If you struggle with long journeys, don’t worry: you’re not alone. It’s natural to get a bit restless or stiff after being on a train, plane or coach for a few hours. Many passengers love this element of coach travel as it allows them to drift off and relax, and this is a good way to view your journey – not as a long trip, but as some precious time to yourself (especially if the kids aren’t with you!). Whether you’re the kind of person who’d rather sit quietly, or someone who wants to socialise with other passengers, there are plenty of activities to help you enjoy your coach journey. Here are five of our favourites.
1. Listen to music
Putting on your headphones and immersing yourself in familiar sounds is an ideal way to unwind during a long journey – particularly if you’d like to block out chatter from the other passengers. Listening to music is also a great alternative to reading a book or watching a film, which can sometimes cause passengers to feel motion sickness.
2. Play a magnetic board game
Board games are perfectly designed to help players pass the time, and magnetic versions of Chequers, Snakes and Ladders, Ludo and Chess are delightful options for filling up those long hours on a coach journey. You don’t have to worry about the pieces going everywhere, and the compact sets will not take up much room in your luggage. It’s also a great opportunity to make a new friend if you’re travelling alone!
3. Have a coach picnic
The driver will make refreshment stops throughout your coach trip, but having an on-board packed lunch is a nice way to break up the journey – helping to add a bit of structure to the day. If you’re travelling with kids, they’ll love the novelty of eating somewhere new. Most coach operators allow lidded hot drinks on board, so you won’t have to go without a cuppa! (Just remember to leave the fish paste at home)
4. Plan your holiday
Finding time to sit down and put an itinerary together is not always easy nowadays, so why not do it on the coach journey? You could even just plan simple things about the day or evening ahead, such as what you’d like to eat or do when you arrive. You’ll find yourself getting really excited about your trip, and properly enjoying your coach journey.
5. Colouring in
Grown-up colouring books are all the rage at the moment, and a wonderful way to relax on a long journey. Focusing on colours rather than words means than your mind can settle, and you might even find yourself zoning out for a bit. The back pocket of the chair in front is also a perfect holding place for your colouring pencils.
Here at Mayday Travel, our coaches are clean, modern and comfortable, and we do everything we can to make your journey enjoyable. Contact us today to find out more about exploring the UK and Europe by coach.