6 Hacks to Make Long Travels Less Dull
June 12, 2019 | Blog: The Range

6 Hacks to Make Long Travels Less Dull

Road trips and plane rides sound fun in theory. But after a while, they can kinda be a drag. There are ways to make things a little more interesting without stuffing your face the whole time, though. Here are a few hacks to make travel less dull than, say, staring out the window for hours at a time (although if you’re driving a car, you should be staring out the windshield). 

1. Download a Bunch of Podcasts 

person looking up podcasts on their phone for a road trip

Around here, we are podcast fanatics, and luckily now seems to be the golden age of pods. No matter your taste, there’s literally a podcast for it.

2. Curate a Playlist  

CDs for sale inside music shop

Don’t you hate that word? Curate is so … 2015. Whether you’re a little older and actually made mix tapes in high school (remember cassettes??) or you’re more of the iTunes/Spotify age, there’s nothing more fun than putting together playlists to fit your mood on the trip. Check out some of our favorite road trip playlists

3. Find Fun Places to Stop 

van driving down the road on the california coast

Even in the middle of nowhere, we guarantee you still can find an interesting place to stop. Whether it’s a really cool gas station—yes, those exist (ask Texans about Buc-ee’s and you’ll get an earful—an old antique store, weird museum … or just a scenic overlook, we promise you can usually find something that gets you out of the car … at least for a bit. 

4. Record the Trip 

person recording their road trip with a handheld video camera

Whether you’re using your smartphone or you’re one of those people who actually mounts a Go-Pro to your car (you know who you are), why not make a mini movie of your adventures? Take short videos of your trip, then pop the clips into iMovie on your phone or computer, and set the whole thing to music. That’s how social influencers do it, right?

5. Play Kids’ Games 

woman leaning out of window on road trip

No kids in your car? Lucky you. Channel your inner child and pass the time with car games — the license plate game, obvi. Other good ones: I spy, road trip bingo and 20 questions. It may not make your trip any shorter, but it might make the time pass faster. 

6. Exercise 

person walking up stairs as a workout

Yeah, we’re actually suggesting this, but hear us out. You’re quite possibly cramped in a car for a good portion of the day. Whether you stop on the side of the road or at a rest area, why not go for a quick jog around the parking lot … or at the very least get some stretches in. If you’re flying, you can actually find dedicated yoga rooms at some of the airports in bigger cities, like San Francisco, Dallas and Chicago. 

So there you have it. No matter how you travel or where your trip takes you, there are ways to beat the boredom. And if all else fails: Take a nap. … Unless, of course, you’re the driver. 

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