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The Solo Traveler’s Guide to Staying Entertained on Long Journeys

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Are you a solo traveler who is about to embark on a long journey? If so, you may be wondering how to entertain yourself during the journey. Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy and make the time fly by. Here are ten tips for staying entertained on a long journey:

1. Make a playlist before you go

Playlist with headphones

Music is a great way to pass the time on a long journey. Before you leave, create a playlist of your favorite songs and discover some new tracks, which you’ve been wanting to listen to earilier. Don’t forget to download the playlist to your device beforehand, in case you don’t have access to Wi-Fi while you’re on your journey. With your favorite tunes playing in your ears, the journey will feel like a breeze.

2. Download some podcasts

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Podcasting is becoming a popular form of entertainment among people. If you’re not in the mood for music, why not download some podcasts? There are thousands of podcasts out there on every topic you can think of – from true crime to comedy to sports. Find some that interest you and download them onto your device before you set off. Listening to the people talking about their insights or experiences will definitely keep you engaged.

3. Bring a book (or two!)

Stack of books

A good book can be the best companion during a long journey. Choose the genre you like and bring at least two books with you so that you do not run out of reading material. This is a good opportunity to focus on the story and the deep dive into the author’s imaginations. You never know – you might even finish them both before your journey ends and leave you wanting more.

4. Play some games

Travel scrabble board

Gaming is a famous pastime for many people. If you’re traveling with others, why not bring some games to play together? Classics like travel scrabble or a deck of cards can provide hours of entertainment. It’s much more fun and gives an opportunity to interact with others. Alternatively, there are plenty of games available to play on your phone – just make sure you’ve got a charger handy!

5. Plan some sightseeing stops

Sightseeing landmarks

If you have ample time during your journey, planning some pit stops for sightseeing in advance makes a lot of sense. It not only helps you break up the journey into manageable chunks but also gives a chance to explore the local sights. You may have never been to that area before, and even if you have, there’s always something new to explore.

6. Treat yourself to a snack

Assortment of snacks

Do you have a sweet tooth? Everyone loves treats, especially when they’re on a long journey. Pack some of your favorite snacks to enjoy along the way, and indulge in your comfort food. Not only will it keep you entertained, but it’ll also help you avoid buying expensive and unhealthy food at rest stops.

7. Bring a sketchbook or journal

Sketchbook and pen

Do you love putting pen to paper? A sketchbook or the journal serves as a canvas for your creativity to travel with you. You can use it to sketch the passing scenery, jot down your thoughts about your journey, or even start writing a novel! It gives you a chance to express your thoughts and ideas, leaving you with a personal diary of memories you’ve created during your journey.

8. Watch a movie or TV show

Laptop with movie playing

One of the best ways to entertain yourself during your journey is by watching your favorite movies or TV shows. Download some of your favorites onto your device before you go, or bring a portable DVD player with you. It’s a good way to catch up on something that you may have missed or something that you have long forgotten.

9. Learn a new language

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Learning a new language during your journey is also an excellent way to spend your time. There are numerous learning apps available, such as Duolingo or Babbel, which you can use to practice during your journey. Who knows, you may even end up using the local lingo on your trip!

10. Take a nap

Person sleeping on a train

Traveling can be extremely tiring, so don’t forget the power of a good nap. If you’ve got a long journey ahead of you, taking a nap can be a great way to pass the time and arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and energized. Waking up to a new destination with a fresh mind is the best way to start your travel journey.

Author: Caroline Hunter

Author: Caroline Hunter

Caroline Hunter is the ultimate travel chameleon - she can switch from a rugged backpacker to a glamorous hotel-goer in the blink of an eye. With a decade of solo traveling experience, she's collected tips and tricks from every corner of the globe. And now, she's generously sharing her secrets with us mere mortals who still struggle to pack a suitcase without forgetting something crucial. So, whether you're a fan of roughing it or prefer to indulge in luxury, Caroline's got you covered.

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