How to Stay Entertained During Long Journeys

How to Stay Entertained During Long Journeys

How to Stay Entertained During Long Journeys – For many, long journeys often mean staving off boredom. Whether you’re travelling by plane, train, or car across the UK, there are plenty of ways to keep entertained – and by planning ahead and choosing the right entertainment, long journeys don’t have to fill you with dread.

From digital media to card games, make sure your travel time is not just bearable, but enjoyable. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Digital media

The digital landscape has transformed how we entertain ourselves during travel. Streaming services like Netflix and Spotify offer downloadable content for offline enjoyment, making them perfect for areas without internet access. Settle down with a film or a few episodes that are perfectly timed to the length of your journey. The time will fly by!


Puzzles are not just a way to kill time. They enhance brain function and can be incredibly satisfying activities, making them perfect for on-the-go entertainment. Options range from puzzles like Sudoku or crosswords, which can be enjoyed in a physical puzzle book or via apps on your phone.


Mobile gaming is a hugely popular choice for passing time – you can enjoy quick, snappy games wherever you are. Meanwhile, online casinos offer something a little different. Always ensure you use reputable platforms and understand the local regulations regarding online gambling.

Books and magazines

Diving into a good book or flipping through a magazine will never get old. E-readers and digital subscription services mean travellers can carry entire libraries in their pockets. Whether you prefer physical or digital copies, reading can mentally transport you away for as long as you need. If you prefer a magazine, you’re spoilt for choice with lifestyle, sport, food, finance and other topics.

Card games

From classic card games like Solitaire to more complex games like Canasta, you have plenty of choice when it comes to travel-friendly card games. They’re portable, versatile, and cater to all ages. Want something fast-paced? Dobble and Snap are great options. Don’t be afraid to ask those you’re sat with to play if you feel like being sociable. Striking up a conversation with fellow travellers can be a great way of passing the time, with card games creating the perfect inroad for this.

Phone admin

Some people take this downtime as an opportunity to crack on with phone admin. This could be as simple as replying to messages or booking that restaurant you’re planning to visit next weekend. Does your camera roll need a little TLC? Take time to declutter it by deleting duplicate photos or those screenshots you no longer need. There’s a difference between using your phone intentionally and scrolling social media endlessly.

Poppy Watt

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