Sometimes when traveling you’ll find yourself wanting to be able to kick back, relax and have some good old-fashioned fun. You’ll want to disconnect from technology, turn off the iPad and the games that you now play non-stop on your myriad of apps.
Back before iPads were a big thing, and you weren’t able to be “easily” connected every second of the day, we were backpacking through Western Europe, trying to entertain ourselves on long train rides and connections. We found the best way to pass time was to strike up a game when we got bored of the music selection on our first generation iPod. With a world that is even more connected today, we find the urge to “disconnect” is even stronger when we travel.
While it is most handy to find games you like that are board-less, dice-less and card-less, bringing some dice and some cards really is not that much of a hinderance (our first game suggestion below), since they don’t take up much space.
The Classic Dice Game
This is the game we found ourselves playing most. We have seen the small score pads at the Dollar Store (such as Dollar Tree or Dollarama) for this several times (though we haven’t looked recently). This game is played with five dice (have six, for a spare). You’re able to play with as many people as you want. The object is to fill as any point combinations as possible shown on the score pad. Each player can roll the dice three times during his turn. When it is his turn, the player must first roll all five dice at the same time and then the player can decide which dice should stay and which ones he wants to roll again. The winner is the one who ends up with the most points. Once you have played a few times, you won’t even need to have the game score pad, you’ll just need a piece of paper, a pen, and dice.
Two Truths and a Lie
This game is a great ice breaker and is a great way to get to know the people around you. Each person has to come up with three “facts” about themselves, and as the title suggests, two of the facts are true and one is a lie. Each person has to guess which of the two are true, and which is the lie. If you’re able to stump everyone, you get a point.
Would You Rather
Darcy likes coming up with scenarios and though I often get sick of his random questions, when this game is being played, his scenarios actually become kind of fun! In this game, you think up creative scenarios to choose between. The game can get quite serious, but even quirky, fun questions can end up being a huge hoot. Some fun examples to get you started are:
- If you had the opportunity to go explore the deepest part of the ocean, or the moon, what experience would you choose?
- Would you rather have the power of invisibility or flight?
- Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 years or live 10 lives that last 100 years each?
Get the creative juices flowing by composing a group story. One person starts the story off by creating the first line of the story. Next, each person adds a line, and the story builds and builds. Depending on your group’s story telling stamina, the story could continue for a few minutes or a few hours. This is especially fun when you’re traveling with older kids.
In this game, one person will make an unfortunate statement, and then another player has to counter the statement with a positive response. Fortunately-Unfortunately presents endless possibilities for creativity and positive thinking. The more exaggerated and silly the statements are the better!
- “Unfortunately my flight hit some turbulance.”
- “Fortunately it didn’t last too long.”
- “Unfortunately the turbulance caused an engine to fail.”
- “Fortunately there were parachutes on board.”
- “Unfortunately there weren’t enough to go round.”
What are some of your favourite games to play when you travel?