‘While the idea of road trips sound like freedom and romance, the reality of them can be quite the opposite. Sometimes we all need a little something to do to amuse us along the way…’
This is what I stick to on fairly short journeys. OR, for trips that I take early in the morning (say, for work) where I don’t have the brain capacity to do anything else but a spot of singing.
I always go for something upbeat in the morning, because I need a bit of cheering up if I’ve been prised out of my warm bed and into my cold car.
I have a massive pile of audible titles in my library which, if you’ve read my post about my insomnia, you’ll know I simply cannot live without.
Not only are audiobooks excellent for stopping me hoovering in the middle of the night, but they’re also great for tuning into and whiling away the hours as the countryside passes by your window.
The only thing I don’t advise is listening to Swedish crime fiction on narrow, winding, country roads on dark winter nights. Seriously: don’t do it. It’s terrifying.
I would like to thank VisitScotland for being the catalyst for me learning Spanish. Gracias, a todos! No, seriously, if it wasn’t for all those endless journeys around North Uist or Kelso, English would still be my first and only language (that doesn’t include the bastardised version of Klingon I speak after I’ve had too many glasses of wine…)
I listened to my Spanish CDs for months on end and still put them in if I need a bit of brushing up. I can now ask LT for stuff in English and Spanish. He can ask me for stuff in English, Spanish AND Cantonese, so he still wins. Damn him and his three languages. Such a show-off.
The Alphabet Game
The previous suggestions were all things I did on my own, but this one really requires you to have a travel buddy. A car companion, if you will.
This can be seriously funny if you promise never, ever to go for ‘something beginning with G (grass) or R (road)’. If you’re going to play, you have to be inventive. My personal favourites are ‘I Spy with my little eye, something beginning with S. To which the answer is, obviously, ‘that Steel clad building we passed, like, ten minutes ago’. Nothing will annoy your travel buddy more.
The Yellow Car Game
This is a game perfected by my nephews and it can cause riotous laughter in the car. It has also likely been the bain of my sister’s life from time to time, as she listens to her three sons yelling at each other from the comfort of their seats as she desperately tries to navigate through the hell that is Tesco car park.
This is purely a last resort, you understand. I jest, of course, as you might be a chatty type who loves nothing more than talking for hours on end. Me? I’m all out of chat after about 10 minutes. And that’s on a good day.
I need something else to save my sanity that doesn’t involve continually checking my phone and sending snapchat messages of The Travel Bug to my poor friends and family. Honestly, I do it, like, every five minutes. I’m not popular anymore.
How do you amuse yourself on road trips?