Mind flex: Fun and free travel games

Need some easy and entertaining ways to break up the time it takes to get to your next travel destination? Try these fun and free games.

Hot Seat

Ask one person in a group rapid-fire questions for a specific duration of time. To start, choose one person to be in the hot seat, then decide how much time they’ll be there (one, two or three minutes). Set a timer for that duration. Once the timer starts, everyone asks the person in the hot seat questions—any that come to mind—until the timer buzzes. When the first person’s time is over, pick someone else, and repeat until everyone in your group has had their turn in the hot seat. 

Two Truths and a Lie 

One person shares three things about themselves, with two things being true and one being a lie. Everyone has to guess which statement is a lie. If you guess the lie correctly, you get a point. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins. 

20 Questions

One player picks a person, place or thing and keeps it a secret. Then everyone takes turns asking yes or no questions to try to guess what that person is thinking of. The goal is to figure out the answer in 20 or fewer questions. 

Group Storytelling

One person in the group starts out with the first line of a story. Then, each person takes turns sharing the next sentence of the story. For a fun variation, make a rule that each sentence has to rhyme with the one said before it. 

The License Plate Competition

See who can find license plates from the most states on cars driving by. Each state spotted gets you one point. If you see plates from other countries, they count for two points. The winner is the person with the most points. 


In this game, each person in the group shares alternating “fortunate” and “unfortunate” statements to create a story. An example: 

  • Fortunately, we got to our destination on time.

  • Unfortunately, we can only stay two days.

  • Fortunately, we can go to the beach right away.

  • Unfortunately, my luggage with my bathing suit got lost.

  • Fortunately, there’s a store where you can buy a new suit...

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