As much fun as it is to visit and explore new places, the travelling itself can get pretty tiresome. Long waits for flights and hours spent on the rails or the road can seem like forever if you haven’t got anything to do to pass the time productively. Journeys can be a great opportunity to research your destination and plan what you’re going to do there. But they are also chances to relax and unwind, especially if you’ve had a busy day full of walking and adventuring.
When you’re travelling, you want to try and avoid taking anything you don’t have to, which often mean travel go-tos like books get left behind. Smartphones and tablets have been an absolute revelation to travellers, allowing them to fill their journeys with hundreds of different means of entertainment. From downloading your favourite tv shows on Netflix such as Squid Game, to letting you play music on the go, your mobile device is about to become your best travel buddy. For example, there are now banking apps that can help organise your finances while travelling, navigate new cities, and get instant reviews on local activities and eateries.
With so many apps and games to choose from, which are the best to take with you? Check out our top tips for providing endless entertainment on your travels.
Best Games To Play Offline
Mobile internet signal isn’t totally reliable while travelling, and of course you have to switch it off when flying, so it’s a good idea to invest in some games you can play offline. The Apple App Store provides a variety of different games from which to choose from to tailor your needs.
80 Days is a choose your own adventure style game set in a steampunk Victorian world which sees you try and navigate your way around the world. It’s the perfect game to play while travelling and you can spend hours at a time getting lost in the intricately worked adventures. Full of fun and dangerous escapades, 80 Days is available on Android and iOs and well worth its purchase price.
Heads Up is a great game to play in a group, so it’s perfect for friends to while away the time at the airport. A digital spin on a party game classic, each player takes it in turns to hold the phone to their head, while everyone else has to describe the word shown on the screen. You can make it even more fun by insisting players can only mime/draw/use one-word clues – the possible variations are endless.
Wordscapes is a word-based puzzle game where you need to rearrange a selection of given letters to make as many words as possible. You’re given a grid to fit them into which provides some hints as you can see where existing letters are placed. It has hundreds of levels and is a great game to dip in and out of to keep your brain focused.
Best Competitive Online Games
888 Poker lets you play Canadian real money Poker wherever you are. As soon as you create an account, you’ll have access to dozens of different table games. You can choose to play online matches against your friends or test your skills against complete strangers. It’s a great way to keep in touch with those back home and join up for regular poker nights, especially if you’re going to be away from a long time.
Trivia Crack is one of the best trivia apps available for download. It is loaded up with a huge variety of topics so you are pretty much guaranteed to find your specialist subject, and with hundreds of thousands of questions you’ll never run out of games to play. Either play solo, or read the questions out and compete in the group to see who can answer the fastest. Everyone loves to show off their general knowledge and this app is sure to be a winner with adults and children alike.
Among Us is a deceptively simple game which can be played online with strangers or input a code to play locally with friends – a great way to occupy groups at the airport. You take on the role of either a crew member trying to fix a stricken spaceship, or the saboteur who is out to kill everyone. Complete tasks, vote on who you think is trying to scupper the team, and try and stay alive long enough to finish the mission. No two games are ever the same, meaning you’ll have no problem playing again and again and again.
Travelling isn’t just about exploring new places; it also helps boost your mood, reduce stress, and get you fit. But in amongst all the new experiences there are often huge periods of downtime where you are waiting for flights or trains or travelling to a new destination. These waiting times can lower everyone’s mood as boredom creeps in, so make sure you find ways to entertain yourself and/or the group when there’s nothing else to do.
Downloading mobile or tablet games will make sure that you always have something to do, especially in unplanned moments. And there are so many to choose from, you’re sure to find something that you really enjoy. From trivia and puzzle games, to battle and shooter games, there are a world of options out there.
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