If you’ve made your way to this site then the chances are that you already love travel – or you have some wanderlust and are planning a big trip.
And of course – travel is a wonderful thing. For many of us – travelling to new places, seeing new cultures and meeting people from different countries is the very spice of life. No sooner have we planned and enjoyed one trip – than we’re savouring its memory and thinking about the next one.
The traveller’s character type
This is a certain travelling character type it seems. Yes we’re people who may be eternally restless, and for whom the grass is always just that little bit greener on the other side of the fence. But we’re also exciting and interesting people, who have been to some amazing places and seen some wonderful sites. Usually, we’re the type of people who haven’t been content to sit around offices for the dreary nine to five all our lives, earning as much as we possibly can as we get caught up in all that “more, more, more” type of culture.
But one of the downsides of this type of existence is that often, the anticipation of travel and the savouring of its memory tend to cloud our realities a little. We can often be accused of being overly optimistic concerning future travel plans and perhaps of viewing previous trips with rose-tinted spectacles; selecting only the best memories as time fades the pain of the less enjoyable things about travel.
Ennui whilst travelling
And perhaps the main one of these downsides is sheer ennui whilst literally travelling. You see, when you travel, you’re literally on the move a lot of the time – and it’s easy to forget just how boring this side of “travel” in its broader sense can be.
When you’re waiting around at an airport, or sitting on a flight or a long train journey for hours on end – or simply driving for several hours at a time, it can be dull. Bus journeys are the same – whilst waiting for the bus to come in the first place is even worse.
Beat the boredom
Fortunately, the web and mobile devices offer great ways for travelers to kill time whilst journeying these days. If you click here for my favourite thing to do while waiting for the bus, you’ll soon see what I mean. These games can take up hours of your time in a great fun way when you have time to kill. You don’t even need web access to be able to play them as most can be downloaded (though you’ll need WIFI coverage if you want to play live games of course).
The key here is preparation; sort all this stuff out well before you leave. So, for example, you can download a novel or two, along with your favourite games to your tablet. These to things in particular (books and games) are great for long journeys when you don’t have WIFI. Hopefully – before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to the journey just as much as the destination.