5 Things To Do During A Long Train Ride

Hello you all! I think in the past few months, I’ve spent several days worth of time on trains whether it be traveling to Paris or around Germany. During this time, I’ve found some ways to make the wifi-less time pass more quickly. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the time I just finally want to be there already (like right now!), but these activities to fill the time should help you out. So here you go, 5 things to do during a long train ride. 

  1. Put in the headphones and take in the passing scenery. This is a great way to just daydream and unwind for a while. I love seeing the landscape rushing by me. Sometimes if I’m sleep deprived enough, I’ll even fall asleep! Now that’s a quick way to pass the time. :)
  2. Catch up on your editing. This might apply only my blogger readers, but I always mass-edit during long train rides. With no internet to distract me, I’m finally able to focus on getting through batches of photos. You can also edit video clips, or pre-write blog posts (as I’m doing right now).
  3. Read a book. With so much technology and busy rushing around me on a daily basis, reading is a hobby that has fallen to the side. During these train rides, I like to put one or two books on my Kindle and get lost in another reality for a while. I just read a great book called Wreckage, and bought a travel magazine on Barcelona while waiting for the train I’m currently sitting in.
  4. Get creative! Something about going places just inspires me. As I said, I pre-write so many blog posts while traveling from one place to another. And, just by looking out the window, I often find new places I want to visit in the future. The train just drove by the most beautiful German village, surrounded by a huge sea. Now that’s a place I want to see up close and personal one day!
  5. Take care of yourself. The long train rides are sometimes the only periods of calm during whirlwind trips. I like to drink lots of water, refuel, and sometimes even do things such as file my nails. And sleep! A very important one 😉

If your trains happen to have free WIFI or you are willing to pay, kudos to you. But for the young, broke, and WIFI-less like me, I hope that this has helped out a bit.

What do you like to do when you are forced to sit in one spot for several hours while traveling? I always welcome new ideas, leave them in the comments below. :)


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  • Great tips! I will be traveling a ton on busses / trains next year so these will definitely come in handy, but thank god (except for Europe) a ton of busses and trains around the world do offer free wifi so it’s easy to catch up on work then!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

    • Julia

      Oh my I can’t even imagine a bus with free WiFi, looks like I gotta get exploring more 😀 Hopefully you’ll be super lucky in Australia next year!!

  • Julia

    Right, you so do get used to it! I met an awesome girl in the train once and we ended up talking the whole ride. Made things go by so much faster :)

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  • Good tips! I always sleep and edit photos on long journeys. I’m on tour at the moment and have been editing photos almost constantly whilst we’ve been travelling! X

    • Julia

      It’s the best, isn’t it? Time always goes by so quickly if you are lost trying to get the curves right on a photo :)

      Thanks for reading! :)

  • Julia

    Yes and I wish you so so much fun as you are traveling, it’s magical 😀

  • I suppose my top thing to do is just sleep 😀 I’ve traveled across Russia a couple of times which obviously took days but instead of watching the landscape or meeting people I just slept the whole time 😀 Looks like this is the way I handle trains…

    • Julia

      Haha sleep is always a great way to go! I wish I was one of those people who could just pass out anywhere 😀

      A several day train ride though, that’s insane!!

      • Unfortunately I’m not one of those people who can sleep anywhere, only in trains 😉
        Yeah, long distance train rides in Russia are crazy, one of the weirdest things I’ve experienced…

        • Julia

          This is kind of strange, but for the first time in my life I got on a plane this week, and like immediately passed out for the whole ride! People can change I guess ;D

  • I agree with the editing and writing part! The last train ride I took was 8 hours long and I was able to write three different articles for a publication I was working on. There’s just something about having that time carved out and you can’t escape the way you would when you’re just at home; it makes you take the time to read or be productive in some way.

    • Julia

      Yes completely! I just got back from my Barcelona trip and will be heading to Berlin over the weekend, I am already so excited to just be able to sit in the plane and to start thinking of posts to share 😀

      Thanks for reading! xx Julia :)

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