The Best Ways To Kill Time During Travel Delays


Airport delays

Exploring other countries, or even your own, is so inspiring, isn’t it?  New experiences – even languages and cultures – staying in beautiful places.  Blissful…

But sometimes travel can be a bit stressful, can’t it – we mean the journey itself, of course – not your holiday. It involves a lot of waiting around at times or delays. And that means long hours sitting in hotels and airports, for example.

So what should you do about it…?

The best thing is to prepare ahead of your journey and make sure you take things with you to help should you face any delays.

What should you take?

It’s good to take a variety of items so you can kill time whether or not Wi-Fi is available, for example.

We’ve included a few suggestions below:

ipad and smartphone

Image by William Iven from Pixabay

Notebook and pen

Yes, an old-fashioned pen and paper is always a great choice (and it doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of space in your bag). Because it means you always have something to do, even if you can’t get online.

When you take them, you’ll be able to draw, write, make checklists, draft a blog post – whatever you like. These activities will keep your mind occupied and pen and paper makes a refreshing change from a screen.

At least one book

Ok, e-books might seem easier when you’re travelling but what if you can’t get anywhere to charge your device? A good old-fashioned book is really useful for this reason. And there’s nothing to beat devouring a novel in its original format. The whole experience is just more tactile, isn’t it?

Try taking something you’ve found a bit challenging previously now you’ll have time to really concentrate on it.  Or a more light-hearted title, a biography or even non-fiction. These will all provide a great distraction from that long wait in the airport.

Chess Game

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

Your smartphone or a gaming device

You’re likely to have the first one with you unless you tend to take a cheaper model on your travels. But a smartphone is great news for accessing a whole range of activities to kill dreaded dead time.

If you like gaming, it’s perfect, and there are lots of options to choose from, which will help distract you. Maybe try something like drifting games, which require using a whole range of skills and really concentrate the mind.

You could also take your gaming device with you as an alternative. Whatever you choose, it’s worth planning your choice of games ahead of your trip.


There are so many things you can do if you take your iPad or Tablet. You could listen to music, watch a film or even catch up on social media.

Or for a more unusual option, why not download a painting or drawing app before you go as there are plenty of options. Then during your delay, you could discover your inner artist. And it could all be the start of a whole new life or career.

We hope this post has given you some things to consider about how best to kill time during travel delays. So don’t let the thought of long waits stop you being adventurous – get out there and explore! We only live once.

Man image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay

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