Beating travel boredom

Friday, 20 February 2015

This week we went on our first holiday since Dot was born. We had an amazing time. Cornwall is beautiful, and although we were only there for a few days, we made the most of it and tried to see as much as we could. 
However, it was the long car journeys that could've gone bad. A 5 ish hour trip (not including any stops) with a 10 year old and a 2 1/2 month old.

Now, granted, we had a few "are we there yet?" and "how many miles left until we get there?" , but we came up with a few games to keep the boredom away. Most of these were played with my son and myself while Dot slept and Mark drove.

1. Cricket - as you're driving along, count every car you pass, and when a van or lorry passes you, you're out and it's the next person's turn. This is quite good as you can keep playing for as long as you want, and can either carry on from where you left off or start again each round you play.

2. I spy- we all know this game, and it could get boring quick, but it's a good game to play if there is a lot of scenery.

3. Pictionary- we played this when I-spy started to drain us! We had taken a notepad with us and it certainly came in handy! Played a bit like I-spy, we took it turns to draw something we could see and the other person had to guess it.

4. Scribbles- this is just how it sounds. One person scribbles something, like a curly line, and the other one had to finish it off to create a picture or doodle.

5. Car bingo- before we left, I wrote a few different lists of things that we would probably see on our journey, such as traffic lights, cows and road works. We then took one list each, and ticked them off as we went along.

As Mikey is nearly 11, I didn't know if these would actually work to stem the boredom he might feel on the long journey, but actually it was great. We had so much fun and he really enjoyed the competition!