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Anyone who has been backpacking will know that quite often you find yourself stuck on an overnight bus or train journey. If you’re one of those luck people who can fall asleep the second the wheels start to move I envy you because I am definitely not one of those people! So that means I have to find ways to pass the time, staring out of the window is only fun for so long and sometimes the person sat next to you doesn’t have much conversation.

Here are 3 ways that I pass the time when I am on long journeys.

Online Games

Gone are the days when you only have internet access in the guesthouse or coffee shop. Nearly every country I visit now has a place at the airport where I can easily pick up a sim card and pretty much have decent mobile internet in most of the country. This is an absolute blessing for those long uncomfortable journeys. So I now end up spending most of my time playing online games, they make the hours fly by. My new go to online game is 888bingo, it’s super fun and I always end up winning money sometimes. It is always nice to win a few quid to upgrade the hotel at the next stop!

Get Stuck In A Book

The first thing I should say is that this idea should only be done on day time journeys, don’t be that guy keeping your neighbour awake with the reading light on all night – you won’t win many friends that way. I love getting stuck into a good book, it’s also the best way to exercise the brain and keep your eyes away from the screen. There are plenty of book shops along most routes and in a lot of hostels there are shelves where you can exchange books – get tips off fellow travellers as well.

Work, Work, Work

As you know, I work online when I travel so there’s no better way to catch up on everything I need to do than when being sat in one place for hours. It almost forces me to get all the emails done and catch up on admin. Make sure your laptop is fully charged because not all buses and trains have plug sockets. You can also use your phone as a hotspot to give you access to the internet – if you’re stuck on a train, plane or bus why not make some money in the mean time?!

Do you do any of the things above on a long journey? What are you tried and tested ways to pass the time? I would love to hear all about your tips and experiences, hopefully I’ll pick up a real gem for my next trip. All you have to do is pop your thoughts down in the comment section below – thanks for sharing guys!

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