I live in a country where it takes more than half a day to travel 500 km by train, so imagine that every single time I want to go home, I have to come up with new killing-time activities to do on a long journey.
First of all, I make sure that I have some essential travel items in my handbag and after that, I start planning my activities. Some of them, you will see, are very common, but on a 12 h journey, even those can get overrated.
1. Listen to music – 1-2 hours
I know. It’s mainstream, but this is one of the best ways to kill a couple of hours. You can create your playlist from home, or listen on apps like Spotify. It works like a charm.
2. Sleep – 2-3 hours
You might find it a bit difficult to sleep on a train or car, but when you get really tired it doesn’t really matter. I’m a heavy sleeper, I can sleep anywhere, anytime; but if you are not, the take stuff like a sleeping pillow (travel size) put some sleepy music and kill more hours.
3. Stalk everyone on social media – 1 hour
You have plenty of time to see what each and every one of your friends were up to lately. Spam twitter or snapchat with updates of how long and boring your trip is.
4. Put people up to date with your journey status – 1 hour
That implies talking to the phone. Call some of your friends, catch up with what you both have been up to and so on. 3 to 4 phone calls should do.
5. Read a book – 1-2 hours
Long journeys are the perfect time to read a book or two. If you don’t have any motion sickness problems (I can’t read in the car – it makes me sick) read as much as you can and want. I think that there is no better way to maximise the time wasted on a way too long journey.
6. Play games – 2-3 hours
One of my favourite game to play is The Settlers of Catan – the card game; it can be played in 2 up to 4 players, each round takes about 30 mins and it’s really cool.
There are lots of other games that can be played with paper and a pen. Another game that I love is charades – I think it’s one of the most hilarious game ever.
7. Draw – 1 hour
Doodling can prove to be very therapeutic when you’re bored. You will discover how creative you actually are. Boredom can have many faces…
8. Judge the other passengers
Oh, my God! How many times you had to cope with a crying, screaming baby in an airplane, train or bus?! It happens all the time, I swear! If I’ll ever have kids, I’ll get them on long trips after they turn 10 or something.
There are also other people who – even though they sit right in front of each other – they yell like hell. Do I have to mention how disturbing this is when you want to sleep, read, speak on the phone etc? So even if it’s not ethical, feel free to judge this kind of people.
9. Eat & drink – 1 hour
I never buy snacks from the train trolley because they are unbelievably expensive. I buy some snacks from the train station or make some a day before the trip. I’m a foodie and I almost every single time take lots of food with me (more than I need).
A good thing to keep in mind is to not take smelly food with you – it will be very disturbing. Smelly food that has strong flavours or anything like that – like cheese flavoured crisps – is not good smelling for the other passengers.
10. Watch a film – 2 hours
Take your laptop with you and make sure that it is fully charged and that it has a film or two on it. I usually catch up with the TV series that I’m usually watching.
Hope these activities will make your next long journey less boring. Let me know what other activities to do on a long journey you know.