Things to Do On Long Road Trips (That Don't Feel Like You're Wasting Time)


Zach and I literally live in a van, so naturally, we are driving a lot. Maybe you’re on the road a lot too, whether it’s commuting, running errands, or simply traveling. Time on the road can often feel wasted, boring, and limiting when it comes to productivity.

We’ve got to change that and be intentional with our time!


Here are some things we’ve learned to do on long road trips to foster growth and use our time wisely:

I . Business / Creative Podcasts

There is so much great, entertaining educational content out there. Whatever your interest may be, I promise you’ll find a podcast that will align with your goals and push you towards who you want to become and what you want to accomplish.

Some of our current favorites are:
How I Built This: NPR
That Creative Life: Sara Dietschy
The Photo Report: Braedon Flynn
The Influencer Podcast: Julie Solomon

II . Intentional Questions

Zach and I have known each other since fifth grade, so when we’re on an 8 hour road trip, sometimes we run out of things to talk about. Learning more about each other is one of our favorite things, but it’s often hard to come up with the right questions!

We love these resources to help cut the crap and get down to some real (and fun) talk:

101 Fun and Random Road Trip Questions
40 Thought-Provoking Questions
Road Trip Questions for Couples
100 Interesting Questions


III. Audio Books

I don’t really need to explain this one, so I’ll just tell you a few we’re into now:

How to Win Friends & Influence People
Essentialism - The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
You Are a Badass
The War of Art

IV. Goal Setting

Use this time to dream big and bounce ideas off each other! Discuss your goals for the next month, year, and even delve so deep as to lifetime goals. It’s a great way to get to know each other, encourage each other, and make an actionable plan for when it’s time to get back to normal life.

V. Call Someone

Use this time to call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and catch up. That family member you’ve always wished to be close to? Shoot them a call. And believe us - your mom will always appreciate a check-in, whether she admits it or not!

VI. Jam

Singing and dancing is not wasting time… it is essential for your mental health! Let loose a little and put on some of your favorite old tunes (you know, the ones you memorized all the lyrics to in middle school). Enjoy it!


I hope these gave you some good ideas for your own long car rides. They’ve kept us occupied for months on end, so we hope they inspire you to use your time more wisely in the car as well!

Time is limited - use it intentionally!