Travel isn’t all about beautiful beaches, and exciting adventure. Sometimes we all need a bit of downtime, and believe it or not there are plenty of situations where we get pretty bored (think travel delays and endless waiting).
We’ve always loved playing games, so for us they’re the perfect way to pass away a few hours in an airport, entertain ourselves after a long day of exploring and even make new friends in hostels. If you’re wondering which ones should make it into your backpack, we’ve put together a list of what we think are 5 the best travel games for adults.
We always make sure we carry a couple of our best travel games with us no matter what trip we’re on, but they have to meet certain criteria. The biggest considerations we have for choosing a game to take on the road are the game’s size, weight and portability so all of these games tick those boxes. And we favour games that can cross language barriers. But they most of all, they have to be awesome fun to play!
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The traditional Monopoly isn’t really a practical game to carry with you when you travel. And let’s be honest, no one actually enjoys it do they.
Come on, strip away the nostalgia and you’re left with a pretty ridiculous, never ending snorefest that could be renamed Monotony (I'm prepared for the backlash). But the clever guys at Hasbro have reimagined one of the most iconic board games ever made as a wicked card game.
It retains the fun bits, so you still play as a real estate tycoon trying to collect sets of properties. You still have to come up with a kickass strategy, treading the line between boosting your bank balance and building your empire. And you can still go from kingpin to down and out in one swift turn of fate.
But that’s where the similarities end. Monopoly Deal is fast paced, exciting and we've met people of various nationalities loving playing it all over the world.
Alternatively known as Skull and Roses, it’s like a picture version of poker played with beautifully designed components. You have to kid and calculate your way to victory in this straightforward game of bluff that involves a mixture of skill, memory and luck. After one game you’ll be hooked, we guarantee it.
Each player has three circular cards with a rose on and one with a skull as well as an individual double sided game board. Players take it in turns to place a card of their choice on the game card face down, this continues until one player decides to make a challenge.
They do that by making a guess at how many roses they can flip before hitting a skull. If you get it correct then you turn your game board over and you have to turn your game board twice to win.
After being taught Dobble by our young nephew, we absolutely fell in love with it! Okay, so this one is technically a kids card game, but if you’ve ever played it then you’ll understand why we’re still including it as one of the best travel games for adults.
Dobble is a good one to break down language barriers as well because it’s so simple to get. Everyone has played snap as a child and Dobble takes its basic premise and elevates it to a.whole.nother.level.
There are five different games within Dobble, all of them as simple as it gets. Every card has 8 pictures on it, each with one symbol in common with every other card. Players all go at the same time to try and spot the matching symbols and either accumulate or pass cards on to opponents depending on which game you’re playing.
Beware, this one gets pretty raucous and shouting, snatching and even hand slapping are all unavoidable as you get swept up in the excitement.
Cards Against Humanity
This game definitely puts the “adult” in the best travel games for adults. Trust us, it’s strictly top shelf.
Probably the least politically correct card game ever invented, you’re either gonna love it or be horrendously offended by Cards Against Humanity. Many of the jokes are pretty close to the bone and will get even the most hardened deviants wincing.
It’s a card game where the dealer reads aloud a phrase card they’ve picked at random. It has one or two words missing from the sentence written on it and the other players have to complete the sentence by choosing the best from a selection of options in their ten card hand.
The winner is chosen by the dealer so it’s wise to consider their sense of humour and just how easily offended they are. Some of the cards are best described as depraved.
UNO has been around for almost 50 years but it never gets tired. Frenetic, colourful and full of unexpected laughs, you can easily lose hours to its thrills. It’s simple to pick up but hard to put down, easily making it another of the best travel games for adults.
There are 108 cards in an UNO deck and while most have a number and a colour on them, some are wildcards or “pick up” cards. The basic idea is to get rid of your cards before anyone else, as players take it in turn to put down or pick up cards that correspond with the colour or number that’s on top of the game pile.
There are missed goes, penalties and a whole lot of strategy that can affect your ability to win, and don’t forget to shout “UNO” when you’re one card away from the win or you’ll be blocked from finishing.
Those are our picks for the 5 best travel games for adults, but have you got an alternative game that you think would be perfect for stuffing in the backpack? What games do you always carry with you on the road? Are there any that we have to try out that aren’t on this list? Do you love the traditional Monopoly? Drop us a short comment below and let us know!
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