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5 Ways to Entertain Yourself on a Long Car Ride


I must admit, I don’t mind long car rides. It gives me the chance to relax, enjoy great conversation with my husband, and let my mind wander. Although I can still tap into the 3G network on my phone, there is something comforting about being forced to detach myself from my computer and the internet. Inevitably, however, some external force is still needed to keep me from gauging my eyes out. Here is how I stay entertained:

  1. Magazines: Rarely do I actually allow myself to sit down and look through a magazine at home. I’ll hoard my magazines in anticipation of an upcoming car ride. Once in the car, however, I let myself devour Backpacker, Bicycling, and (somewhat shamefully) Better Homes & Gardens. J
  2. Audiobooks: After I become nauseous from looking through magazines, I’ll set myself up with audiobooks. Lately I’ve been into History in an Hour. They’re tagline is “history for busy people”… perfect.
  3. Podcasts: Podcasts are my driving hero. In 5-25 minutes, I learn something, feel productive, and am entertained. My favorites? TED Talks (audio only), RSA, Convince and Convert, and Michael Hyatt.
  4. Daydreaming/Writing: Driving often causes me to brainstorm or to run ideas past my husband (he can’t escape now, can he? 😉 ) If I feel particularly inspired, I will crack open my computer and do some writing. Again, the lack of internet provides a welcomed focus!
  5. Car/Road Sign Games: I won’t pretend that I’m above the annoying memory or road sign games. David and I actually get pretty competitive about it, which makes it more fun.
      • ABC: Go through the alphabet finding a word on a sign that starts with A, then one that starts with B, then C etc. Race whoever else is in the car to see who can go through the alphabet first. You can cheat for X using exit. A major shout-out to Zaxby’s restaurant and Quality Inn for existing and causing this game to be shorter.
      • Categories: Pick a category. Go back and forth naming things in that category until someone can’t name one. Whoever wins gets a point. Figure out what point value you are playing to ahead of time. 😉
      • Ghost: The objective of ghost is not to finish spelling a word. The first person says a letter, the next person says a letter, etc. If you finish a word, you get a letter in “Ghost”. First person to spell Ghost loses. For example, First person says “A”, second person says “R”, first person says “T”. Since ART was spelled, the first person loses. They get a “G” in ghost. The next time the first person loses, they get a “H”. If they lose 5 times, spelling ghost, the game is over.

How do you entertain yourself on long road trips? Comment below!


5 responses

  1. Megan

    6) pick up a hitchhiker!

    May 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    • Ha! That certainly would be entertaining! 🙂 Have you hitchhiked or picked up hitchhikers before? I sense that there is a good story that you need to tell!

      June 1, 2012 at 7:00 AM

  2. I had never heard of History in an Hour! Gotta go look that one up and include it in my audiobook list. Also, I didn’t realize TED had audio-only podcasts! I love your blog because I always come away with new stuff to try or new things to ponder. 🙂

    May 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    • Sherry- History in an Hour is great! As for TED, perhaps I was misleading 🙂 I meant that I typically only listen to the audio because I’m driving! The app is really wonderful though, have you used it? You can pick a ‘virtue’ that you want to hear about (inspiration, courage, etc.) and then pick a time frame (5-60 min or so)… highly entertaining! Thanks, as always, for reading! I really enjoy our conversations :).

      June 1, 2012 at 7:04 AM

      • I enjoy our conversations too! After reading your post, I went out and discovered the TED app and downloaded some podcasts from iTunes. Now I just need a road trip or plane ride to take full advantage of them! 🙂 I haven’t yet downloaded the History in an Hour, but I did look it up and plan on setting up my phone with all kinds of good stuff for my next trip. Thank you!

        June 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM

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