Remember travelling? Getting away from home with friends, family, or just alone to some new and uncharted place. As well as taking in the sights and sounds, most of us also need some downtime, and for that I always pack a few travel games with me to take on a trip.
Travel games generally need to be small sized, be playable in suboptimal conditions, simple to learn and simple to setup. I also like my travel games to be suitable for multiple players, as a great way of making new friends. These are some of the games that regularly make it into my travel packs.
Province was a big inspiration for creating Micro Dojo! The first time I played it was with my friend, on a train, on my way to a wedding. Once we arrived at our destination I just scooped the components into a ziplock bag and put it into my jacket pocket.
Two people is a good player count for a travel game, being the most common travel party size, and at around 20 minutes it’s a game you can play whilst waiting for a train or over a coffee or drink in a bar.
It’s a little hard to get hold of Province now but you may be able to find some preowned copies.
Love Letter is a deduction game played over several rounds, with each round taking about 5-10 minutes. As well as being small sized and with a simple set of rules, it’s also suitable for people that are newer to gaming. About halfway through the first or second game, I love seeing a new player have that aha! moment as they start to figure out what an opponent might have in their hand.
There are a ton of different variants on Love Letter as well, so if you like Batman or Cthulu or Archer or a host of others you can play your favourite theme.. I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to games, but I hear the Batman version is even better than the original.
Coup is another deduction game that plays pretty quickly – so much so that I have never played only a single round of it. We almost always shuffle up and play again. Coup has more of a bluffing element to it since you can lie about the cards you’re holding, which adds another layer to the game but can take a few rounds for newer players to grasp the concept. Since you’re only holding onto two cards at a time this requires almost zero table space as well – just room for a draw pile and something to hold your currency (ISK).
The expansion fits neatly inside the larger box version and adds a few options to the game, meaning you can pack even more into the tight space in your travel bags.
What is your favourite travel game?
With the world soon starting to open up, I am hopeful that we’ll be back to not just travelling but lots more board gaming very soon. I’d love to hear about your favourite travel games to add to my collection, so I can experience new board games as well as destinations.