10 Fun & Free Travel Game Ideas for Your Next Trip!

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1. Hot Seat

This is my all time favorite game- well, right after 501 Questions: A Travel Game!

Hot Seat is asking one person in a group rapid fire questions for a specific duration of time. So, to play, choose one person to be in the "hot seat." Then, choose how much time someone's in the "hot seat."  It can be one, two, or three minutes. Then, set a timer for that amount of time. Once the timer starts, everyone asks the person in the hot seat questions until the timer buzzes. You can ask any question that comes to mind for that person. Once the first person’s turn is over, then you pick the next person to be in the hot seat, set the timer, and everyone asks the next person questions until the timer buzzes. You repeat this until everyone in your group has had their turn in the hot seat. Then, you can start the next round by upping the time that each person is in the hot seat to five, ten, or even fifteen minutes. This is good for questions that bring out stories!

In college, a group of friends and I played this for hours on a road trip to Florida til we were at 20 minutes per person! We got to know each other real well and this game tightened our friendships immensely!

 

2. Two Truths and a Lie

Ooo! I love this game, too! So, to play Two Truths and a Lie, one person shares three things about themselves; two things being true and one being a lie. Everyone has to guess which statement is the lie. If you guess the lie right, you get a point. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins. I love this game, because you learn surprising new things about everyone!

For example: Mine could be 1. I've scuba dived. 2. I've been to New Zealand. 3. I've eaten a cockroach. Which one's my lie?

 

3. 20 Questions 

20 Questions is tons of fun! So, one player picks a person, place, or thing and keeps it a secret. Then, everyone takes turns asking yes or no questions to try to guess what they're thinking of. The goal is to figure out what it is in 20 questions. 

 

4. Group Storytelling

This is a fun one and you never know which way the story will turn! The way it starts is one person in the group starts out with the first line of the story. Then, each person takes turns sharing the next sentence of the story. If you want to make it challenging, you can create a rule that each sentence has to rhyme with the one said before it. Bring on the drama and mystery!

 

5. The Grocery Store Game or National Park Game

This one’s tradition!  My parents and I played this on our long trips for the holidays. The game is a memory game working with the alphabet. So, someone starts out, "I went to the grocery story and bought Apples. Then the next family member repeats, “I went to the grocery store and bought Apples,” then adds, “and Bananas.” Then the next person repeats, “I went to the grocery story and bought Apples, Bananas..” then adds, “Celery.” Each person keeps adding an item at the grocery store that starts with the next letter of the alphabet til you end at Z. It’s fun when everyone gets creative with the items and it’s hard to remember! You can also do other fun concepts, “I went to the National Park and saw a …” or “I went on a picnic and brought a…”

 

6. The License Plate Competition

This is a fun game for some good competition in the car. See who can find license plates from the most states from cars driving by. Each state is one point. If you see plates from other countries, they count for two points! The person who gets the most points wins and gets to pick the dinner spot or pays for ice cream or any other creative ideas you have.

 

7. Rapid Fire Word Association

This one is easy to keep progressing and can get competitive! So, someone says a word, and then the next person says a word associated to it, and so on until someone is stumped. It's fun to see where everyone's minds go associating words! For example: National Park, Arches, Desert, Cactus, Green, Grass

 

 8. Rumor Has It

This one can get funny! Everyone in your car chooses another car. Then everyone in your car looks at everyone in the other car closely. Now, don't get too creepy! Then, your car all comes up with a background story of the people, their lives, and relationships. Bring on the drama!

 

9. License Plate Funny Phrases

This one stretches your mind and takes some creativity! Someone picks out a license plate they see and creates a funny phrase with the letters in the order they see them. For example, if you see AJK 295, you could say Apple Jack’s King!

 

10. Fortunately/Unfortunately

These game goes back and forth between people sharing a “fortunate” statement, then an “unfortunate” statement. And, it can get pretty funny! For example:

  • “Fortunately, we’re going to get to our hotel early!”
  • “Unfortunately, our room isn’t clean.”
  • “Fortunately, then we can go to the beach right away.”
  • “Unfortunately, we don’t have a room to change into our bathing suit.”
  • “Fortunately, we don’t need bathing suits for the beach!”:) 

Bahahaha! This one can get funny!


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Wishing you lots of fun and special moments together on your next trip!