While it certainlyis true that a backpacking adventure will be filledwith exciting, eye-opening and life-changing experiences, there is also a considerableamount of downtime to fill. There will be longperiods of sitting around not quite knowing what to do with yourself, whether this is while you are sitting around the hostel or on a lengthy train journey through the middle of nowhere. It is for this reason why you need to have a few activities up your sleeve to pass the time. Doing so can make the time go by much faster and, in some cases, it can be a great way to have fun and meet new people.

1. Card Games

Every backpacker knows the importance of having a deck of cards with you. This is perhaps the easiest way to passthe time and make some friends as there are all kinds of terrific and fun games that you could play and you are sure to pick up a few new games on your travels. Additionally, there are a few solo card games that you can play like solitaire if you find yourself alone.

2. Reading

Reading is another fantastic activity when you are looking to fill time and an excellentway to keep your mind sharp during your trip according to Caring Everyday. Books are easy to take with you and canbe readwhile sitting around the hostel, waiting for a bus or on a lengthy train journey. Additionally, there are many essential travel books to read as listed by The Telegraph which could broaden your horizons on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. What’s more, these can also be good conversation starters, andyou could trade books with fellow travellers.

3. Quiz Books

Quiz books are another great type of book to carry with you on your travels to keep the mind active and engaged even on those never-ending journeys in the middle of nowhere. Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, andtrivia books are just a few options to consider.

4. Online Betting

If you are fortunate enough to have Wi-Fi on yourtravels,then online betting is a great way to pass the time and havesome fun. Expert sites such as Unibet have lots of betting options, andit can be quick and easy to place bets which will passthe time and can be fun to play either alone or with a group of mates.

5. Journal

Everyone should keep a journal on theirtravels as this will provide you with something to cherish and look back on for the rest of your life. Thisdoes not have to be a comprehensive overview of every moment of your trip and even funny pictures, quotes and lists will bring a smile to your face while ensuring that you will always be able to remember different aspects of the trip.

Every backpacking adventure will have moments with a lot of downtime. These are just a few fun ways to pass the time when there is little else to do,andoften they will be great ways to meet new people and make new memories.