Taking a road trip is one of the best ways to take some air and share valuable bonding time with friends and family. In the past, this generally fulfilled that purpose much more easily than it may in this present age where everyone seems to be constantly distracted with phones and other digital devices.
If done right, a road trip can be a lovely opportunity to figure out new things about the people closest to you and help foster closer relationships too. As much as we may try to get back the undivided attention we could have had in the past before the internet took over our lives, it’s just unrealistic to think it could be the same.
But there are some engaging car games you could try playing at certain intervals on your trip to capture everyone’s attention and you can even dub it a small ‘no device’ period, so everyone is consciously avoiding any distraction in that way. During the ‘no device’ period of your road trip, Six Degrees of Separation is a great starting game. The game is simply based on the assumption that everybody in the world is connected somehow through up to six or fewer relationships.
To play this game, someone starts by calling two different names of people, celebrities, movies, or artists, and the others in the car have to figure out the relationship between those two names in six guesses or less. For instance, if the names are Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian, a correct connection between them would be, “Travis Barker is in a relationship with Kourtney Kardashian.”
This seems relatively easy but it could be two names you have no idea about or there’s no obvious connection between, so it’s very fun and engaging, especially when you begin to get hilarious connections that could just make you want to stop the car and laugh your eyes out.
On the next ‘no device’ period you could try playing 21 Questions, a thought-provoking game that requires you to guess what another person could be thinking. Imagine it as you’re the legendary Sherlock Holmes, and your fellow road trippers are all Watsons. You all have 21 questions combined that you can ask to figure out what the person is thinking.
It’s a really interesting car game that can also serve as an icebreaker. Start this game when people seem to have been disconnected from each other and plugged into their phones for a long period during the road trip, and you’ll see how interested people will be in actually trying to figure out what the others have been thinking.
Of course, the same question cannot be asked twice and whoever correctly guesses what the person was thinking, would be the star of the next round. Cheating is highly prohibited and be sure to take a mind reader along to make certain that no one lies about what they are thinking about. But your mind reader shouldn’t participate obviously. Just kidding!