We all know long journeys can be a bit boring, but instead of scrolling through our phones for the millionth time, let’s play some good ol’ games! Here are some we like to play!
TAKE YOUR NEXT TRIP TO A NEW LEVEL WITH ONE OF THESE FUN & FREE TRAVEL GAMES!
The HOT SEAT
My all-time favorite game- right after 501 Questions: A Travel Game!
Hot Seat is a game where one person in a group, rapid-fire questions for a specific duration of time. So, to play, choose one person to be in the hot seat. Then, set a timer for that amount of time. Once the timer starts, everyone asks the person in the hot seat questions until the timer buzzes. You can ask any question that comes to mind. Once the first person’s turn is over, then you pick the next person to be in the hot seat, set the timer, and everyone asks the next person questions until either the timer buzzes or the person in the hot seat says they’re done.
On a road trip to Florida, a group of friends and I played this for hours until we were at 20 minutes per person.
A LIE AND TWO TRUTHS
My favorite game is Two Truths and a Lie, too! A person shares three things about themselves; two of them are true and one is a lie. You get points if you correctly guess which statement is the lie. The person with the most points wins the game. The best part of this game is that everyone learns something new about themselves!
I’ve scuba dived. I’ve been to New Zealand. I’ve eaten a cockroach. Which one’s my lie?
3. THE 20 QUESTIONS
The goal of 20 Questions is to guess what the person, place, or thing is. Each player takes turns asking yes or no questions to guess what they’re thinking.
STORYTELLING IN GROUP
This is a fun one and you never know how the story will turn out! The way it starts is for one person in the group to give the first line of the story. It is then up to each person to share a sentence. You can make it more interesting by making every sentence rhyme with the one that preceded it. Bring on the drama and mystery!
THE GROCERY STORE GAME OR THE NATIONAL PARK GAME
This one’s tradition! My parents and I played this on our long trips for the holidays. The game is a memory game working with the alphabet. So, someone starts out, “I went to the grocery story and bought Apples. Then the next person repeats, “I went to the grocery store and bought Apples,” then adds, “and Bananas.” Then the next person repeats, “I went to the grocery story and bought Apples, Bananas…” then adds, “and Celery.” Each person keeps adding an item at the grocery store that starts with the next letter of the alphabet til you end at Z. It’s fun when everyone gets creative with the items and it’s hard to remember!
Other fun concepts include, “I went to the National Park and saw …” or “I went on a picnic and brought…”
COMPETITION FOR LICENSE PLATES
For some good competition in the car, play this game. See who can find license plates from as many states as possible. Each state is worth one point. You get two points if you see plates from another country! The winner gets to pick the dinner spot or buy ice cream or any other creative idea.
ASSOCIATION OF RAPID FIRE WORDS
This one is easy to keep progressing, is hilarious, and can get competitive! So, someone says a word, and then the next person says a word associated to it, and so on until someone is stumped or takes too long to think of a word. Whoever ends the round is out, and everyone competes until there’s a winner. I just played this on a girl’s road trip and this game had us rolling! It’s fun to see where everyone’s minds go associating words! For example: National Park, Arches, Desert, Cactus, Green, Grass, Spring, Easter Bunny, Marshmallows, Chubby Bunny
THE RUMOURS ARE TRUE
You should be prepared for this one! Everyone in your car picks another car. Then everyone in your car looks closely at everyone in the other car. Don’t get too creepy! Your car then starts telling a story about the people, their lives, and their relationships. It’s time to get dramatic!
FUNNY LICENSE PLATE WORDS
Someone picks out a license plate and creates a funny phrase with the letters in the order they see them. For example, if you see AJK 295, you could say Apple Jack’s King!
In this game, people share a “fortunate” statement, then an “unfortunate” statement back and forth.
- “Fortunately, we’ll get to our hotel early!”
- It’s unfortunate that our room isn’t clean.”
- We can go to the beach right away, then.”
- Unfortunately, we don’t have a room where we can change into our bathing suits.”
- Fortunately, we don’t need bathing suits at the beach! 🙂