How to Pass the Time on Vacation


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If you’re soon to go on vacation, it’s likely a very exciting time – having chosen your dream location, it’s now mere days before you are relaxing on a beach or sweeping your way down a snowy mountain.

Depending on where you’re going, you have likely chosen a myriad of activities to complete and sights to see, hoping to fill out the limited days you have to the brim, to make the most of the time you have away from work and responsibilities.

However, despite your best efforts, it’s more than likely that at some points during the trip, some more than others, you will need to fill some spare time – whether you are waiting for family and friends to complete their schedule for the day, or you are sat at the airport hoping to get on your flight at the nearest possible opportunity.

In order to ensure that you aren’t left wringing your hands at points during the holiday, read on to find out more about what you can do to fill the time gaps between all the excitement on your vacation.


A tale as old as time, the book is a vacation essential for a huge range of reasons. Not only are books, if you have curated your taste and chosen correctly, a delight within themselves, but they also possess many qualities that make them ideal for holiday entertainment.

First of all, they are usually a light object, making them easy to pack, store and carry around, even if you don’t have a backpack or other container with you.

It’s probably best that you don’t try to pack Tolkien’s whole collection, as you may have to pay an excess on weight once you get to the airport desk, but thankfully there are millions of books with much less content!

Another great aspect of books is that they are useable at any time, regardless of access to electricity or the internet.

Video game

If you’re a gamer, then this would seem like the most obvious option. Playing games is an easy way to pass significant amounts of time, although hopefully, you’ve filled out your time well enough to not need hours upon hours of gaming.

In the past, to play video games on vacation, you’d likely need an expensive portable gaming device such as a Nintendo DS or a PSP, as these were the devices that held the functionality required.

While portable options such as the Switch are still viable, the rise of mobile gaming means you likely don’t even require the need for a separate device.

Whether you’re looking for slots and feel like that found in Australian casinos, or interactive minigames you can play with friends or family, there are thousands of potential options.


The final, and more active option, for passing the time on vacation is taking a walk. Especially when finding yourself in a new place, hopefully with good weather, walking is a great way to chill out, take in the surroundings, and feel more connected to the world around you.

Some brief research could uncover an interesting location to check out or a café with a great garden and view – taking time to explore could be well worth the investment.

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