"the trusted voice of teens who travel"
April 9th, 2015
Oh no, is there such a thing? Believe it or not, Internet is not everywhere. Whether you are visiting a different country, on a plane, or in the mountains where you don’t get service, you obviously need to resort to doing things other than checking Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Teentraveltalk.com. Here are the top 5 things you can do (or that I at least did in Mexico):
1. Enjoy your surroundings!
I was in Mexico, and instead of being stuck on my phone, I was able to hang out with my family without getting distracted with alerts on my phone (not that I’m that popular, anyway). Look around where you are at and go on an adventure!
I’m a book nerd, but reading makes time fly by so fast! Go by the library before your trip and pick up some books. They’re basically movies in your head. This is a list of books most recommended for teens. You could also read or browse through the magazines that are offered on the plane.
3. Download games that don’t require Internet.
Frozen Free Fall and Dots Free were my best friends on road trips in Mexico. While waiting in long lines, like in Disneyland, the app Charades makes an hour seem like 20 minutes. We had random people in the line join in with our game because we had a grown man jumping around like a chimpanzee for a clue. It was a blast with everybody participating! There are many more apps, check them out here for Andriod users and here for iPhone users.
4. Go outside!
Okay, careful with this one. If you are on a plane, don’t go outside the plane. This one is if you are on land, in a different country where there isn’t any Internet to be found. I played softball and soccer with my little cousins and I honestly had a great time. We played tag, which I got tired after a minute of being tagged because they are too fast. Or you can go outside and take a nap while sun bathing.
5. Cards or board games.
I don’t know about your family, but my family is pretty competitive. Whether it’s trying to win Loteria (Mexican Bingo) or playing Spoons, we all get into the spirit of the game and before you know it, the time goes by fast. There are so many games that you could play with cards. You could be the only one playing Solitaire, with a partner you can play Go Fish!, and with a big group there is always Spoons and 21.
There are several things not included in the list but feel free to make up your own or add! So next time you are in a remote area without Internet/Wifi/Mobile Hotspot/4G, take a moment to do it the old-school way.