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10 Interesting Road Trip Activities with Friends 

By on September 14, 2022 0 22 Views

Road trip activities with friends are usually the best part of road trips when traveling with a group of friends. They make the trip interesting, less long, and worth the while. To avoid the long awkward silence that makes road trips boring, this list of fun things to do on a road trip with friends will help enhance your relationship especially if you don’t see each other often and want to make the most of the journey. If you are looking forward to connecting with your friends on a road trip then this article is for you. 

Having friends when you travel can make the experience that much more enjoyable. Not only will they be a great source of amusement and companionship, but they will also help to relieve some of the stress associated with traveling. Plus, having someone to share your experiences with afterward can be really rewarding. If you’re worried about how your friends will react to your trip, don’t worry—most people are quite accepting once they know about it!

When planning your trip, remember to factor in time for socializing as well as exploring new areas. This way, everyone involved will have an amazing time and come away feeling enriched both mentally and physically. There are several fun things to do on a road trip with friends. Some of these activities are educational while others are entertaining and help to keep the energy level high throughout your trip with your friends. 

Here are some entertaining and exciting fun things to do on a road trip with friends. Save this list for your next road trip:

See a Movie

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One interesting thing to do on a road trip with your friends is to see a good fantasy or comedy film. It transports you to a different world entirely and makes your trip less long. Here are some interesting movies and series you can see on a road trip: 

  • Girls trip
  • The Witcher
  • The afterlife of the party
  • The tourist
  • Vacation
  • Mysterious island 
  • Fantasy island
  • Me time 
  • The Sandman
  • Never have I ever
  • Day shift
  • End of the road
  • A Madea homecoming
  • Bad trip

These are entertaining movies you can watch with your friends on a road trip to kill boredom and enjoy the time spent together. You can find them on Netflix and Netnaija. This activity can be done by everyone except the driver because he or she needs to concentrate on the road.

Carpool Karaoke

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Carpool Karaoke is a fun road trip activity for everyone including the driver. All you have to do is play the beat of a song everyone is familiar with and let everyone sing along. You can make this more interesting by penalizing people who have forgotten the lyrics. You can go further by asking your friends to make a list of the songs they love, download it and ask them to sing their favorite songs one after the other. It’s fun to watch your friends sing even if they are not so good at it. It is interesting and makes everyone happy. If you’re looking for fun things to do on a trip with friends, karaoke should be among your top consideration.

Play the Complete the Lyric Game


This is another fun and interesting road trip activity. put one of your friends in the spotlight, play a song, pause it and ask them to complete the lyrics. The rule is simple, continue singing the song as if it wasn’t paused. Make sure to punish losers and reward winners. This game will fill your stomach with laughter and make you cry with laughter. 

Sing Along While Listening to Music

Singing along to your favorite songs makes you happy and singing with your friends to songs you’ve known for a long time is divine and can help you all connect, the feeling is a blend of happiness and nostalgia – making you enjoy the present moment and reminding you of the good old days. This is a perfect road trip activity for you and your friends, especially if y’all are trying to catch up and get closer again after a long busy break.

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Have a Deep Conversation

This is the point where you all begin to share stories about your life and how adulthood has been so far. This is catch-up and bonding time. It can get boring, especially if no one wants to go first but you can start by asking simple questions about work and personal goals – these questions will spark the conversation and make your friends relax and open to talking about what’s going on with them. This is one way to get closer to your friends and understand them.

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Stop by a Local Attraction

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One fun thing to do on your trip is to stop the trip and enjoy the history of the town you are passing through. This doesn’t just expose you to new knowledge, it is enjoyable especially if you are doing this with the people you love. You can stop by a popular tourist attraction like a restaurant and enjoy a local delicacy, hike a famous mountain, go shopping in a famous shopping street or enjoy the serenity of a natural forest or garden. All these activities make sure you enjoy your road trip with your friend because it’s the journey that matters not the destination.

Document Your Trip

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Documenting your trip is fun to do while traveling because it helps you enjoy the moment. Take turns in filming each other and taking unaware pictures of each other. It is also a way of keeping memories. You can save these videos and pictures on your SD cards, laptop, or even on social media like Instagram, Youtube, or Facebook so that you can get a yearly reminder of your trip.

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Listening to audiobook/podcast

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This is one activity that everyone in the car can enjoy including the driver. Listening to true crime podcasts or motivational audiobooks can take your trip with your friends to a whole new level. It is a fun way to learn something new on your trip. To make this more interesting, for every podcast episode/audiobook chapter have a mini chat, and share your thoughts on the just concluded episode/chapter before moving into the next. This will ensure that everyone is participating and will open everyone to a new perspective.

Play the truth and dare game

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This game is quite simple and interesting, it is a game that can help you discover your friend. It is also a bonding game. Here are the rules, you ask your friend “truth or dare” when someone picks truth, they have to tell the truth and when someone picks dare, they have to do a dare. You can penalize defaulters who would refuse to be dared or tell the truth.

Here are some truth or dare questions:

  • Tell me the truth about the most embarrassing thing you’ve done on a date.
  • I dare you to name someone you pretended to like but couldn’t stand.
  • I dare you to tell me the most embarrassing thing you’ve done in your life.
  • I dare you to tell me something you love to do with your friends that you never want your partner to know about.
  • Tell me the truth, how many times a week do you wear the same pants? 
  • Tell me the truth, have you ever considered cheating on your partner?

These are some fun questions you can ask your friends while playing the game, here is a time to bond with your friends as you can ask questions from any aspect of their lives and be sure to get the truth because of the rules of the game. 

Play the 2 truth and a lie game

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This game is fun as it leaves you guessing which is the truth or the lie. The rule is to tell two truths and a lie and allow your friends to choose which is the truth and which is the lie. To keep the game going, the person who guesses correctly should go next until everyone in the group has played. If nobody’s got it correctly, give them punishment and let the game go on. The truth and a lie game is also an amazing fun things to do on a road trip for adults.

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Snack On

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The best part about road trips is the delicious snack and meals you can carry to munch on your way and yes, it is an exciting way to bond as snacking makes movies, conversations, and games a lot more interesting. You can make a list of road trip snacks like:

  • Avocado toast
  • Granola bars
  • Pizza
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolates 
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut
  • Groundnut
  • Cashew nut
  • Cakes 

They are enjoyable especially while playing games and doing other road trip activities. They also give you energy and make you agile to do all your road trip activities with your friends.

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Final thoughts 

Having a conversation with your friends on a road trip can move your trip from 0-100 and give you a deeper connection with your friends while on a road trip. Playing free road trip games like truth or dare, complete the lyrics, and 2 truths and a dare can fill your heart with laughter and leave you crying with excitement. 

If one of you is driving, it will be fun to take turns in driving, and pack a lot of snacks – you can all go shopping before you begin the trip, or pack snacks individually while packing your travel bags. To enjoy the trip everyone has to be intentional, bring along everything that will make the trip more fun like a DVD and even a music box, and everyone must participate in the all activities. Save these fun ideas for long road trips for all your road trips fun activities.

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