Useful and Entertaining Things to do While Traveling

Whether traveling for pleasure or business, put the time spent sitting to good use! There are many useful and entertaining things one can do while on the road or flying high above the earth, although the opptions are limmited when in the air.

Consider the amount of time you will be traveling and who you are traveling with, then plan accordingly. Don't forget to take into consideration your proness to motion sickness, as looking down while traveling increases the sensation. Also, no kitting and driving. I'm sorry, but the driver is limmited, in what they may do!

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Reading

When I was growing up, my mother always read aloud to us, when we were driving, even if it was just a short trip. Nowadays, with audio book readily available, even someone driving alone can enjoy a story or educational information.

The Kindle, a wireless reading device with over 300,000 books available, plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs, can be held and read from, or it can read aloud to you.

"With the new text-to-speech feature, Kindle can read every newspaper, magazine, blog and book out loud to you, unless the book is disabled by the rights holder. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great book or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go." --Amazon.com

Kindle books are affordable and readily available, do to its large storage capacity and wireless connection, which is paid for as part of the purchase price.  Best of all, there are no system requirements, because it does not require a computer. 

If you love to listen while you travel, be sure and check it out.   New York Times Best Sellers and most new releases are $9.99, while you will find many other books for less.

Hand Crafts

Small hand crafts are perfect travel companions.  Any project that can be stored in a gallon sized zip-lock bag or cookie tin is worth considering.  Traveling is a perfect time to make some of those Christmas gifts that you can give to anyone.

Knitting and Crocheting:

Socks, dish cloths, scarves, and even sweaters of simple pattern, are perfect for travel.  I like to take things that don't require much of a pattern.   When traveling, I always knit on circular needles, because they are short and the work can be stored on the cable.  Lace, for a special project, is one of my favorite things to crochet on the road.

If you are flying, remember that you cannot take metal onto the plane, so opt for bamboo or plastic needles or hooks, and pack your scissors in a bag that you will not be caring onto the plane or use small travel sized fingernail clippers to cut the yarn with. (Call ahead to make sure you can take knitting along, as some airline restrict all forms of knitting needles.)

Embroidery:

I have always enjoyed embroidering while traveling.  Project options range from tea-towels to clothing items, and everything in between.  I have often stamped out a set of quilt block to completed while on the go.

When flying, most airlines allow hand needles to be used on the plane.  Precut your thread ahead of time, to avoid difficulties, and use fingernail clippers or leave tails.  Be sure your supplies are organized, so that you are not a nuisance to your fellow traveler.

Beading:

I first became acquainted with seed-beading while traveling with a group from Nebraska to Manitoba, Canada.  One gal had brought along a cookie tin of mixed seed beads, a few smaller dishes, thread, folding scissors and needles.  She taught the rest of us several designs, and we made many things during that long, long drive, including a few messes.

I know one woman who paid for her travels across country by making beaded jewelry while her husband drove.  They would sell her products on the street from town to town.  She traveled with a fly-fishing box full of beading supplies, including small pliers and a tray to contain her work.

I would not take beads on a plane, do to the mess they are liable to make. 

Nikon D50 digital camera
Nikon D50 digital camera

Photography

If you are good with a camera, and have a passion for photography, take time to take pictures along the way. Many people have paid for their travel by selling their photos of the trip.

If this is of interest to you, be sure to study up ahead of time to see what is selling and how to take the best photographs. Nobody really wants pictures of you in front of every sign you came to.

Be sure to take a charger and extra chips for your digital camera, unless you will be able to download them along the way.

Keep a log of where pictures where taken and who or what is in them.

For Children

 Children love to be busy too.  When traveling with your kids, be sure that they also have projects.  If they have a favorite hobby, help them to pack it appropriately, ahead of time. 

Coloring:

I remember traveling across country with my grandmother to visit relatives in Iowa.  She packed several new coloring books and sets of crayons into cake pans with lids.  These fit nicely under the seats of the car, and worked as lap desks. 

Books:

Young children love to look at books.  For my babies, I have always kept a collection of board books in the vehicle.  For my older children, I like to take along bird and insect identification books, so we can look up different critters we see along the way.

Travel Games:

Magnetic travel games make the road less boring for children, and the pieces are hard to loose, since they stick to the board.

