Road trip games
Lifting your feet up over bumps and counting yellow cars – we’d love to share your road trip games in issue two of Pretty Nostalgic magazine.
I’d class myself as a bit of a road trip enthusiast – whether it’s a camper van trip around the Highlands or an epic train journey to Penzance, there’s something I find exhilarating but ultimately soothing about a long trip and I often look forward to the journey as much as I do the end destination. Over the years, I’ve adapted my own set of games for long expeditions…
There’s obviously the never-ending sea spotting game, played continuously whether your fellow stowaways realise it or not. The aim is simple – be the first one to spot the sea. If it sounds dull, you’re not playing it right – the art is in nonchalantly checking the map and sitting up a little higher in your seat without other passengers noticing, perhaps distracting them with a round of snacks or a point of interest in the other direction, then loudly claiming the sea victory and settling back smugly in your chair. The game starts afresh each day and, over long trips, takes on new levels of competition.
Another personal favourite, which I’d like to claim I invented, is Aeroplane Guess Who. Ask for a seat at the front of the plane, then turn around to find a life-size Guess Who board set out in rows behind you. Be subtle and play as usual.
And then, of course, there are all the little games: invent stories about the people in the car next to yours, assign points to animals and keep an ongoing tally, play facial expression rock, paper and scissors, have a go at group storytelling (take it in turns to pick up the tale) and play license plate bingo.
We’d love to hear about your road trip games, and we’ll share the best tales in issue two of Pretty Nostalgic magazine, on sale 1 July.