50 Boredom Busting Tips for Travel

Traveling is a lot of “hurry up and wait”. You have to run to make sure you don’t miss you plane, but then you get there and have to wait because of a delay. I don’t know about you but I tend to get pretty bored waiting around for a plane, or sitting on a 15 hour bus ride [travel isn’t all about the glamour :)]. But you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette, right? So to help you out for your next waiting experience, here are some of our best tips to beat the boredom!

50 Activities to Fight Boredom

  1. Make sure you have everything you need for the current trip
  2. Listen to a podcast
    1. We recommend Lore it is one of our favorites
  3. Stretches
    1. Great to do especially if you are going on a long flight
    2. Find a list of stretches here
  4. Call your family
  5. Make a new friend
  6. Or just people watch
  7. Nap
  8. Journal your experience
  9. Go to the bathroom now while you have time
  10. Start a blog
  11. Pinterest for travel tips
  12. Get a local snack
  13. Read a book
  14. Mediate
    1. If you want some apps click here
  15. Color in a coloring book
  16. Watch Netflix
  17. Write a letter to future self about what you were hoping for this trip
  18. Call you friends
  19. Write little positive notes and leave them places
  20. Go into a store in the airport, or bus terminal and try to find the coolest thing for under 5 dollars
  21. Write a haiku about why waiting sucks
    1. Or about how it is about the journey not the destination  
  22. Make a list of all the things you want to do before you die
  23. Knit, crochet, or cross stitch
  24. Listen to a TED talks
  25. Tell a joke to a total stranger
  26. Try to befriend the staff to get free stuff
  27. Post photos of your trip on Instagram
  28. Write a short story about a man named Todd
  29. Download Duolingo and try to learn a new language
  30. Become an ordained minister
  31. Up your step count
  32. Learn a new skill to improve yourself
    1. Like Juggling
  33. Learn a useless new skill
    1. Like Juggling
  34. People watch someone until they leave, then write an adventurous tale of what happens next.
  35. If you are with someone write two lines of a story and cover up the top one and pass it to the next person. Go back and forth until you are tired of this and then read then weird story you created
  36. Go to the bar
  37. Then order a drink
  38. Drink the drink
    1. Good job
  39. Find out what a narwhal really is
  40. Do a quick workout
  41. Reward yourself with chocolate
  42. Listen to music
  43. Research what there is to do in your next location
  44. Brush your teeth
    1. It’s important when you travel
  45. Read other posts on the lifetravelerstravelinglife.com
    1. There are cool posts, like bow ties
  46. Explore the surrounding area if you can
    1. Some airports are interesting decor and stores specific to their location. Like the Harry Potter store in the Orlando Florida airport
  47. Look up top ten best places to visit
  48. Learn how to make an origami crane out of paper
  49. Play a card game or other small games
    1. Always having a deck of cards on you makes for long term boredom preventer
    2. Also The Game of THINGS is small and can make you laugh until you cry.
  50. Plan your next trip!

Just because you are already traveling doesn’t mean that you can’t start preparations for your next trip. Use this down time to think of places you find interesting, things you want to do, and start researching them. Most transit waiting areas have WiFi so you can start getting ideas together for the next adventure. If you need help getting ideas make sure to check out our Pinterest for travel ideas!

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