 

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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

Good advice:)


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ajm5050 7 years ago from NY

I pick reading over beading :-P If I have to choose an ebook reader I'd definitely choose Kindle as well. Great hub Christa :) I hope your next hub is going to be about MMA :-S


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

Thanks you two! Knitting and audio books are my top choices...

MMA, as in Mixed Martial Arts or Massachusetts Municipal Association? I am equally versed in both. :)


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

I've almost always chosen sewing of some kind. I've made whole dresses by hand while traveling, and have managed some embroidery and knitting. I'm currently working on a small embroidered quilt for my daughter.

Both of my children get overwhelmed with more than a few minutes of looking at books or paying attention to games with pieces, so we do a lot of oral games...like playing Grandmother's Trunk (a memory and alphabet game), or learning new songs or stories. I find that if I read to them, it has to serve a purpose beyond entertainment - I have to set lessons for them to look for and pay attention to, or my son, particularly, gets wild and silly beyond measure.

We, too, enjoy looking out for wild life and other natural curiosities, and practice knowing what it is we're seeing: are those ducks or geese in the distance, and can you tell by their flight pattern which kind? What makes the dirt in those hills red? What is the man on the tractor doing - what equipment is he pulling? Or, What kind of train is that, and what is it hauling? A modified version of "I Spy," I suppose you could say.


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GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

Love the different choices..guess I need to learn beading!


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ajm5050 7 years ago from NY

Christa, you know I meant Massachusetts Municipal Association :)


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

Joy: You are busy in the vehicle! I had forgotten about oral games, but will have to try some of them out. Thanks for the reminder.

GiftedGrandma: Are you going to sell jewelry, or do you just need a new craft? Thanks for reading.

Ajm5050: Thanks for the clarification. :)


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Not too sure about knitting in the car from a safety point of view. No idea of the statistics, but surely if you were in a vehicle knitting and it was rear-ended (say) there would be a serious risk of injuring yourself with a knitting needle?

Otherwise, good hub - thanks for the ideas.


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

2Patricias, Thanks for coming by! I'm sure in a car wreck, anything can be dangerous -- books, needles, food, etc...  They say canned food should always be anchored to the floor, if there is no trunk to put it in.

When knitting, I like to use circular needs, as they are shorter and less likely to be in the way.  Also, if this is a concern, but you wish to knit or crochet, soft plastic needles and hooks are available.  They often need a little bit of sanding to work smoothly, but are lightweight and fairly durable.  I had a bunch when I was growing up.


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LRobbins 7 years ago from Germany

Good ideas! I have a long flight coming up and am always looking for new ideas.


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

Thanks LRobbins! Enjoy your flight, and may it be productive. :)


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

Good ideas here. I love to knit, and take it everywhere...I'm always knitting in the car. When my daughter was little we played hangman, and we also made up stories. I would start by writing a paragraph. She would add a line or two, then I would add a line or two, and we would switch back and forth till our store was finished. Of course, we made illustrations, also.


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

DoodleLyne- I love the idea of writing a story with the children. What a fun way to get everyone thinking and working together!


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

great ideas. traveling specially if your alone can sometimes be boring.


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Yangtze 7 years ago

Useful suggestions


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Rubes 7 years ago from Somwhere up high

Great list of stuff of to do. What about a gameboy?! It is a Great invention for travel. lol.


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

I'd forgotten all about gameboys! I'll have to add that in, as it is a great travel toy. Thanks for the suggestion.


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The Desmond Hotel 6 years ago from Albany, NY

Love the Kindle. Great tips.


flora 6 years ago

Thanks for the advice i will certainly use some of it my top choice would be reading!


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Christa Dovel 6 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

Glad to be of assistance, Flora. I love reading and audio books for trips.


davidboon12 5 years ago

Good and informative hub. Thanks for sharing it. desitara.com


me 5 years ago

thank you for the tips, i am going to australia soon and i will be on a plane for about 24 hours!


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Christa Dovel 5 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

Have a great time in Australia, Me!


--------------------- 5 years ago

Great Post .......... Besides,this is my first time on HubPages!!!! Keep it up!


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Christa Dovel 5 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America Author

Thank you.


Claire Deanne 5 years ago

i think you should have laptop included because its probably way funner than anything but still great ideas :D


Deb Hunt 4 years ago

Wow i never thought of the kindle thanks for telling me.

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