February 17, 2019

How to Pass Time While Travelling for Long Hours

One of the most boring and tiring experiences in travelling long hours, especially if you’re not prepared. Sure, you can sometimes rely on cell service and use your phone to check your Instagram or Facebook accounts, but what happens when there is no internet access or when they ask you to pay a lot of money for WiFi service? Then you have to resort to some more traditional methods of killing time.

Colouring books
One of the ways to entertain yourself and other people travelling with you is to get a colouring book out and indulge in this relaxing and therapeutic activity while on the road. Don’t think that it’s only for kids! There are so many adult colouring books that are becoming increasingly popular that you’re bound to find one or two to your liking. Not only will you feel more relaxed, but you’ll also get a sense of accomplishment when you finish. Also, it’s a great opportunity to get creative for very little money and you don’t need any particular skills.

Long trips are great for catching up with your reading. If there is a book that has been waiting for you, a lengthy trip is the perfect chance to give it the attention it deserves. If you’re not sure whether you’ll like the book, stock your e-book reader with several new titles and just choose the one that seems most interesting. People usually like to read something that would capture their complete attention and help them escape to the world of fantasy, such as murder mysteries or historic period dramas.

A great majority of us love listening to music or radio while driving. That’s one of the most entertaining ways to reduce boredom, but it also has positive effects on our driving performance. The same method can be applied when travelling by train or plane for long hours. Download your favourite music or podcasts and make sure you have a great set of headphones, such as the famous Focal Utopia, to make the trip even more pleasurable and fun.

One of the things you could do while traveling long distances is to meditate. Travelling itself can be stressful for many and mediation has been known to provide great soothing effects. You want to get rid of all the negative energy that surrounds you and meditative breathing is a great way to do that. It might also help you fall asleep, which is very helpful on a long journey.

Keeping a journal
Unfortunately, fewer and fewer people keep journals these days. Most of us live very hectic lives and have no time to sit and write down our thoughts and feelings. Expressive writing has many benefits, apart from making time pass faster. It helps you heal from emotional experiences and stimulate self-discovery. So, if you’re inclined to writing, this could be the right thing for you.

If you’re looking for fun, rather than relaxation, watching people travelling with you and analysing their behaviour is a great pastime. Try to guess their age, occupation or something else related to them. It doesn’t really matter if you’re completely wrong, all the fun and joy is actually in the process of watching and guessing.

Making friends
You may find people travelling and starting conversation with complete strangers annoying, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Having a good chat with the person sitting next to you can be quite interesting and help you pass time. You don’t have to give away every personal thing about you to a total stranger, but you have so many other topics to choose from. However, be careful not to reveal too much and use your common sense when choosing whom to talk to.

These are just some of the tricks that can help you pass time while travelling long distances. Choose the one(s) you feel most comfortable with and enjoy the trip!

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