If you’re anything like me, then you hate the thought of just sitting in the car for hours on end without anything to do. If your traveling partner isn’t much fun to be around, then you might find yourself screaming Are we there yet? every few minutes. Road trip boredom can be a real killer, but there are plenty of ways to combat it and make your next road trip more interesting than ever before! Just follow along as I show you ten alternatives to the traditional road trip and bring your boredom level way down. You’ll never want to sit in a car again!
1) Go glamping
Glamping is a popular option for travelers looking to experience nature without roughing it. You can find a number of these campsites in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. These sites often include amenities such as cabins with electricity, running water and even hot showers. Campers can also bring some of their own luxuries like an air mattress or refrigerator if they want!
2) Visit an amusement park
If you’re looking for some excitement, visit an amusement park. There are over 400 amusement parks in America alone, but if you want to explore more of the world, here are a few that sound like a lot of fun. Efteling – Outside of Utrecht in the Netherlands, Efteling is a fairy-tale theme park with some unique rides. Opened in 1952 as one of the first theme parks in Europe, it has been entertaining children and adults alike ever since. Some people say it’s Disneyland’s less touristy cousin.
3) Go to a drive-in movie theater
A drive-in theater is a great place to take your family or date. You can sit in the car while the kids run around or make out with your significant other. The movie plays outside so you don’t have to worry about any uncomfortable neck craning. And best of all, it’s free!
4) Be a tourist in your own city
For those who live in a city with great public transportation, it can be hard to understand why someone would want to take a long road trip. But for those of us without a readily available train or bus system, taking an extended road trip might be just what we need to see our country. And if you’re not interested in going down South or up North, there are still plenty of places worth checking out around the US that don’t involve driving hours and hours just to get there.
5) Explore abandoned places
For those looking for a more eerie experience, you can explore abandoned places around the world. Places like Pripyat in Ukraine, once a thriving city with 50,000 residents, now reduced to a ghost town. This place was evacuated after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Or Humberstone, Chile which is an abandoned nitrate mining town that was once one of South America’s wealthiest cities but now a shadow of its former self thanks to depleted natural resource deposits.
6) Go geocaching
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where participants use a GPS to find hidden containers, called geocaches, in a local area. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (or caches) hidden at that location. Finders then share their experiences online.
This activity can be done solo or with friends, but should only be attempted by those who are physically fit as some locations may require climbing hills or mountains.
7) Practice Yoga outdoors
In this video, Yoga instructor Elena Brower teaches a sun salutation in a meadow in California. Yoga is an excellent form of exercise that can help you gain focus, calm your mind and release tension. You don’t need any special equipment or clothing to do it. In fact, you can practice yoga outdoors with nothing but your own body.
8) Camp by the ocean
Camping by the ocean can be a fun experience for both you and your family. You’ll be able to gaze at sea stars in complete darkness, listen to waves crashing against rocks, watch pelicans fly overhead, sleep on a sandy beach with just the sound of seagulls in the background. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to find an isolated cove or bay where no one else is camping, you’ll have it all to yourself!
9) Visit museums during off hours
Museums are a great way to get out of the car and stretch your legs. But what if you’re just not in a museum mood? Consider visiting museums during their off hours, when you can have a private experience with the art. Not only will this give you a change of pace, but it can also keep your trip shorter so that you can take another route or explore somewhere else.
10) Find local fairs, festivals and events
Mention local fairs, festivals and events that are happening in your area. This is a great way to explore your city or town without having to pack up your car. Mention how many people come out to these events and what you can expect for entertainment.