5 Best Travel Board Games for Adults

Toothbrush, check. Headphones, check. ID card, check. It’s time to add another item to your travel checklist – board games! You’re exhausted after a long day of wanderlust, you’ve walked more than ten thousand steps already, and you can’t wait to get back to your hotel and relax a bit. What better way to do that than to pull out those board games?

If you haven’t played any games since Monopoly as a child, you are in for some surprises. A lot of modern games are engaging, visually-appealing and a great way to bond with friends. I’ve had vacations where we’ve done nothing but play games. And I’m sure you’ll love it too. So pop a few beers and jump right into it (but careful with your drinks around those games, please).
Here is a list of my favourite travel board games to play while travelling:

  1. Dominion (and Expansions)

This deck-building card game is an absolute favourite with my group of friends and me. Choosing a new set of cards to play with during each game brings a lot of variety to this game, and the expansions only add to it. It’s also very fast-paced, which guarantees that you’ll get at least 3 – 4 plays in one session. It’s also an excellent game to play with two players, which is an added advantage.

The game comes in a large and pretty heavy box. But since the game is essentially just decks of cards, feel free to lose the box while travelling.

No. of Players: 2 – 4
Play Time: 20 – 40 minutes

2. Ticket to Ride

We can’t create a travel board game list and leave the Ticket to Ride out of it. This game, with its colourful pieces and map layout, is winning hearts all around. Unlike a lot of board games, it is straightforward to learn, but winning it requires a fair amount of strategy. The playtime, at 1.5 to 2 hours, is slightly on the longer side. But I recommend it if you have a group of 3 – 5 people who like to play strategic board games. Go ahead and connect your favourite places in the world!

No. of Players: 2 – 5
Play Time: 90 – 120 minutes

3. Carcassonne

Get transported to this gorgeous fortified city of France! With only a handful of rules, quick gameplay and attractive artwork, this game can lure non-gamers too. The setup is also speedy. If you have about 30 – 40 minutes to kill, you probably can’t do better than Carcassonne.

The box is also on the smaller side, making it more portable than most games – on this list and otherwise.

No. of Players: 2 – 5
Play Time: 30 – 40 minutes

4. Dixit

I recently discovered Dixit and instantly fell in love. The artwork is beautiful, just gorgeous. The rules are excessively simple and can be taught in about 5 minutes. It has all the other benefits of having a small box, quick gameplay and being light on strategy. It’s the kind of game you can play in trains too (we recently did). And let me just circle back to the absolutely beautiful artwork on the cards. Okay, enough with my use of superlatives. But I seriously cannot recommend this game enough – unleash your inner art enthusiast.

No. of Players: 3 – 6
Play Time: 20 – 30 minutes

5. 7 Wonders

This game themed after the seven wonders of the ancient world is another excellent addition for your trips. The rules are a bit complicated, as is the gameplay. But the game can get addictive very quickly. The simultaneous gameplay enables short-lengthed games, and so you can play multiple games in one session. It’s also a fantastic fit for larger groups, as it accommodates up to seven players.
It also has a Duel version for two players, which has different gameplay but is equally engaging. This duel version comes in a tiny box and is highly portable. My husband and I have spent many an enjoyable evening duelling each other 🙂

No. of Players: 3 – 7
Play Time: 30 – 45 minutes