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Fun Games to Play on a Charter Bus Trip

Entertaining Ways to Enjoy Your Charter Bus Journey

You’ve planned an exciting trip to a dream destination, and you’ve done your homework, discovering the many advantages of traveling on a charter bus from You can tailor your trip to see and do the specific things your group wants to see and do. You’ll be able to relax with friends and family in the plush and spacious environs of a charter bus while someone else handles the driving and the details. You won’t have to worry about delays or cancellations—those are virtually unheard of with charter bus travel. Your mind will be at ease, knowing that charter bus travel is one of the safest ways to travel, with highly skilled drivers to keep you safe on the roads and limited access to the bus, so that you and your belongings are always secure. Not to mention that charter bus travel is the most cost effective way to get from here to there.

But you still have to get from here to there…and there’s no reason that can’t be part of the fun. With some of these popular traveling games, you’ll be at your destination before you know it and many folks may be sad to see the games end!

Let the Games Begin!

There are many potential benefits to involving your passengers in some games while on the road. In addition to simply passing the time while you get to your destination, games can help break the ice when travelers don’t know each other. If your group works together, travel games can be an excellent team-building activity. Here are some tried and true games, as well as some that may be new to many.

  • Twenty Questions—This game has been around for decades, if not centuries. It’s a simple game that requires no special preparations of materials to play. It can be suitable for all ages, but is usually best played in groups of 4-5 people.

The premise is simple. One person is determined to be “it.” That can be done by drawing straws, picking a number or any other random method. The person who is it must then think of a person, place or thing. The other contestants then must ask only “yes” or “no” questions of the person who is it. Based on the answer to a question, a contestant may try to guess the correct answer. The person who does then becomes “it” for the next game. If no one correctly guesses after 20 questions, the answer is revealed and the person who was “it” gets to be “it” again.

  • Alphabet—This game has a number of variations, all based on working your way through the alphabet. In one variation, everyone starts at the letter “a” and must find a word on anything outside the bus that starts with that letter—it might be on a billboard, a car, a business or elsewhere. Once you’ve found a word starting with “a,” you then look for one starting with “b.” The first person to make it to “z” is declared the winner. One of the bonuses of this version of the game—you’ll take in a lot of the scenery as you travel.

Another variation of this game has the first player name a famous person whose first name starts with “a.” The next person must name a famous person whose first name starts with the last letter in that famous person’s name. For example, the first person may name Andy Griffith. The second person must name a famous person whose first name starts with an “h,” such as Harrison Ford. If you make a mistake or don’t respond within a certain period of time, you get a strike against you. Three strikes and you’re out. Last person left wins.

In yet another variation, the game starts at the beginning of the alphabet, and the first person must come up with a name that starts with “a,” such as Anna. The next person must repeat the first name (Anna) and add a name that starts with “b,” such as Beverly. The next person must repeat both names and then add a name starting with “c.” The goal is to work all the way through the alphabet. If you forget a name, you’re out (and there’s no writing down the names, either!!).

  • As a Rule—This is a game that requires that you pay close attention when someone is talking. The rule maker will make a statement that includes a hidden rule. For example, the rule maker may say “I give a big hand to the big dog.” The hidden rule is using the word “big” before any noun in a sentence. The next person must use the same rule. A correct statement by the next person would be “The big tree dropped its big leaves.” An incorrect statement would be “I give a small hand to the small dog.”
  • Name That Tune—If you have a musical group, this can be entertaining for hours, and can really amp up the competition. The premise is straightforward—the contestants are trying to guess the name of a song after listening to its opening strains. If you have an iPod or any other mp3 player, you can easily cue up a song and hit the pause button after a specific number of seconds. The most effective way to set up this game is to create a playlist on a device before the trip. Agree to the length of the opening clip—five seconds is a pretty good rule. During play, the person or team whose turn it is will have a certain amount of time…say 30 seconds…to try to guess the song. If they can’t, the other team or the next person gets to listen to the same exact clip. When you get through all the songs, the person/team that correctly guessed the most is declared the winner.
  • License Plate Poker—Here’s another game to get your eyes on the road. You’ll be trying to create the best poker hand, using letters and numbers that you see on passing license plates. Agree in advance whether letters in the name of a state or in its slogan are valid. The letters A, K, Q and J are the high cards—ace, king, queen and jack. A zero on a license plate counts as a 10. The first player gets five cars to come up with the best hand…no mixing letters or numbers between license plates. The next player has five cars to come with a better hand. When all players have had five cars, the person with the best hand wins.
  • Window Scavenger Hunt—This is like the classic game of scavenger hunt, except all the items will be ones that you can see out the window of the bus. This game requires that you prepare in advance—come up with a list of the things people might see through the window of the bus—signs, license plates, crops, animals, geographic formations, restaurants, etc. The game can be a great ice-breaker if you put people in teams of two or three and let them get to know each other as they fill out their lists.
  • I’ve Got A Secret—This is not like the TV show of the same name, but it’s a game that most of us know well. Any number of people can play this game—often, the more who play, the more interesting the results. Here’s how it works. One person comes up with a “secret,” which can be a statement about just about anything—a little known fact about someone in the group often produces hilarious results. The first person whispers the secret into the next person’s ear. The secret is then passed from one participant to the next, all at a whisper. Only when the secret has been passed to the last person is it said out loud again. At that point, the person making the statement is usually flabbergasted to discover how much the secret has changed.
  • At The Movies—Here’s a great game for all the movie buffs on your trip. There’s no limit to the number of people who can play this game. Start with one person who names an actor/actress. The next person must identify a movie that actor/actress was in. The next person must name another person who was in that movie. The next person must name another movie that person was in. The game continues in that fashion. A person who cannot correctly continue the process is out until the next round.
  • Would You Rather—This game is immensely popular with children and teens, and works best when played with one or two others. The first person asks the next person to choose between two often undesirable things to do. For example, he or she may ask, “would you rather let a spider crawl on your arm or eat fish brains?” There’s only one rule—you have to answer the question.
  • While You Were Sleeping—This is a lesser-known game, but one that can have hilarious results. If one of your fellow passengers starts to nod off, wait about five minutes and then start concocting a story about something that happened while he or she was asleep. When the person wakes up, you must convince them that the story is true. If people change the story or break character, they lose points. If the person believes the story, everyone gets three points.

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Fun Games to Play on a Charter Bus Trip