Travelling inherently involves periods of downtime – waiting for transport, or relocating to your accommodation. So how do you fill this time?
Definitely not for the easily offended, Cards Against Humanity is a right-rolling, sweary, skullduggerous game that can be played by up to 20 people at once. It’s one of our team’s top travel games for adults.
Dobble is a clever little card game that’s great for travel, requiring only a small tin and some space on the table. It’s a simple game but it packs some serious hilarity into five minutes of play. It’s a speed and observation game for 2-8 players that can be played in different ways depending on how many cards are involved. It’s based on reactions and visual perception, rather than knowledge which is a great way to keep everyone engaged and entertained.
There’s always a match between two cards, but spotting it can be tricky. Each card has a set of eight symbols but the designers have messed with your brain by changing the size of the symbols on each card, positioning them differently and using opposing colours to camouflage each other.
This is a great game to bring out on long journeys, for days out and even in the classroom to keep children focused. It won’t develop a deep, long-term relationship with your family but it will deliver a good laugh in a short amount of time.
Monopoly is one of the best travel games for adults because it doesn’t take up much space. It still retains all the fun bits of the traditional board game – being a real estate tycoon, collecting property sets and trying to come up with a kickass strategy while treading the line between boosting your bank balance and building your empire.
It’s also fast paced so will keep you on your toes. It’s been a hit around the world and versions have been created based on different themes such as Dog-opoly, Cat-opoly and TV/movie games.
The game comes in a handy travel tin and is perfect to pack away in your bag for road trips or flights. It’s easy to play and will keep you entertained mile after mile.
A hidden traitor game for 5-10 players, Secret Hitler pits liberals against fascists in 1930s Germany. It is a social deduction game with dark themes and high replayability. It is a riot to play and it works best with larger groups. It requires deceit and skullduggery and the random ways in which players connect words can be hilarious.
The problem is that the game’s framing is a bit off-putting for some people. They feel that it is cavalier about fascism, especially when it is aggressively on the rise around the world.
Maranges wants this game to make you wonder, if you were in the position where there were clear bad guys and good guys, who would you be? And that is a good question to ask. But, the way she frames the question doesn’t always make it clear to people. That has a lot to do with how this game is received. There are many fans of it, though. They like the dark artwork and quality components. The game features foil inlays on the boards and wooden nameplates for the Chancellor and President.
Connect 4 Grab and Go
A classic travel game that fits perfectly into a carry-on bag, Connect 4 Grab and Go is perfect for solo travellers or couples. It’s easy to play and is a great way to pass the time on a plane, train or car trip. It’s also an excellent way to socialize and bond with fellow travelers and is a fantastic alternative to technology.
Unlike some of the other travel games for adults on this list, Secret Hitler isn’t really suitable for children. It’s a riotous game of skullduggery and lying that will make you laugh until you cry. It’s an excellent party game that will keep you and your friends entertained for hours. It’s an ideal way to bond with family and friends on long vacations.
A rummy-type game with added suits and a roving wild card, Five Crowns is the ultimate adult travel entertainment. Frenetic and full of unexpected laughs this is a game you can easily get lost in for hours. Suitable for two or more players and with a pocket-sized package it’s easy to take along on vacation or on road trips.
Located in Corona del Mar, Five Crowns is set in a replica of one of England’s oldest country inns. It is famous for its warm hospitality, traditional prime rib, lighter seasonal menus, an outstanding wine list and the Sidedoor, an authentic gastropub offering casual drop-in dining.
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