No matter how exciting the destination, the journey to get there (and the journey back) can sometimes be a bit of a trial. Whether it’s by plane, train or automobile, there is no getting away from the fact that a long journey can often end up being quite a boring experience. And if you add children into the mix, it can be a recipe for disaster!
But, with a bit of careful planning and preparation, it is possible to keep the spirits up no matter how long the journey. Here are our best tips for staying cheery on long trips.
Games can be a great way to pass the time during long journeys. For starters, there are many board games, such as Scrabble and Monopoly, which come in special ‘travel’ formats that are generally smaller than the standard set and have magnetic pieces to minimise losses. Alternatively, there are a broad range of puzzle books including word searches and Sudoku that can be bought from most newsagents before you travel. Don’t forget that you can also get a lot of printable travel games from the internet, including I Spy and many other popular ‘spotting’ games. Printing a few of these out before you leave and then handing them out at regular intervals is another great way to while away an hour or two.
Do not underestimate the power of food – or lack of it - on travellers’ spirits during a long journey. If possible, try and break the journey up by stopping for meals or snacks every few hours. If stopping is not an option (if, for example, you are on a train or plane) then pack snack boxes of interesting foods, including a few treats, and bring them out on a regular basis. Remember to keep your snacks in an easily accessible bag so you don’t have to rummage through your entire luggage to find that elusive sandwich!
Film, TV and Music
There are many different media devices that can help to while away the hours on a long journey. If music is your thing, why not make some new playlists for your mp3 player, maybe with some themes for different parts of the journey? If you have access to a portable DVD player or laptop, then a box set of DVDs will pass some time – alternatively, download some films or TV programmes to a tablet or phone for even more entertainment. Mp3 audio books are another great option and younger travellers will especially be enthralled by something popular such as the latest Dr Who audiobook. Remember to be considerate to other passengers - wear a good set of headphones and keep the volume down!
Long journeys don’t have to be a trial and any of these suggestions can help make a journey pass quicker and in a more fun way. So, wherever and whenever you are travelling, follow our tips and you’ll hopefully have a happy and speedy journey. Bon voyage!