Best Games to Play when Travelling

Best Games to Play when Travelling

It doesn’t matter which corner of the world you plan to explore, there will always be times when you’re a little bored on your travels. Whether it’s a long-haul flight, bus or car journey, an overnight sleeper train, it’s important to keep yourself entertained in between travel experiences.

Traveling for long periods can tire you out if you don’t allow yourself to have enough downtime. Even sometimes when staying in a hotel or hostel, having games to play can help prevent boredom and allows you to be social and meet other travellers.

You also have a lot of choice, from playing on your mobile phone, buying a handheld device or trying some classic non-digital board and card games.

Take a look at our recommended list of games to play on your travels to help you recharge those batteries, kill some time and have some fun doing it.


Classic Road Trip Games

Long before the dawn of laptops, smartphones and tablet devices, travelers had to amuse themselves on journeys without the aid of state-of-the-art technologies. To younger generations, this might seem somewhat alarming, but to our older readers, this will no doubt hark back to cherished vacation memories and road trip games to eliminate the boredom of waiting to arrive at your destination. If the idea of tech-free travel games excites you, let’s look at some of the best games you can play in the car, plane or train to help the time fly.


I Spy

A great road trip game option for parents traveling with young children, I Spy is a game ideal for inquisitive youngsters, helping to improve their short-term memory and visual learning. “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with…” sees you give the first letter of the object that’s clearly visible from your child’s seat. Each person in your group takes it in turns to guess the mystery item.


I Packed My Bag and in it I Put…

This is another great memory game that tests how good friends and family are at remembering multiple items. Start by naming an item you would pack beginning with ‘A’, with the next player having to recite your item and then add another item to the bag. As more items get added to the bag, it gets a lot trickier to recite, trust us!


20 Questions

The old ones are always the best and 20 Questions can always encourage debate and laughter on your travels. Let your friends or family choose an individual you are going to be and you must guess who the individual is within 20 questions – simple!


Laptop Games

You might be planning to take your laptop on your travels so that you can blog along the way or even keep track of your work emails away from the office.

However, you should also seriously consider taking your laptop for entertainment purposes too. That’s because there is now a seriously good choice of free-to-play PC games spanning the full gambit of genres and styles. Whether you’re into role-playing games or massively multiplayer online (MMO) strategy games, these freemium titles won’t cost you a cent – and they’re also developed for use on smartphones and tablets if you’d rather not pack your laptop.

Free-to-play PC games have come a tremendously long way since the early 1990s when FPS Doom was launched as a so-called ‘shareware’ title. Shareware meant that game developers would launch the first stage or chapter of a game to you absolutely free, but require a small payment to allow you to play the remaining stages or chapters – once you’re hooked, of course. However, the fully free-to-play titles in the link above will immerse you in the entirety of their storylines.


Card Games

When we say card games, we don’t mean an intense game of Texas Hold’em poker, instead, we mean fun family card games for two or more players. Monopoly is one of the world’s best-loved board games, but it’s highly impractical for playing on your travels. Monopoly Deal is the ideal solution. This card game version requires you to collect three complete sets of property cards, done so by playing them on the table, stealing them or picking them up as rent.

Uno and Dobble are two more travel card games that are very easy to pick up and play from the word go. Uno operates in the opposite fashion to Monopoly Deal in that you have to be the first person to get rid of your cards, rather than collect them. Of course, the various rules involved mean that getting rid of them isn’t always straightforward. Meanwhile, Dobble plays rather like Snap in so much as you have to match symbols between the top card on the table and any of the cards in your hand. The first person to match symbols fastest and get rid of all their cards is the winner; creating a very frantic but enjoyable game that’s guaranteed to while away the hours.

Some more popular card games we recommend include:

  • Top Trumps
  • Hanabi
  • Exploding Kittens


Other Travel Board & Card Games to Consider

These are some other top games to check out, most of which are available to buy on Amazon:

  • Skull
  • Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
  • Bananagrams
  • Pass the Pigs
  • Codenames
  • Connect 4 Grab and Go
  • Catan
  • Sequence
  • Qwirkle Travel
  • Splendor
  • Hanabi
  • Exploding Kittens
  • Forbidden Island


Handheld Console Games

These are the best handheld game consoles to buy this year which have hundreds of amazing games available: 

  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation Vita
  • GPD XD Plus Portable Gaming Handheld
  • Nintendo 2DS
  • Sega Genesis Ultimate Handheld Game Console
  • Nintendo 3DS XL
  • PlayStation PSP 3000


Hopefully, these our list of travel games have given you some inspiration to switch up your entertainment on the go, making long journeys a joy rather than a chore.

If you have any recommendations you would like to share let us know in the comments section below.