The Best Ways to Pass Time on the Road

No matter how much you love seeing new places, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures, the truth is that traveling itself can sometimes get boring. Unless you can afford the luxury of traveling by plane all the time, you’ve probably been on more than a few long trips. As exciting as they can be, getting from point A to point B can become a drag. So, to help you pass time, here are a few suggestions you should consider.

Read a book

Reading a book is one of the oldest – and the best – techniques to kill time. Not to mention all the benefits of reading, from improving your vocabulary to helping you relax. However, in order to truly reap those benefits, you have to actually like the books you read. This means that you should find a genre you’re interested in, the writing style that suits you, and maybe even a specific topic that you want to learn more about. Once you do that, you’ll be reading one book after another in no time.

Watch a movie

A great way to pass time is to watch a movie. You can download it to your phone, tablet, or laptop, plug in your headphones, and enjoy. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a movie though – you can do the same with documentaries and TV shows. For example, if there is a show that you’ve just recently started watching, you could do some guilt-free binge watching as well.

Watch TV

If you don’t know what kind of movie to watch, or if you don’t really watch any specific TV show, you can also actually watch TV. You can go to a direcTV store and check which devices are compatible for live streaming. If you find yours on that list, then instead of downloading movies that would take up your memory, you can simply watch TV.

Catch up on your work

If you carry your laptop with you, you can always use the time to catch up on your work or studies. It would keep you occupied, and it would make you feel better for using your time wisely. Plus, it would leave you with more free time later. After all, there’s nothing better than sleeping in after a long trip and spending the rest of the day recharging your batteries – and you can’t really do that if there’s work waiting for you.

Plan your itinerary

If you know that you’ll have Internet access while on the road, you can also plan your itinerary. You can explore the best places to eat, things to see, shops, entertainment options, etc. True, it’s usually better to plan everything in advance. However, if you’re an experienced traveler, leaving things to the last minute should not cause a problem for you. On the contrary, it’ll probably make you even more excited about your trip.

Listen to music

There aren’t many things more relaxing than looking through the window and soaking up the scenery while listening to some good music. It allows you to clear your head and mentally prepare for the trip. It also allows you to daydream a bit, which is something most adults rarely have the time to do. To make the experience even more enjoyable, get some quality headphones, make your playlist in advance, and you’ll reach your destination before you know it.

Declutter your phone

This might not be the most fun activity on this list, but it’s still a good way to pass time. Besides, it’s also something you’d have to do sooner or later, so you might as well do it when bored. You can clean your inbox, gallery, music folder, or anything else that could use some organizing and decluttering. And when you’re done with your phone, you can do the same with your tablet or laptop.

Some people simply accept boredom once they find out that it’ll take them hours to reach their destination. However, the truth is that the time you spend reaching your destination can often be just as fun as the time you’ll spend there. So, consider the listed options, and you can rest assured that the next time you’re in for a long trip, you’ll enjoy the journey just as much as you’ll enjoy the destination.
Mia Taylor is a lifestyle blogger from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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