Top 5 Reasons to Play Road Trip Games
1. Makes the time go by faster.
“Are we there yet?” If like me, you have heard this many times from your own children. It’s almost like clockwork. Last year we were planning a family trip down to Disneyland, which is about a 12 hour drive from where we live. I sat my seven and eight year old boys down and explained how long of a trip it is and what to expect. Needless to say, we didn’t get more than 20 minutes into our journey before I heard the dreaded “Are we there yet?”
Keeping your mind and attention occupied by playing games on the road will make the time fly by! We played some road games on the way back from our trip, I didn’t hear the “are we there yet” one time! We all had fun and before we knew it, we were home. Now if there was a simpler way to unpack…
2. Spending quality time together.
Hey, life can be busy, we all know it. Trying to find good quality time together can be tough in our busy world. For my family it can be a chore just trying to get the whole family together for an activity outside of dinner. But when were on the road, were already all in the same place. What better way is there to spend time together! Playing games on the road is a great way to connect with everyone and maybe learn a bit more about each other.
3. Keeping you alert and awake.
Road trip snacks are not the only thing that can help keep you awake and alert on a long trip. I frequently have to take trips to the Portland VA from where I live. The trip is about a four and a half hour drive each way. It’s easy to zombify out and grind through it, which leaves me very tired and not the best defensive driver toward the end. The end of the trip feels like taking a nap in the afternoon and either getting too much or not enough sleep, which leaves me feeling more exhausted than before. So even though most of these trips I am alone, I still try to play a few games. Playing something like the Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz gmae or memory word game are both great examples of games that can be played solo, keeping your mind focused and alert.
4. Games can be educational.
I have found that playing certain games on the road can be very educational. I am almost always learning something new. For example, playing a verbal Word Puzzle game can help my grammar skills. Most games will make you think which in turn can help sharpen many different learning areas. Your brain is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. For example, according to
ExaminedExistence.com, playing board games like chess or Mastermind can help hone your logical-mathematical intelligence.
5. Beneficial to your health.
I have found that playing games can be a big stress relief. They allow you to expend energy and simply have fun. Playing games on the rooad are no different. Try driving through LA around rush hour and you’ll see your stress skyrocket. Playing games helps get my mind off of my stressful work day and on to something more relaxing. According to
BreathIntoTheBag.com, games are a great way to relieve stress.