Summer’s here, which means it’s time for vacations and road trips. There’s nothing better than rolling the windows down, turning the radio up and hitting the open road. But after a few hours in the car, the excitement tends to fade.

If you find yourself wanting to scream “Are we there yet?” then break out our travel tips. Keep reading for six ways to pass the time it takes to get from point A to point B while clocking the mileage. If you think road trips aren’t all fun and games, we are about to prove you wrong.

1. Make spontaneous, side-of-the-road stops.
If you see a billboard advertising the “World’s Largest Thermometer,” make a pit stop. Life is too short to ignore rare roadside attractions. The images are sure to spice up your Instagram feed.

2. Pack snacks.
What are the snacks you’ve always wanted to try? Seaweed? Chili-covered mangoes? Maple-flavored sunflower seeds? Head to your local grocery store and stock up on the snacks you find unusual or inquisitive. Turn every hour of your road trip into a taste test. Your friends won’t get hungry, though they might get mad at you for making them try crispy broccoli florets. Hey—it’s better than stopping at a fast food joint.

3. Play car games.
We all have our favorites. These classic games are a tried-and-true way to pass the time.

Name That Tune

Do you know a song as soon as the first note plays? Challenge your friends to a game of Name That Tune. If you’re feeling competitive, keep score. When someone is the first to correctly guess the name of a song, award them a point. The person with the least amount of points has to pay for gas at the next rest stop!

License Plate Bingo

This one requires a little bit of pre-road trip arts and crafts, but that can be part of the fun, right? Before embarking on your adventure, create a few bingo sheets covered with the state license plates. The first person to spot a vertical, horizontal or diagonal string of license plates wins!


Have you ever wondered who your smartest friend is? Put them to the test with a game of trivia. Things might get heated, but it’s all in the name of good fun. (And now’s your chance to prove you know more than your dad when it comes to the Industrial Revolution.) 

I Spy

There are a lot of cool things to spot on the road. Play this classic childhood game for a much-needed dose of nostalgia.

4. Navigate using an actual map instead of an app on your smartphone.
It may sound crazy, but there was a time before Google Maps. We’ll give you a second to process that.

Try charting a course with a folding, paper map. Travel back in time and (gasp!) turn off your phone. It’s just you, your friends and the confusing highway system. You might get lost, but you’ll have fun and feel accomplished when you finally make it to your destination.

5. Create characters for the people in passing cars.
Create an elaborate story about the life of the travelers around you. When a car passes, look in the windows and come up with a story about who the passengers are and where they’re going. Make it a group activity by taking turns and having each person share one line about the travelers.

6. Sing car karaoke.
We’re all superstars when it comes to karaoke because—let’s face it—sometimes the worst singer is the most entertaining. Every time the song on the radio changes, it’s someone else’s turn to take the mic.


Author: Carly Walsh