As holidays are approaching, traveling season is slowly starting. Some people travel home to their families, some are taking the final business trips of the year to tie up all the loose ends in the company, and some are heading for vacation. No matter why you’re traveling, sometimes time just seems to stand still, and it seems like days have passed until you’ve reached your destination. However, if you try these neat travel tricks, the time spent on traveling will practically fly by. Here’s how you can kill time on long trips.

Play games

8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips
8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips

If you have a travel companion, you can use the time to play all kinds of games, such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman and many others, just don’t forget to bring a piece of paper and a pen. Also, there are small, compact board games that are perfect for traveling. There are versions of travel chess boards, or simply get a deck of cards and hit it off. If you don’t have a travel buddy, there are usually other people that are just as bored as you are, so you can even make new friends while passing the time with games. However, if you’re traveling all alone, don’t worry, try doodling or solitaire. Another great way to pass the time and relax at the same time is to get an adult coloring book. Studies show that coloring can be a very therapeutic activity that helps you relax and relieve the tension.

Bring a gaming console

8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips
8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips

If you’re a gamer or a phone games addict, don’t give up your habit just yet. Playing video games is a great way to pass the time and forget about your surroundings. So, grab your portable console, buy a few new games and you’re ready to start your trip. If you’re not a serious gamer, this is a perfect time to see what’s Candy Crush all about. However, be ready to get hooked. And, don’t forget to bring your charger or a portable battery!

Catch up on work

8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips
8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips

We all have some leftover work we never seem to have the time to tackle, so bring your laptop and get to work. You can also take that time to answer all your emails and clear your inbox, organize your files and delete all old files and documents you don’t need anymore. If you’re still in school, you can start that paper you’ve been avoiding or tweak your homework or presentations.

Read

8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips
8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips

If you’re a busy bee and never have enough time to read a good book, now’s a perfect time. Grab the latest book of your favorite author or opt for a classic you’ve never read. Reading will transport you into another world where time passes much quicker. Is noise too distracting for you to concentrate on your book? Download some audiobooks on your phone, put on your headphones and close your eyes.

If you’re not an avid reader, you can pack a few magazines or newspaper and catch up with news from the world of politics, culture, fashion and health. No matter what subject interests you, there are magazines that cover your favorite topics.

Watch a movie

Today, you can get some portable DVD players or download a few movies and TV shows on your tablet. There have to be some movies you never get to catch on TV or some new TV shows your friends always talk about. Now’s that time to board the hype train and binge Game of Thrones if you haven’t already, or catch up with popular superhero movies.

Do some brain exercises

One fun and very useful way to pass the time while traveling is to do crosswords and Sudoku. These puzzles are not only interesting, but they also exercise your brain and keep it in top shape. Many people say that counting things also helps pass the time and keep you engaged in your trip. For instance, count yellow cars, McDonald’s restaurants, or try to spot license plates of different states. If you’re in a plane, count people who walk down the aisle or clouds.

Play some music

8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips
8 Ideas On How to Kill Time on Long Trips

If you’re the driver on a long trip, the best way to pass the time and reduce boredom is to listen to music. It will not only make your trip seem shorter, but it will also keep you in a good mood, which means no more road rage. Studies show that people who drive while jamming to their favorite music are much calmer than those driving in silence. On the other hand, if you’re taking a bus, a train or a plane and have trouble relaxing and falling asleep, try listening to classical music using practical noise cancelling headphones. Classical music will relax you and help you sleep, while high-quality headphones will cancel all the noise of traffic, humming of the plane motors and chatter of the passengers. Once you doze off, hours will practically fly by.

Soak up the scenery

Sometimes, the best way to kill time and relax is to take a window seat and just look at the beautiful scenery. You’ll have the chance to get to know the flora, fauna and culture of the places you go by. A lot of interesting things can be seen anywhere you go and you’re bound to learn something new. Also, don’t forget to bring your camera and take some shots.

So, next time you need to take a long trip, you will have no excuses for being bored. Have a safe and enjoyable trip!

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