Trains offer a relatively comfortable, cheap and environmentally friendly way of transport all around the world. Still, long train journeys can get tedious. Here are a few things to do on long train journeys.
Something about train traveling fascinates me. Maybe it’s the idea how you lock yourself out of the outside world for multiple hours. You sit, loll and walk around in this weird chain of wheeled rooms.
Without a Wi-Fi, the only means of wasting time are those that you’ve packed with you. And although you cannot go outside, you still get great, slowly changing views from the windows.
Of course, train traveling won’t be enjoyable if you don’t make it so. Here are a few general tips for preparing:
First of all, pack plenty of food. Take a book to read (or preferably, Amazon Kindle or some other e-reader). Charge your mobile phone beforehand, so you won’t need to worry about the battery draining out before arrival. Download some good music or podcasts to your mobile device.
Once you’ve boarded the train, it’s useful to have many activities to make the ride more enjoyable. For me, variety is the key. I have plenty of things to do on long train journeys. When I get bored of one thing, I switch to another.
I make time run faster by having plenty of different activities that I do during the trip. If I have a table with comfortable writing position available, I may do some writing or photo editing for the blog. I read a book and once I get bored of it, I may just close my eyes let my thoughts wander in a half-awake state of consciousness. Sometimes I do some Mindfulness meditation exercises.
And then there are the minor but time-consuming tasks that I can do with a slow pace: I polish my shoes, go through my backpack and look for stuff to throw away. And while I’m searching through my backpack, I might as well do some reorganizing.
Of course, you don’t need to spend time just by yourself. You can chat with other passengers. Even a language barrier won’t stop chitchatting about very basic topics (“Where are you from?” “Where are you going?” “Are you studying, working or doing something else?”). It’s very likely that someone will pull out their tablet or smartphone and show you pictures of their family and vacations. And that someone might as well be you, if you want to do it.
If you’re traveling with friends, you’ll have even more things to do on long train journeys to make the ride more fun. If you pack a board game or playing cards with you, hours will just disappear!