As a traveler, it is often about the journey and not just the destination. However, with cramped airplanes, packed buses, or bad rideshare experiences, sometimes you may need a break from the journey and dive into some on-the-go movies, TV, music, or more. This may be more difficult in some travel situations than in others, but there is always a way to find the best entertainment for travel.
Below are five ways to keep your vacation afloat by having all the entertainment that you could ever want while traveling.
1. Have a Reliable Music Streaming Service
Nothing makes teenagers or children happier on a family vacation than being able to listen to their own music while you listen to yours. As much fun as bonding over music taste is, one person hogging the playlist is never fun for everyone. Having a service that allows you to connect multiple devices to one account or having a service with reliable, ad-free connection is crucial so that you can have the right music for the right moods.
You want to make sure that your streaming service is supported in any country that you will be visiting and it is also in your best interest to make sure that the service is ad-free so that you will have uninterrupted tunes.
2. Have a High-Quality TV and Movie Streaming Service and Download Some Episodes
Before you even leave for the trip, it is a good idea to download some episodes of your favorite episodes and movies on your favorite device so that you do not have to worry about questionable wifi or waste valuable vacation time making a decision regarding which shows to watch.
This does not mean that you should not have a service ready to download episodes and movies live. A reliable TV and movie streaming service can make a home feel a bit closer if you are far away, which can be a comfort for long travels.
3. Pack Books
As you do your pre-trip shopping and packing, make one of your destinations a bookstore.
- Books work wonders to read to children right before bedtime
- Books do not require reliable access to the Internet, so if that is questionable then a book may be the best option for you
- If books aren’t your thing, then consider some magazines or travel guides that you can read in short bursts on public transport
- Reading in the language of the place that you are visiting can help with lingual comprehension so that you speak more fluently on your vacation.
Books are a reliable form of entertainment that can also help to strike up a conversation with any locals nearby.
4. Play Games
You can play games on more than just your device. Playing games like “I Spy”, “Simon Says”, or other games can help bring everyone on the vacation together and also provide times away from the glow of any electronic screens. Card games or board games may also work well, but only if you have room to pack them. If not, then consider games that do not require any pieces.
The right game can also help connect you to your destination. If you and your family decide to play a game of tag, then perhaps other local children will join and help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
5. Write About Your Travels
Little is more entertaining than your own imagination. There, the possibilities for storylines are endless. You can take anything that happened to you over the course of your travels and write it in a travel notebook, taking bits and pieces to weave into a storyline if you so choose.
The best characters come from real individuals, and you will probably meet some extraordinary people along the way as you vacation. Furthermore, this storytelling activity can get the whole family involved if you opt to write the beginning, the youngest write the middle, and then have someone else write the ending. Then, work together to find a way to link all of the stories together until you have an imaginative mosaic of a narrative.
Enjoy the Trip, Entertained
There are so many ways that you can prevent travel from becoming boring or exhausting, even to the youngest travelers on the trip. From streaming on the devices that they love so much to creating a fun story based off of your travels as a family, there are so many ways that you can get the most out of your travels.