How to Make Travel Days More Exciting

Many of us spend a significant portion of our lives in transit, whether we are on our way to see friends or travelling to the airport for a well-deserved holiday.

While the anticipation of reaching our destination can be exciting, night buses and long train journeys can be tedious. Transforming mundane travel into opportunities for learning, creative expression and entertainment is easy with these strategies. You can make the most of every mile and arrive feeling refreshed.

Reading or Podcasts

Getting stuck into a good book is good for the mind and soul, but it’s not for everyone. This makes podcasts a great alternative. There is such a wide range of both to choose from, whether you’re looking for a highly-rated rom-com novel or an hour of true crime regaling through your headphones.

You can minimise luggage and increase your reading options by carrying a Kindle instead of a bulky hardcover. Great podcasts can be found on apps like Spotify and Google Play.

Online Gaming

Online gaming can be done anywhere – waiting in line at the bus stop, at duty-free or while you’re riding the rails. You can use your phone or another portable device to get lost in a virtual world, train your brain and maybe even win some prizes! Play games such as online bingo or try your hand at a challenging puzzle and before you know it, you’ll be at your destination!

While games are a fun way to distract yourself, it’s always a good idea to set yourself a time limit if you’re on long journeys. This will help to avoid any headaches and missing out on any scenery.

Creative outlet

A day of travel or even an hour is the perfect chance to unleash your creativity. Take up crocheting or sewing! It’s a useful skill that is both calming and cost-effective since you can mend your clothes and even make some of your own.

Photography is another great hobby to adopt on your travels. Sitting still on a coach or plane is an ideal time to edit all the photos you’ve taken on your journeys.


Travelling can be used as inspiration for fiction on the fly! Even if you don’t consider yourself a poet or novelist, journalling your experiences is great for compartmentalising your feelings and recording amazing adventures.

If you don’t want to use physical pen and paper, why not start a travel blog? You can connect with like-minded adventurers and share your thoughts with the rest of the world.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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