.
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.