Going traveling is an increasingly popular leisure activity of people all around the world, in the 1950s there were 25 million international tourist visits and this figure has now grown exponentially to over 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals each year.
Travellers enjoy immersing themselves in different cultures, seeing fantastic sites and getting to know new people from different parts of the world. While going on a travelling adventure is an incredibly exciting time, sometimes it is nice to take a break between planned activities to play a few games, either alone or with company.
Whether you are on a solo trip, taking a family vacation or exploring the world with a group of friends, there are plenty of games that can be enjoyed while on your travels:
Cards Against Humanity
This first game is ideal for group trips with friends and can easily fit in your backpack. Alternatively, it can be a great icebreaker activity for getting to know your roommates at a hostel when travelling alone.
Cards Against Humanity is a humorous card game with offensive but hilarious question and answer combinations.
Each player begins with 10 answer cards, a nominated player then reads the first question card. The players then each select an answer card and the nominated player then reads each of them aloud and chooses the funniest one. The player whose card it is gets a point.
The makers of the game have supplied a free version of it on their website. All you need to do is download the PDF and print and cut the cards.
Backpacker: The Ultimate Travel Game
Backpacker is a fun, easy going game that is suitable for all ages. This pocket sized card game can have between two and six players and there are multiple ways of playing so you can tailor it to who is competing and how much time you have.
Players are tasked with travelling the world, from South America and Europe to Asia and Africa, each location has its own adventures and challenges. To win the game, you must return home with more photographs than your competitors and overcome or avoid mishaps such as missing flights or travel sickness.
Online casino games
When globetrotting alone, sometimes you might need something to keep you entertained during long bus or train rides to your next destination. Playing a few online casino games is the perfect way to blow off some steam and have some fun.
Online casino games are ideal for solo players as they can be played either alone against the computer or with other online players. There are a huge range of options to choose from, with most casino sites having everything from poker and blackjack to roulette and slots.
Many sites also have great welcome bonuses and other promotions for new players, it can be worth signing up to multiple websites in order to benefit from these.
If you are looking for a really simple game to play with one other player then Connect 4 is a great option to consider. You can find travel size versions of this game that fold down or slot together so it can be stored in even the smallest of bags or suitcases.
The premise of this game is very easy to understand and get the hang of, which is great if there is a language barrier between you and your opponent. In Connect 4, you take it in turns to slot in your counters and the first person to get four of their coloured counters in a row is the winner.
This game is well known around the world and although it has been around for a long time, no one seems to have become tired of playing it just yet.
Dobble is potentially a less famous game, however it is still tonnes of fun and is ideal for groups of up to eight players. It is a card game with a number of different variations.
The simplest version of this game is the one where players are tasked with finding the same image on multiple cards. The player that has the most cards at the end of the game is crowned the winner.
As this game is easy to get the hang of, it is a great one to bring out when getting to know someone new while on your travels. Why not keep a pack of these cards in your backpack just in case?
Mr and Mrs Pocket Edition
Whether you are on a romantic break in a new city or travelling the continent with your best friend, the Mr and Mrs Pocket card game is an exciting way of proving just how much you know about one another.
This game is based on a television show that was hugely popular when on air and has been updated with all new questions. It comes with printed scorecards and a pencil so you can keep track of which partner is more knowledgeable about the other.