Summer is about travel for so many people and families. You might be on a plane, a long road trip across the country, or even just escaping nearby for a staycation. We all want to relax, have fun, and connect with our people during the lovely summer months. But what can you do when kids get tired or the conversation reduces to a trickle? Games are a great way to mix things up and inject some energy. Below are some ideas that we hope will keep any vacation you might take this summer fun and lively!

Fighting the Dull on Road Trips

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Road trips usually start out with everyone excited, singing along to songs, and talking about dreams. But somewhere around hour 6 or 8, things might start to shift. Especially if you're on the road with kids or teens. If you've played all the standard road trips games such as punch buggy or any of the license plate games, consider taking out some cards from How Do You See The World? You can have people roll the dice or you can pose a question you know will get people in the car thinking.

Asking something like "How would you describe the perfect dream vacation?" just might get that teen of yours talking. And if you're on the road with friends, you might learn something knew and could even start planning a future trip if you share a similar dream.

Ways to Make a Flight Seem Short

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Most of us pass the time on a flight with a book, movie, or maybe even some podcasts. Sometimes there's that rare fun conversation with a seat mate that helps make the flight pass quickly. But watching movies and being isolated via headphones may not be how you want to spend the start of your vacation with a partner, family, or friends this summer.

Instead of zoning out, try tuning in with some questions from How Do You See The World? Asking things such as "If you could live your dream reality, what would it look like?" or "If you could live anywhere on the planet, where would it be and why?" can turn a dull plane trip into a thought-provoking and exciting one.

Even if you aren't traveling with someone this summer, consider having a few questions in your pocket should you decide to strike up a conversation with a friendly seatmate.

 
 

Summer is officially here and for many that means a family vacation. And what's better than a road trip? Hours and hours logged on highways marked many of our childhoods and created some lovely memories. Maybe you saw your first mountain or first glimpse of the ocean from the car as a kid. Or perhaps you remember the special snacks at stops along the way. Whatever it may be, road trips can offer a lot of value to families. From saving money to bonding and creating experiences together, road trips are a great option.

Dollars and Cents: The Monetary Value of Road Trips

 

If you're thinking about doing a long road trip (maybe even cross country?), then check out this very handy article from Forbes. It outlines a lot of the costs you will encounter and it gives some great tips for how to plan and save money on the road. Not sure if you should drive your own car or rent one? Then follow the easy instructions here to calculate what kind of costs you'll gave with each option.

Quality Time on Road Trips

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It's not just about saving money, though. Road trips offer families and friends so much time to connect and share in unique fun. If you need help convincing your significant other or family that a road trip is the way to go this summer check out this list from Road Trip Soul. It's got all the convincing evidence you'll need!

If you have a larger family and you're worried about constant fights, this blog offers 6 helpful tips on exactly what to do to stop those four-hour long arguments. First up? Agreeing on screen time. If you're going to be on the road, looking outside the window and seeing new sights is a big part of it. So setting a limit on screen time can help limit boredom and battery drains.

Road Trip Games

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Of course, hours on a highway can come with boredom. And lots of it, depending on who is in the car. But car games are quick and easy way to break up long stretches and have some fun. There's always the classics such as 20 Questions, I Spy, and Would You Rather.

And for a new twist, try bringing How Do You See The World? and ask some questions to get to know your friends and family better. You could even screen some cards for questions that will work best for younger kids, teens, and good road trip topics. Whatever you do, remember to have fun and enjoy your time on the road!

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