Travelling is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime: the heady feeling of discovering new and beautiful places, the thrill of meeting people for the briefest moment in time, the wonder of seeing some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world. It’s transcendent, transcendental and life-changing all at once, but it does have one downside.

We’re talking about what it takes to get you there. Although each country you visit will have much to offer you, travelling between them will often be a cramped and boring affair, which means knowing how to entertain yourself is essential. In need of some inspiration? Then here’s what we recommend.

Get lost in the pages of a book

reading books

The first time you ever experienced an entirely new place was probably between the pages of a book. Our childhoods are filled with brilliant moments of being swept away from the real world and getting lost in our imaginations, but as we age, it becomes so much harder to find time for reading. When you travel, however, there’s no excuse. With so many long hours to fill as you hop from plane to train and back again, we recommend keeping a good book handy at all times.

Have a little flutter

games for time pass

If you’re not a natural bookworm, more’s the pity. But there are other ways to use your travel time and if you’re of an adventurous bent, having a little flutter might just appeal. Perfect for the more spontaneous among us, there’s plenty of fun to be found online, with lots of handy bonus sites out there to help point you in the right direction. Although we obviously advise caution and careful thinking, we can’t help but imagine how handy it would be to win a bit of extra cash to keep your travels on the road.

Broaden your musical tastes

Another way we like to fill our hours is by broadening our music tastes. Although we’re sure your personal preferences are pretty well developed, it’s always nice to discover something new and when you have so much time on your hands, we can’t think of a better way to use it. Ask for as many recommendations as possible before you go, so you have lots of different options to keep you occupied. You never know: you might just discover your new favourite band.

Take along some old-fashioned entertainment 

board games

Last but not least, think about packing a few boredom buster essentials. Although we’re sure space in your bag will be limited, there’s always room for some playing cards and maybe a miniature board game or two as well. These will not only keep you and your companions occupied for hours, they might even entice some new friends to approach and introduce themselves. It’s the perfect icebreaker for getting to know each other and together you might just make some memories that last a lifetime.

As cliché and banal as it sounds, boredom really is an option – one you can choose not to settle for. Prepare in advance, pack what you need and you’ll start to see the hours spent on planes and trains as an adventure all of their own.

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