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10 Fun Things to do when boredom hits you while backpacking

So while you’re backpacking, it’s usual to hit times when you’re bored of roaming around. That’s when the list of things below will help you use that time more constructively and be more productive.

Pen down your bucket list

Backpacking

We all have a mental checklist or a virtual one on our phone of things we need to do on a daily basis. Our grocery list or EMI list and so on. But when was the last time we made a list of that’s will actually make you happy?  I know it’s been a while. So take this time of boredom and use it to pen down your aims and goals.

Read a book while backpacking

Boosa book reading

The age-old solo travel buddy has been a simple humble book. Whether it’s a modern-day Kindle or a regular hard copy book, we can’t deny that reading and gaining knowledge is the single best boredom killer while on the road.

Practice outdoor photography

Tosh photography

You don’t have to be a photography fan or own a DSLR to get decent pictures. Nearly all phones come with a well-equipped camera and this is a fun activity which will help you fine-tune your photography skills. At the same time, get an in-depth understanding of what your phone camera is capable of.

Listen to music

Yolo cafe 2.0 night vibe

Connect to your earphones and switch to another world by listening to your favourite songs and groove to the beat of your favourite tracks as you kill your boredom with some music beats.

Write a letter to your future self

Yolo cafe night vibe

A good experimental writing method is to pen down a letter to your future self and keep it confined and sealed in an envelope, there is no set script to penning this down. When you’re in the moment, your thoughts will flow and you’ll know what to write.

Play a game of cards

UNO at Yolo cafe 2.0

Cards and it’s various forms like UNO or the old school playing cards are a great way to pass time and get rid of some boring phases while on a trip. Card games work as great icebreakers and are a lightweight weight pocket-friendly anti-boredom tool worth carrying on all trips.

Organise your phone (delete photos)

Bossa cabana Sri Lanka

Yes, you read it correctly. It might not seem very important or relevant. But when you start the process of going through your phone, you’ll understand the amount of junk that has got accumulated over a period of time in the form of WhatsApp images and videos.  Start by clearing the junk and make some free space to save new images and videos which you’ll take along your trip.

Get some peaceful sleep

Cabana in Sri Lanka

You might wonder why sleep when you’re on holiday. But what better time to catch up on some lost sleep. A proper 10-12 hours of sleep will come handy to help recharge your body and mind to take on the adventures that are in store for you over the next few days of your trip.

Send some postcards

While travelling, postcards are a tool which helps you connect and share your travel journey in the form of an old school hard copy paper bound photo text. Make sure you carry a few while traveling so you can pen down a few during such times when you get bored. It will help kill time and also reconnect with people who you love.

Chit chat with strangers

Langza donkey ride

The single most effective way to get rid of any kind of boredom is to start a conversation with locals and get chit chatting with them. It will help kill time and at the same time, you’ll make some new friends. Most of all, it’s the best way of getting to know more about the place and local stories in depth.

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