When planning a trip with teens, it’s important to include games and activities that will keep them engaged and entertained. Be it train, ship, bus or car or airplane travel, the games need to add to the essence of the trip. Here are some fun games to play:
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1. Road trip trivia games:
Prepare a list of trivia questions related to the destination you’re traveling to or general knowledge. Take turns asking questions and award points for correct answers. This game can be educational and entertaining.
2. Would You Rather:
Have everyone take turns asking each other “Would you rather” questions, such as “Would you rather be able to fly or be invisible?” It can lead to thought-provoking discussions and funny debates.
3. 20 Questions:
One person thinks of a person, place, or thing, and the others ask yes-or-no questions to try and guess what it is. The goal is to guess the answer within 20 questions. One person thinks of an object, person, or place, and the others have 20 questions to guess what it is. The questions can only be answered with “yes” or “no.” If the others can’t guess in 20 questions, the person who thought of the object reveals the answer and then someone else takes a turn. This is one of those games that is massive fun.
4. Two Truths and a Lie:
Each person takes a turn stating three statements about themselves – two true, one false. The others have to guess which statement is false. It’s a great way to learn interesting facts about each other. This is a nice game.
Write down different movie titles, actions, or objects on small pieces of paper. One person acts out what is written on the paper, and the others try to guess within a time limit. It can be hilarious and entertaining. Another way to tweak these games are one person gives a quote from a movie, and the others have to guess which movie it’s from. You can take turns being the quote-giver, and the person who guesses correctly gets to go next. This is another way to play the game.
6. The Alphabet Game:
Choose a theme, such as “animals,” and take turns naming something related to the theme starting with each letter of the alphabet. For example, A for alligator, B for buffalo, and so on. See how far you can go without repeating or getting stuck. These may seem like childish games but it is fun for adults too.
7. Scavenger Hunt:
Create a scavenger hunt by making a list of items for your teens to find during the trip. It can be based on things they need to collect or photos they need to take. Offer a prize for completing the most items. This is one of those games that is super engaging.
8. Name That Tune:
Play short snippets of songs and see who can guess the title or artist first. Use a music streaming service or create a playlist in advance. Play snippets of songs from various genres, and the others have to guess the name of the song and/or the artist. Alternatively, you can use a music streaming service or radio to play random songs, and the first person to guess the song and artist correctly earns a point. The person with the most points at the end wins.
9. I Spy:
A classic game where the player chooses an object within their sight and gives the others a clue, saying, “I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with [letter].” The others then take turns guessing the object until someone guesses it correctly and becomes the next spy.
10. Would You Rather:
Take turns posing tricky “Would you rather” questions to the rest of the group. For example, “Would you rather have the ability to fly or be invisible?” Discuss everyone’s choices and the reasons behind them.
One person chooses a category, such as movies, food, or animals, and everyone takes turns naming something within that category. The catch is that each answer must start with the last letter of the previous answer. For example, if the first answer is “pizza,” the next answer could be “apple,” and so on.
Remember to adapt these games to suit your specific travel environment and preferences. The goal is to have fun, encourage interaction, and create lasting memories with your teens on the trip. Safety is crucial during road trips, so make sure that everyone keeps their focus on the road while playing these games.