When it comes time for a long journey, I usually look forward to it for one reason: it gives me uninterrupted time to do the leisurely things I usually find myself out of time for. Most of my time traveling is spent on planes, but whether I end up in a car, bus, or train, I can always rely on my favorite forms of relaxation and entertainment.
Reading: I never go anywhere without a book and being on the road is no exception. If you don’t get nauseous while on car or bus rides, then I recommend bringing one along with you on your next trip. If you can, find a paperback so it doesn’t add too much weight to your carry-on! My newest read is The Traitor’s Game by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer A. Nielsen. It follows a girl named Kestra when she is kidnapped as a part of the political drama involving her father, the powerful king, the Kingdom of Antora, and malicious enemies. When an unlikely ally emerges, can she make the most of her cunning and win the game? I certainly can’t wait to find out.
Writing: I find that I’m always itching for introspection and letting my imagination loose when I have a quiet moment. Whether through journaling or writing something creative, being able to capture my travel experiences or simply my emotions becomes a valuable part of my time away. If you enjoy the same kind of cathartic release or want something to remember your adventures by, find a notebook in your local Target, Walmart, Staples, or even grocery store to tuck in your backpack.
Listening to Music: I usually always end up listening to playlists I’ve never seen before because the travel bug gets me looking for something new. While you wait to board or hit the road, scroll through your streaming service and find a different genre of music or artist you want to dive into. If you’re like me and like to theme your listening, try finding music popular in the area you’re traveling to! I’ll be downloading a few Celtic music playlists myself…