Whether by plane, train, or automobile, being in transit on your way out of town can be mind-numbingly boring depending on the length of travel time and the ease at which you are entertained. With that being said, we should all be thankful that we live in a world where stationary board games can be transformed into travel games by simply shrinking the pieces and stuffing them into portable sacks.

You may be asking, “But Steven, why do I need to pack a travel game when I can easily download fun apps on my smartphone?” My answer to that is twofold — first, because the most fun games like Words with Friends and Draw Something don’t work on airplanes (unless you keep your phone off airplane mode or pay for in-flight wifi, neither of which I recommend), and second, because I don’t think we should put too much trust in all these newfangled apparatuses lest we wish to one day be ruled by malevolent robot overlords.

But enough chatter about my distrust of technology — here are Travel Freak’s top ten travel games to play with a buddy on your journeys:

10. M.A.S.H.

travel games mashM.A.S.H. is not technically a travel game, but it makes this list because of how easy it is to take with you on the go — all you need to play this game of divination is a pen, some paper, and a little bit of imagination. The acronym stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House, and when these living options are combined with categories like spouse, job, location, and number of children, the result is a fictional future for you or the person you’re playing with. If you never played M.A.S.H. in grade school against some bully who always stuck you in a shack married to the ugly Backstreet Boy, you can find out how to play on this site.

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Steven tried out for The Amazing Race one time and was denied. We're not saying this is why he started this site, but it may have been a contributing factor in his decision to explore the world online and share his travel inspiration with others.


  1. Travel scrabble is one of my favorites! And Bananagrams is also a really easy travel game, merely because any flat surface can be your game board.


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