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Fun Games for the Road

November 12, 2012

Going on holiday by car is usually cheaper than going by plane and it also gives you some flexibility when you get there. However, it’s definitely not as fast, so it’s good to have some ideas for passing the time on the long road ahead, and if you won’t be feeling creative at that time, keep the following classics in mind.

The “odd coloured car” challenges your observational skills. Each player chooses an unlikely colour for a car (pink, purple, fuchsia, and so on) at the beginning of the trip and gets points every time he/she spots a car in their colour. Extra points are granted if you’re the first to observe another player’s coloured cars.

“License plate decoder” is about getting creative and finding a meaning to the license plates of the other cars around you.

And if you want to get even more creative, you can play the “Who are they?” game and make up a story about the passenger in the other cars: what’s their relationship, what they do, what kind of house do they own, where are they going, and any other details you can think of.

If you want to test your self control, you can always play the “Tomato”. It can be really fun, but you have to make an effort not to laugh. One player is “it” and he/she has to think of really silly questions to ask the others and whoever laughs is out. In the end, there can only be one.

“Would you rather?” can be an interesting game that really makes you think. There are no limits to the kind of questions you can ask, so you can use any topic from painful or embarrassing to fantasies. It can be both fun and revealing.

If you and your friends are very fond of music, there’s always the “Speak in song” alternative, a fun game with a fun goal – carrying out conversations only using song titles and lyrics. Don’t worry; you don’t have to sing, unless you really want to…

The “casserole game” is definitely not about cooking, but about memory. The first player starts by saying “I’m making a casserole and I’m going to need” something starting with the letter a. The next player says the same thing, but also adds an ingredient starting with the letter b. This goes on until you reach the letter z, constantly struggling to remember all the ingredients mentioned during the game.

The “buzz word” is something that you choose at the beginning of the trip and state it as taboo. It’s your choice if it’s “mom”, “potato” or “money”. Obviously, it involves more creativity if it’s something very likely to be used, since you’ll have to find other ways of expressing it without actually using the word. Every time somebody will be using the “buzz word” there will be some kind of penalty, which you also set at the beginning of the trip.

These are only a couple of suggestions, but apart from the classics, you can get as creative as you want. And if you’re going by bus and no one in the group is actually driving, playing cards is always a great way to pass the time. Sure, modern technology with its PSPs and mobile apps can keep you distracted, but holidays are also about bonding as a group. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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