Whether you're traveling solo or with a group, adding a little playful fun to your journey can help keep your senses sharp, your mind engaged, and your heart connected. From silly car games to immersive scavenger hunts, there are endless possibilities for keeping the good times rolling while you're on the go. Pack a few games or activities and get ready to make the most of every moment of your journey!
Create a travel-themed bingo card with items like "a scenic view," "a unique local dish," "a historical landmark," and so on. Cross off each item as you see it during your travels.
Take some time each day to write down your thoughts and experiences in a travel journal. You can include sketches, maps, and photos to make it even more fun.
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of items you might see on your road trip, such as a red barn, a windmill, or a state welcome sign. The first person to spot all the items on their list wins.
Lens of appreciation
Turn off one's critical mind momentarily and notice something beautiful and interesting about everything that you look at, including people. This takes a bit of practice but can create an incredible travel experience.
Challenge yourself to take photos related to a specific theme during your travels, such as "exploration", "food" or "stability."
Go deep into the city and turn off your cell phones. Your challenge is to get back to the house as fast as possible without turning your cell phone on. For a bit of competition, make two teams.
Cultural Immersion Challenge
Challenge yourself to try something new and culturally significant at each destination you visit, such as learning a traditional dance or trying a local dish.
Sit in a place with lots of people passing by, and make up fictional stories for the people you are watching.
"The Art of Travel" by Alain de Botton. This book explores the pleasures and frustrations of travel, and offers insights into how to appreciate and enjoy new experiences while on the road.
"Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel" by Rolf Potts. This book provides practical advice and inspiration for those looking to travel long-term, with tips on budgeting, planning, and staying safe on the road.
"The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life" by Chris Guillebeau. This book offers a framework for finding and pursuing meaningful goals, including travel adventures and other experiences that can bring joy and fulfillment.
"The Best American Travel Writing" edited by various authors. This annual anthology collects the best travel writing from around the world, providing a rich and diverse perspective on different cultures and experiences.
"How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter" by Matt Kepnes. This book provides practical tips and advice for budget travel, including strategies for finding affordable accommodation, transportation, and meals, and ways to maximize your travel experiences without breaking the bank.