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Monday July 17, 2023

Great Ways To Unwind After A Long Day

5 minutes well spent

Written by John Broderick
Scrablle Games Motorhome Blog 2

You’ve spent hours at the wheel driving to your destination or, once you’ve been there a while, you’ve had another long day of adventuring and exploring. It’s evening, now, and you want to stay at basecamp and unwind without frittering away the time. So, what can you do that’ll keep you entertained and amused for a few hours of pleasurable time in your motorhome? In this edition of our blog we’ll make some suggestions of things you can do and ways you can have plenty of fun…


1. Board Games

There are many great board games in the history of board games, ranging from strategy games (e.g. Risk) through to intellectual efforts like Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit, to combinations of skill and daftness such as Operation or Kerplunk. Dividing up into teams, or playing as individuals, a family can provide themselves with many hours of fun by playing board games. You could even add in some spice by operating a ‘league’ system throughout the holiday, so that everyone can keep track of winners and runners-up. There will certainly be some banter arising from this, and it’s a great way to bond.

2. Card Games

You could spend time play games or even work on your magic tricks. If you want some ‘down time’ and are looking to fill an hour on your own, a game like Patience can be therapeutic and almost meditative. Otherwise, multi-person games are the order of the day (well, the evening). From basic fun games like Snap, which younger children can find a lot of fun, all the way up through Newmarket and Pontoon and then on to serious ‘pour me a whiskey’ brooding and intense games like Poker, a simple pack of cards can be the direct source of a lot of quality time.

3. Video Games

There’s no getting around the fact that this is the modern age, and a lot of people like to play video games. Perhaps you could take a console (Xbox, PlayStation, etc) along on holiday with you, and hook it up to the motorhome’s TV. The cliché about teenagers locking themselves away in their bedrooms to play solitarily or online with their cyber-friends might have a grain of truth in it, but in actual fact a lot of families like to bond over video games. So, playing in an evening while you’re away could be a good way to bring some of that home comfort through to your motorhome time.

The Arts

1. Films and TV

Presuming your motorhome has a television set, you could hook up a portable hard drive or a disc player and take along copies of your favourite films and shows. Maybe you’re in the middle of binging a TV box set and want to keep that going while you’re away, or perhaps you think it’s finally time to make your way through all the Star Wars films? If the motorhome TV has internet and can stream through iPlayer, Netflix or Amazon (or other service provider) then it’s possible you can watch live sporting events, catch up on new episodes or watch streaming movies. Some TV these days are on a par with cinema, in terms of how well made they are – and there’s nothing quite like a family gathered round to share something special.

2.  Reading

Taking along a good book or two and making your way through them in quiet time during a motorhome break is a great way to pass some time and really relax. Reading is one of life’s greatest pleasures. You can be completely ‘taken off’ to somewhere amazing or exciting by the best fiction or find yourself riveted by the anecdotes and stories in an autobiography, or bone up on facts in reference-style books. Whatever your preferred genre, reading books is a great low-cost way to entertain yourself while you’re on a motorhome holiday. For those families who like to share and do things together, there is always the option to take along audiobooks so that everyone can listen at the same time. These can be a fantastic way to pass some time while you’re on the move during journeys too.

Creative Arts

1. Art

You might not be a Da Vinci or a Picasso, but you can certainly have a go at some art while you’re away. Whether drawing in a sketchbook – perhaps the scenery you’ve seen that day – or getting out the watercolours in an evening and painting, doing some art can be really relaxing. There’s also the added benefit that you’ll finish the holiday with a series of unique souvenirs of the places you visited. Everyone can take photos on their mobile phones these days, but your own sketch or painting of a place you went to is completely individual and, therefore, very special. Don’t worry about the quality of your work – if it’s rubbish just claim it’s modern art!

2. Writing

Similarly, sitting and writing a journal can be a really good way to relax in an evening. Perhaps you could write about the things you or the family got up to that day, also noting down funny or brilliant things someone said. You don’t have to be as lyrical as Shakespeare – you’re not looking to be published or become a legend. Just record your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a way that suits you. You just need to be able to put pen to paper – or, in this modern world, be able to tap out on a laptop keyboard.


1. Fine Wine & Dine

Everyone loves to eat and drink. In fact, eating and drinking are necessary for living, so they may as well be really enjoyable. If you’re away for a week, you could treat the family to something really special to eat on a couple of the evenings. If it’s possible, you could even source ingredients from the locale you are staying in – perhaps there’s a farm or a food market nearby? Similarly, you could take along a few bottles of plonk to make the evenings a little more mellow, or if there’s a vineyard or distillery in the locale you’re staying, you could sample their wares. It would be rude not to! Cheers!

However you choose to amuse during your motorhome holidays, one thing is for certain – you’re going to need a motorhome to do it in! If you’re currently looking for a vehicle so you can make the most of your relaxing time on holiday, get in touch with us here at Don Amott to get your free motorhome quotation ahead of your next buy! Whether you’re thinking about buying a new motorhome or are more interested in a pre-owned motorhome, we can help. If you’re looking to sell your motorhome then look no further – we buy any motorhome, and take great pleasure in matching it up with its next owner! If there’s anything else you would like to know, any queries you might have, then please feel free to get in touch – we’d be really happy to hear from you!