Best Travel Games for Adults


A selection of the best travel board games for adults.

Great for keeping bored travelers occupied in planes, trains and automobiles; or even when hanging around airports terminals. The best travel board games for adults will keep keep you amused for hours.

These days you can find a plethora of gaming apps for your tablet or smart phone to play whilst on your travels. But when it comes to group games, nothing beats good old fashion dice or cards in the hand.

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Handmade Rosewood Magnetic Travel Chess Set 7.5-inch

travel chest set

At the top of our list of best travel games for adults has to be that all time classic. CHESS!

At Travel Mono we absolutely love the game of chess!

What better way to spend a long haul flight that scratching your chin and contemplating chess strategy.

Even if you don’t play chess, or don’t know how. Use your travel time to learn this great game. As Russian chess master Irving Chernev once said “Every chess master was once a beginner.”

Artisan Playing Cards

You have two choices. Go to a dollar store and buy a set of playing cards that will give you friction burns; or buy a set of hand crafted Artisan playing cards and be the envy of every adult traveler you ever meet. The choice is yours.

Luxury playing cards illustrated by hand in South Africa, on FSC-certified paper derived from sustainable forests using vegetable based inks.

In the words of infamous magician David Copperfield “The best playing cards EVER produced.”

Brew Crafters Travel Card Game

Ever thought of opening your own brewery? Well now you can from the comfort of your own airplane economy seat.

The idea is to build your own brewery and compete with other players/brewers to be named the best Beer Brewer. A mix of fun and strategy that involves installing equipment and hiring workers, and eventually brewing your beer!

Monopoly Grab and Go Game

Classic board game Monopoly…but much smaller.

One of the best board games of all time; just became one of the best travel board games.

Trying to count your miniature Monopoly money, while slightly intoxicated in a hostel at 3am, is all part of the fun.

The Voting Game 

An adult party game designed to uncover the hilarious truth behind your friendships.

Everyone votes on questions such as  ‘Who will be the hardest to recognize in 10 years?’ and ‘Who would lose an election because of something they did in high school?’ … the results are tallied-up and revealed to the group….What could possibly go wrong?

Not exactly a travel version, but at only 1 lb in weight and 7 x 4 x 3-inches in size, we are sure you can cram it in somewhere.

Great for group holidays or adventures.

Spinning Hat Travel Trivia Cards

Unlike the Voting Game above which requires some familiarity between the players, this is one game you can play with complete strangers. A great ice breaker.

We know all of our Team Travel Mono readers are well established travelers. So get a question wrong, and you will let us all down.

Yahtzee – the Classic Dice Game

What can possibly be more travel friendly than a game that consists of only 5 dice?

Its a dice game based on poker. Simples!

Brain Games® Sudoku


Not really a board game, or even a group game. But we can’t forget the solitary puzzle gamers can we.

332 Sudoku puzzles in a spiral wound book. 

Settlers of Catan: Traveler-Compact Edition

Our incredibly nerdy colleague, Gary, insisted we include the travel version of ‘Settlers of Catan’.

Trade, Build & Settle. A strategy game that is different every time you play; or so Gary tells us.

That the end of our list of

If you can think of a great travel game we have forgotten, let us know in the comments below.

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